Posts tagged "california"

NASA Scientist Claims California Has About One Year Of Water Left

Today in apocalyptic sounding headlines, NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti was published in the Los Angeles Times' op-ed section saying that California has about one year left of water. This has been caused by a variety of factors that started well before the droughts. I remember the '80s and early-'90s as a kid, when the California…
By: Katrin Higher / March 14, 2015

Why California’s Active Consent Law Is Not An Outrage

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s Active Consent bill yesterday, making it law in California that in order to receive state funding, universities must have policies stating that students must obtain verbal or nonverbal consent before having sex (a lack of objection or resistance does not constitute consent), provide victims' advocates, teach incoming…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 29, 2014

California State Legislature Advances “Yes Means Yes” Hookup Bill

California's state senate advanced a bill to require universities that take financial aid from the state to adopt a policy that students must give "affirmative consent" before engaging in sex. The law would state that both parties need to engage in "affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement" before hooking up — in other words, people can't…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2014

California Bill To Expand Porn’s Condom Usage Dies In Committee

A bill to increase pressure on the porn industry to comply with an existing law requiring adult performers to wear condoms during sex scenes filmed in Los Angeles County has died in committee. The new bill would have required HIV testing and expanded the law's reach to all counties in California, as many…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2014

Sex Education Textbook Is Too Educational, Fret California Parents

If there's one thing we gotta be sure about when it comes to sex education textbooks, it's that they can't be too sexy. We wouldn't would impressionable children getting any ideas that sex can be pleasurable, right?! Teachers and parents in Fremont, California, gave input leading to the purchase of Your Health Today, which will…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2014

California Considers Bill To Put More Diaper Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

Sounds like a good idea to me. [Los Angeles Times] Brunei, which is located in Southeast Asia, has instituted a penal code which would publicly flog women who have abortions, jail women who get pregnant out of wedlock, and stone to death lesbians and gays. [Feminist.org] A member of the all-female…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” Is My New Summer Jam

Okay, okay, I get it, California, you want me to move back. I'm in! I'm game! And even if I wasn't, the "Mad Men" premiere would have convinced me. It did not escape my notice that everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Etc. Etc. Etc. is miserable except Pete Campbell, who has found a new zest for life…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 15, 2014

Style Muse: California Dreamin’

Well, after nearly 13 years in New York City, I've started to get a serious itch to move back to my home state of California. Maybe it's just this exhaustive winter, but I haven't been able to stop daydreaming about 75 degree February days spent…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 28, 2014

California Wants Law To Require “Affirmative Consent”

California wants to rewrite the state law regarding sexual violence on college campuses to require both partners to give "affirmative consent" before engaging in sexual activity. The legislation hopes to protect victims who were sexually assaulted while drunk or on drugs and couldn't/didn't give consent. The bill's sponsors said they hope that this would be…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

California Has A New Law About Abortion & It’s Actually Good

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday which authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions. It's the only bill in the country this year that improves access to abortion, not restricts it. [Ms. Magazine] Disney whine: animating female characters is harrrrrd. [Slate] Pink-ifying breast cancer…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2013

California Governor Signs Transgender Student Rights Bill

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark transgender student rights bill guaranteeing schools respect students' gender identity in facilities, sports teams and programs ... [LGBTQ Nation] ... and of course Fox News is already misrepresenting it. [Advocate] Bosses favor male employees when it comes to flextime. Work-life balance what…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2013

High School Teacher Ken Bencomo Fired After Marrying A Man

Since Proposition 8 was struck down in the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is once again legal in California. Unfortunately, just because something is legal doesn't mean that people are suddenly more accepting and open-minded about it. Ken Bencomo of Rancho Cucamonga taught at St. Lucy’s Priory, an all-girls Catholic school in Glendora, California, and wa…
By: Mary Odell / August 3, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Enters Counseling For Sexual Harassment

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of sexual harassment by seven women including constituents and former employees, said he will enter counseling for two weeks in August. Filner, who has been repeatedly asked to resign by former friends, will undergo "behavior counseling" at a clinic for "intensive therapy." Empathy rehab?
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2013

30 Signs You Were Born And Raised In California

I've lived in New York City for the last 12 years, but before arriving here in June 2001, I was a born-and-raised California girl. I grew up in San Diego and went to college in Santa Cruz -- nearly 21 years of Golden State livin'. And even though I've earned the right to call myself…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 23, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Admits To “Intimidation” Of Women, But Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

We're so used to politicians and bigwigs who refuse to take accountability for their behavior that when somebody does admit they did something wrong, it is kind of ... weird. Amidst allegations that he had groped numerous woman, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat, released a public apology on Thursday admitting there was some…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2013

Shocking: 250 Women In California Were Pressured Into Sterilization

Almost 250 female inmates in the California prison system were sterilized — some after being pressured by doctors — between 1997 and 2010, according to a a new report. The report conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting quoted women that had felt pestered into getting tubal ligations at both the California Institutio…
By: Daley Quinn / July 12, 2013

School District Calls Tween Rape Victim “Careless,” “Responsible” In Her Own Sexual Abuse

A California school district is defending itself in the sleaziest way possible from a lawsuit by a former student who was allegedly sexually abused by two of its teachers. Yup, Moraga School District says it's her own damn fault.
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2012

The Surf Dogs Of San Diego Hang Ten

There's crazy, and then there's "I sold my business and moved to California so that my dog could surf" crazy. And that's exactly what one of the participants in the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition did. Apparently, dog surfing is a great sport, and great fun, as Michael Uy, winner of the…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 19, 2012

16 Things You’re Missing At Coachella This Year

It's Coachella time! Coachella! You're missing it! So am I. But what are we really missing by not being out at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California? Some bands? Sure. But how many people really go to Coachella for the bands? As festival-goers begin straggling in for the first of two weekends of pool…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 13, 2012

Another Victory For Marriage Equality: Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional!

More good news on the marriage equality front! Today, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. California voters passed the measure in 2008, explicitly defining marriage to be between one man and one woman. In the four-month period before the law took effect, an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples wed…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 7, 2012
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