Court Denies Fannie Mae’s Motion to Dismiss in Fair Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

Late Monday, August 12, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California largely DENIED Fannie Mae’s Motion to Dismiss a fair housing lawsuit concerning housing discrimination against communities of color.  The lawsuit, brought by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 20 local fair housing organizations, charged Fannie Mae with failing to maintain foreclosed … More Court Denies Fannie Mae’s Motion to Dismiss in Fair Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

Marin County Approves 2 Medicinal Cannabis Licenses

Businesses to open as delivery-only retailers with limited signage San Rafael, CA – Now that two applications have been approved, Marin County is a step closer to having its first legal delivery-only medicinal cannabis retail operations in its unincorporated areas.  With the Medicinal Cannabis Delivery-Only Retailer (MCDORe, or “McDory”) licensing ordinance as its guideline, the … More Marin County Approves 2 Medicinal Cannabis Licenses

LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

Amicus brief urges US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to Block Trump Administration’s Challenge to CA Laws Protecting Undocumented Immigrants Today, March 13, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments in U.S. v. California, the Trump Administration’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws that regulate state employers and law enforcement to protect … More LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

When insidious politics and reality collide – there is no escaping the serious impact – and the things we could never have imagined having to prepare for! What happens to child support orders in a Government shutdown? An especially pertinent question because there is no precedent for a Federal shutdown that has gone on this … More Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

Marin County Tax Relief for Domestic Partners

Law change for locally registered domestic partners With a recent change in California tax laws, qualifying locally registered domestic partners who transferred ownership of property between themselves may be eligible for some property tax relief. The benefit is not automatic and a claim form must be timely filed with the Marin County Assessor’s Office. State … More Marin County Tax Relief for Domestic Partners

Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

RxSafe Marin initiative co-hosts special event September 12 San Rafael, CA – A national expert in opioid use disorder will be the featured speaker at a free special public event co-hosted by the grassroots RxSafe Marin coalition, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Dominican University of California. Dr. Dan Ciccarone of … More Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

Connecting Frank Lloyd Wright to Marin Classrooms

Teaching by Design brings educational programming to grades 3-5 San Rafael, CA – As the school year gets underway again, students and teachers in Marin County now have a fun way to explore the unique architectural heritage of the Marin County Civic Center and to inspire students to think critically about the designed world around … More Connecting Frank Lloyd Wright to Marin Classrooms

Are you in Threat Area: California PG&E Safety Outages in High Fire-Threat Areas 

As the 2018 fire season gets into full swing in California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reaching out to customers who live in or near high fire-threat areas to let them know that, if extreme fire danger conditions occur, it may be necessary for PG&E to temporarily turn off power to their neighborhood … More Are you in Threat Area: California PG&E Safety Outages in High Fire-Threat Areas 

Republican Appointed Federal Judge Blocks Trump Attack on California Sanctuary State Laws

Bush appointed Sacramento Judge Checks DOJ’s Bid to Enjoin California’s Immigration Laws – Cross Blogged from The Recorder – See Below. “If there is going to be a long-term solution to the problems our country faces with respect to immigration policy, it can only come from our legislative and executive branches,” U.S. District Judge John … More Republican Appointed Federal Judge Blocks Trump Attack on California Sanctuary State Laws

Senator Kamala Harris Attacked by White House

Moments ago the White House of Donald J. Trump used its official taxpayer-funded Twitter account to launch a completely false attack on Senator Kamala Harris. This White House’s uncouth attack on the Senator from California is based on false assertions and does nothing more than reflect  failed leadership on the part of a White House … More Senator Kamala Harris Attacked by White House

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute passed the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 9-0. Assembly Bill 2969 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. AB 2969 is … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

Senator Feinstein Election Night Statement

Washington, D.C. — US Senator Dianne Feinstein has released a statement after the polls have closed in the California Primary Election. Senator Feinstein recorded the statement this evening in Washington D.C. She could not be in California on Election Day as the Senate is in session. Today, the Senate voted on a motion to invoke cloture … More Senator Feinstein Election Night Statement

Marin DA’s Office Assists in State Cybercrime Charges

Operators of Mugshots.com accused of ID theft, money laundering, extortion San Rafael, CA – A computer crimes task force that includes members of the Marin County District Attorney’s Office staff spearheaded an investigation that led to the State of California filing felony charges in a case of alleged internet extortion. On May 15, California Attorney … More Marin DA’s Office Assists in State Cybercrime Charges

Marin Opposes U.S. Immigration Policy in Court

Citing civil rights, County joins amicus brief in support of recent state laws San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin is among 23 California jurisdictions supporting the State of California in opposing federal efforts to block three of the state’s immigration laws. In the United States District Court Case U.S. v. State of California, … More Marin Opposes U.S. Immigration Policy in Court

When your Kid Comes out as LGBT and Bill to Establish June as Pride Month

Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Assembly AB 2969 now heads to the Senate. Dear Parents of  Marin, California, and America! In as much as our  California legislature is supporting Pride month, so should parents of teens and young adults, when your kids are coming out. Its a healthy way to conduct a parent … More When your Kid Comes out as LGBT and Bill to Establish June as Pride Month

