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March 31, 2018

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and SHAILA DEWAN

Most bail bond agents make it their business to get their clients to court. But when Ronald Egana showed up at the criminal courthouse in New Orleans, he was surprised to find that his bondsman wanted to stop him.

A bounty hunter was waiting at the courthouse metal detector to intercept Mr. Egana and haul him to the bond company office, he said. The reason: The bondsman wanted to get paid.

March 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — President Donald Trump has said Facebook and Twitter may have helped him win the presidency, but with the spread of fake news online, how effective will social media be in this upcoming election?

“Many of my students get their news now from social media from Facebook and Twitter,” said Andy Jones.

UC Davis Journalism Professor Andy Jones says social media’s spread of fake news may be endangering democracy. But studies show 98 percent of teens are on it.

March 2, 2018

By Tony Romm

Alonzo Washington delivered a dire warning to his fellow delegates in Maryland’s legislature last month: Russia might try to influence their elections, too.

So the Democratic veteran set about doing something that’s eluded his federal counterparts in the nation’s capital: advancing legislation to regulate tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

February 19, 2018

by Mark Madler

A San Fernando Valley lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow cannabis business owners to start a limited charter bank in California.

State Sen. Robert Hertzberg said such a financial institution will improve business operations for dispensaries and other suppliers to the industry as well as address public safety issues as the businesses won’t be handling large amounts of cash.

Hertzberg called his bill a simple solution to a problem that will only become worse now that recreational marijuana sales are legal in the state.

February 9, 2018

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

As Gov. Jerry Brown loves to point out, revenue in California goes up and down like a roller coaster because of the state’s over-reliance on volatile income and capital gains taxes. This whipsaws public schools and wreaks havoc with many agencies.

February 5, 2018

By Chris Nichols

Social media companies such as Twitter would be required to identify automated accounts, known as bots, under a new bill scheduled to be introduced in the California Legislature this week.

Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles said his bill would not ban bots. Instead, it would shed light on the fake accounts that simulate real people and spread waves of false information across their platforms, the lawmaker said.

January 29, 2018

By The Editorial Board

One month into California’s recreational marijuana experiment, state leaders must show much more of a sense of urgency about the need to give what’s expected to be a $7 billion annual industry access to banking services. Nearly all banks that are subject to federal regulation decline pot shops’ and pot growers’ business because marijuana remains illegal under federal law. That’s led to the present spectacle of dispensary managers lugging tens of thousands of dollars in cash to state tax offices — an invitation to an epidemic of armed robberies.

November 15, 2017

By The Editorial Board

How much money someone has shouldn’t be the final determinant of whether or not he or she remains behind bars or gets released from jail after being arrested.

Yet that’s all too often how California’s pretrial justice system works, with potentially tens of thousands of people on any given day deemed eligible for release but stuck in jail simply because they haven’t posted monetary bail and might not be able to.

November 15, 2017

By The Times Editorial Board

The gunman who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Tehama County on Monday apparently had been out on bail after being charged with stabbing a neighbor — an aspect of the grisly crime that underscores a huge but little discussed problem with money bail systems like California’s.

Legislature should pass Sen. Hertzberg's SB 185

September 11, 2017

By EMMETT D. CARSON and KIMBERLY THOMAS RAPP

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a historic law this summer ending driver license suspensions for failure to pay traffic fines. Going forward, license suspensions are more likely to be about traffic safety than punishing people for not having money. Thousands of Californians will no longer risk losing their jobs for lack of a driver’s license.

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