Prison Art – Voices and Visions From Inside San Quentin – Exhibit ACLL Oakland

Voices and Visions from Inside San Quentin

Exhibit at the Alameda County Law Library

Images offered by the inmate artists of the San Quentin Prison Arts Project.

Their art will be on display starting on January 9 through March 13, 2017 at ACLL Oakland.

  • Location –  125 12th Street, First Floor
  • Hours
    • MWF ~ 8:30 to 4:30 (our hours have changed)


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Inauguration – January 20th

Presidential inauguration of William H. Harrison – March 4, 1841

Are there actual laws that control the activities of the US presidential inauguration?

The US Constitution has language:


Passed by Congress March 2, 1932. Ratified January 23, 1933.

 (Note: Article I, section 4, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of this amendment. )

Article I, Section 1.
The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

and also stated in the Constitution:

Article. II, Section. 1.
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

How serious does the county take the language of the oath as put forth in the Constitution?  In 2009, President Obama retook the oath of office the following day because of some false steps during the formal ceremony.


Some other interesting resources

The Library of Congress has organized information of the history of presidential inaugurations;

What will this inauguration divine?

Oakland, CA,  resident, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, gave her  perspective recently on KQED on the etymology of the word “inauguration” discussing its origin in  ancient history when augurs or “diviner of birds” were consulted before any major action was undertaken.

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Prison Art Project – New Exhibit At ACLL Oakland


Voices and Visions from Inside San Quentin

Exhibit at the Alameda County Law Library


Images offered by the inmate artists of the San Quentin Prison Arts Project.  Their art will be on display starting on January 9 through March 13, 2017 at ACLL Oakland.

  • Location –  125 12th Street, First Floor
  • Hours
    • MWF ~ 8:30 to 6:00
    • TTh ~ 8:30 to 9:00

Here is a statement about the San Quentin Prison Arts Project.


January 9-March 13, 2017

The inmate artists of San Quentin Prison Arts Project are honored to be invited to exhibit their paintings, drawings and prints at the Alameda County Law Library. Access to arts in prison can transform lives by teaching self-discipline and hard work, and by helping incarcerated individuals find hidden talents. The dedicated teachers of Prison Arts Project mentor inmates, starting them on paths to further education and higher self-esteem with a true motivation to change their lives. Artists’ families are proud of the artwork and stories sent home. The process of growth and self-awareness helps enable inmates to stay out of prison and become valuable participants in our larger communities.

Exhibits like this are one way for inmates to give back to society. Several inmates chose to create work around ideas of law and justice, so there are portraits of our Supreme Court judges, and other leaders such as Angela Davis and Geronimo. Another artist created a poignant image of women waiting in the prison visiting room, hoping their family member is the next one through the door, and others used historical images for inspiration. In addition, many chose to share their dreams and visions of nature and life on the outside. We are especially proud to be able to include work from some formerly-incarcerated artists who are eager to continue to support our program from the outside!

Exhibits, books, and other creative projects create a bridge that helps break down stereotypes about inmates by sharing human feelings and experiences. Inmates who pursue the arts can develop their human potential to grow beyond the mistakes of their pasts. Bringing art opportunities and education to people in institutions has been shown to help lower recidivism rates and improve lives. We all benefit from reducing the costly cycle of incarceration. This is of great importance since over 90% of current inmates will return to our communities.

The Prison Arts Project, started in 1977, is the major program of the William James Association. It was the original model for Arts-in-Corrections, a statewide prison arts program which ran from 1980-2010 in all 34 California prisons, before it was reduced and then cut from the CDCR budget. The San Quentin Prison Arts Project continued uninterrupted with private funding support since 2003. Through the efforts of the William James Association, California Lawyers for the Arts, and many supportive legislators and individuals, California is currently reviving an Arts-in-Corrections Pilot Program through the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Arts Council. It is hoped that all California prisons will have one or two classes offered within 2017.

Effects of Arts-in-Corrections Programs: A new one-year study of inmates in four California correctional institutions revealed that arts programs improve prisoners’ behavior and their attitudes about themselves, thus encouraging them to pursue other academic and vocational opportunities. Further studies are now being supported through the CDCR and CAC.

This confirms research from the 1980’s, when a pair of studies found that participants in the California Department of Corrections Arts-in-Corrections Program had 75% fewer disciplinary actions and 27% lower recidivism rate than the general prison populations. This translates into reduced incarceration costs to the public as well as better lives.

To learn more about the program or these studies please visit:


  • Arts-in-Corrections, a partnership of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabiliation and the California Arts Council
  • Kalliopeia Foundation
  • Ronald Davis, Warden, San Quentin State Prison
  • Sam Robinson, Public Information Officer, SQ State Prison
  • Steven Emrick, Community Partnership Manager, SQ State Prison
  • Laurie Brooks, Executive Director, William James Association

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California’s Secretary Of State Business Search – Recent Upgrades

California’s Secretary of State business search web page – New and truly improved

A tip of my reference cap to the California’s Secretary of State (SOS) office for the changes made last month to the Business Search web page.

We, here at Alameda County Law Library, use the site regularly, helping pro pers locate the names and addresses of agents for service of process for companies licensed to do business in California.  Other information that can be found includes: jurisdiction of incorporation, type of business entity, and a state entity number.

The web page now presents the search boxes and results in a reader-friendly format – clean and well designed.

SOS’s search screen’s new look


Search results improvements include:

  • A searcher can increase the number of entity entries displayed on the results list –  cutting down the need to scroll through page after page.  (Up to 100 items displayed.)
  • Search capabilities now include a box to narrow search results.  See below.
  • You can restructure your search results list in order by:
    • date of registration
    • status (active, dissolved, merged out etc.)
    • jurisdiction of incorporation

For recent filings, the SOS is now providing direct access to PDFs of filing statements.

Here are some images illustrating some of the new results options for researching California registered businesses –

Narrowing search results

When a searcher wants to narrow results, he or she can enter a term in the box at the right.  The entire list of results is included in the “narrowing” search, not just the entries displayed on the screen.  This can be used to reduce an extensive results list (for a common keyword such as “McDonald’s”) to a manageable number of items for review.

Below is an example of the results list containing 145 items for “McDonald’s” that has been reduced to 4 entries by narrowing the results with the term “san jose.”  Another great change is that the screen tracks the search strategy used to bring up the results.



Date of registration

By using the arrows next to the column heading, a searcher can re-order the list bringing up the most recently filed record to the top of the list.  Initially results are presented in alpha order by entity name.

Below the search results for the keyword “McDonald’s” have been re-ordered by registration date chronological order.  A 2016 entry appears on top of the list.



Information on business and PDF of filings

The entity’s record now appears in a clean and easy to read display.  If the business entity has a recent filing, the document itself may be accessible directly from the screen.



Here is a view of  a filing document listed on the prior image –




A note to the SOS staff – it would be great to be able to do an initial overall search by keyword without worrying if the business entity was formed as a corporation or a LLC/LLP.  As of now, a searcher must select a “Search Type” – possibly needing to re-run a search in a different file to find information for an individual entity.  Many of our patrons (and the tax-paying public in general) are not sophisticated in business law to know that there are different business organizational structures.  A searcher may just know a name and address.

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OnLAW – MCLE – January 17 – Noon @ ACLL Oakland



To register online: go to . By phone: please call 510-272-6483. In person: ask for a registration form at the reference desk

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