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Monica Luhar
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Monica Luhar is the site editor for "SoCal Connected." She is also a reporter for Agenda, KCET's new government and policy blog. Her bylines have appeared in NBC Asian America, Southern California Public Radio, and various other weekly, national, and hyperlocal publications. She received her bachelors degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Follow her on Twitter: @monicaluhar
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    An additional layer of protection for individuals with developmental disabilities has been added to the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, a 1969 law that guarantees equal access to services and rights for persons with developmental disabilities.
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    To address mobile device theft, a new law mandates that all new smartphones and tablets manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in California must be equipped with a default "kill switch." That technology would render devices inoperable to unauthorized users and require the owner's permission to be reactivated.
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    From LGBT rights and cracking down on gun violence to protecting victims of human trafficking, January 1 will signal the beginning of hundreds of new laws in California.
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    California employees working in fast food, retail, and non-union sectors, could get much-needed relief for working during future holiday seasons.
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    Non-guilty verdicts and decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed, black males have prompted widespread protests and calls for justice and accountability. But state representatives and the California Legislative Black Caucus agree that more needs to be done to address the thin ice that exists between law enforcement officers and communities of color.
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    Larry Itliong was a prominent Filipino American farm labor organizer and leader who improved the lives of farm workers by fighting for equal rights, better conditions, and wages in California, during the '60s and early '70s.
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    Figuring out where to park can be stressful during the holiday season. With dozens of "No Parking" and "Street Sweeping" signs, it's easy to get lost in a deluge of endless signs marked up with different time zone restrictions.
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    In jails and prisons, LGBT inmates are often deprived of basic rights and services, such as religious services, and educational and vocational training, advocates say.
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    California is one of the most diverse states in the country and has traditionally been a bellwether for LGBT issues.
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    While other countries like Mexico and Japan have implemented early earthquake warning systems, the U.S. has not. Following the 6.0 earthquake in Napa, discussions are afoot.