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April 27, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES - California single-payer healthcare bill passes first committee test

April 27, 2017

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By Melanie Mason

A sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as scores of supporters crammed into the Capitol to advocate for a single-payer system.

April 26, 2017: BAY AREA REPORTER - Bill would reform CA sex offender registry

April 26, 2017

Gay state Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a bill that would create a tiered registry for California sex offenders, meaning some could leave the state's lifetime registry earlier than planned.

April 23, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES - How 'schools not prisons' became a favorite rallying cry for criminal justice reformers

April 23, 2017

By Melanie Mason

A bill winding its way through the Legislature proposes a creative way to fund early childhood education: imposing a tax on companies that do business with California’s prison systems.

A tax on the “privilege” of such contracts, as Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) puts it, is an unorthodox policy prescription. But by directly tying the state’s incarceration system to its education programs, Thurmond is treading familiar political territory.

April 21, 2017: SACRAMENTO BEE - Sen. Holly Mitchell holds inequality hearing

April 21, 2017

BABY, YOU’RE A RICH MAN: Two years after passing a law to expand the state’s equal-pay protections, California lawmakers are keeping the conversation about the gender wage gap going with a series of hearings on its causes and solutions. The Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, {chaired by Sen. Holly J.

April 21, 2017: ASSOCIATED PRESS - Brown's California agriculture board pick hit by backlash

April 21, 2017

By JJ Cooper

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Isadore Hall was a veteran Democratic legislator from Compton until he gave up his seat to run for Congress and lost. But Gov. Jerry Brown gave him a soft landing when he appointed Hall to a six-figure job mediating disputes between farmers and union workers.

Hall's former Democratic colleagues in the California Senate confirmed him Thursday to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board despite allegations that he threatened farmers who opposed his nomination and is too close to labor interests.

April 20, 2017: LA Sentinel - Burke, Bass, Lewis and Mitchell lead #EndChildPoverty rally in South L.A.

April 20, 2017

By Niele Anderson, Contributing Writer

Assembly Bill (AB) 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017, brought the community together with politicians from DC and Sacramento for a block party style rally in South Los Angeles on Sunday April 9, to address child poverty in the state of California. The event took place at the St. John’s Well Child & Family Center located at 808 West 58th Street.

April 19, 2017: DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE - Policy Reform Surges Ahead in California

April 19, 2017

By Lynne Lyman

The Drug Policy Alliance had another successful day in the California state legislature, with two more bills passing through the first house committee, AB 1578 and SB 180. These bills join the agenda with two others bills that passed through their first house committees in preceding weeks.

April 19, 2017: CULVER CITY CROSSROADS - Measure to End Wasteful Incarceration Passes Key Sacramento Committee

April 19, 2017

Less than a month after introduction, the last bill in a package of sweeping reforms of how California treats youths and young adults today passed its initial policy test.

“People are finally understanding that it is time to reform a system so that more emphasis is put on rehabilitation,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell said after members of the Senate Committee on Public Safety approved Senate Bill 180, a modest step toward enacting the bipartisan movement to end wasteful incarceration spending in favor of community reinvestments.

April 15, 2017: SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE - California lawmakers say there's more to do to combat human trafficking

April 16, 2017

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By Dana Littlefield

A local lawyer mentioned to me in an interview roughly a decade ago that street gangs that once trafficked primarily in drugs had found a new “product” to push.

She used a quote that can’t be repeated in full here, but it has stuck in my memory. In essence, she said that although gangs were still dealing drugs all over San Diego County, many had found pimping young women and girls to be more lucrative.

April 13, 2017: SACRAMENTO BEE EDITORIAL (ON SB 190) - Why bill parents for locking up their kids?

April 13, 2017


Sacramento County supervisors quietly took a significant step toward fairer justice this week by voting to stop charging fees to families of juvenile offenders.

According to a recent UC Berkeley study, Sacramento County has among the highest fees in the state – about $550 a month for juvenile hall, $206 a month for probation supervision, $725 a month for electronic monitoring and $20 for each drug test.