Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on a Zoom with reporters yesterday recommended, “Everyone two years of age and older should wear a mask in indoor gatherings and indoor settings such as businesses, restaurants and indoors at schools.”
Police must allow journalists access to closed-off demonstrations and protests, under a new law signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The new law, Senate Bill 98, requires that journalists be given unfettered access to closed-off protests, and prohibits law enforcement officers from assaulting, interfering or obstructing journalists from covering such events.
Citing California public health officials, Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday night said that gatherings of more than 250 people should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. That effectively would ground any Hollywood film and TV premieres, festivals, larger screenings and Emmy campaign events and would temporarily halt the use of live audiences in show tapings, including primetime sitcoms.
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a measure that restores Obama-era open-internet rules in California, in a direct rebuke to the Trump Administration’s rollback of these regulations. The Justice Department responded with a lawsuit seeking to prevent the law from taking effect.
A new BIA/Kelsey forecast shows real estate, retail, general services and automotive are the leading categories.
The state’s “confidential communication” bill could criminalize journalists’ reporting on confidential information. The group says the measure would infringe on the rights of journalists and have a chilling effect on reporting issues of public interest.
A bill now being considered by California lawmakers is calling attention to the uneasy balance between copyright principles and public-records law. AB 2880, introduced by the Judiciary Committee and revised May 31, would allow state agencies to claim copyright protections in government works, while at the same time attempting to restrict agency efforts to use their copyrights to circumvent the state Public Records Act.
In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, the California Department of Motor Vehicles abruptly changed its long-standing policy on releasing the driver license photos of deceased people to the news media. A DMV spokesman said that photos would now be considered private data as outlined by state statute.
News organizations were among the groups that pushed for passage of the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act signed Thursday. The law now requires police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the nation’s most-populous state.
California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a state bill aimed at increasing citizens’ privacy protections against drone flights. The bill would have allowed property owners to file trespassing charges against drone operators who flew their unmanned aircraft less than 350 feet above their property. In a veto statement, Brown said the bill “could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial users alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action.”
RTDNA, the National Press Photographers Association and a coalition of other journalism groups have sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to veto a bill that would make it nearly impossible for newsrooms to use drones for newsgathering.