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New California laws take effect on housing, health, labor, equity

A group crosses downtown Tiburon Boulevard outside a marked crosswalk on Jan. 14, now legal under a new state law that allows jaywalking unless there’s an immediate danger of collision with a car or bike. Tiburon’s municipal code has required crosswalk use in its central traffic district, which runs from about the Belvedere-Tiburon Library to The Caprice restaurant. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

The new year has ushered in hundreds of new laws passed by the California Legislature, several of which carry impacts that will be felt on the Tiburon Peninsula, including new rules that legalize jaywalking in many situations, outlaw the practice of charging more for personal-care products marketed to women and expand California’s minimum wage to nearly all employees.

Other laws that went into effect Jan. 1 attempt to provide additional safeguards on abortion access, allow private citizens to sue firearm manufacturers and dealers in civil court and make it easier for developers to build housing in certain commercial areas.

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