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California-based Courage Campaign sent a letter to Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to address state and local issues impacting California voters.

Eddie Kurtz, an Oakland resident and executive director of the civil rights organization Courage Campaign, said he was happy to hear the district attorney had reviewed Jaramillo's case for criminal wrongdoing but added that he was still dissatisfied that the Oakland Police Department has refused to answer questions about whether the officers involved in the incident were disciplined.

"The bottom line is that we still have an epidemic of police killing unarmed people and not receiving any consequences." Kurtz said.

The U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to grant Nestle a new permit to continue piping water out of a national forest for bottling has drawn a flood of written comments from the public, including a petition with more than 280,000 names demanding the agency “turn off the spigot.”

Liberal and civil rights groups are planning to escalate their campaign to force Google to withdraw any support for the Republican convention if Donald Trump becomes the party's nominee.

The organizations — including ColorOfChange, CREDO and Free Press Action Fund —say they plan to show up at Google's campus in Mountain View, California, on Thursday and deliver a petition with 400,000 signatures that calls on Google to pull out of the Cleveland event.

Protesters will descend on Google headquarters in Mountain View on Thursday to demand that the company cancel its plans to sponsor the Republican National Convention.

As Donald Trump comes to California to kick off his primary campaign here, demonstrators from eight activist groups will deliver almost half a million petition signatures to Google.

The petition tells the company it needs to pull out of the Republican National Convention, which Google typically sponsors along with the Democratic National Convention.

Chicago police killed a black teenager named Laquan McDonald in 2014. It took 13 months to release video of the shooting, which led to charges against the officer involved. Last month, California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, introduced legislation requiring police body camera footage to be released within two months of an incident.

Quirk said he didn't want a similar case to happen in California. Apparently, he didn't realize tragedies like this have happened in California. In fact, one occurred in the East Bay, part of which he represents.

Seventy thousand people from Oakland and across the country have signed a petition by Courage Campaign and Presente.org demanding that the officers who killed Hernan Jaramillo be investigated and prosecuted.

Chicago police killed a black teenager named Laquan McDonald in 2014. It took 13 months to release video of the shooting, which led to charges against the officer involved. Last month, California Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, introduced legislation requiring police body camera footage to be released within two months of an incident.

Quirk said he didn't want a similar case to happen in California. Apparently, he didn't realize tragedies like this have happened in California. In fact, one occurred in the East Bay, part of which he represents.

In San Francisco, we contort ourselves crafting ambitious policies to solve problems inside the tiny plywood box California law gives us. The reason we can’t procure a bigger box from Sacramento isn’t Republicans; it’s corporate Democrats.

We can’t expand rent control because of Costa-Hawkins. We can’t stop evictions because of the Ellis Act. The state eliminated redevelopment funds for affordable housing. State law requires a two-thirds vote to raise taxes. Prop. 13’s protection of commercial property starves public services. Health care costs rise because California won’t regulate insurance rates. We have a drought because the state won’t regulate agribusiness and rising sea levels — because the state won’t ban fracking or oil drilling.

Do you see a pattern?

A collection of liberal groups is demanding that Google and Microsoft withdraw from any sponsorship of the Republican convention in Cleveland, charging that the tech giants' support would help "provide a platform for the hateful and violent message of Donald Trump."

California is often perceived politically as a sea of solid “blue” – a state, with its Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled legislature, that has become synonymous with progress.

“Not so fast!” says a coalition of groups concerned that Democrats, while they have the edge in this state, are taking voters for granted.

Last week, the Courage Campaign, which leads a new accountability project whose members include the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action (ACCE), Progressive Kick, Presente.org and ColorOfChange, released the People’s Report Card of California. This scorecard examines every assembly member’s vote on 25 critical bills from the previous year.

The report card measures whether legislators voted to prioritize the needs of their constituents over corporations or special interest groups. Its genesis came late last year when Governor Jerry Brown was trying to push through two big climate-change bills, says Eddie Kurtz, the Courage Campaign’s executive director.

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