Tag: California

Calif. DMV Hires 900 New Employees to Serve Undocumented Immigrants

By Julissa Catalan A new California law (AB60) permitting undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license despite not having proper legal status is set to take effect on Jan. 1. In an effort to prepare for the estimated 1.4 million immigrants that will become eligible to receive a license,…

Big News for LGBT-Owned Businesses

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock New opportunities are on the horizon for LGBT-owned businesses in California. Late Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation extending the supplier-diversity initiatives of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to LGBT-owned businesses. The CPUC’s Supplier Diversity Program sets benchmark goals for the gas, electric,…

SCOTUS Approves California Ban on Conversion Therapy

By Julissa Catalan On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially upheld a California law banning psychological counseling aimed at converting LGBT minors. The justices declined to take the case brought by supporters of “reparative therapy.” A standing appeals-court ruling from August 2013 said that the ban applied to professional practices…

California to Spend $600 Million on Housing for Homeless Veterans

By Julissa Catalan Photo by Shutterstock Currently, 25 percent (an estimated 19,000) of the nation’s homeless veterans reside in Californiamaking it the state with the highest rate of ex-servicemen without housing in the U.S. However, this will soon change following the passage last week of Proposition 41. The Veterans Housing…

California Law Students Seek Redemption for an Asian Lawyer

By Julissa Catalan University of California, Davis law students have petitioned the state barand, soon, the Supreme Courtto credit an Asian lawyer who was initially denied a license in 1890 with posthumous admission to the California State Bar. Over a century ago, the state of California denied Hong Yen Chang…