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Court Rejects Drakes Bay Oyster Co.’s Privatization Efforts

Last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Interior Department’s decision to protect Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore as the West Coast’s first marine wilderness. The ruling supports the Interior Department’s efforts to protect the sensitive marine habitat from the Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s ongoing operations that damage the natural environment, […]

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Victory in California ‘Dark Money’ Scheme

Simply put: today is a day of victory for common sense campaign disclosure laws and the people of California! A pair of Arizona non-profit groups that in 2012 funneled $15 million from anonymous donors into two California ballot initiative campaigns – and were flushed out thanks to a complaint from California Common Cause – agreed Thursday to pay $1 million in fines to the state.

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Something Scary Just in Time for Halloween

Where would you expect frights this October? Your first guess probably wouldn’t be the Sacramento state legislature, but CBS Los Angeles has just published an expose on the practice of “ghost voting” going on amongst our state representatives. Ghost voting occurs when legislators are absent from their desk however their votes are cast because their […]

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Ethics comes to SoCal Water District

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is a public cooperative of 26 cities and municipalities in Southern California that supplies water to over 19 million residents in the region. On Tuesday, two-thirds of MWD’s Board of Directors voted to implement policies creating a more independent and robust ethics program.

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The Rules of Nonprofit Lobbying

By Katherine Delos Reyes Not too long ago, I attended a workshop hosted by Alliance for Justice called Advocacy Rules for Nonprofits. Attendants of the workshop all had different mission goals for their organizations but attributed to the same common tribulations regarding the rules of lobbying and nonprofits. A nonprofit’s ability should never be taken for […]

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