SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An immigrant who graduated law school and passed the state bar exam wants California Supreme Court to certify him over the objections of the Obama administration. Sergio Garcia and his lawyer appear before the high court today with the support of the California State Bar, state Attorney General Kamala Harris and others who argue a candidate's citizenship status is not a requirement to receive a California law license. But the U.S. Department of Justice says licensing Garcia would violate a federal law barring immigrants living in the country illegally from receiving public benefits.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy has been convicted of helping a private investigator arrest men for drunken driving to help their wives in divorce and custody cases. The Chronicle says Stephen Tanabe was convicted yesterday of conspiracy, extortion and wire fraud.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have lifted evacuation orders and advisories for Sierra Nevada towns once threatened by a wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park. Late yesterday fire managers said the Rim Fire was 80 percent contained after burning almost 370 square miles. Although no cause has been announced, one local fire chief speculated the fire might have ignited in an illegal marijuana grow.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials could set up a pilot program to test digital license plates under a bill advancing through the Legislature. The Assembly approved the measure that would authorize the DMV to evaluate alternative license plates and registration cards. Privacy advocates have raised concerns that digital plates could allow government officials to track motorists.