In the News

April 08, 2021

In its Issue Brief, the Commission responds to questions posed by Senator Scott Wilk, Senator Melissa Hurtado, Senator Anna Caballero, and Senator Steven Bradford regarding essential workers, landlords, and homeowners in California. The Commission finds that: 

A pandemic-era backlash against California's yawning wealth gap is taking aim at incentives for rooftop solar panels.
March 31, 2021

SACRAMENTO — A pandemic-era backlash against California's yawning wealth gap is taking aim at the state's pioneering climate policies. The latest target: incentives for rooftop solar panels.

The generous rewards paid to those who can afford to install them on their roofs amount to subsidies for the rich, utilities and other critics of the program argue.

March 28, 2021

For months, Manhattan Beach has wrestled with an uncomfortable truth: The city once seized a Black family’s oceanfront resort and ran an entire community of Black beachgoers out of town.

A task force was formed. An apology drafted. But residents of this very white town have pushed back on the notion that they must atone for injustices committed almost a century ago.

March 05, 2021

A memorial service held at the Roosevelt Memorial Park Cemetery in Gardena Friday evening, March 5, honored residents across Los Angeles County and beyond who have died from coronavirus-related causes.

The service was streamed online to prevent a large gathering.

Assemblyman Mike Gipson — whose 64th District includes parts of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Torrance, West Long Beach, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood and Wilmington — called on local leaders and others in his district to help collect the names of residents who have died from the virus.

March 05, 2021

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California lawmakers are pushing new efforts to largely expunge or seal criminal records for those who have completed their sentences - to help people who are trying to re-enter society.

A group of state senators joined justice reform advocates to introduce SB 731 during a Zoom webinar on Wednesday.

Proponents say the groundbreaking piece of legislation would effectively seal old convictions from the past and clear the way for millions of Californians to access jobs, housing, education and more.

February 22, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged Sunday that state and local health officials have stumbled in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine equitably among Latino and Black communities in California. Speaking at a mobile vaccination clinic in Inglewood, Newsom said the state needs to “do more and do better” to provide outreach and set up vaccine sites directly in the communities that have been hit hardest by the virus.

February 19, 2021

The County of Humboldt is preparing to hand out more than $1.2 million worth of services to local residents who’ve been impacted by the war on drugs — specifically, cannabis prohibition. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can apply for up to $10,000 in reimbursement for a range of services, including permitting and license fees, business development assistance, even loans and grants to set up solar electrical systems or build water storage capacity.

February 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s state Senate currently has 39 senators, and only one of them is African American.

February 11, 2021

Criminal justice reformers nationwide rejoiced when L.A. County voters chose George Gascón to lead the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office, celebrating a big win in a years-long campaign to replace traditional law-and-order district attorneys with ones intent on change.

State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), who has been an author of multiple police reform bills, said that the California District Attorneys Assn. still holds “tremendous sway” within the Capitol, but “in the 10 years I have been here, we do see a shift.”

February 11, 2021

California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, Monday appointed San Diego City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe to a nine-member task force exploring the idea of reparations for Black people in California.

The Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States, was a result of Assembly Bill 3121, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October 2020.