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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the office of Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, alleging the department turned undocumented residents over to federal immigration officials.
The lawsuit accuses the department of violating California’s four-year-old Senate Bill 54, which prohibits state law enforcement from assisting federal immigration authorities or withholding immigration officials. detained beyond their set release dates to allow immigration and customs officials to recover them.
“Sheriff Scott R. Jones has long championed cooperation with ICE and fiercely opposed SB 54 and similar laws,” the lawsuit said. “Unable to stop the passage of SB 54, the sheriff and his office have overhauled how it works through a policy and practice of advising ICE when a person will be released from custody and transferring that person. person to ICE, including in situations where that person does not have a qualifying criminal conviction or charge.
The prosecution claims that the information in the lawsuit was obtained through emails and documents received via public document requests. When The Times asked for comment last Wednesday, Sacramento County officials and the Sheriff’s Department had not seen the complaint. The latter said that “it has been Sacramento County’s long-standing policy not to comment on pending litigation.” A follow-up request on Friday was not answered.
One of the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit is Misael Echeveste, who transferred from Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center to ICE in 2018, the ACLU said in a statement.
âEcheveste remembers that a few days before his planned release from the RCCC, the sheriff’s deputies told him that he was going to be released earlier. They congratulated him and took him to a locker room, âsaid the ACLU. “But, instead of giving him back his street clothes, they gave him a green ICE inmate uniform and laughingly announced that they were transferring him to ICE custody.”
In July 2018, a man was taken into police custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the trial. He was released on July 9, 2018 at 11:54 a.m., but the sheriff’s office did not actually release him until around 3:30 p.m. that day. When the man was taken to the lobby to be released, ICE agents were waiting for him with his belongings and papers. As a result of these events, the man risks possible deportation.
The organization and the plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring the sheriff’s office to change its policies and practices. The ACLU told The Times there may be more lawsuits.
“We are seeing indications of widespread illegal notifications and transfers elsewhere in California, based on stories from community members who have been arrested by ICE and what appear to be data irregularities in other counties. “Sean Riordan, senior lawyer for the Immigrant Rights Program at ACLU Northern California, told The Times in an email. âWe are still looking for additional information on specific practices in these locations. “
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University of California has slammed the door on using any standardized test for admission decisions, announcing last week that faculty couldn’t find any alternative exams that would avoid the skewed results that led executives to remove the SAT last year. UC Provost Michael Brown declared the end of testing for admissions decisions at a board meeting, bringing to an end more than three years of research and debate in the nation’s first public university system on whether the standardized tests do more harm than good when assessing admissions candidates. Los Angeles Times
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POLICY AND GOVERNMENT
California cities are fighting for the right to water. According to PolicyLink, a foundation promoting economic and social equity, thousands of unincorporated communities in the United States, mostly blacks and Latinos, lack even most basic infrastructure. Such communities – Lanare, Matheny Tract and Tooleville, for example – do not have access to water. âWe only have water in the morning,â explains Maria Paz Olivera, secretary of the Tooleville Mutual Nonprofit Water Assn. âWhen the workers come back from the fields in the afternoon, there is no water and they have to wait late before they can shower. Capital and principal
“A drinking club with a charity problem”: An international civic organization that has launched prominent politicians and community leaders moved quickly this year to deport a longtime member accused of sexual assault. in a San Francisco Chronicle investigation. However, the newspaper found that the organization, called Active 20-30, has long seen its philanthropy “overshadowed by partying, heavy drinking and a culture that has normalized sexual violence against its own members.” Several women said they left the organization because they felt victimized in an atmosphere where many members prioritized excessive alcohol consumption. Chronicle of San Francisco
CRIME AND COURTS
Reports of catalytic converter theft rose 1,500% in Sacramento County. I have already told you about the problem of catalytic converter theft. KCRA 3 Investigates took an in-depth look at reports of thefts in Sacramento County and found that the number rose from 74 reported thefts in 2018 to 1,214 in October 2021, a 1,540% increase. âIn the last three or four months we’ve never seen it like this,â Mike Ataya, owner of Ataya Motors, told KCRA 3. He said someone was stealing them from his dealership âalmost every day or every night. ” KCRA
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
They set out to hike America’s three longest trails in less than a year. What could possibly go wrong? Two Stanford University students have come up with an ambitious plan: to hike three of the country’s most difficult trails – the Appalachians, the Pacific Ridge and the Continental Divide – all in one year. The two meticulously planned their journey, making their intended paths along the country’s most difficult terrain. But on the track – as in life – things happened. Los Angeles Times
A beautiful destination often forgotten in California. The Channel Islands are made up of eight regions that span the counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles. The port city prides itself on its national park, which on a clear day can be easily spotted just 12 miles into the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can find great views of wildlife and great hikes, but it is “one of the least visited national parks in California, with less than 500,000 visitors per year,” writes Laura Studarus. Los Angeles Times reporter Lila Seidman recently detailed his own adventure there: “There’s a 2,000 pound elephant seal outside our tent.” Daily beast
THE CULTURE OF CALIFORNIA
California has 70% of the most expensive zip codes in the country for home buyers. Home prices across the country have skyrocketed during the pandemic. But at the top of the market, California has retained its crown of the nation’s most expensive state – by far. A new study from PropertyShark found that California owns 89 of the 127 most expensive zip codes in the country, or about 70%. That’s three percentage points more than the lion’s share it held last year. For the fifth year in a row, the Atherton suburb of Silicon Valley was the peak postcode, with a median selling price of $ 7.475 million. Los Angeles Times
âI couldn’t believe what they were saying. ” In recent years, Wells Fargo has been accused of signing millions of people into unwanted accounts, improperly repossessing military cars, and charging customers for insurance they didn’t want. not requested, resulting in billions of dollars. in fines. Now the company, which is headquartered in San Francisco, is under scrutiny for charging customers a fee for transferring money from one division of the bank to another. But Wells Fargo isn’t alone in hitting people’s pockets with nickel and dime fees, as opposed to its traditional focus on loan interest. Los Angeles Times
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ALMANAC OF CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles: Sunny, 84 San Diego: Covered, 81 San Francisco: Sunny 66 San JosÃ©: 73 Fresno: 67 Sacramento: 64
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