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Despite Diversity Efforts, UC Minority Enrollment Down Since Prop. 209

February 24, 2012 | 8:20 am

Despite Diversity Efforts, UC Minority Enrollment Down Since Prop. 209

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by Erica Perez, California Watch More than a decade after California law banned race-conscious admissions, outreach and financial aid at public universities, the state’s most selective public university system has seen a significant impact on its ability to increase enrollments of African American, Latino and American Indian students. A ruling by the Supreme Court ending […]

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In Mendocino County, a Sheriff’s Department Split Over Marijuana Permitting

February 20, 2012 | 1:07 pm

In Mendocino County, a Sheriff’s Department Split Over Marijuana Permitting

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Last Tuesday the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted to end a unique program that placed medical marijuana cultivation under the supervision of the sheriff’s department, approving a watered down version of the ordinance (pdf), known as 9.31, instead. The permit program was the first of its kind in the nation, but it ran afoul […]

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In Marin County, Poverty Exists Alongside Wealth

February 16, 2012 | 8:16 am

In Marin County, Poverty Exists Alongside Wealth

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by Patricia Leigh Brown, California Watch Those wanting to check the socioeconomic pulse of the Canal area of San Rafael need only peruse the bulletin board at The Canal Alliance, a nonprofit center serving the neighborhood’s largely low-income Spanish-speaking population. “Diabetes y Su Salud,” reads one flier about diabetes and health. “Cuartos de Renta,” says […]

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State Architect: Fixing Seismic Oversight For Schools a ‘High Priority’

January 13, 2012 | 10:38 am

State Architect: Fixing Seismic Oversight For Schools a ‘High Priority’

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by Corey G. Johnson, California Watch Newly appointed State Architect Chester Widom said yesterday that he is “digging deep” and looking at all possible solutions to address issues cited in a recent audit critical of the state’s seismic safety regulator for public schools. Speaking for about five minutes near the end of yesterday’s state Seismic Safety […]

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Prosecutors Move to Shut Down Mendocino Pot Permit Program

January 11, 2012 | 8:15 am

Prosecutors Move to Shut Down Mendocino Pot Permit Program

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From California Watch Mendocino County’s ambitious effort to regulate marijuana production – the first of its kind in California and the nation – is facing growing uncertainty following new threats of legal action by federal prosecutors. The controversial program, which began two years ago, authorizes growers to cultivate up to 99 marijuana plants, provided they […]

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Controversial West Oakland Church Sends Kids to Solicit Money at BART Stations

December 21, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Controversial West Oakland Church Sends Kids to Solicit Money at BART Stations

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from California Watch A West Oakland church and private school that sends children to solicit donations at BART stations has a history of financial and legal troubles, including two cases in which church leaders admitted they illegally received government assistance. The children, including one who said he was 7 years old, have been raising funds […]

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Barry Bonds’ Sentencing Will Mark End of BALCO Steroids Scandal

December 15, 2011 | 10:29 am

Barry Bonds’ Sentencing Will Mark End of BALCO Steroids Scandal

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from California Watch Bicycle racer Tammy Thomas lied to a grand jury about her use of steroids, then fought perjury charges in court. Convicted, she was sentenced to house arrest. It was the same story for elite track coach Trevor Graham, who lied to a federal agent trying to unpack the BALCO steroids scandal: Found […]

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Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown

December 9, 2011 | 8:20 am

Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown

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from California Watch A crackdown by federal prosecutors is casting a long shadow over the state’s marijuana industry, but there is one bright spot, at least for some Northern California growers willing to risk prison time: Wholesale prices appear to be on the rise. After slumping precipitously, prices for a pound of high-grade, outdoor-grown marijuana […]

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Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

October 12, 2011 | 12:14 pm

Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

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From California Watch Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration’s newly invigorated war against the state’s pot industry. This month, U.S. attorneys representing four districts in California announced that the government would single out landlords and […]

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Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

October 6, 2011 | 11:03 am

Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

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Update Fri Oct 7: The four U.S. Attorneys in California issued a statement today announcing the targeting of the marijuana industry. Original post by Andrew Becker and Michael Montgomery, California Watch The federal government is intensifying its efforts to smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, but also those […]

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