Brown will replace his stamp on the high court, partisanship aside

David Carrillo cited by The Sacramento Bee, March 9, 2017

An analysis by David A. Carrillo … shows that the justices rarely diverge, party notwithstanding. Liu, for example, has voted with Republican appointees between 92 and 98 percent of the time. Werdegar votes with Liu and Cuéllar 98 percent of the time, and 97 percent of the time with Kruger. U.S. Supreme Court justices split far more frequently.

Tech workers electing to use skills in politics

Sonia Katyal quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2017

“There is a much greater number of individuals who probably would have just entered the tech sector, who are now thinking of themselves as political leaders — purely to stem the tide of what’s happening in Washington,” Katyal said.

President Trump and executive power

Daniel Farber, John Yoo, and Peter Schuck interviewed by World Affairs: Conversations that Matter, March 9, 2017


Farber: “The question of whether he can terminate a treaty that’s been ratified by the Senate … is a lot harder. … As a matter of U.S. law, he can do that. The international community may or may not view that as relieving us of our international obligations. That’s a separate question.”


Yoo: “We have to separate what’s good or bad as a matter of policy, and what’s legal. They’re different things. …The President does have the legal authority to add and subtract who he wants to be his adviser in foreign or domestic policy.”


Schuck: “Congress has granted the President very broad authority in the area that was impacted by the Executive Order concerning refugees—not just refugees, but anyone coming from those countries for a period of time.”

Will Trump roll out the big guns on Second Amendment issues?

Franklin Zimring and Jonathan Simon quoted by California Magazine, March 8, 2017

“It’s a matter of personnel more than principle,” Zimring says. “Trump wants to nominate Supreme Court justices who will push for expansion of Second Amendment interests, not limits.  It can be assumed that [recent Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil] Gorsuch would move in that direction.”

“Most gun laws are written at the local level,” says Simon, “and it would take the Supreme Court a very long time to say the states can’t regulate at all. And while it’s possible a more conservative court would move more aggressively on Second Amendment cases, we’re a long way from that point.”

East Bay immigrant tenants feel threatened by landlords

Ubaldo Fernandez interviewed by KTVU, March 7, 2017

When they complained about it to the landlord and threatened to call Oakland code enforcement out, the landlord then said, ‘If you call code enforcement and continue pursuing this then I will report you to ICE. I know you’re undocumented.’”

Proposal would let 17-year-olds vote in California

David Carrillo quoted by LA Weekly, March 7, 2017

“The 17-year-old voting age will only apply to state and local elections,” he said via email. “The 26th Amendment only precludes denial by states of the right of citizens who are 18 years of age or older to vote.”