Emily Gadek

(San Jose Mercury News) // Monday's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law upheld the mandate for a police officer to ask for a person's immigration papers after stopping them. In California, the law is not so different from Arizona's, but enforcement varies widely and is often up to the discretion of individual officers…

(Sacramento Bee) // Governor Jerry Brown is quietly moving to cut the number of retirees working for the state, but opponents of his plan say the cuts won't save significant money and will eliminate a pool of affordable and experienced workers...

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At around 10 o’clock on a brisk spring morning in Oakland Hills, Danny Cieloha and Esther Fong walk along Davenport Avenue wearing bright orange vests with a neighborhood watch logo and carrying cell phones, in case they need to snap a picture or call for help. They’re looking for  “anything that's unusual,” says Fong.

“Things like young men out of their cars, walking the neighborhood,” adds Cieloha.

(Mercury News) // Chefs across California are squeezing in extra foie gras on their menus and drawing the ire of animal rights groups. A statewide ban on the staple French cuisine made from fattened duck liver goes into effect July 1. The ban was passed back in 2004 to put an end to what some consider the inhumane treatment of ducks raised for the delicacy…

 

(Mercury News) // The Santa Clara Valley Water District is under investigation after reports that hydraulic oil was spilled into several of the district's reservoirs. The investigation comes as the district is asking voters to go to the polls this November to renew taxes that support its Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection plan...

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