Area Congressman John Garamendi last week opposed the so-called Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act that recently passed the House.

If approved by the Senate, the law would punish so-called "sanctuary cities" such as San Francisco and Davis by banning local policies that limit police inquiries into immigration status. The move came after last month's fatal shooting of a woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported.

"The recent tragedy in San Francisco underscores the need for local law enforcement and immigration enforcement to work together to make sure dangerous criminals don't fall through the cracks," Garamendi said. "Unfortunately, this bill is not a solution. This bill would defund local law enforcement and risks damaging existing relationships between law enforcement and the immigrant communities they serve."

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As expected, the Yuba County Counsel's Office submitted on Thursday a ballot summary and title to election officials for a proposed countywide initiative for a less restrictive marijuana cultivation ordinance.

Now all supporters have to do is purchase a legal ad for a notice of intent to circulate petitions before gathering signatures. The initiative proposes a new ordinance to replace Yuba County's ordinance that bans outdoor marijuana grows.

Filed by members of the Progressive Business Alliance, the group would have 180 days to gather signatures of 20 percent of registered voters in the county to force a special election.

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Yuba County election officials have returned petitions to supporters of a recall effort against Supervisor Andy Vasquez, who represents the 1st District.

Supporters have 10 days to make the requested changes to the format of the petitions before they can circulate petitions.

If ultimately approved, they would need to gather 1,069 signatures of 4,274 voters within the Linda district to force a recall election.

CONTACT Eric Vodden at 749-4769.

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