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.

Rent-a-Pet at the Library!

Due to the success of our dog therapy program (which will take place April 27 to 30 this Spring term), the library will expand its services to offer a new service to students, Rent-a-Pet. Students will be able to “check out” (borrow) a pet for a period of time between 2 hours and 24 hours. Borrowing is free, but your student ID is required.

While “traditional” animals like dogs, cats and parakeets will of course be offered, the library has some surprises in store. Culminating upon 12-month negotiations, the library has teamed up with the San Francisco Zoo to offer students access to more exotic animals like parrots, turtles and monkeys. We are currently working on obtaining permission to bring over baby polar bears!


This service begins today, April 1, 2015!

photo courtesy of Firstpeople

(Happy April Fools! P.S.- The Dog Therapy program is still in place– but it only offers dogs!)


Free & Alt resources; Precision Searching (LRC)

Learn in-depth legal research with our library research certificate program! Classes are held on Tuesdays at noon. Check Blackboard for the full list of classes with days, times and location, and find program information at

Classes left for the Spring term:
– Free and alternative resources (3/17)
– Conducting precision searching (3/24)