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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Kabir Chibber, Quartz
Losing a beloved pet in a breakup might be worse than the breakup itself. One woman going through a divorce told her therapist she didn’t mind it when her husband left the family home but “wept uncontrollably” when she had to sell her horse. The courts don’t see it that way, though. Pets are thought of as community property, to be divided up like TVs, furniture, and all the other inanimate stuff lying around the soon-to-be-much-emptier house.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
A flurry of bills approved during California’s 2018 legislative session met their fate over the weekend.
Zack Ruskin, SF Weekly
One of the most substantial victories was AB 1793, which will automatically expunge or re-sentence prior cannabis convictions, expanding on efforts already underway in San Francisco and Alameda counties.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Adriana Sandoval,
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will give pets more status in divorce cases starting next year.
The law previously required judges to consider pets property, which had to be distributed equally between divorcing couples who couldn’t come to an agreement. This meant that multiple pets might be split between two homes, never to see each other again. Or that two people with history might be forced to meet periodically to pass a single pet.
Sunday, September 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) partnered with the League of California Cities, to introduce a bill, AB 2598, to address health and safety violations on vacant or blighted properties. Today, that bill was signed into law.


In cities and counties across California, many commercial property owners do not properly maintain vacant properties, leading to criminal activity, escalated municipal costs because of the resources needed to police and protect them, and contribute to overall community decline and disinvestment.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Frustrated by a lack of transparency in the sharing of police personnel records, especially for officers found guilty of misconduct, lead Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to introduce a bill to change that practice. Today, that bill was signed into law.


Sunday, September 30, 2018
Courts will ask who takes the animal for walks, who pays the vets bills and who does it go to when called by both owners
Colin Drury, Independent
Judges in California as they have been granted powers to decide who keeps the family pet in contentious divorce cases.
Courts across the Golden State are to rule on cats, dogs and other household animals in the same way they do in child custody disputes, under a law set for 2019.
Judges will be told to weigh up such factors as who feeds the pet, who takes it for walks and who pays the vet bills. They will be allowed to put the creature between both owners and see who it goes to.
“A court may do like, 'OK, you get the dog a month at a time or a week at a time’," said family law attorney Atousa Saei, of Santa Monica.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
With AB 2274, California Becomes Third State to Treat Pets More Like Children During Divorce Proceedings
The new law goes into effect January 1, 2019, adding Section 2605 to California’s Family Code and requiring judges to consider a companion animal’s best interests in divorce disputes.
Keeley Nickelson,
With the legislative session wrapping up this weekend and his legacy on the line, Governor Jerry Brown has been busy. Not too busy, of course, for his daily walk with First Dog Colusa, who on September 27, 2018, reminded Brown that AB 2274 was still sitting on his desk. The Governor’s Corgis have often been in the spotlight during his tenure, so it came as no surprise that Brown signed AB 2274, which will give courts more guidance on how to treat pets during divorce proceedings.