LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department is testing two types of electric motorcycles as part of an effort to decrease its carbon footprint and ultimately cut costs. Such bikes are already used by a growing number of police departments across the country. A police spokesman says the LAPD is looking at using them for foot beats and specialized events.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes. The legislation, which the governor signed yesterday, authorizes the state registrar to issue a corrected birth certificate to a transgender person who provides proof of appropriate medical treatment. Currently, transgender people can only get new certificates via court order.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor's office announced yesterday the signing of the legislation, which clarifies the non-discrimination provision of an existing state law. Supporters say many same-sex couples have been denied coverage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) —An usher from a Los Angeles Jehovah's Witness congregation has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing three boys in 2006. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Marcelo Lozano was also ordered yesterday to register as a sex offender. Lozano met the boys, who ranged in age from 8 to 11, through the Jehovahs Witnesses Sun Valley Spanish congregation.