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A recently filed lawsuit alleges that the Oakland Police Department's racial bias led to a neighborhood being repeatedly shot up by one of its own residents.

The case was filed by one neighbor who stood up to try to stop the shootings, which everyone in the neighborhood knew were being committed by the same resident. In one incident, the neighbor shot at a homeless man sleeping in his car on the street. When the police were called, the homeless man, and not the shooter, was arrested. Days later, the shooter targeted his neighbor and fired repeatedly into her home.

Employees Entitled to Reporting Time Pay for Shift Call-Ins

"On call" employees must be paid for calling in to see if they are scheduled to work, even when their employers say they do not need to come in.

In Ward v. Tilly's, Inc., California's Second District Court of Appeals said on-call shifts burden employees and they should be paid for it. In some cases, that means a half-day's pay for being on-call.

It was a surprise for Tilly's, the clothing store, but it was not the only one. Other large chains have not been paying on-call workers either.

California to Sue Over Trump's Border Emergency

President Trump declared a national emergency to fund his border wall, but he's facing another wall in California.

In a speech at the White House, President Trump called illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border "an invasion of our country." Soon after, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will sue to stop the president.

Trump made up the "national emergency" to seize power and to subvert the Constitution, the governor said.

Los Angeles Becomes Newest Sanctuary City

Increasing tension between Washington and California over the fate of Mexican migrants, Los Angeles joined a growing list of sanctuary cities.

The city council unanimously approved a resolution declaring Los Angeles a "sanctuary city," formally adopting a state law that declared California a "sanctuary state" in 2017. It comes as President Trump fights for a border wall, a battle that shutdown the federal government for weeks.

Trump, who wants $5.7 billion for the wall, said he will pull out all federal immigration agents from the state over the sanctuary measures. Sanctuary advocates like the sound of that, but the president is not done yet.

California Lawmakers Struggling to Clarify Gig Worker Status

Robes and baby-kissing aside, lawmaking can be messy.

Judges sometimes wash their hands of decisions, telling legislators it's their problem. Legislators sometimes blow back with their own versions of judicial opinions.

In California, lawmakers are trying to clean up a major issue in the gig economy. But every lobbyist knows, it's like making sausage -- messy.

Aetna Lawsuit Over HIV Status Settles

Aetna will pay nearly $1 million to California after the company sent almost 2,000 letters exposing patients' HIV status.

The state attorney general announced the $935,000 settlement, which followed a related $17 million settlement against Aetna earlier this year. The state case also requires the health care company to guard against such disclosures in the future.

The problem stemmed from envelopes with windows for addresses. They were so big that anyone could see through the windows the recipients were taking HIV medication.

A recent lawsuit filed by the California Attorney General against the city of Huntington Beach is sparking questions over whether the Orange County beach city is part of the housing crisis currently plaguing the state.

The lawsuit alleges that the city has failed to meet the state mandated requirements for affordable housing. The city was put on notice in 2015, and despite it claiming to have been working with the state on revising its plan, no actions had been taken.

CA Governor Wants to Move Juveniles Out of Corrections Department

Gov. Gavin Newsom took a step forward in his campaign for juvenile justice reform by visiting a juvenile detention center.

Speaking to officials, reporters, and young inmates, the governor said he hopes to bring changes as early as July. The first change, if approved by the legislature, will be to transfer the care of some 660 offenders from corrections to health and human services.

It is a small step, given there are tens of thousands of youth in the juvenile justice system. But it marks a change that is already working throughout the United States.

No-Tipping Restaurants Duck Price-Fixing Conspiracy Lawsuit

Tip-free restaurants may sound like a great idea for customers, but not so much for waiters, waitresses, and unhappy plaintiffs.

In federal court, plaintiff Timothy Brown alleged that tip-free restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City conspired to fix prices. Potential plaintiffs everywhere may have agreed.

But a judge dismissed the proposed class action. It's hard to bake make a price-fixing case against just a handful of restaurants, he suggested.

News of Pacific Gas and Electric declaring bankruptcy has left many of their California gas and electric customers wondering what's going to happen with their service, or the company they've grown to begrudgingly pay every month.

Notably, PG&E has stated that the bankruptcy will not lead to service interruptions for any customers. However, if layoffs or budget restrictions occur as part of the bankruptcy, there could be delays for service calls. Additionally, while liquidation isn't ordinarily part of a Chapter 11, according to local news reports, the company has explored selling off its natural gas division, or other assets.