In the News

June 15, 2016

By..Chris Megerian

The final budget deal slated for a vote on Wednesday includes some of the top priorities for the California Legislative Women's Caucus, which successfully advocated for more child care funding and the removal of a controversial limit on welfare benefits.

"I'm very pleased," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), the caucus chairwoman, after a news conference outside the Capitol. "Focusing on the needs of our families and our children in particular is so important in this state."

June 15, 2016

By Katie Orr

It was an emotional moment for Democratic state Sen. Holly Mitchell. For four years she’d been working to repeal a decades-old welfare rule that limits aid for children. This year’s $122 billion general fund budget finally funded her efforts. At a news conference Tuesday, she thanked advocates.

June 15, 2016

By the Editorial Board

At long last, California is doing away with one of this state’s crueler laws, one that punishes poor women for getting pregnant and worsens their poverty. This week brought good news for struggling Californians: The maximum family grant is finally going away.

June 15, 2016

California budget to eliminate contentious welfare policy


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governor of California has given in to liberal lawmakers who want to repeal a welfare policy that critics call racist, ineffective and harmful to the state's poorest children.

June 14, 2016


A year after creating it as a major new tool to fight poverty, Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers are scaling back expectations on a tax credit for the working poor after claims for 2015 totaled less than half the money set aside for the program.

June 10, 2016


Brown, Kaleem: Child sex trafficking victims are assaulted again by justice system

By Kate Walker Brown and Maheen Kaleem, Special to The Mercury News

For most kids, daily activities include attending school or spending time with friends. Not for Alana. Like too many child sex trafficking victims, the only daily guarantee in Alana's life was that she would be raped by her trafficker and buyers who paid to engage in sexual acts with her.

June 03, 2016

By LaDoris Cordell, Special to The Mercury News

Posted:   06/02/2016 07:09:46 PM PDT | Updated:   about 19 hours ago

Police officers force their way into your home; they believe that you possess illegal drugs for sale. They arrest you, and they seize your computer, your cash , and your valuable coin collection. The charges against you are dropped; you are innocent.

When you request the return of your property, you learn that it has been permanently forfeited and dispersed via civil asset forfeiture.


June 03, 2016

BY… Conor Friedersdorf

If a police officer pulls you over for a burned out taillight, he can quickly learn your name, home address, place of birth, sex and eye color; every minor traffic infraction on your record; your criminal history at the local, state and federal levels; whether you're on probation or parole; and whether there are any warrants out for your arrest.

June 03, 2016

By Patrick McGreevy

State Senate seeks to bar criminal charges against minors for prostitution

The state Senate voted Thursday to approve a bill that would prohibit filing criminal charges against minors for prostitution after lawmakers argued the teenagers and children are the victims of others.

June 03, 2016

By Alexei Koseff -

After initially falling short in April, a bill to repeal sentencing enhancements for certain drug crimes passed the California Senate on Thursday.