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May 13, 2021

California is the first state in the nation to establish a task force to research and develop proposals on how to make reparations for African Americans.

Senator Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, who represents the state's 35th District, was recently appointed to the California Reparations Task Force. He tells Inside the Issues he’s extremely excited to have a seat at the table for this historic discussion.

May 04, 2021

In the early 1900s, Willa and Charles Bruce were among a wave of Black Americans who had migrated to California from across the country. The entrepreneurs owned two plots of oceanfront property in what is now the Los Angeles suburb of Manhattan Beach, where they opened a resort known as "Bruce's Beach." It was among the first oceanfront properties that was owned by and serviced Black residents.

April 26, 2021

Senator Bradford discusses Senate Bill 2 on Police Decertification with Marla Tellez and Elex Michaleson. 

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April 20, 2021

Los Angeles County will officially work to give the portion of Bruce’s Beach it controls to the descendants of the original owners.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously during a Tuesday, April 20, meeting to create a plan to transfer two parcels of coastal property in Manhattan Beach to the Bruce family, whose ancestors once owned a seaside resort for African Americans there but had the land taken away via eminent domain — costing them an opportunity to build generational wealth.

April 15, 2021

CALIFORNIA, USA — California lawmakers are taking up a number of sweeping police reforms, including a measure that could strip some officers of their badges. The measures are quickly moving through the state legislature despite strong opposition.

“Since Oscar was murdered over 1,300 Californians have been killed. Only one officer has been convicted,” said Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson who founded California’s Families United for Justice.

Johnson has been pushing for police reform since 2009, when his nephew Oscar grant was shot and killed by a BART police officer.

April 14, 2021

Senator Bradford discusses SB 796, returning Bruce's Beach, Reparations and more.

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April 13, 2021

State Sen. Steven Bradford introduced a bill this week that, if it passes, will give L.A. County the authority to return a piece of land in Manhattan Beach to the descendants of the Black couple from whom it was wrongfully taken nearly a century ago.

April 10, 2021

Democratic Senator Steve Bradford of Gardena, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, is in support of the decision, saying, “I look forward to working with the county getting this legislation signed into law this year.”

April 10, 2021

The last transfer came with restrictions that limit the ability to sell or transfer the property and can only be lifted through a new state law, Hahn said.

State Sen. Steven Bradford said that on Monday he will introduce legislation, SB 796, that would exempt the land from those restrictions.

April 10, 2021

“In 1912, Charles and Willa Bruce created the West Coast's first beach resort owned by and meant for Black Americans. Under their leadership, Bruce’s Beach became a lively and flourishing resort. But their success was unjustly stolen. When harassment, hostility and violence by the Ku Klux Klan weren’t enough to coerce them to leave, the City seized the land,” said Senator Steven Bradford.  “The property that the Bruce’s purchased for $1,225 is now worth $75 million. We stand here today to introduce a bill that will correct this gross injustice and allow the land to be returned to the Bruce family. It is my hope that this legislation will not be the last in a series of actions by the state to address centuries of atrocious actions against Black Americans. I commend Supervisor Hahn for her continued dedication to this issue. She exemplifies a true profile in courage. I look forward to working with all the LA County Supervisors to finally right this wrong.”