Twin Rivers, Wheatland top list of districts not serving all English learners

Posted by Diana Lambert -

The California Department of Education could be sued if it doesn't take action to ensure all school districts are offering adequate instruction to English learners, according to civil rights groups.

State data shows that 20,318 English learners attending California schools don't receive any of the instructional services required. The data was submitted by school districts for the 2010-11 school year, the most recent year available.

The American Civil Liberties Union of California, The Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the law firm of Latham and Watkins held a joint press conference in Los Angles this morning to announce their intent to file a suit if state education officials don't act immediately to fix the problem.

ACLU of Sacramento County Monthly Board Meeting

01/14/2013 5:45 pm

Sacramento County Chapter of the ACLU

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, January 14, 2013
5:45 p.m. (Note: front door locks at 6:00)

1127 11th Street
Second Floor Conference Room #201
Sacramento, CA 95814

All ACLU members are invited to attend

Police license-plate scanners raise privacy concerns

By Darrell Smith
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 - 11:56 am

Police say it's a high-tech tool to help cops stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

But a mobile license-plate reader used by Woodland's police force since early November has attracted critics who say the technology trumps privacy rights.

One of Woodland's patrol cars is equipped with the system, which uses cameras to scan license plates within its field of vision, matches the scanned images against national crime databases and alerts the officer.

Nominee Bios for the 2012-2013 Sacramento ACLU Board of Directors


The Sacramento County Chapter has twenty (25) seats on its Board of Directors. All seats will be voted on at our Annual Meeting on November 27, 2012. The following list includes thirteen (13) nominees who are seeking election or re-election. Five (5) nominees responded to our letter of invitation, were interviewed by the nominating committee and recommended based on established eligibility criteria.

ACLU of Sacramento County Annual Meeting

11/27/2012 6:30 pm

Dear ACLU Members and Supporters:

Our annual meeting is coming up soon and I hope you will join us! Here are the details:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
6:30 p.m. (social) 7 p.m. (meeting) Rancho Cordova City Hall / American River North Room 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Free parking is available; light refreshments will be served.

Our business agenda will include brief updates on our activities and accomplishments, election of board members, a vote on ratifying bylaws changes, and brief reports from this term’s officers and committees.

In addition, we have two excellent and informative speakers, Francisco Lobaco, Legislative Director, and Valerie Small-Navarro, Senior Legislative Advocate, with the ACLU's Legislative Office in Sacramento. They will give us updates on important issues surrounding legislation and civil liberties. For more detail, please check our website

Use of drones by police strikes a nerve


SEATTLE -- For years, law enforcement agencies have used helicopters and airplanes for search-and-rescue missions, manhunts, SWAT-team operations, traffic control and car chases.

So why have plans by Seattle police and other enforcement agencies to deploy unmanned drones drawn such intense fire?

The vocal opposition against the drones came into sharp focus a few weeks ago during a public meeting in Seattle when members of the Seattle Police Department were shouted down with chants of "No drones!"

ACLU asks courts to block parts of Proposition 35 on human trafficking

By Torey Van Oot

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the courts to block provisions of California's new voter-approved law targeting human trafficking.

The federal court in Sacramento granted a request for a temporary restraining order to halt implementation of Proposition 35 pending a hearing, writing that the "plaintiffs have raised serious questions about whether the challenged sections of the (proposition) violate their First Amendment right to free speech and other constitutional rights."

Defeat of death penalty repeal brings move to ease executions in California

By Sam Stanton and Andy Furillo -

After beating back a well-funded effort to abolish capital punishment in California, death penalty supporters said Wednesday that their efforts to have executions resume may include going to the voters in 2014.

"We may have to go to the ballot ourselves," said Kent Scheidegger, legal director for the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Sacramento, one of the groups that helped defeat Proposition 34 Tuesday.

The measure, which was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and would have replaced death sentences with life without possibility of parole, lost 53 percent to 47 percent.

Bill of Rights Day Celebration

12/09/2012 2:00 pm

Join us for the ACLU of Northern California's Bill of Rights Day Celebration 2012.

Sunday, December 9, 2012
2:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm)
ILWU Local 34 Union Hall
801 Second Street, San Francisco (next to AT&T park)
Reception to follow at Paragon Restaurant (701 Second Street)
$10 - $25 sliding scale admission
Buy tickets:


ACLU of Sacramento County Monthly Board Meeting

10/15/2012 5:45 pm

Sacramento County Chapter of the ACLU

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, October 15, 2012
5:45 p.m. (Note: front door locks at 6:00)

1127 11th Street
Second Floor Conference Room #201
Sacramento, CA 95814

All ACLU members are invited to attend

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