Marin: Nicasio Gets Broadband; Funding for Bolinas

Spigot opens for fiber-optic web connections for rural Marin San Rafael, CA – Marin County’s broadband connections to West Marin are growing. With some County of Marin technical assistance, residents of Nicasio are receiving home service via 100 percent fiber-optic connections and enjoying reliable internet service for the first time. And a similar project for Bolinas … More Marin: Nicasio Gets Broadband; Funding for Bolinas

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Committee

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute passed the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization by a vote of 15-0. Assembly Bill 2969 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. AB 2969 is supported by … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Committee

Bill to Declare Conversion Therapy a Fraudulent Practice Passes in California Assembly

SACRAMENTO—Assembly Bill 2943 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, to declare conversion therapy a fraudulent practice in the state of California, passed the Assembly today by a bipartisan vote of 50-18. Although conversion therapy with minors is illegal in the state, there are no such protections for adults. … More Bill to Declare Conversion Therapy a Fraudulent Practice Passes in California Assembly

California Fire Price Gouging DA Assists State in Filing Charges

Real estate agent accused of hiking property rent in wake of wildfires San Rafael, CA – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed three misdemeanor charges against Melissa “Missy” Echeverria, a real estate agent, for allegedly raising the monthly rent on property she owns in Novato by more than 10 percent following the devastating fires in … More California Fire Price Gouging DA Assists State in Filing Charges

Marin County to Consider Interim Golf Vendor for San Geronimo

Board of Supervisors to review contract with Touchstone Golf and grant from Coastal Conservancy for community engagement and visioning San Rafael, CA – A proposal to operate the San Geronimo Golf Course for the next two years is going before the Marin County Board of Supervisors on March 27, and approval of a contract with … More Marin County to Consider Interim Golf Vendor for San Geronimo

Marin Ranks as Healthiest County in California Amidst Glaring Disparities

Marin Regains Ranking as Healthiest County in State – As Work remains for local officials to address health disparities and substance misuse San Rafael, CA – For the eighth time, Marin has been ranked the healthiest county in California by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The 2018 County Health Rankingssurveys more than 3,000 counties to measure … More Marin Ranks as Healthiest County in California Amidst Glaring Disparities

Person Hospitalized with Shellfish Poisoning in Marin

High levels of naturally occurring poison detected in waters off Marin coast San Rafael, CA – Marin County Public Health has confirmed a case of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), a naturally occurring toxin found in bivalves such as mussels, clams and oysters that are harvested in uncontrolled conditions. One person, an adult who will not … More Person Hospitalized with Shellfish Poisoning in Marin

Marin County Considers New Rules for Short Term Rentals

New Short-Term Rental Rules Go to Supervisors Hearing set for March 13; quality of life for longer-term residents is key factor San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a new County of Marin ordinance on short-term rental properties to require that signage be posted to identify a property as a … More Marin County Considers New Rules for Short Term Rentals

Heroes and Zeroes 2017

Short pictorial of my personal 2017 year in review… A most interesting variety of Heroes and Zeroes,  from the President of the United States to a local Marin County lawyer – From Donald Trump to Mercedes Gavin – read on….. Reflecting on Last year: THIS IS WHAT I wrote in 2016 for the O-blog-dee-O-blog-da 2016 … More Heroes and Zeroes 2017

Collaboration to Strengthen Cannabis Industry’s Efforts in California

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COALITION, CALIFORNIA GROWERS ASSOCIATION AND CALIFORNIA MINORITY ALLIANCE FORM IMPORTANT COLLABORATION TO STRENGTHEN CANNABIS INDUSTRY’S GRASSROOTS AND PUBLIC POLICY EFFORTS IN CALIFORNIA Groups to Leverage Local and State Policy, Social Justice, Grassroots Organizing,  Advocacy and Industry Expertise to Help Take California’s Cannabis Industry to Next Level LOS ANGELES—Southern California Coalition (SCC), the largest, … More Collaboration to Strengthen Cannabis Industry’s Efforts in California

Congressman Huffman Annual Political Fundraiser will be Fire Victim Fund Relief

Our Congressman Jared Huffman was set to have his annual political fundraiser this week- and has so kindly turned it into a fundraiser for Fire Victims – THANK you!  Statement: “This is no time for politics or political fundraising. It is a time to help our neighbors in need, and that’s what we’ve decided to … More Congressman Huffman Annual Political Fundraiser will be Fire Victim Fund Relief

CA Assembly Adopts Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

 SACRAMENTO — The California State Assembly adopted Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members, and urging Defense Secretary James Mattis to allow trans service members to serve their country. The resolution is co-authored … More CA Assembly Adopts Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Introduces Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

SACRAMENTO — On behalf of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members. “Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from … More California Legislative LGBT Caucus Introduces Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Celebrates June Pride Month Honors LGBT Individuals

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislative LGBT Caucus will celebrate June 2017 as Pride Month with the adoption of House Resolution 41 during Assembly Floor Session and Senate Resolution 46 during Senate Floor Session on Monday, June 19, 2017. As part of the ceremony, the Caucus will honor 10 LGBT individuals and the San Francisco Gay … More California Legislative LGBT Caucus Celebrates June Pride Month Honors LGBT Individuals

Marin County Board of Supervisors Upholds Denial of Medical Cannabis Licenses

Revised ordinance to be considered in coming months San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors upheld a decision by the County Administrator and denied appeals to seven prospective applicants who wanted to open medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Marin. The Board’s decision May 23 followed an April 10 decision by … More Marin County Board of Supervisors Upholds Denial of Medical Cannabis Licenses