Newslinks for 4-12-19

Auditor’s report on Assigned Judges Program

April 12, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Judicial Council Administrative Director Martin Hoshino said he was already working to modify the program when the Auditor flagged the issue. “We were seeing for the first time in history that we were projecting a deficit, and we were going to run out of service days before the fiscal year was out,” Hoshino said.

State high court tweaks Proposition 47

April 12, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld retroactive reductions for non-violent crimes and specified types of felony theft and non-theft offenses that are eligible to be retroactively downgraded to misdemeanors.

Resident's Fight over Home Demo Heads to State Supreme Court

April 11, 2019 | Laguna Beach Indy
A longtime Laguna Beach resident is taking his legal challenge of a home demolition to California’s highest court, extending a three-year fight recently decided by a state appellate court. Though the home in question already has been rebuilt, Mark Fudge is asking the state Supreme Court to review the 4th District Court of Appeal’s determination that the state Coastal Commission was the rightful place to air his grievances, instead of civil court as Fudge contends.

More gig workers seek exemption from 'ABC' law classifying them as employees

April 11, 2019 | Los Angeles Daily News
Self-employed workers and business owners are urging California lawmakers to expand a bill, allowing more gig workers to be exempted from employee status. They want additional exemptions in Assembly Bill 5 — a move that would allow more independent contractors to keep their job flexibility.

California plan for school construction bonds sparks debate for reform

April 11, 2019 | EdSource
The California Supreme Court ruled a half-century ago in the Serrano lawsuits, initiated by John Serrano and other public school parents in Los Angeles, that disparities in school districts’ property wealth created unconstitutionally unequal opportunities for students.
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