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Hotels See Panic Buttons as a #MeToo Solution for Workers. Guest Bans? Not So Fast.

The hotel industry is betting that a simple device can help solve the complex problem of guests sexually assaulting and harassing workers.

It’s known as a panic button, a small gadget that housekeepers can use to swiftly call for help. The technology takes different forms, including GPS devices that track employees as they walk through the building, buttons that emit an audible alarm and smartphone apps.

Vigil urges residents to ‘choose life’

Following Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Manhattan Beach resident Charlie Raker reached out to his uncle Martin, who lives in New York City and is a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. His uncle, in turn, pointed to a story he had recounted in his memoir. When they were being sent to Auschwitz, his uncle’s father had said to Martin that, if Martin survived, he had to honor his ancestors the only way he could: keep on living.

'It was like hell': California hotel workers break their silence on abuse

Just outside of Los Angeles in Ranchos Palos Verdes, the Terranea Resort boasts fine dining, a golf course, scenic beachfront views, and accommodations ranging from luxury guest rooms to private, secluded villas. While it may be a paradise for guests, resort workers claim they are subjected to a culture that has enabled sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Gov. Brown signs bills to block Trump's offshore oil drilling plan

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two bills that would block new offshore oil drilling in California by barring the construction of pipelines, piers, wharves or other infrastructure necessary to transport the oil and gas from federal waters to state land.

This locks into law the vows of Brown and other state officials who declared earlier this year they would do whatever it takes to stop the Trump administration from opening California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale.

Governor Brown Signs Bills to Fight Trump Administration’s Plan To Expand Offshore Oil Drilling off California’s Coast

Torrance, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 1775 and State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill (SB) 834, which prohibit any new pipelines or other infrastructure in state waters that would support new offshore oil drilling and development off California’s coast.

“With the signing of AB 1775 and SB 834, California is fighting back against the Trump Administration’s plan to expand offshore oil drilling off California’s coast,” declared Assemblymember Muratsuchi.  “We are standing up to protect the South Bay in my district and our state’s entire coast from the threat of more offshore oil drilling and ugly oil rigs.  I thank Governor Brown for leading the resistance and Senator Jackson for working with me to protect our state’s multibillion dollar coastal economy and beautiful beaches and coastline.”

Governor Signs Bill That Will Save Thousands Of Kittens And Puppies Across California

AB 2791 allows stray kittens and puppies to be immediately released to rescue groups

Torrance – Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 2791 into law.  This law, which is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), will allow stray, motherless kittens and puppies less than eight weeks of age to be immediately released from the shelter to rescue groups rather than be required to stay at the shelter for three days, as is required by current law.  The immediate release of these animals is meant to ensure their health and survival, as unweaned kittens and puppies are more vulnerable to disease at the shelter and are at high-risk for euthanasia. 

"I am stoked": Surfing is now California's official sport

LOS ANGELES -- "Let's go surfing now, everybody's learning how," the Beach Boys have been telling us in song since 1962. And if you haven't started listening by now -- and you live in California -- perhaps it's time you did.

Surfing became the official sport of California on Monday.

Governor Jerry Brown signs bill making surfing California’s official state sport

Torrance, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Joint Author Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)’s Assembly Bill 1782, a bill which establishes surfing as California’s state sport.  Surfing is an iconic part of California’s culture, and with around 1,100 miles of coastline throughout California, the sport generates significant economic activity each year for the state.

Both Assemblymembers are avid surfers who have spent much time surfing in the waters off the coast of Southern California.

Surf's up forever in California as surfing becomes the official state sport

Let it be known that on Aug. 20, 2018, surfing became California’s official state sport.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that enshrines surfing in the state’s code. The bill notes that surfing quickly became a California icon after being imported from Hawaii. Malibu, Trestles, Mavericks, Rincon, Steamer Lane and Huntington are California’s world-famous surf breaks. The Surfers’ Hall of Fame is in Huntington Beach. And the neoprene wetsuit, surfers’ unofficial uniform, was invented in the Bay Area.