Do You Have To Live in California To Think Up This Stuff?

A bill proposed in the California Legislature would make it illegal for retail outlets who sell clothes, toy or child care items to have separate areas for ‘boys’ and ‘girls’, or to identify any of their products as for any particular gender.

No need to comment.

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And in Oakland, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to adopt a bill which forbids builders or landlords from inquiring about, requiring disclosure of or making housing decisions based on an applicant’s criminal history. It also forbids such things as requiring a higher security deposit because of a criminal history. (Nearby Berkeley and Alameda County are considering similar measures).

Because cities can’t supersede federal law it won’t apply it two circumstances: federal law requires federally assisted housing providers to automatically exclude applicants that are dangerous sex offenders (42 U.S.C. Sec. 13663(a)) and individuals convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing (24 C.F.R. Sec. 982.553).

But Oakland doesn’t care about such things. If you are a landlord, according to Oakland you shouldn’t care if a convicted drug dealer wants to live in your house. Or if that sex offender wants to move into your apartment down the block from the elementary school. Or that you want a little extra security deposit for the guy just out of prison after serving time for a violent assault and domestic abuse.

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