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California Bill Would Make It a Felony for Prosecutors to Withhold Evidence

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California Bill Would Make It a Felony for Prosecutors to Withhold Evidence Spurred by a series of botched murder cases and little accountability, a California lawmaker wants to rein in prosecutorial misconduct.

Responding to several highly publicized district attorney scandals that have tainted numerous murder cases, a California state legislator has introduced bill that would make it a felony crime for prosecutors to intentionally withhold or falsify evidence.

Democratic California Assemblywoman Patty Lopez introduced the bill, which would raise prosecutorial misconduct from a misdemeanor to a felony imprisonable by up to 16 months to three years. The bill moved through committee to the full state senate last week.

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Weekend Watermelon Festival cools revelers in Lake View Terrace

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LAKE VIEW TERRACE >> Ten-year-old Julian Gutierrez stepped up to the Spitway, cradled a watermelon seed, put it in his mouth, flipped it over with his tongue, took a deep breath, leaned back and blew.

The tiny black seed sailed 13 feet -- his official score Saturday at the 54th Watermelon Festival in Lake View Terrace.

“I’m proud. Very proud,” said Gutierrez, of Pacoima, who will enter the sixth grade this fall. “I’ll be the Watermelon King spitter.”

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Immigrant groups plan ‘next steps’ after DAPA setback

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When the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 last Thursday and stopped President Obama’s executive actions to expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and create Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), there was major disappointment from pro-immigrant groups who had been hoping for a favorable ruling.

Some saw the decision – or lack of – as a political ploy given the election year with a strong likelihood that both presumptive nominees for the Democrats and the Republicans will likely bring up the issue to garner the Latino vote as November approaches.

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Phone companies' unlisted-numbers fees are unjustifiable - LA Times

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Imagine if you had to pay extra to not have anchovies on your pizza. Or to not have flames painted on the sides of your car. Crazy, right?

Yet the telecom industry for years has charged landline customers a monthly fee to not have their names listed in phone directories — a recurring fee for a service that isn't being provided and will continue to not be provided at the customer's request.

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EDUCATION: Bill could help revive Inland adult schools

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State legislation would restore funding for programs decimated by budget cuts during the recession.

Rain or shine, sleet or snow, Rosa Vedoy won’t miss a day of school.

Vedoy, 42, drives from her Running Springs home every weekday for a basic English and math class at Inland Career Education Center, formerly the San Bernardino Adult School.

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Bill would increase funding for adult education by $250 million

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State legislators are considering a bill that would boost funding for adult education by $250 million – reinstating funds that were diverted to K-12 schools during the recession, causing many adult programs to close or cut back the number of classes they offered.

“Every time I go back to my district, families ask when are the adult schools coming back, especially the English as a Second Language programs in local schools,” said Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, who has introduced Assembly Bill 1846 to increase funding. “There are 16,000 people on waiting lists for adult classes just in Los Angeles.”

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Patty Lopez: Neophyte No More

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California’s 39th Assembly District listened intently and took lots of notes. Nearly 40 residents of the 39th voiced their concerns and gratitude April 8 at the Scalabrini Retirement Center in Sun Valley, CA. Topics included: the environment; opportunities, services and education for under-employed, homeless and children; social activities for seniors and youth.

López has proven herself to be a legislator “of the people” in the short time she’s held office. The People’s Report Card of California awarded Assemblywoman López an A+ “Courage Score.” CourageScore.org scores legislators on how well they stand up for their constituents over special interest groups seeking to exploit the poor, disadvantaged and people of color especially when it comes to voting on critical issues.

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Free trips for lawmakers to continue - LA Times

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State lawmakers on Wednesday derailed a bill that would have prevented them from accepting free travel to distant conferences, including an annual meeting in Maui, from nonprofit groups backed by special interests.

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