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Always follow these important summer motorcycle riding tips

When you jump on your motorcycle during the summer months, you can't help but think about all the fun you'll have on the road ahead.

It doesn't matter if you're taking a trip around the block or hitting the highway for a road trip that will last several hundred miles, there are safety tips you must follow at all times:

  • Wear the right gear: This is something many motorcyclists overlook, especially when they are driving in close proximity to their home. Remember this: Even if you're only traveling down the street and back, you can still be part of an accident. You should always wear the right gear, as it can protect you in an accident. During the summer months, wear clothes that allow your skin to breathe, all the while providing a high level of protection.
  • Keep an eye on the traffic around you: You aren't the only person who enjoys hitting the road on a nice summer day. Watch other drivers, as you never know when someone will make a mistake that causes an accident.
  • Follow the rules of the road: You can't force other drivers to follow the rules of the road, but you can do so yourself. Also, if you see someone who is driving in an aggressive manner, keep your distance.
  • Protect yourself against the heat: For example, you will want to wear sunscreen so exposed skin doesn't burn. Also, stop for regular water breaks, as you will lose a lot of fluid the longer you're in the sun.

What to do about sexual harassment in the workplace

Even if it's hard to imagine a situation in which you could be the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it's always possible you could find yourself in this position at some point.

It's important to know which steps to take as a victim, as you need to immediately put an end to the problem. Simply hoping it goes away is not a strategy you should rely on.

California has a lot of motorcycle drivers who need to stay safe

There are numerous reasons why a person may choose to ride on a motorcycle. Some people choose this smaller form of transportation because it is a more fuel efficient option. The weather in California generally allows people to ride them year-round, unlike in other areas where the cold and snow of winter may make the roads too dangerous. Other people choose motorcycles because of the amazing community that exists among riders.

Finally, some people just think motorcycles look cool. There really isn't anything like flying down the highway with the wind rushing around you. However, it is incredibly important for people who choose to ride motorcycles to do everything in their power to stay safe.

Do you know the warning signs of potential elder abuse?

It is never an easy decision to place a loved one in an assisted living facility. You will probably do everything in your power to select a nursing home that offers clean facilities and excellent care for your loved one. However, when it comes to this kind of long-term care, all it takes is one bad apple on staff to endanger everyone who lives in a facility.

A nursing home is only as safe and compassionate as the people who care for the patients living there. Many times, these businesses only offer minimum wage payment and will hire people without performing adequate background screening. You need to educate yourself about the warning signs of the various forms of elder abuse and watch for them every time you visit.

Automated car technology makes its way into motorcycles

Motorcycles are truly a thrill to ride. The rev of the engine, the pull of acceleration, smooth cornering on an alpine road – it reminds you of the joy of driving after a long work week of commuting among traffic. It is, however, a fact that motorcycle riders face an increased risk of accidents. Fortunately, cutting edge technology is breaking new ground in motorcycle safety.

This year, Canadian startup Damon X Labs, Israeli startup Ride Vision and Bosch have all announced that they were working on new driver-assistance systems specially designed for bikes.

CASE: Cupertino High School students create a racist "Kill List"

Monta Vista High School students have been accused of creating a "kill list," targeting African-American students, and some parents are claiming the school district tried to cover it up. Attorney Richard Richardson filed suit on behalf of one of the students who has since left the school. "They gave a specific and credible threat that they would kill her with bullets, and they talked about how many bullets it would take." The hit list reportedly was not the only act of racism. Two months ago, a message that used the word lynch and the "N" word was posted on Instagram. Richardson says the students were not punished. See video:

The Power of Prayer

I just returned from a one-month trip to Israel, where we celebrated the bat mitzvah of my eldest daughter, Maya. Israel is, in my opinion, the most incredible country on Earth. For someone like me who loves history, archaeology, spirituality, politics, good food, great weather, and spending time with family, there is no better place to be (apologies to the Grateful Dead's "Tennessee Jed"). Yet my time in Israel did not afford me enough opportunity to delve into its depth. I could, and probably should, spend a lifetime there to explore and understand that depth.

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against SFPD

The Law Offices of Joel H. Siegal has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the San Francisco Police Department and the City and County of San Francisco after uniformed and plainclothes police officers arrested and detained at gunpoint 19 innocent African-American men who were recording and performing a music video in the Bayview-Hunters Point section of San Francisco. The suit alleges that without probable cause or a search warrant, SFPD officers subjected each of the 19 African-American men to unreasonable search and seizure and humiliation at gunpoint. The 19 men were told to get on their knees and were then handcuffed, an act reminiscent of the most vile chapters of US history when government policies allowed whites to imprison any black person who failed to produce freedom papers or a certificate of freedom because it was assumed that African Americans were subhuman chattel, not fit to enjoy any civil rights.

The Need for a Safe Campus

Below is an article featured in the San Francisco Chronicle today about an interesting case my office is involved in.  This case addresses issues of safety on campus, specifically Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

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