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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

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

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

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

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 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 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.

April 05, 2017

The bill proposes that all kids, even those accused of heinous crimes would receive intervention, not jail time. But opponents say these unthinkable crimes would go unpunished.

To watch, listen to Sen. Holly Mitchell discuss the need for Senate Bill 439, Minimum Age for Incarceration, click HERE:

April 05, 2017

A bill that would keep children under 12 out of juvenile hall and get them into rehabilitation programs moved forward in the California Senate Tuesday. The legislation has the support of Michael Rizo, who got in trouble with the law at a young age.

Walking through a West Sacramento neighborhood brings up difficult memories for Rizo. When he was 11, Rizo used to steal from his neighbors.

April 04, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to keep children under 12 out of the juvenile court system gets a hearing before the state Senate Public Safety Committee today.

SB 439 would instead require that children 11 or younger be referred to child protective services and thus be spared time in juvenile hall and have no criminal record.