Press Releases

April 09, 2021

Manhattan Beach, CA—Today, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, State Senator Steve Bradford, LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, and other prominent local leaders gathered at the beachfront property known as Bruce’s Beach to announce the first step in the effort to return the property to the Bruce Family.

 

March 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), in partnership with the Bureau of Cannabis Control, today announced $15 million in grant awards through the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions. This program seeks to advance economic justice for populations and communities disproportionately affected by cannabis prohibition by providing funding to local jurisdictions that are committed to promoting equity in the legal cannabis marketplace and eliminating barriers to entering this industry.

 

The California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294, Statutes of 2018, Chapter 794) created this program and was authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena),

March 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO ­– This past week, Senator Bradford (D-Gardena) and Senate President pro Tempore Atkins (D-San Diego) amended Senate Bill 2, the Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021, to increase accountability for law enforcement officers that commit serious misconduct and illegally violate a person’s civil rights.

 

“If last summer’s nationwide protests and calls for police reform have shown us anything, it’s that Californians want more than just a superficial change,” said Senator Bradford. “If many professionals licensed in the state of California can have their certification revoked for committing serious misconduct or abusing their authority, then why not police officers?”

March 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday evening, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered the 2021 State of the State Address and Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement:

 

“A true leader is measured by how well they empower those around them. As Senate President pro Tem Atkins stated, we cannot return to the old normal — the one built on inequities and racism. The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a magnifying glass on the extraordinary gaps women and minorities face in healthcare, education, business, housing, and justice. I agree with Governor Newsom, ‘it is not what we preach, but what we do.’ I am proud to be a member of a legislative body that invested $7.6 billion in hardworking small businesses and $6.6 billion to get kids back to school safely. The problems we faced a year ago haven’t changed, their impact on communities of color have just become more obvious. We have taken serious steps forward on the path to recovery for our diverse businesses and community members, but more needs to be done on criminal justice reform and equitable economic assistance to correct the failures of past policy. We must emerge from this pandemic as the Governor has promised, with equity embedded in everything.”

February 23, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Auditor’s Office published its Audit of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), initiated by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) in 2020. Senator Bradford issued the following statement in response to the troubling findings in the audit and the recommendations of the State Auditor:

“This audit reveals an alarming failure by CARB to fulfill its duties under law to reduce emissions while maximizing socioeconomic and jobs benefits, particularly in disadvantaged and low-income communities. Their failure is criminal at best. If California wants to actually combat climate change, our programs must be cost effective and communities of color need to see real economic and health benefits. We are done being poster children for programs that do not work or benefit us.

February 23, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Last week, Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) introduced Senate Bill 655. This bill will codify reporting requirements for underrepresented groups on insurance company governing boards, lower the existing California premium reporting threshold value for board and supplier diversity data from $100 million to $75 million, and define the term Diverse Investment Managers in the COIN program. The bill is sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara.

“Sometimes sunlight is the best disinfectant,” said Senator Bradford. “Commissioner Lara and I have been working together to collect data on the diversity of the insurance market and make sure that it really reflects the diversity of the State of California. Unsurprisingly, what we are seeing from that data is that isn’t happening at the highest levels of governance. But let’s be clear, this lack of diversity exists in aspects of government and business in California. This bill builds upon our previous work by ushering insurers to implement measurable goals for inclusivity.”

February 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – This morning, Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued this statement in response to the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code publishing its first annual report. The Committee was created on January 1, 2020 to study the California Penal Code and recommend statutory reforms. The Committee’s report includes several recommendations to reform California’s criminal justice system.

February 02, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins has appointed Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) as a member to California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. California became the first state government in the country to establish a task force for this purpose. The Task Force is comprised of nine members appointed by the governor and legislative leaders in order to conduct an examination of the lasting consequences of discrimination against freed slaves and their descendants and to make recommendations on how the state can potentially make reparations for those affected. Senator Bradford issued this statement in regards to his appointment:

January 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement upon the joint announcement by the Senate President pro Tempore, Assembly Speaker, and Governor of an agreement to extend provisions of AB 3088 (Chiu/Bradford/Caballero/Limón; Statutes of 2020, Chapter 37) and to appropriate federal rental assistance funding:

January 08, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) released the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal for 2021-2022.

“Governor Newsom’s 2021-2022 budget proposal reflects what we are all hoping, that things are getting back on track and in a better way. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate California, but thanks to the swift actions taken last year by the Legislature and the Governor, we are in a strong position to combat this crisis and rebuild our economy. I am pleased to see the Governor’s budget include investments in equity, which are critical to not only to lead our state out of the pandemic, but to come away where every Californian is stronger. We do not want to go back to where we were, we want a more just economy moving forward.