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August 28, 2020

On Thursday, a bill that would require police officers to be certified and more liable for their actions while on the job met growing opposition in the Assembly.

Opposition mounts against SB 731

August 28, 2020

Police reforms uncertain

Protests over racism and police brutality are reigniting across California following the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake, even as state lawmakers back away from a slate of police reform bills introduced after George Floyd’s death as the legislative session draws to a close.

August 24, 2020

The following is a reaction to SB 1410 by Senator Anna M. Caballero who represents the 12th Senate District, composed of Merced, Madera, and San Benito Counties, and portions of Fresno, Monterey, and Stanislaus Counties.

Last week, the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed out of committee SB 1410, the Senate’s priority legislation to protect renters from evictions and provide financial relief to landlords with mortgages and maintenance bills to pay.

August 24, 2020

California – a beacon of the future, icon of American promise and possibility, leading the way in everything from technology to environmental protection to music and the arts.

Also, California – stained by police abuses from the beating of Rodney King to the Rampart brutality scandal to forgotten tragedies like the death of Cal State Long Beach running back Ron Settles in custody of the notorious Signal Hill Police Department.

August 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES — It’s been three months since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and calls for sweeping criminal justice reform.

In many states, residents are still waiting for new laws and policies to be enacted. In California, lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to consider more than a dozen bills aimed at reducing, overseeing and disciplining the kind of police violence that led to Floyd’s death and those of thousands more like him, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures' bill-tracking database.

August 19, 2020

Right now, California legislators are working at record speed to push a COVID-reduced pile of bills through the Senate and Assembly committees before the August 31 deadline to send bills to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. The roster includes a number of fresh bills introduced in response to months of protests over racism, fatal police encounters and other instances brutality in policing, and in response to police agencies’ handling of the protests.

August 18, 2020

It’s crunch month for California legislators who promised sweeping reforms in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the protests his death unleashed.

Yet some social justice advocates doubt that politicians’ stomachs for change are as strong as their rhetoric: A Senate bill to excommunicate corrupt or misbehaving cops may be denied a floor vote, while another measure to involve the attorney general in certain deadly force investigations is gaining new opposition from those who say it won’t do much if signed into law.

July 01, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – A police reform rally was held at the State Capitol Wednesday with the families of those killed by the hands of police officers.

During the rally they held up the names of their loved ones and others killed by police in the last five years, demanding systemic change.

June 25, 2020

On Wednesday, June 24, the full California Senate voted 30-10 to pass Assembly Constitutional Amendment  5 (ACA 5), an initiative to overturn Proposition 209 and reinstate Affirmative Action in the state after 24 years. 

The constitutional amendment will now appear on the general election ballot in November for voters to decide whether to approve it or not.  

June 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO — California voters will be asked whether to reverse the state’s prohibition on affirmative action, allowing public universities to consider race in admissions and government to give preference to businesses owned by women and people of color when awarding contracts.