Orange County Reporter
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Monday, June 24, 2024

A minor miracle occurred in the California Capitol 50 years ago this month when a bipartisan majority of state senators refused to accept a pork-laden budget that was drafted in secret by two powerful legislators. It's a tale worth retelling because the current budget is also being written in secrecy. The process needs another shakeup.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Few can challenge the wisdom of prescribing medications for life-threatening health conditions. Yet many would balk at the suggestion of "prescribing" housing, even though research and lived experience show us that homelessness is a life-threatening condition in the U.S.
It's no surprise that California health care workers have questions about a new state law that will give them a higher minimum wage. It has different pay scales based on where they work and who they work for. And, Gov. Gavin Newsom has turned its start date into a moving target, confusing both workers and employers.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a bump stock modification of a semi-automatic rifle did not convert it to an illegal machinegun, and that the ATF exceeded its statutory authority under Section 5845 (b).
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has seen record highs in False Claims Act enforcement in 2023, with a focus on healthcare fraud, pandemic-related fraud, and increased scrutiny of private equity and venture capital firms alongside their portfolio companies.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Thinking out loud about revised Civil Code 2924m, which allows more time for bidding and may permit a bankruptcy filing after the foreclosure auction.
The Supreme Court did not address the merits of the plaintiffs' claims, left open the possibility of future lawsuits or policy changes, and deferred to the legislative and executive branches to amend the FDA's authority if they deem it appropriate.
A first-of-its-kind orientation inside the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center last month helped illuminate what California can do to keep its prison population decreasing if lawmakers approve a budget cut that would close dozens of housing blocks statewide.
Several members of California's Legislative Black Caucus launched a statewide tour in San Diego Saturday to promote a slate of 14 reparations bills, including a measure that could change the state constitution to end forced prison labor.
When a judge ruled recently that a controversial state housing law did not apply to a handful of southern California cities, Julie Testa saw it as an invitation.
Within the next week and change, Democrats who control the Legislature and fellow Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom will need to reconcile their competing budget plans for higher education in California, with huge implications for student financial aid and the short-term fiscal health of the state's public universities.

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