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A comprehensive federal class action lawsuit has been filed against both Sacramento County jails, it was announced Tuesday, charging the troubled facilities with “unconstitutional and illegal treatment of people” that has subjected “approximately 3,800 men and women…to dangerous, inhumane, and degrading conditions.”
Sacramento is teaming up with a Silicon Valley company to prepare the city for self-driving vehicles.
The city announced Wednesday it is partnering with Phantom Auto, a company that “enables a remote human operator to drive an autonomous vehicle,” the company said in a news release.
Charging that Sacramento County’s two jails confine inmates in “dangerous, inhumane and degrading conditions,” inmate advocates filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the county seeking wholesale changes in how the jail system is run.
RV owners piled into federal court Thursday to ask a judge to stop the city from ticketing and impounding shelter vehicles.
A federal judge is considering a request to temporarily lift a ban against people living in vehicles as well as restrictions on the hours large vehicles can park on San Diego streets following a hearing Thursday.
Homeless RV owners wait for judge’s decision on citations
Homeless RV owners are ringing the bell on what they say is unjustifiable ticketing and impounding of their vehicles.
Dozens of homeless who live in motorhomes gathered at South Shores Boat Launch in Mission bay to protest the city’s two ordinances that make it difficult for them to park in city limits.
Holding signs that read “Stop the ticketing,” “Housing not handcuffs, “Disability is not a crime” and other slogans, about 20 people participated in a demonstration in Mission Bay on Monday to call attention to a class-action lawsuit seeking an end to the city’s ban on people living in recreational vehicles.
Advocates of the city of San Diego wants the city to stop ticketing RV's of homeless people.
San Diego RV dwellers rallied Monday in protest of the city’s overnight parking laws.
One local ordinance bans RV parking on the streets between 2 and 6 a.m. and another prohibits people from living in a car. After accruing five unpaid tickets, police have the right to impound a house on wheels.
Activists are fighting two San Diego laws they say discriminate against homeless people.
One of the laws prohibits parking RVs on city streets between 2 a.m., and 6 a.m. The other law prohibits people from living in their vehicles.
The Fresno County Probation Department’s reliance on using pepper spray to control the behavior of kids held at the Juvenile Justice Campus is “dangerous and traumatizing” for youth, according to a report from Disability Rights California, a nonprofit established by federal law to “protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.”
Fresno County should stop using pepper spray on children and teenagers serving time at the Juvenile Justice Campus and address other issues that affect their physical and mental health, a report from Disability Rights California recommends.
Even now, several years later, Rebecca Cervenak can still remember what the inmate, standing half-naked in a white, rubber-padded room, said to her. "He was talking to me through the solitary door," she recalls, "and he told me, 'You're the first person who's looked at me like I wasn't an animal. Like you actually saw me.'"
A U.S. District Court judge granted a motion for class certification on May 31 to the complainants of a federal class action lawsuit against Santa Barbara County and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
The complaint, which was originally filed on Dec. 6 last year, includes detailed accounts of the county's alleged poor treatment of inmates with disabilities and mental health issues, and claims that conditions in the Santa Barbara County Jail are dangerous and unlawful...
SAN DIEGO (CN) — A disability rights attorney told a federal judge Thursday that a San Diego city code outlawing overnight parking of RVs discriminates against disabled people living in vehicles, in a city grappling with a homelessness crisis...
Gus Byrne is 9 years old, and he’s curious about everything. He loves technology, trains and airplanes. And he doesn’t let his autism, muscular dystrophy or Type 1 diabetes slow him down.
But his parents, Bob and Adriana Byrne, have had a hard time keeping up. Gus’s glucose levels can drop or spike suddenly, sometimes without any symptoms. Adriana Byrne must go to school with him and watch his monitor at all times...
San Diego (KGTV) - Thousands of kids across California approved for in-home nursing care are struggling to get the help they desperately need.
On Thursday two children filed a class-action lawsuit against the California Department of Health Care Services and its director claiming the state has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide them with sufficient Medi-Cal in-home nursing services...
California isn't doing enough to get in-home nursing care for children with severe disabilities, advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
The state is obligated to find nurses for low-income children on Medi-Cal but does little more than send lists of names, the lawsuit said. It said children are at risk of being injured or institutionalized because the Department of Health Care Services fails to ensure they get the nursing care ordered by their doctors and approved by the agency...
By Liz Wagner and Jeremy Carroll
Families of some of the sickest children in California are taking legal action against the state. They filed a federal class action lawsuit on Thursday, which challenges California’s failure to deliver what it promised. Investigative Reporter Liz Wagner reports in a video that first aired on May 24, 2018...