Press Releases

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. 

January 06, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Yesterday, the Kenosha District Attorney's Office announced their decision not to press criminal charges in the unarmed shooting of Jacob Blake, which occurred last summer in Wisconsin, three months after the murder of George Floyd. Blake's shooting resulted in several days of civil and violent unrest in the city, most notably 18-year old Kyle Rittenhouse, arrested and charged with shooting three people with an assault rifle, killing two of them.

January 04, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) has been elected as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC). The Caucus has had over a 50-year legacy of advocating for transformative legislation on behalf of African Americans and other marginalized people in California. Senator Bradford was elected to the legislature in 2009 making him the longest serving member of the Caucus and currently the only black senator in the state senate. He also serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Chair of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.

December 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) was appointed Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. The Public Safety Committee holds jurisdiction over all legislation that relates to criminal procedure, the penal code of California, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

December 09, 2020

SACRAMENTO ­– Yesterday, The Utility Reform Network, known as TURN, awarded Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) their Ratepayer Protection Champion Award. Senator Bradford was recognized at the organization’s annual Legislative Consumer Champions Reception.