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|Perata to oppose Jessica's Law|
On Wednesday, Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, announced that he will oppose Jessica's Law, the sex-offender initiative, if the Legislature passes alternative legislation authored by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose. With the announcement, Perata becomes the first major Democratic politician in the state to oppose the measure.
Jessica's Law's no-live zone is bone of political contention
A November initiative to toughen penalties and place new restrictions on where past sex offenders can live essentially would make the city of San Francisco a sexual-predator-free zone, according to maps produced by the Senate Office of Research.
New York developer's eminent-domain crusade comes to California
Howard Rich may live in New York, but he has waded deep into California politics. The multimillionaire developer, and president of U.S. Term Limits, has bankrolled California's eminent-domain measure to the tune of $1 million. But the money is only one front in Rich's national crusade against eminent domain, an effort that spans more than a half-dozen states and millions of dollars.