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Newslinks for 4-11-16

Editorial: The way California collects fines, fees is almost criminal

April 10, 2016 | Sacramento Bee
A few years ago, the mother of four says, she was driving a little too fast along Florin Road in south Sacramento. A cop spotted her, flipped on his lights and pulled her over. He ran her driver’s license and said it was suspended, to Breazell’s surprise.

Beverly Hills school district spending scheme under high court review

April 11, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) During oral argument on Thursday, the state Supreme Court justices grappled with the question of who is responsible for handling or mishandling public funds: the CEO of a school district, the school board members with voting power, the county employees who actually issue the checks or a combination of all of these individuals.

Bellflower High civics program honored

April 08, 2016 | Wave
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye praised Bellflower High School students April 5 for “thinking deeply about issues that affect all of us” as she presented the school with California’s highest honor for civic-learning programs, the Award of Excellence.
Related: Civic Learning Initiative, Press Telegram

Laying Odds on a Split of the State Bar

April 08, 2016 | The Recorder
For years—decades really—forces inside and outside California's State Bar have dabbled with the idea of decoupling the organization's regulatory work from its advocacy activities. And for years, bar leaders have beat back such attempts, usually accepting just enough structural reforms to appease governors and lawmakers looking to ax the agency in half.

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A primer on how the council is making local court funding more equitable across the state (2:53). 

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