FREEDOM OF SPEECH/PETITION -- A federal lawsuit has been
filed against the City of Pomona and its police on behalf of more than 50 members of
the Pomona Habla/Pomona Speaks coalition and others, involving an August
2008 meeting about traffic checkpoints that they say was disrupted by the intimidation of off-duty police
officers, reports Monica Rodriguez for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
FREE PETITION -- "Berkeley
may take great pride as a champion of free speech and civil rights," writes Matthai Kuruvila for the San Francisco Chronicle, "but
an unusual campaign has been under way—led by most of the city's top
elected officials—to stop residents from signing a citizen's petition."