Law in the News: California’s required statewide water cuts kick in

California on Monday officially began its unprecedented push for water conservation in cities and towns, marching out orders for hundreds of communities across the state to make reductions of up to 36 percent.

The mandates, which come in the midst of a fourth year of drought, hit hardest in areas that have used more water in the past… However, few places go unaffected by the state’s action. Even relatively water-thrifty spots in San Jose and the East Bay are under directives to significantly cut their water use.

Read article on SF Gate News.

SPCA Dog Therapy Program April 2015

GetFileAttachment The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, April 27th. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.photo22

Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk.  Read here about the science of eye to eye contact between humans and dogs.

Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:

Monday, April 27th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Hank German Shepard / Terrier Mix
Monday, April 27th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Brixton Golden Retriever
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Prancer & Dasher Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Angie Golden Retriever
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Lana Shepard Mix
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Brixton Golden Retriever
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Ollie Golden Retriever
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Igor Black Labrador


Chuck Marcus
UC Hastings College of the Law Library

Law in the News: California Vaccine exemption bill temporarily stalls in California Senate Education Committee

Facing a barrage of questions he could not answer from his Senate Education Committee colleagues — particularly about the right of California children to attend public schools even if they are unvaccinated — Sen. Richard Pan on Wednesday agreed to delay by one week the committee’s vote on his controversial vaccine legislation.

The unexpected retreat seemed a promising turn of events for hundreds of opponents who again showed up in the Capitol to challenge lawmakers and insist the bill would deprive them of their right to choose not to vaccinate their children. And some believe the delay could imperil the chances of the legislation’s passage.

Pan, a pediatrician, co-authored Senate Bill 277, which would repeal the state’s personal belief exemption and require that only children who have been immunized for diseases such as measles and whooping cough be admitted to a school in California. It would also require schools to notify parents of immunization rates at their children’s schools.

Read article at the San Jose Mercury News.