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July 14 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 14, 2016

California court widens scope of restraining orders

An Alameda County woman asked the courts in 2013 to extend a stay-away order against her abusive ex-boyfriend, saying he had harassed and threatened her by phone and had beaten her children after the order was issued. But a Superior Court commissioner refused, saying “annoying” phone calls don’t amount to abuse, and alleged attacks on children are irrelevant to their parent’s case for protection. A state appeals court has now ordered reinstatement of the restraining order, saying Commissioner Boydine Hall’s decision was based on a fundamental misunderstanding of California’s domestic violence law. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle

Santa Monica convicts its first Airbnb host under tough home-sharing laws

Santa Monica, which last year passed some of the nation’s toughest regulations on short-term rentals, has now convicted its first Airbnb host under the new law, prosecutors said. Rental operator Scott Shatford, who listed five properties on Airbnb, was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of operating a business without a license and failing to comply with citations after he refused to stop renting out his properties, Deputy City Atty. Yibin Shen said WednesdayBy Hailey Branson-Potts — Los Angeles Times


The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday considered the nomination of U.S. District Judge Lucy Haeran Koh to serve on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Koh would be the first female Korean American to serve as a federal appellate judge. The Senate is not expected to consider her nomination before leaving at the end of the week for a seven-week break. By Sarah D. Wire — Los Angeles Times

Three U.S. Senate Democrats, including California's Dianne Feinstein, have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the impacts of short-term rental platforms on cities' housing stocks and rents. In a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Feinstein, Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said they also are concerned about reports of racial discrimination in rental decisions, inconsistent tax collection among jurisdictions and potential violations of local health and safety regulations. By Cheryl Miller — The Recorder (sub. req.)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court on Thursday apologized for her recent remarks about the candidacy of Donald J. Trump, saying they were “ill-advised.” Earlier this week, Justice Ginsburg called Mr. Trump “a faker” who “really has an ego” and said he had been treated too gently by the press. Mr. Trump, she said, “says whatever comes into his head at the moment” and has no consistency in his thinking. She also made critical remarks in interviews with The New York Times and The Associated Press. By Michael D. Shear— The New York Times

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