- Newsmaker: Ventura Council Passes Daytime Curfew for Minors
By a 5-to-2 vote, the Ventura City Council has made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to be on the streets of the city while public school is in session. That-s a daytime curfew on all minors from 8:30 in the morning until half-past noon. Ventura Mayor Ray DiGuilio views the new ordinance as early intervention against a growing truancy problem.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Corpse Flower to Bloom Again
Three years ago, San Marino-s Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens celebrated a rare event, the blooming of the largest flower in the world. Now, history is repeating itself. John Trager, curator of the Huntington-s desert collection, says that people are again lining up to get a whiff of the stench from the tropical bloom of the stinky Amorphophallus Titanum, more commonly called the -corpse flower.-
California Debates Internet Access to Megan-s Law
Congress requires every state to have a Megan-s Law. Named for a New Jersey victim of child abduction and murder, the law requires that all sex offenders register with the police. In California, those who want access to that information must identify themselves at police stations. In San Diego County, it is now available online. But while data published on the Internet could save lives, it could also lead to harassment and violence for convicts who-ve paid their debts to society. We hear about similar plans for LA and Ventura Counties from Marc Klaas, who founded Klaas Kids after the kidnap and murder of his daughter Polly, and Scott Ciment, legislative advocate for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.