Bernice Yeung at East Bay Express: Can Health Care Treat Crime?
Health care and violence prevention may not seem related, but Alameda County is betting there’s an important connection between the two.
Jay Barmann at SFist: Mehserle Said ‘F*ck This’ Before Shooting Oscar Grant
In the Johannes Mehserle trial [Thursday], a witness testified that a frustrated Johannes Mehserle shouted “Fuck this” before reaching for his gun and shooting Oscar Grant in the back that fateful New Year’s morning.
Beth Slovic at Willamette Week: Señor Smith
Knowingly hiring undocumented workers is a violation of federal law. Perhaps most important, during a year when Smith is seeking re-election, it is at odds with the senator’s public statements on the explosive issue of illegal immigration.
Amy Scattergood at LA Weekly: Chefs With Tattoos
Cooks turn to tattoos as a preferred expression of individualism, a form of rebellion against kitchen environments that demand conformity.
Gustavo Arellano at the Orange County Weekly: Santa Ana Unified School District Blames Disabled Student for Her Molestation by School Worker, Demands She Pay Their Legal Bills! (content warning: molestation, sexual assault, ableism)
In a June 1st filing in Orange County Superior Court, school districts lawyers tried to dismiss the lawsuit using 40 separate affirmative defenses, known in the real world as “excuses.”