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Hueso's DUI arrest came just hours after his vote against ridesharing | VIDEO

SACRAMENTO, California -- A state senator who voted to add hefty regulations to the state’s ridesharing industry was arrested on suspicion of DUI hours later, after California Highway Patrol officers spotted him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), who some question whether he had a conflict of interest since his brother owns a cab company, has since released a statement apologizing for his “unacceptably poor personal judgment.”

California: State senator from San Diego arrested for DUI

SACRAMENTO, California -- Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Sacramento County jail’s website registers a Benjamin Hueso being booked with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher at 3:27 a.m. He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in the south Sacramento area. No other details were available.

First elected to the Legislature in 2010, Hueso traded the Assembly for the Senate last year, claiming a seat left vacant when Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, won a spot in Congress.

Bill to modernize California birth certificate sent to Governor

SACRAMENTO, California -- AB 1951 today passed the California Assembly by a preliminary bipartisan vote of 50-8 and now moves on to Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature.

The bill, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Equality California, will modernize California’s birth certificate to reflect accurately the gender of a child’s parent or parents. The updated birth certificates will allow each parent to identify as mother, father or parent.

San Francisco police academy graduates first transgender officer

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The class of recruits the San Francisco Police Department graduated Friday night show the diversity of the City by the Bay in many ways, but one of them is a true pioneer for the department: Mikayla Connell is the first transgender person to enter the academy and graduate.

"I wanted a job that I was going to love," said Connell, who was also elected president of her class. "A job that was going to be different every day, was going to be interesting, and a job where I got challenge, not just physically, but intellectually and morally."

California shelves bill that would have banned bareback porn

SACRAMENTO, California -- The California Senate this week shelved a bill that would have banned the filming of bareback porn in the state.

The measure would have made condom use mandatory for all pornographic studios, with filmmakers required to provide documentation to show that condoms had been used.

However, the bill failed to make it past the Senate Appropriations Committee, stalling indefinitely.

Radical faeries mourn beating death of Bryan Higgins, 31

SAN FRANCISCO, California – The radical faerie community in San Francisco is in mourning today after the beating death of Bryan Higgins, 31, known as Feather.

Feather died at San Francisco General Hospital at 3:33 pm Wednesday, a time designed by his husband and family for the life support system to be turned off.

Also at the same time, the counter-culture faerie community was conducting a vigil at Duboce Park, located between the Duboce Triangle and Lower Haight neighborhoods.

Plastic surgeon for transgenders owns "Mrs. Doubtfire" house

SAN FRANCISCO, Californioa -- The San Francisco owner of the "Mrs. Doubtfire" house says it's appropriate he lives in the home where the late Robin Williams' face was transformed on-screen from that of a divorced father to one of an elderly female nanny.

That's because Dr. Douglas K. Ousterhout, considered among the nation's top craniofacial surgeons, transforms the faces of transgender men and women to better match their gender identity.

California man accused of hate crime murder of gay co-worker

PALM SPRINGS, California – A Thermal man is accused by prosecutors of “lying in wait” in the July 13 fatal shooting of an openly gay co-worker, a murder that they are also calling a hate crime.

Miguel Bautista Ramirez, 25, faces a preliminary hearing on Sept. 5 in the shooting death of Juan Ceballos, 20, of Mecca, California.

Ramirez and Caballos worked together at a Pizza Hut in the Palm Spring area.

Robin Williams likely hanged himself, sheriff's office says

TIBURON, California -- Comedy legend and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams most likely died from hanging himself, a preliminary autopsy report finds.

Lt. Keith Boyd with the Marin County, California Sheriff's Office said Tuesday morning at a press conference that was televised nationwide that the autopsy was conducted in neighboring Napa County. He called the death "asphyxiation due to hanging."

UPDATED! San Diego's Toni G. Atkins becomes first gay person to be California's Acting Governor

SACRAMENTO, California -- Today, California will add a footnote to its history books when the Golden State will be headed by its first openly gay governor.

San Diego resident Toni G. Atkins, a Democrat, will be the Acting Governor because:

1. Gov. Jerry Brown is in Mexico on a trade mission and to talk about immigration issues.

2. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is out of state attending Special Olympics.

3. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is in Chicago on business.

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