James F. Scafide Nominated to Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens

SANTA BARBARA– June 30, 2014. The Santa Bar­bara City Coun­cil nom­i­nated James F. Scafide, of Scafide Law Firm, to the Board of Direc­tors of the Cen­tral Coast Com­mis­sion for Senior Cit­i­zens. The two-year term com­mences July 1, 2014. In his appli­ca­tion for the appoint­ment, Scafide out­lined what he believed to be the num­ber one issue fac­ing senior cit­i­zens: elder abuse. “”When we think of elder abuse, we often think of phys­i­cal elder abuse. This is a ...

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Supreme Court Rules Corporations Have Religious Rights

In a 5–4 deci­sion, the US Supreme Court ruled on Mon­day that requir­ing family-owned cor­po­ra­tions to pay for insur­ance cov­er­age for con­tra­cep­tion vio­lated a 1993 fed­eral law pro­tect­ing reli­gious freedom.

The rul­ing in Bur­well v. Hobby Lobby Stores, No. 13–354, and Con­estoga Wood Spe­cial­ties v. Bur­well, No. 13–356, deals with the law­ful­ness of a part of the Afford­able Care Act that requires many employ­ers to pro­vide insur­ance cov­er­age for contraception.

The deci­sion, while nar­rowly apply­ing only to closely-held ...

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Calfiornia Supreme Court Rules Job Protections Extend To Immigrants Using False Identification

Per­ceived By Many As Vic­tory for Undoc­u­mented Workers

In a 5–2 Deci­sion, the Califor­nia Supreme Court ruled Thurs­day that California’s legal pro­tec­tions for work­ers who suf­fer job dis­crim­i­na­tion extend to immi­grants who ille­gally use oth­ers’ Social Secu­rity num­bers to get their jobs.  See the full story here.

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Enviornmental Protection Agency Proposes Rules on Fracking

In its response to a cit­i­zen peti­tion sub­mit­ted under sec­tion 21 of the Toxic Sub­stances Con­trol Act (TSCA), EPA indi­cated that as a first step, it would con­vene a stake­holder process to develop an approach to obtain infor­ma­tion on chem­i­cal sub­stances and mix­tures used in hydraulic frac­tur­ing. To gather infor­ma­tion to inform EPA’s pro­posal, the Agency is issu­ing this advance notice of pro­posed rule­mak­ing (ANPR) and ini­ti­at­ing a pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process to seek com­ment ...

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Supreme Court: Agency May Regulate Green House Emissions

Huge Win For EPA and Environmentalists  

“It bears men­tion that EPA is get­ting almost every­thing it wanted in this case.” –Jus­tice Antonin Scalia In a much-anticipated deci­sion, the United States Supreme Court on Mon­day gave what has been trum­peted as a huge vic­tory for envi­ron­men­tal­ists when it largely val­i­dated the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s (EPA’s) plans to reg­u­late major sources of greenhouse-gas emis­sions such as power plants and fac­to­ries. How­ever, in a rather blis­ter­ing deci­sion writ­ten ...

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