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DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY REGISTRATION PERIOD ENDS

Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Period Ends November 7 The registration period for the mandated 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery began on October 4, 2016 and ends on November, 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm EST. Online registration is available. The DV lottery allows nationals from eligible countries to apply for a green card outside of the standard visa process. People who are [...]

10 THINGS EVERY CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT MUST HAVE

A confidentiality agreement, also known as a non-disclosureagreement “NDA” to some, is necessary to keep secrets withina business from leaking to their competitors or from the public.This is done tkeepsecret, anyinformation that could cause the company to lose money.If the company does anything illegal or can potentially cause harm to anyone, then the person who signed the NDA still [...]

MARIJUANA DUI TESTING METHODS

California voters passing Proposition 64 in 2016 to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The exact laws of how it will be sold are still being written but recreation use is set to take place by 2018. Law enforcement authorities are more worried than ever that a huge amount of the population will be driving under […] the influence of marijuana [...]

LANDLORD EVICTS RENTERS TO USE ROOMS FOR AIRBNB

Six tenants in Los Angeles recently lost their apartments because it was a rent-controlled building. The landlord evicted the tenants and stated that the building would undergo remodeling. Very shortly after their evictions, one of the tenants discovered their unit was available to stay at on the Airbnb website. He spoke with other victims in his building and at [...]

HOW THE NEW MERIT-BASED POLICY WILL AFFECT IMMIGRATION

There have been a lot of changes in immigration policies and procedures this year. Mostly due to the change of the presidential administration and its view for a much stricter policy towards entering the United States. From talks about a border wall to prevent crossing from Mexico and a ban against travel from specific countries, even for tourism, it [...]

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY PUSHES FORWARD SANCTUARY BILL AGAINST FEDERAL CANNABIS LAWS

Last week, the California Assembly pushed through a new bill that will prevent state and local police in California from helping federal enforcement of marijuana laws. According to Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who authored the bill, the legislation will help protect California’s legal marijuana system from the federal government, and specifically the Trump administration, which has threatened to increase enforcement of [...]

LOS ANGELES COUNTY EXTENDS MARIJUANA BAN IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS

The Board of Supervisors for LA County voted unanimously this week to extend the ban on marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas. Los Angeles County has prohibited any commercial marijuana activities in unincorporated areas since 2010. The original ban applied only to medical marijuana, but the ratification of Proposition 64 that legalized recreational marijuana prompted the county to extend its ban [...]

IS STONED DRIVING SAFER THAN DRUNK DRIVING?

While no one is arguing that driving high on marijuana is a good idea, a federal study indicates that it may at least be safer than drinking and driving. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when statistics are adjusted for factors like gender and age, there is little difference between driving stoned and driving [...]

WHAT A LANDLORD CAN AND CANNOT DO IN A CALIFORNIA EVICTION

What a Landlord Can and Cannot Do in a California Eviction In California, the only way to legally evict someone is by filing an “Unlawful Detainer” lawsuit. The laws governing eviction are very complicated and require landlords take specific steps for an eviction to be legal. A landlord MUST give notice to terminate California law requires landlords legally terminate tenancy before evicting [...]