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November 05, 2020

Edison International announced a $520,000 donation to the California Bridging the Digital Divide (BDD) Fund, a statewide effort to provide students with equitable access to quality public education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will result in hundreds of refurbished laptops and expanded internet access for school districts in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Tulare counties. State Sen.

October 08, 2020

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1244, authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena). This bill authorizes state-licensed cannabis laboratories to test samples of cannabis or cannabis products for a state or local regulatory, law enforcement, or prosecuting agency. SB 1244 was sponsored by Los Angles City Attorney Mike Feuer.

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October 04, 2020

In Focus: SoCal host Tanya McRae takes a closer look at recent calls for police reform and what that actually looks like in today's climate.

She sits down with Inglewood Mayor James Butts, a former police chief who spent over 30 years in law enforcement. He shares his insight on the issue that's been at the center of recent bills that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed to keep law enforcement accountable.

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October 01, 2020

This week, California became the first state in the nation to take a specific step toward addressing over a century of systemic racism. Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on September 30 that establishes a task force to research the history of slavery in the Golden State and to develop a proposal for possible reparations for the descendents of enslaved people and those impacted by slavery.

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September 03, 2020

When the California legislation closed up their session for the year the other night, and after press reporters described the “chaos” at the Capitol, it became clear that state law enforcement had helped block any police reform bills that had been initiated in the shadow of the Black Lives Matter protests. Meanwhile, police keep shooting and killing Black people.

September 02, 2020

Monday was the final day of the legislative session, and thus the final day for California lawmakers to shuttle bills off the house floors and onto Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. This was made more difficult by coronavirus-related delays that first eliminated two months, then a handful of the very last workdays before the legislative cutoff for passing bills.

September 02, 2020

SACRAMENTO - After a bill to decertify officers who engage in serious misconduct ran against legislative deadlines Monday, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) and leadership in the Senate and Assembly agreed to work to pursue the policy next year.

September 02, 2020

KCBS Radio Anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising and KCBS Radio Political Reporter Doug Sovern speak with State Senator Steven Bradford, a Democrat from the Los Angeles County city of Gardena. They discuss the recent legislative session and they failure to pass many key police reform bills. 

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September 01, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would allow “bad officers” to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature on Monday as state lawmakers could not muster enough support to pass one of the year's top policing reform bills.

The measure would have created a way to decertify officers found to have committed serious misconduct. The bill got a late boost from celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who tweeted that the measure is needed so officers are held accountable if they break the law.

September 01, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police unions and other law enforcement organizations went into overdrive to thwart a measure that would have added California to the majority of states that can end the careers of officers with troubled histories. It failed as lawmakers scrambled to wrap up their work, and while the nation's most populous state still has no way to permanently remove problematic officers, a number of other police reforms passed.