6 Other New California Laws You Should Know About
But a new California law aimed at easing our housing crisis essentially ends single-family zoning. As of January 1, homeowners can build up to three additional units on their land, making it possible to turn single-family homes into up to four units.
Learn more from the New York Times.
All containers of olive oil marketed as originating from California must include on the label the percentage of the product derived from olives grown in the state. The new law aims to protect consumers from misleading advertising and support local farmers.
This new law eliminates mandatory jail and prison sentences for certain drug offenses and allows judges to order probation instead. The state had passed mandatory minimum sentences at the height of the war on drugs.
“If we are serious about ending the war on drugs, which has been a racist policy failure, we must begin by expanding alternatives to incarceration for those who commit nonviolent drug crimes,” he said. said Scott Wiener, state senator from San Francisco, who proposed the change, told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s simple: judges shouldn’t have to send someone to jail.
California public colleges must now update the diplomas and transcripts of transgender students who have changed names or genders. California is believed to be the first state to ban colleges from “naming” or using the name given to a person at birth but with which they no longer identify.
California is now the first state to require employers to pay garment factory workers by the hour, rather than by the piece of clothing. Piecework pay often meant that workers earned less than minimum wage.
In 2016, California became one of the few states to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with a doctor’s order. The concept was controversial and many safeguards were enshrined in law.
But now, given the increased public acceptance, lawmakers are streamlining the process. Instead of requiring the patient to make two separate requests for lethal drugs 15 days apart, the new law stipulates that the wait between requests should be only two days. It also eliminates the need for a written patient statement.
The rest of the news
Robert Durst: The estate scion, who was implicated in the unsolved disappearance of his first wife, the murder of a longtime confidant and the murder of a neighbour, died as a prisoner in Stockton.
Pilot rescued: The pilot of a plane that crashed into a Los Angeles train track was pulled from the wreckage seconds before a train crashed into it.
The police dismissed: A court ruled it was appropriate that two Los Angeles police officers were fired in 2017 for playing a video game instead of answering a call, The Associated Press reports.
Trial of Elizabeth Holmes: If you’re wondering what it’s like to serve as a juror in the Silicon Valley trial of the decade, Susanna Stefanek can tell you.
Treasure hunt: A 21-year-old student disappeared while hiding the price of a family treasure hunt, The Guardian reports.
What you get
Three $1.4 million homes in California.
where we travel
Today’s tip comes from Michael A. Bell, who recommends visiting Humboldt County:
“Most of the 4.5 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area is scenic. We stayed in Ferndale, a small rural town with many beautiful Victorian buildings. A short drive from Ferndale, you’ll find spectacular and accessible stands of old-growth coast redwood forests, including Humboldt Redwoods State Park with the Giants Highway – a quiet two-lane road bounded by huge redwoods and a deep, dark, humid forest – and Redwood National Park.”
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And before leaving, some good news
As a wildfire roared toward South Lake Tahoe last summer, a man suffered his own kind of tragedy: his dog went missing.
Russ, a pit bull terrier mix, ran away from his owner’s vehicle and couldn’t be found anywhere. Russ was lost for good, his owner thought.
But on Dec. 16, a man skiing west of Tahoe spotted a dog and posted pictures of the animal online.
Leona Allen, an experienced animal tracker who volunteers with a rescue group, put on snowshoes and followed what she hoped were dog tracks, The Associated Press reports.
Eventually, she found Russ in the snow and dragged him down the mountain wrapped in a blanket on a sled. The dog was reunited with his family, who live in Riverside County.
“I keep reliving the moment he opened his eyes and lifted his head, and just the joy and elation inside of me was overwhelming,” Allen said. “It’s one more life that allows you to live happily, warmly and safely.”
Thanks for reading. I will be back tomorrow. — Soumya
PS Here today’s mini crossword, and a hint: Something a Zoom meeting, Airbnb, and “SNL” each have (4 letters).
Mariel Wamsley contributed to California Today. You can join the team at [email protected].
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