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 a New Yorker, I will always be a California girl at heart. Here are 30 signs that California love runs through your veins. Keep reading »
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 truth to sexual harassment allegations against him. Admitting “I need help,” the 70-year-old confessed in a DVD provided to the media that “I have reached into my heart and soul and realize I must and will change my behavior.” However, the mayor vehemently maintains he is not guilty of sexual harassment.
Numerous women he has allegedly sexually harassed, including constituents and a former employee, tell a different story. Keep reading »
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 Corona and the Valley State Prison for Women In Chowchilla. Keep reading »
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 parties, industry events and oh yeah, music, we caught some classic Coachella scenes. Just so we’d know what we’d be missing.
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 in California. Today the court ruled that “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” This is an important victory, and experts think the case will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court within the next year. Between Washington state’s recent marriage equality bill and 116 U.S. mayors signing a Freedom To Marry pledge, it feels like the tide is finally turning in the fight for equal rights. It’s about time. Read the full text of the court’s decision here. [Los Angeles Times]