State Senate Passes Bill to Ban Grand Juries From Police Excessive Force Cases
One of the running themes of the Black Lives Matter protests has been opposition to grand jury decisions. Here in California, the State Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would prohibit grand juries in cases of officer-related deaths or excessive force. Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles introduced the bill. She said the grand jury process "can't be trusted to indict wrongdoers."
Cattle Ranchers Lock Horns With Almond Investors
Almonds have come under fire lately as a particularly water-intensive crop. But it seems they're weathering the drought very well, thank you. The federal Department of Agriculture predicts just a 1 percent drop in this year's lucrative almond harvest. Some of the latest "farmers" to cash in are investors, who are butting heads with cattle ranchers in Stanislaus County.