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Who’s Watching Who?: License Plate Readers Used Throughout San Mateo County

April 08, 2015

Daily Journal: Law enforcement agencies across San Mateo County are striving to strike a balance between promoting public safety and privacy rights while using automated license plate readers contributing to a regional database that’s gathered more than 46 million images in the last year alone.

More Training for SJPD Officers?

April 07, 2015

KLIV: The San Jose city council's rules committee tomorrow will consider asking the council to back two bills requiring police officers get more training in dealing with people that have behavioral and mental health problems. While there is an obvious connection to the suspect who shot Officer Michael Johnson in San Jose last month, San Jose city councilmember Donald Rocha says these bills were inspired by the death of a 19 year old girl from his district who was killed last August.

Decoys Target E-Cigs: Cops Expand Program to Deter Sales to Minors

April 07, 2015

Daily Journal: Electronic cigarettes are the latest target of San Mateo County law enforcement officials who expanded their typical decoy program to crack down on the sale of tobacco products to minors in late March.

CPUC Law Firm Questioned

April 03, 2015

U-T San Diego: The hiring of big name law firm Sheppard Mullin to respond to multiple criminal investigations of the California Public Utilities Commission has raised myriad questions, even beyond those about spending up to $5.2 million for the services.

Proposed Legislation Would Toughen Economic Disclosure Requirements for California Officials

April 01, 2015 In the wake of various investigative reports and public scandals, California lawmakers have proposed reform legislation aimed at providing greater transparency and accountability in government.

Smart Gun Bill Proposed for California

March 31, 2015 A California state senator introduced a measure that would make it illegal to give another individual a smart gun that fail to meet certain requirements.

Decision on PG&E Punishment Expected in April

March 30, 2015

Contra Costa Times: State regulators are expected to issue a final decision in April about the amount and nature of punishment that PG&E should receive for causing a fatal explosion in San Bruno, a disaster that could repeat itself without proper remedies, city officials warned Monday.

Probe of Back-Channel Dealing Continues at California PUC

March 29, 2015

Sacramento Bee: Michael Peevey’s announcement last fall that he would not seek reappointment to the California Public Utilities Commission appeared to offer closure to years of controversy surrounding his tenure...In the months since Peevey left the PUC, however, the scandal that ushered him out of office continues to erupt.

How Banquet for Ex-PUC Head Peevey Went Sour for UC Berkeley

March 29, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle: A tribute dinner for the embattled former president of the state Public Utilities Commission may have seemed a good way to help bolster funding for UC Berkeley’s public policy school, but the event turned into a nightmare that ended only when the school rejected the proceeds, e-mails released by the university show.

As Santa Clara County Procures 'Stingray' Cell Tracker, Increased Scrutiny Surrounds Potentially Invasive Device

March 28, 2015

Mercury News: The secrecy surrounding a military-grade cellphone-tracking device that's already being used in the Bay Area -- and coming soon to Santa Clara County -- has come under increased scrutiny, with local governments, courts and lawmakers around the nation joining civil rights groups in demanding more information about the potentially invasive technology.