Mandatory minimums would be reserved for violent offenders.
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation this week that would reduce prison terms for non-violent drug offenders, Reuters reports. Under the proposed reform, mandatory minimum sentences would be reserved strictly for those convicted of violent crimes.
The bill’s lead sponsors are Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and senior Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein. The pair have teamed up before to push through hardline anti-drug legislation, which will perhaps give them credit with conservatives to promote this reform.
Source: New Sentencing Reform Initiative Before Senate · High Times
The homeless are no longer allowed to camp in Fresno. The new law that went into effect overnight was met with protests.
Source: New homeless camping law met with protests – Story
Cannabis cultivation at home is up in the air, but recreational dispensaries will not be allowed in Fresno.
Source: Fresno council reverses course on pot cultivation | The Fresno Bee
Mayor Brand says police have identified recycling centers as problems, and he supports an ordinance going before the City Council to require recycling centers relocate to industrial areas.
Source: Fresno City Council is considering an ordinance that would put heavy restrictions on recycling centers | abc30.com
Robyn follows her number one single ‘With Every Heartbeat’ with ‘Handle Me’ acvompanied by a video directed by Johan Renck. ‘Handle Me’ is as feisty as pop songs come; full of hip hop flavoured attitude and with a chorus that should be heard across schoolyards for months to come. Its available to download on October 22nd.
Dailey Elementary School Board parents want Fresno Unified trustee Brooke Ashjian off its board.
Source: Ashjian’s hurtful language ‘both saddening and enraging’ | The Fresno Bee
What if an atheist said what Fresno’s school board president said, and see what would happen.
Source: Fresno’s school board president disqualies himself | The Fresno Bee
Divisive, harmful comments from school leaders prevent students and schools from doing their best, writes Daniel Clark of Edison High School in Fresno
Source: Hold Fresno Unified accountable; we all deserve better | The Fresno Bee
We have a moral obligation not to allow state-sanctioned hate, writes Andy Levine of Fresno.
Source: I speak for Fresno’s LGBTQ students who feel unsupported | The Fresno Bee
Rata High School in northwest Fresno sits empty now, but next year special needs kids will have a brand new school specifically tailored to their needs.
Source: Fresno school for special needs students receiving $4 million makeover | abc30.com