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Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Thursday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2494 to curb frivolous litigation tactics.

Prior to 1995, California law provided that litigants subjected to bad-faith and unmeritorious tactics could seek sanctions in the form of attorney’s fees. While invoking this provision did occur and promoted fairness in tactics, it was rare because a very high burden of proof is required to establish bad-faith.

"CMTA appreciates Ken's work on this bill - it demonstrates his commitment to reform the difficult regulatory climate in California,” said Jack Stewart, President of California Manufacturers and Technology Association. “He understands that we need to find ways to make regulations less burdensome and reduce compliance costs such as the frivolous litigation this bill will discourage."

Cooley Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Cooley Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Wednesday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2523 to strengthen top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects.

The bill directs the Director of Technology to bring forward to the Legislature a plan for the development of a cadre of senior technology experts who specialize in supporting state agency technology projects. AB 2523 then directs the Department of Technology to establish such a unit.

Suspect arrested in of shooting death of witness in high-profile murder trial


Sacramento County sheriff's deputies have arrested a suspect in connection to the shooting death of a witness in a high-profile murder case.

Sheriff's investigators said 23-year-old Joe Miles is responsible for the death of Marquelle Jones. Jones was a key witness in the trial of three men charged with killing Monique Nelson, a mother trying to protect her son during a 2010 barbershop shootout. Then, last Tuesday Jones was killed in a drive-by shooting in Arden-Arcade.

Detectives have not released Miles' mugshot because the investigation is ongoing. They said there are witnesses that still need to be interviewed, and they don't want the witnesses to be bias because of media reports with Miles' photo.

News10 interviewed Miles at the Sacramento County Jail. He said the arrest came as a complete surprise.

Arrest made in slaying of barbershop murder witness


SACRAMENTO – Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a man in connection with the deadly shooting of a man driving a vehicle in the Arden Arcade area.

A release from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said Joe Miles, 23, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail Monday night as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Marquelle Jones, 25, on Sept. 9.

Jones was shot while driving his vehicle near an In-N-Out burger restaurant in the Arden Arcade area on Sept. 9.

STORY: Key witness in barbershop murder trial killed in drive-by shooting

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Crews will be performing work on Highway 50 this weekend between 15th Street in Sacramento and Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. Expect delays while crews are working and take alternate routes when possible.

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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday


For more than three hours, construction on westbound Highway 50 in Sacramento caused a major traffic back up Saturday afternoon.


Caltrans tweeted
Pioneer Bridge was open around 5:30 p.m. It also said road work would resume at 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

At it's peak, traffic was backed up on Hwy. 50 from 39th Street to Westacre Road. Drivers were also seeing a backup on northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The traffic was due to the "Sac Decked Out" construction project, which started in the spring and is expected to last 17 months.