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August 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Marijuana vote: Judge splits ruling on Prop. 64 lawsuits, both sides to change ballot arguments

Both advocates and opponents of California’s marijuana legalization measure are claiming victory after a judge determined Friday that they each made misleading statements in arguments to be included in official ballot pamphlets for the Nov. 8election. Pro- and anti- Proposition 64 groups sued each other last week in Sacramento County Superior Court, challenging comments submitted to the Secretary of State concerning how the initiative might affect pot advertising and minors, among other things. By Brooke Edwards Staggs — The Orange County Register

Race, class collide in prosecuting theft of Scott Wiener’s phone

When a thief snatched San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener’s cell phone in December, the towering, Harvard-educated former deputy city attorney responded quickly and coolly under pressure. He negotiated with the suspect to accompany him to a Wells Fargo ATM near the 16th Street Mission BART Station and participate in a swap of $200 for the return of his iPhone 6. By Karen de Sá — San Francisco Chronicle

Strike over: Court clerks in Santa Clara County vote to return to work

Normal court operations will resume Monday after employees Sunday voted to end Santa Clara County's first court strike in 14 years by approving the administration's latest contract offer. The walkout by more than 300 clerks, janitors, mediators and researchers lasted for eight work days, disrupting court operations and closing clerks' offices since it began Aug. 3. By Tracey Kaplan and Tracy Seipel — San Jose Mercury News

No ‘Queen for a Day’ among counties pleading for courthouse bucks

Back in the black-and-white days of television, a popular show called “Queen for a Day” pitted female contestants who moved audiences with their stories of financial and emotional hardships. The winner, determined by an audience applause meter, found herself draped in a robe, a tiara placed on her head, a bouquet of roses in her hand and lavished in prizes ranging from vacations to appliances, often a washer and a dryer set. By Jeff Jardine — The Modesto Bee

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