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Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, limited speakers to one minute of testimony at a December, 15, 2015 legislative hearing on teacher issues, including tenure. Evelyn Macias, the mother of a plaintiff in the Vergara lawsuit, went beyond one minute and had her microphone shut off. A Los Angeles judge last year ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the suit, but an appeals court on April 14, 2016, reversed the decision. Courtesy of the California Channel
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Dan Walters’ column appeared in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984 he moved to The Sacramento Bee, where his column ran until 2017.