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The Sacramento Bee

June 7, 2018

Almost 50,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized and seven people arrested over the last two weeks following a years-long investigation into an illegal fireworks ring operating throughout the state, Cal Fire announced Thursday.

The seizure, which is one of the largest in Cal Fire history, is the result of an investigation spanning three years and involving 80 investigators who performed "significant surveillance," said Shane Cunningham, Cal Fire's chief of law enforcement.

The Malibu Times

June 6, 2018

While one man’s trash is another man’s treasure... one man’s treasure made of trash will be kept out of our ocean’s waters. That’s just one take on a beautiful new art installation—”Straws,” by James Paterson—on view at the Malibu Country Mart made of trash. Straws—a whopping 12,000 of them, all recovered from our local beaches—are the medium for the colorful art structure. It stands 15 feet tall and can be viewed from the shopping area’s lawn or even underneath it to get a closer perspective.

New law closes loophole to prevent juveniles convicted of violent crimes from possessing guns

February 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation’s history, State Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office (LADA) have introduced the “Juvenile Gun Safety Act” (SB 1281) to close a loophole in California law that allows individuals who have committed violent offenses as minors to escape prosecution for illegally owning or possessing a firearm in violation of the law.

California makes history with first listing based on surfing. Designation affirms new pathway for coastal conservation and qualifies the area for additional protections based on historical significance.

February 5, 2018

MALIBU, CA -- The Keeper of the National Register (National Park Service, Department of Interior) has listed Los Angeles' iconic Malibu surfing area in the National Register of Historic Places. This is the first National Register listing centered on surfing history and recognizes Malibu's worldwide contributions to the sport made in the years following World War II -- from surfboard design and production; to a distinct, relaxed, and "cool" style of surfing; to the beach of Gidget and the explosion of surfing's popularity.

The Chronicle of Social Change

October 17, 2017

This year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an unusually robust number of bills aimed at helping foster youth and other at-risk children and families.

Last week, we noted several pieces of juvenile justice legislation signed into law in the state, including a ban on the practice of assessing administrative fees on children in the juvenile justice system and increased protections for children 15 years old and under during police interrogation.

Gov. Brown also signed the following bills.

Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Bills Signed

The Signal Santa Clarita Valley

October 17, 2017

For low-income Californians, a parking violation will no longer mean breaking the bank.

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 503, which will create a parking ticket payment plan for low-income drivers.

“It’s shocking how many Californians owe hundreds of dollars in parking ticket fines and late fees that they have no ability to pay,” the bill’s author Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) said in a statement to The Signal Monday. “This new law is all about making sure that all drivers are able to responsibly pay their debts.”

Ventura County Star

October 15, 2017

An event designed for high school students to "stand up for intolerance and injustice and discrimination — and to encourage our local leaders to do the same" drew about 100 people to the Agoura Performing Arts Center on Saturday, according to organizer Nicholas Moran.

The Agoura High School senior said he was pleased with the turnout at the event that he organized as president of the campus GenUN club, the student outreach program of the United Nations.