New California Laws

COVID-19 Tenant Protections

While Mr. Trump’s best idea for helping people to address the financial and medical threats of COVID-19 is to suggest that people ingest bleach (Don’t listen to him. Listening to him will kill you.), governors are leading with much needed policies and new laws to protect tenants as they “Stay Safe at Home.”  
On March 16, 2020, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, issued an executive order authorizing local governments to exercise their police powers to enact COVID-19 eviction protections for tenants, and he instructed housing authorities to grant extended time for compliance.

Constitutional Democracy


July 2, 2024, Update:

Opinion: We should all dissent from the Supreme Court’s immunity decision, and not respectfully

This article below is from the Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2024.  It was written by the Dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law.  

“As Justice Sonia Sotomayor powerfully said in her dissent in Trump vs. United States, the Supreme Court on Monday made ‘a mockery of the principle, foundational to our Constitution and system of Government, that no man is above the law.’ In a 6-3 decision, the six Republican-appointed justices handed a stunning victory to Donald Trump in broadly defining the scope of absolute presidential immunity from criminal prosecution.

Roberts concluded his opinion by rightly saying: ‘This case poses a question of lasting significance.’ Unfortunately, the court gave an answer to that question that undermines the rule of law and creates a serious future threat to our democracy in placing the president largely above the law.”

Erwin Chemerinsky is a contributing writer to Opinion and the dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law.

August 8, 2020, Update:

In William’s Barr’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on July 28, 2020, he stated “Given our history, it’s understandable that among black Americans, there’s some ambivalence and often distrust toward the police. Until just the last 50 years ago or so, our laws and our institutions were explicitly racist, explicitly discriminatory.”  He denied there is systematic racism in law enforcement.  

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Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution

The Foreign Emoluments Clause, U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9, cl. 8,  “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”


Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states at 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e-2(a) (1) :

“It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer— (1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court held that “In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or trans gender defies the law.” Bostock, v. Clayton County, Georgia (June 15, 2020). The conservative judge appointed by Trump, Justice Gorsuch, wrote the majority opinion base on the ordinary public meaning of the words in Title VII, notwithstanding any unexpected consequences.


2020 New California Laws

New California laws include the following:

In 2018, California enacted a new data privacy law, California Consumer Privacy Act.  The Act became effective January 1, 2020.  Californians now have a right to find out what personal data a business has on them and to “opt-out” of the business right to sell their personal data to other entities.  The personal data covered includes: (1) your name, (2) address, (3) IP address, (4) device number, (5) social security number, (6) email address, (7) purchasing history, (8) face or finger print image, (9) physical location, (10) employment or education and (11) description of physical characteristics.  The new law applies to a business (a) with more than $25 million in revenue, (b) access to personal information of more than 50,000 people or (c) derives 50 percent or more of its annual revenues from selling consumers’ personal information .