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DAs, retailers say California needs stronger shoplifting law

Dec. 03, 2021 15:53 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by a recent run of large-scale smash-and-grab robberies, prosecutors and retailers are pushing back on assertions by California's governor and attorney general that they have enough tools to combat retail theft in the wake of a voter-approved easing of...

LA authorities announce arrests in smash-and-grab robberies

Dec. 02, 2021 22:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday announced more than a dozen arrests in recent smash-and-grab thefts at stores where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen, part of a rash of organized retail crime in California. Fourteen people were...

California confirms 2nd case of COVID omicron variant

Dec. 02, 2021 21:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Thursday reported its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. A fully vaccinated Los Angeles County resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip last month to South...

California official says women on boards law is toothless

Dec. 02, 2021 20:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California official defending the state’s landmark law that mandates women be placed on corporate boards testified Thursday that it was essentially toothless and there are no plans to penalize companies for not complying. Under the 2018 law,...

Prosecute shoplifters under existing laws, governor says

Dec. 01, 2021 21:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in no uncertain terms that he thinks shoplifters should be prosecuted under existing California laws, as he called out local officials whom he said have been reluctant to do so. He was responding to a recent run...

California lawyer defends legality of women board member law

Dec. 01, 2021 19:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the state of California defended the constitutionality of the nation’s first law requiring women on corporate boards Wednesday as necessary to reverse a culture of discrimination that favors men. In opening statements at a trial that...

Newsom: Omicron variant won't spark California shutdown

Dec. 01, 2021 19:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Confirmation of the first U.S. case of the omicron variant in California was not surprising and shouldn't force another shutdown heading into the holidays, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. State health officials said they are increasing...

Can California legally require women on corporate boards?

Nov. 30, 2021 19:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first law requiring women on boards of publicly traded companies, he suggested it might not survive legal challenges. Three years later, a judge will begin hearing evidence Wednesday in Los...

California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

Nov. 30, 2021 14:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons. Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to...

Current lawmaker rare appointee among 12 California judges

Nov. 29, 2021 22:52 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom took the rare step of appointing a sitting California state lawmaker to one of 12 judgeships Monday, triggering a special election for the Los Angeles County seat. Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat from Monterey Park, will fill...