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Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena, the most successful coach in U.S. Soccer history, will be honored Thursday by the Courage Campaign Institute for his work in paving the way for LGBT athletes in professional sports.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is turning up the heat on Trinity Properties, the developer of the 1,900-unit apartment complex under construction at Market and Eighth streets.

The most controversial part of the bill is a provision requiring the state to reduce petroleum use in motor vehicles by 50 percent by 2030. And depending on your point of view, the stakes are these: On one side, the pope (see Courage Campaign ad here); on the other, enslavement to a Tesla-loving, freedom-hating California Air Resources Board.

Environmental advocates have also singled out lawmakers. One image posted on Twitter by the Courage Campaign, a liberal group, juxtaposes photos of Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Pope Francis, who has called for global action against climate change.

California lawmakers say the report by the California Council on Science and Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab outlined the lack of information state regulators have about fracking. The study said the state lacks data about the toxicity of hundreds of chemicals used in fracking as well as how wastewater from the process is disposed of or reused.

Lawmakers required the study as part of a 2013 law authored by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, who leads the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. Scientists who worked on the study are scheduled to testify, as are state conservation and natural resources officials, at 9 a.m. room 112. Afterward, Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, will join activists in calling for a statewide fracking ban. Activists from Courage Campaign plan to deliver a petition with about 160,000 signatures in support of a permanent ban.

We and others have shared our stories with the public at -- real stories from real people, demonstrating the human toll of a system designed to withhold services from patients in need. In June, Courage Campaign promoted that website with a modest ad campaign on public transit. Kaiser's response was immediate. (Ask for therapy and Kaiser offers only silence, but run a few ads on BART trains and Kaiser execs suddenly swing into action.) But rather than deal with the problem and confront the issue head-on, Kaiser ran its own ads dismissing our stories as "a labor dispute," disregarding that Kaiser's mental health professionals blew the whistle on Kaiser on our behalf, for violating our rights.

Grammy-winning artist John Legend has penned a note to Californians urging them to support the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (AB 953) which sets out to update California's profiling law, improve public safety, protect the rights of all Californians, and advance community relations. "As a black man, racial profiling is something I am far too familiar with," he wrote in an email to Courage Campaign members. Legend also calls out his home state of California as having "one of the weakest racial and identity profiling laws in the country."

It was one of 17 similar events held Saturday throughout California, led by Courage Campaign and groups including Californians Against Fracking and Rootskeeper — all aimed at convincing Gov. Jerry Brown to call a halt to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which uses water and chemicals to fracture rock deep underground and release oil.


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