california - Page 2

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 what? [Slate]
More »


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,… More »


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? Filner… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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 Institution for Women in… More »


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. … More »


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 small… More »


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… More »


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… More »


Home Style Inspiration: Southern California Cool

Spending last week in Los Angeles gave me a major case of real estate envy. Imagine having more than 400 square feet to decorate! Speaking of decorating, I was also super inspired by the laid back look of the shops in Silverlake, with their vaguely ’70s beach-meets-desert vibe. I can’t wait to buy some succulents… More »


New Law Bans California Teens From Tanning Beds

That sound you hear? It’s a stampede to the nearest tanning salon before it’s too late! Tanning will be banned in California for anyone under the age of 18 beginning on January 1. Presently, anyone 14 or younger is banned from tanning, but 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds may toast themselves if they have parental permission. More »


Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeted At Blacks Appear In Oakland

Race-related anti-abortion billboards strike again! At least 25 billboards reading “Black is beautiful” with a picture of a black baby and the URL for an anti-abortion web sitehave been posted this month in Oakland, California. The billboards are paid for by the Radiance Foundation, an anti-abortion group which is also responsible for slavery-related billboards in… More »


Strippers, Guns & Booty Shaking: Behold, The Most Offensive Political Ad Ever

Strippers, guns, rap music, booty shaking, gangstas … why, it’s the most offensive, sexist, racist political ad you’ve ever seen. This NSFW commercial called “Hahn’s Homeboyz” begins to criticize Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman running for a Democratic Congressional seat, for her proposal to use “taxpayer money” to hire former gang members… More »


Jerry Stiller And Ann Meara Speak Out About Prop 19

More specifically, they tell us about their use of MariHuana. I’ll bet Ben Stiller is cringing right now. No one wants to hear about their parents getting stoned. Anyhow, the takeaway here? All you Cali stoners out there, get off the couch and… More »


Today’s Lady News: Meg Whitman Accused Of Employing An Undocumented Maid

Meg Whitman’s undocumented maid claimed in a press conference today that she was fired after she asked the California gubernatorial candidate and her husband for help gaining legal status. Nicky Diaz Santillan worked for the Whitman/Harsh family for nine years and claimed they never asked for her legal status before employing her. When Santillan… More »


Hollywood Party Crashing Could Soon Earn You Jail Time

Thanks to movies like “Wedding Crashers” and incidents like the Salahis’ not-so-official invite to the White House, party crashing has become more of an occupation than a form of trespassing. Well, California is trying to take the glamour out of sneaking in through a window or slipping past a bodyguard; the state’s lawmakers are looking… More »


Today’s Lady News: Gays Can Marry In California!

Good news! Earlier today, Judge Vaughn Walker lifted the stay imposed on the decision to repeal Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage in California. In other words, gay couples will not be prevented from marrying while gay marriage opponents appeal his decision. Congratulations, Cali gays and lesbians! [NOH8campaign.com]
Yesterday, two members of the… More »


No S**t! A Cuss-Free Week In California

California politicians are getting really creative about ways to make nice. They’re banning swear words for a week. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino created a “Cuss Free” bill after he got inspired by a middle schooler’s movement to start a “No Cussing Club” at his school. California’s State House passed a bill today approving a “Cuss Free… More »


Michael Jackson’s Memorial Exploited Emotions And Wasted Taxpayer Dollars

I’ve already said that I love Michael Jackson’s music and am very sad that he passed away at far too young of an age. I think it’s terribly sad that his children, who have already led such bizarre lives, at least out in public, now have lost their anchor. Which is why it was heartbreaking… More »