the Friends of Semi-Rural Moraga (FSRM) claimed that enough Moraga voters have signed a petition demanding that a specific city ordinance permitting real-estate development be repealed entirely or submitted to voters for approval or rejection.
On Friday, September 26, the Dutch Supreme Court upheld a decision against the Republic of Ecuador that requires the country to pay US$106 million to the oil company Chevron. The ruling upholds the results of an arbitration proceeding in the Hague originating from Ecuador’s alleged breach of an oil extraction and exploitation concession agreement […]
When we look at from where moral authority emanates in our society today we see a decline from traditional sources such as the President of the United States, clergy, or those who have devoted their lives to helping the disadvantaged. Strangely enough this void has been filled of late largely by professional sports franchises who have encouraged […]
Representing a Countywide group I attended the City of Richmond City Council meetings on July 22 and July 29, regarding the approval of the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization project. The meeting reminded me of an old joke whose punchline is “we’ve already agreed you are a whore, we are just negotiating the price.” Ultimately, approval […]
The election year promise is very pervasive. Have you ever heard of a politician say he or she is opposed to “local control?” Neither have I. However, a bill currently making its way through the State Legislature, AB 155, would do just that, setting a dangerous precedent that would paralyze local governments and politicize public works […]
Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled last week that the California Death Penalty is unconstitutional because it violated the 8th Amendment barring “cruel and unusual punishment.” He was right. My agreement with Carney, who is one of many jurists who oversteps their authority, might surprise some people as normally I stay on the right side of the […]
Despite an adverse ruling in court, the environmental group, Bay Area Citizens, vowed on June 13 to continue its fight against Plan Bay Area. Plan Bay Area is a scheme to put controls on motor-vehicle use and on housing patterns in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. On June 11, Judge Evelio Grillo of the […]