Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

Patrick McGreevy

Los Angeles Times

Sacramento, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Patrick:

LAPD automatic license plate readers pose a massive privacy risk, audit says

Los Angeles police and other California law enforcement agencies have collected and shared millions of license plate images without adequate privacy protections, audit says. → Read More

Get in line now. California's DMV is perilously behind in issuing Real IDs

California is falling far short of targets for getting Real IDs into the hands of residents and will have to more than double the number issued each month to reach all 20 million drivers still lacking the federally required identification before an Oct. 1 deadline. → Read More

California Lottery under fire for giving away Scratchers on 'Ellen'

Some state officials are calling for an investigation into the California Lottery after it provided $212,500 in Scratchers tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres Show for a giveaway to its studio audience → Read More

Facebook could be forced to remove videos of violent crime under California proposal

Alarmed by a trend of people livestreaming violent crimes, a California state senator proposed Tuesday to require social media websites including Facebook to remove photographs or video of crimes posted by alleged perpetrators when a request is made by victims. → Read More

California could become America's sports betting capital

Momentum is building in California to legalize wagering on athletic contests, setting off intense competition among rival gambling interests. → Read More

Electric cars get break on California gas tax, costing millions

As most Californians pay higher gas taxes for road repairs, many electric-car owners, including several state lawmakers, get a free pass on added costs. → Read More

California lawmakers trying again to lower pot taxes

California lawmakers on Friday revived a proposal to temporarily cut taxes on marijuana to help the state’s beleaguered legal market. → Read More

Newsom proposes California vaping tax based on nicotine content

Alarmed by an epidemic of youth vaping, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed a new tax on electronic cigarette products containing nicotine and threw his support behind a legislative plan to ban all flavored tobacco sales by the end of this year. → Read More

California vaping bill would ban all flavored tobacco sales in stores

California lawmakers propose to outlaw retail sales of all flavored tobacco products, including those used with vaping devices. → Read More

Salaries skyrocket at California state insurance fund following years of scandal

Rocked in past years by scandal and financial problems, a state agency that insures California businesses has recruited a team of high-priced managers from the private sector to turn it around — and while recovery is underway, some in and out of the Capitol are experiencing sticker shock. → Read More

Two years in, California’s legal marijuana industry is stuck. Should voters step in?

Two years after California began licensing pot shops, a state panel recently joined some legalization supporters in calling for significant changes. → Read More

California's legal pot industry is stuck. Should voters step in?

California's legal marijuana industry remains outmatched by illegal sellers, sparking calls for action, including possibly a new ballot measure. → Read More

Californians will be banned from smoking at state parks and beaches under new law

Gov. Gavin Newsom did what his two predecessors refused to do: prohibited smoking and vaping in most areas of California state parks and beaches. → Read More

After mass shootings, California sets new limits on gun buyers, expands firearm seizure

Following a string of mass shootings this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a raft of bills toughening California’s strict gun control laws. → Read More

California vaccine bill protester throws red liquid on lawmakers

A person protesting a vaccine bill to place new restrictions on medical exemptions for children prompted an evacuation at the California Senate after throwing a liquid that 'appeared to be blood' on lawmakers from the balcony of the chamber. → Read More

A ban on marijuana use on party buses wins approval from California lawmakers

California lawmakers seek to prohibit marijuana on commercial party buses and limousines amid concerns from law enforcement officials that the drug could impair drivers → Read More

California legislation inspired by college admissions scandal goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom

California lawmakers have sent the governor a package of reforms sparked by the recent college admissions scandal, including a bill that requires special admissions of students at public universities to be approved by three campus administrators. → Read More

Nearly 3,000 illegal marijuana businesses found in California audit, dwarfing legal trade

An audit of online ads finds California has nearly three times the number of unlicensed cannabis dispensaries and delivery services as licensed businesses. → Read More

Allegations against USC's George Tyndall inspire lawmakers to take action

California lawmakers on Monday acted to temporarily lift the statute of limitations on claims for damages over sex -abuse allegations against former USC campus gynecologist George Tyndall that were brought to light in a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by the Los Angeles Times. → Read More

California could expand use of gun violence restraining orders under bill sent to governor

Under a new California measure, employers, workers and teachers could petition the courts to remove guns from employees and students. → Read More