• Committee Approves Medi-Cal Program Audit

    SACRAMENTO —The Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved of a request of an audit of California’s Drug Medi-Cal program due to media reports of widespread fraud. The media investigations were done by CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting. The audit will take place over the next several months. Fraud was widesprea

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  • Bill Mandates Full Restitution to Taxpayers for False 911 Calls

    SACRAMENTO -- On Aug. 19, the California Assembly approved a bill giving taxpayers responsibility of restitution for those convicted of filing false 911 reports. The bill which is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Police Department comes after numerous false reports of threats and invaders in California homes. The bill would transfer the onus

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  • NSA Puts Pressure on Secure Communication Websites

    DALLAS — Lavabit, an email encryption website believed to be used  by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, shut down and posted a message on the web page explaining the reasoning behind it:

    Founded in 2004 by Ladar Levison, the site provided secure communication between its users

    “I have been force

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  • Brown Signs Parking Citations Bill

    SACRAMENTO — On Aug. 14, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law, Assembly Bill 443. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and sponsored by the City of Long Beach, aims to help to level the playing field for collecting parking citations. It allows the California Department of Motor Vehicles to deny a vehicle transfer between fam

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  • Lieu Asks Congress to Reconsider Vote to Halt NSA Surveillance

    SACRAMENTO — On Aug. 12, Sen. Ted Lieu introduced a legislative resolution urging Congress to reconsider its recent vote to halt the U.S. National Security Agency’s massive data and phone records collection of Americans.

    The resolution is in response to proposal in the House of Representatives to stop the NSA surveillance of Ameri

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  • Lieu Pushes Transparency, GPS-Parolee Tracking, Job Creation Laws

    SACRAMENTO – With Aug. 12’s resumption of California’s 2013 Senate session, Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance has one month to steer through efforts to enact reforms and create jobs. Below, in bill-number order, are key bills Lieu will be presenting beginning next week.

  • NSA to Replace System Administrators with Computers

    Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency , recently announced his plans to replace human system administrators at NSA headquarters with computers.

    This is part of the NSA’s plan to reduce and prevent future intelligence leaks in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations on the United States su

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  • The Great Mulch Wall in Long Beach

    LONG BEACH -- This week in Long Beach, noise pollution might be down thanks to the Great Wall of Mulch that has been built along the heavily traveled Terminal Island Freeway.

    The wall extends the length of Hudson Park on the westside and is serving as an environmentally friendly buffer zone. It is said to reduce noise

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  • Kelly Colopy Appointed Director of Health and Human Services

    LONG BEACH — On July 29, City Manager Patrick H. West announced the appointment of Kelly Colopy as director of Health and Human Services, effective Sept. 9, 2013. Colopy has 17 years of professional experience in the field of human services, and currently manages the public mental health network in Salt Lake County, Utah, as Network Director

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  • Cain and Abel

    LONG BEACH — An argument between brothers turned deadly, on July 27, say officials of the Long Beach Police Department. At about 12:15 a.m., officers responded to a stabbing near Elm Avenue and Louise Street., where they found 20-year-old Geovany Ortiz. The young man was transported to the local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His b

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