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June 18, 2015
The era of the neighborhood polling place with its paper voter rolls and rickety booths isn't quite over, but it is well on its way out in California. No tears will be shed here: It's high time the state entered the 21st century.

A new bill, Senate Bill 405, was recently proposed for stories like his.

June 18, 2015

Daniel Zapien was 20 years old when he first lost his drivers license. After two tickets, it took him more than six years and $5,000 dollars to be able to hold this card once again. He was in what California Governor Brown calls a "hellhole of desperation." A new bill, Senate Bill 405, was recently proposed for stories like his.

By Farida Jhabvala Romero

June 17, 2015

Rene Macedo Nolasco, a night shift worker, was driving home late at night on May 2 from his job at the Tesla Motors plant in Fremont when he noticed flashing lights in his rearview mirror. Twenty minutes later, a Menlo Park Police officer had cited him for driving with a revoked license, a misdemeanor. His blue 2006 Audi, which he had just purchased a few days before for $6,000, was towed to an impound lot.

Macedo Nolasco could have reclaimed his car in 30 days — if he had the money to pay for the $60 to $80 daily tow yard storage charges, plus other fees.

By Nick Salazar - Peninusla Press

June 12, 2015

Christina is one of the estimated 4 million California drivers struggling to manage the mounting financial burden of a suspended driver’s license, the result of costly driving fines.

By Chris Nichols

June 11, 2015
Driven by record-low voter turnout, California Democrats on Wednesday proposed a system that would deliver vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters, eliminate many neighborhood polling places and replace them with larger voting centers that allow early voting.

Bill seeks to expand options for voters

June 11, 2015

By Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers are calling for revamping the state's voting system, which they say doesn't take into account the busy lives of Californians, whose ability to vote on election day can be thrown off by an extra meeting at work or a sick child.

June 11, 2015

California drivers can now appear in court to challenge their traffic tickets without paying a fine first, under a new rule adopted unanimously by the state’s Judicial Council on Monday.

California voters could cast ballots for 10 days before election day under SB 450

June 10, 2015

By Patrick McGreevy
 

By Timm Herdt

June 10, 2015

They don’t much like to admit it, but there are very few times when California senators take on a truly big idea, one with the power to transform California, shape the economy for decades to come, and potentially steer a course for the world.

Last week was one of those times.

Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s lead, the Senate adopted energy and climate-change policies that combined take a huge risk that the economy of California can be weaned from fossil fuels.

By Dennis Romero

June 9, 2015

One of the more infuriating aspects of getting a traffic ticket in L.A. is that you're pretty much convicted and punished the minute a cop reaches for his pen.

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