By: Robert Bryson and Maryam Karimi Adopted over 75 years ago, the “Main Studio Rule” requires that radio stations and broadcasters have a physical studio located in the area or near the area where their station transmits signals. On October 24, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to eliminate the Main Studio Rule. Regulators … Continue reading We Now Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming: How Removing Radio’s Main Studio Rule Could Nationalize the Local Conversation
By: Rob Bryson and Maryam Karimi The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), enacted in 1967, provides the public, individuals and corporations, the presumptive right to access and obtain records from any federal government body, unless such records meet one of the nine exemptions or is protected under special law enforcement record exclusion. On April 27, 2017, … Continue reading Why Fannie May and Freddie Mac Should be Subject to FOIA, and How it Could Happen
By: Ridgeway Woulfe At the San Diego Union-Tribune’s forum on the homeless crisis on October 25, one set of buzzwords was brought up repeatedly struck a chord – political will. Gordon Walker, the new CEO of the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, outlined three needs for a city to appropriately address homelessness. … Continue reading The Lack of Political Will: Why San Diego’s Homelessness Won’t Get Better without a Change in Its Leadership’s Mentality
By: Ridgeway Woulfe PIAC was in attendance for the second in the San Diego Union-Tribune’s series of forums discussing the local homelessness crisis, held in the Balboa Theatre on Wednesday, October 25. In a beautiful setting, a series of private and non-profit homelessness leaders spoke about the topic before turning to a question and answer … Continue reading A Review of Wednesday’s San Diego Union-Tribune Forum on the Homeless Crisis
By: Robert Bryson and Maryam Karimi Network Neutrality (or “Net Neutrality”) is a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to prevent Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) from slowing or blocking bandwidth to certain websites and/or data, and to ensure users are charged fairly according to a base rate. ISPs are the companies responsible for … Continue reading Net Neutrality: What is Net Neutrality and Why You Should Care
By Ken Jensen Doubling-down on the people’s initiative power, described as “one of the most precious rights of our democratic process,” the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling in California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland could reduce the approval threshold for measures placed on the ballot by citizen’s initiative from two-thirds to a simple majority. … Continue reading CA Supreme Court Analysis: California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland
A sweeping ballot initiative is being circulated in San Diego. It’s called The Citizens’ Plan for the Responsible Management of Major Tourism and Entertainment Resources, or simply the “Citizens Plan” ballot initiative. The initiative is a joint effort by public interest attorney Cory Briggs and real estate developer John Moores. There have been a number … Continue reading Does San Diego’s “Citizens Plan” ballot initiative violate the single subject requirement?