Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Promotes Openness in Courtrooms: 40th Anniversary of Press-Enterprise I Celebrated

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The 40th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Press-Enterprise I is approaching. The ruling, which affirmed the public’s right to observe jury selection during trials, set a high bar for closing courtrooms during the process. The decision, hailed as a victory for press freedom and public access to courtrooms, requires judges to limit closures and provide justification in case of appeals. In Press-Enterprise I, attorney Jim Ward represented The Press-Enterprise, a Riverside-based newspaper, before the Supreme Court in 1984. The case centered around the closure of the courtroom during … Read more

California Law Promotes Landfill Waste Reduction by Donating Unused Food to Those in Need

San Diego, CA – A new law in California aims to reduce waste in landfills and address food insecurity by requiring certain businesses to donate unused food to food recovery organizations. Senate Bill 1383, which went into effect in 2022, initially applied to grocery stores. However, as of January 1, 2024, the law has expanded to include hotels, restaurants, health facilities, state agency cafeterias, local education agencies, and large venues and events. The primary goal of SB 1383 is to divert food waste from landfills, as decomposing food produces methane gas, a potent pollutant. Patty … Read more