Inter-City Express
Thursday, February 02, 2023
GUEST COLUMNS

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

If law schools are serious about recruiting students from diverse backgrounds and those who come from low socio-economic backgrounds, the grading system as it currently stands must be the next piece to fall.
"California continues leading the nation's economy," Newsom boasted after the December employment report was issued this month. Earlier he projected that if California were a nation, it would be close to surpassing Germany as the globe's 4th most powerful economy.
Since the law took effect in 2015, more than a million undocumented immigrants, out of an estimated 2 million, have received licenses, and more than 700,000 have renewed them. Besides California, 18 other states have followed suit.
It's a stunning reversal of fortune for the 23 campuses of the country's largest public university system, which have collectively lost 27,000 students in two years — part of a national wave of declining college enrollment.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Much of that oil, advocates say, is shipped to California for processing. In fact, half of the crude exported from the Amazon overall goes to California, according to a report by Amazon Watch and Stand.earth, two nonprofit groups that work to protect the rainforest.
"This is the meat — the actual meat — of what we're really trying to do," said Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a Democrat representing Los Angeles who also is a task force member.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Lessons learned while weathering the pandemic in law school.
California voters could pose those questions if newly introduced wealth tax legislation makes it through the Capitol, including a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom, and appears on next year's ballot.
To decrease violence in California, research shows that we must instead invest in our communities.
The motive remains unclear as law enforcement continues to investigate the massacre in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles, that claimed its 11th fatality on Monday — although some reports cited recent personal disputes and emotional problems.
The framework for distinguishing patents that claim laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas from those that claim patent-eligible applications of those concepts is a two-step process.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

When the judge takes senior status, the Northern District of California seat will move to San Jose, Orrick noted in his letter to President Joe Biden, due to the increasing volume of cases there.
Coinbase sides with the majority view, lamenting in its petition that it has been forced to answer two complaints that seek to proceed as class actions and face imminent discovery
Supporters have heralded the law change as a victory for pedestrians, and for people living in low-income communities of color who, statistics show, are more likely to be cited for jaywalking than people in whiter, wealthier neighborhoods.
The only practical solution is for Congress to promptly act to increase the debt ceiling, which it recently did with bipartisan support on three occasions during the Trump Administration, to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.
The lawsuits claim the company was a major driving force behind the underage vaping epidemic.
Attorneys debated for two hours about what speech the law restrains — and how extreme that speech would have to be in order to be sanctioned.
The California Air Resources Control Board has issued seemingly countless decrees, including one that would ban the sale of autos with gas- or diesel-powered engines by 2035.
Some advocates say the proposed school funding in the budget waters down the intent of the bill and will perpetuate the achievement gap for Black students.
After the massacre late Saturday night at Monterey Park's Star Ballroom Dance Studio that left 10 dead and 10 others hospitalized, on Sunday one politician after another, including President Biden, expressed sorrow and offered condolences. (An 11th person died Monday.)
The change means an estimated 6 million more people, including about 1 million military veterans, will eventually qualify for the tax-favored accounts, advocates for disabled people say.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Non-breaching parties to a letter of intent may have a claim for costs incurred in reliance on that promise if that promise is breached.
The persuasive attorney and wise jurist recognize that the historical underpinnings of a law, decision, or custom is critical to its proper application, whether in making an argument or in supporting a judicial ruling. In short, in the field of law, the past guides the future.
The notion that the free expression of religion of a student group like Fellowship of Christian Athletes may threaten others is not just a myth pushed by progressives. The threat is veiled but there.
The economic laws of supply and demand mean the housing shortage results in high home prices and rents. As those costs, particularly rents, filter down to the Californians on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder, they result in California's having the highest rate of poverty of any state, 13.2%, when the cost of living is included in the calculation.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the 51-year-old hospital over the brink, hospital leaders said.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

It again is five conservative justices advancing the conservative agenda, here with regard to immigration, in violation of clear legal rules and using the shadow docket to achieve their goals.
Among the many other examples, albeit less spectacular, has been a chronic crisis in unemployment insurance, the program that's supposed to cushion the devastating effects on workers who lose their jobs and their families during the state's periodic recessions.
Although founded on fairness principles, Newsom's proposed tax will do little to address the underlying root causes of the price spikes.
Sites that are operating under 50% capacity are scheduled to close before the end of January. Forty-four OptumServe sites will be shuttered this week, and 48 mobile "mini-buses" will begin closing in two weeks, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill last year declaring Lunar New Year, which typically falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, to be a state holiday — a way to "acknowledge the diversity and cultural significance Asian Americans bring to California," he said in his signing message.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Financial wisdom is a gift that can have lifelong rewards and last longer than a monetary gift.
So far, only a relatively tiny amount of the immense storm runoff has found its way into storage.
The future likelihood of a series of huge atmospheric rivers in California, a so-called ARk storm scenario, seems to be a certainty.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the growing resentment as he introduced his new state budget last week. "People have just had it," he told reporters. "They want the encampments cleaned up."
Of the roughly 113,000 beds occupied by university students, just around 17,500 are for graduate students, according to fall 2022 data the UC Office of the President shared with CalMatters.
State officials claim that the 12.5 million electric vehicles expected on California's roads in 2035 will not strain the grid.
These shortsighted actions are also an assault on our sacred connection to the land, which is fundamental to who we are as Native people.
Each of these cases could significantly impact IP law. For that reason, we will keep a close eye, and I will likely write about each of these cases as they continue to develop.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Writing clearly requires getting out of your shell as a writer, and thinking about your reader.
Feinstein, who will be 90 in June, has not said whether she'll be seeking another term next year, but recently widowed, very unpopular with the dominant progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and plagued by accounts of cognitive dissonance, she is likely to retire.
One of the main ways California helps people financially — and redistributes wealth — is by passing money through the tax system. It's not just one-time pandemic payments; there are also yearly payments, called refundable tax credits, that provide thousands of dollars to lower-income people through the tax system.
She spoke with L.A. Times reporters Liam Dillon and Ben Oreskes about the California housing crisis, the homeless population in Los Angeles and the state, and gave her opinion on related topics like gentrification and Proposition 13.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon reveal a proposed budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year that begins July 1, and it's likely to greatly differ from the 2022-23 version he and the Legislature adopted just six months ago.
Despite a fairly wet winter – so far – California is still coping with a multi-year drought that's devastating the nation's most productive agricultural industry, the electrical grid struggles to meet demand, public school students are struggling with learning losses from COVID-19 school shutdowns, and the state's chronic housing shortage underlies the nation's highest rates of poverty and homelessness.
President Joe Biden's administration aims to protect students who identify as transgender and nonbinary from discrimination under new rules proposed in June and now making their way through the Education Department's lengthy rulemaking process. If finalized, the changes to Title IX, the 50-year-old civil rights law, would clarify that its ban on discrimination on the basis of sex extends to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

The situation, and its use as a political backdrop, has prompted local officials to ask what state resources will be available next year with California facing a potential budget shortfall and the possibility that Title 42 will end.
Employers must provide current employees with their pay scales upon request. Although applicants and employees likely welcome the enactment of Senate Bill 1162, or the "Pay Transparency Act," employers face some new responsibilities.

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