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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.

February 11, 2021

I am a white 50-year-old man, a professional and father of two. I am also a victim of police violence.

In California, Senate Bill 731 sought to reform the state’s civil rights statute, the Bane Act, by abolishing the state-level equivalent of qualified immunity for police officers and establishing a statewide system for revoking the license of officers who commit serious misconduct. Unfortunately, it stalled in the Legislature earlier this year.

February 11, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom and California legislators soon will reveal whether they’re serious about police reform in the post-George Floyd era. Real reform begins with transparency. That means full disclosure about bad cops and a process for getting rid of them. 

Bradford, D-Gardena, has introduced SB 2 to establish an independent, civilian certification process for holding police accountable.

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December 15, 2020

SB 2, by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), would grant CA justice officials the power to decertify law enforcement officers fired for misconduct or convicted of certain crimes “against public justice,” including falsification of records, bribery, or perjury. In this way, the bill would stop those officers from being able to jump to a new city and a new job in law enforcement.

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December 12, 2020

The deal solidifies collegiate sports’ valuation as equal to its professional counterparts. And it comes just days after California state senators Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) co-sponsored a new bill to give college athletes more power to earn money to use their image.

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