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SF dance school can seek relocation damages, high court rules

January 18, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
The state Supreme Court cleared the way for the nonprofit dance school at the San Francisco Presidio to seek damages for the losses it suffered by having to relocate when Caltrans demolished its building to make way for restructuring the Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Opinion: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Next Gun Battle

January 19, 2017 | New York Times
One of Justice Antonin Scalia’s last official acts before his death last February was to join Justice Clarence Thomas in complaining that the Supreme Court risked “relegating the Second Amendment to a second-class right” when it let stand an Illinois city’s ban on owning semiautomatic weapons.

Editorial: License suspension program for minor violations is unfair

January 16, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
Buried deep within the pages of Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget plan is a proposal that could have a big impact on the lives of California’s many low-income motorists. The governor wants to eliminate the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for motorists who fail to pay traffic tickets and related court fees.

Warriors break ground on San Francisco arena with fanfare

January 18, 2017 | Associated Press
Only boosting the mood was the California Supreme Court’s decision earlier in the day to deny a petition by arena opponents seeking to overturn the Warriors’ entitlements, further clearing the way for the project to move ahead — “so we’re totally good to go here,” Lacob noted.

Judicial Profile: Kevin J. McGee

January 13, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) McGee he grew up in the Coachella Valley, spending summers employed at an auto parts store his father managed and a carpet cleaning company. Working with his hands made him want to pursue higher education, and in 1976 McGee became the first member of his family to graduate college when he earned a history degree from Loyola Marymount University.

Editorial: Real pension reform rests with Supreme Court

January 13, 2017 | East Bay Times
Two appellate courts recently ruled that state lawmakers may alter retirement benefits for current employees. They said workers’ pension rules may be changed during their careers so long as they still receive “reasonable” benefits.
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