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July 20, 2020

Von: Katharina Wilhelm

GERMANY-Senatorin Holly Mitchell ist auf einer Mission: Ihr Ziel; die Gleichstellung von Frauen, Schwarzen, Latinos und Indigenen in ihrem Bundesstaat Kalifornien und zwar mit Hilfe der so genannten „Affirmative Action“. Einem Werkzeug, dass Minderheiten beispielsweise bei der Aufnahme in Unis oder bei staatlichen Aufträgen positiver berücksichtigt.


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July 20, 2020

By Mariana Dale

LOS ANGELES-The child care workforce is mostly made up of women of color who aren't paid very much — a little over $10 an hour on average nationally, according to one study.

But California child care providers could be on the verge of getting help in their fight for higher wages. This week, balloting is wrapping up in a month-long vote to unionize child care workers.

July 17, 2020

By Ayanna Gandhi

SACRAMENTO – CA State Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) re-introduced legislation yesterday that would expand the pool of prospective jurors to include any state tax filers, claiming that it would “ensure that jury pools are more diverse and demographically representative of California’s population.


July 01, 2020

By Alexei Koseff 

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature approved a $202 billion state budget deal that largely avoids widespread cuts to public services to close a multibillion-dollar deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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June 23, 2020
May 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom took an extra $1.8 billion from the state’s dwindling coffers to pay for more protective gear and extra hospital beds to aid the state’s response to the coronavirus.

Newsom said Thursday he expects the federal government will reimburse the state for 75% of that spending, which comes as state lawmakers are debating what government services will be cut to cover an estimated $54.3 billion budget deficit caused by the virus-induced economic downturn.


May 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif — How does a liberal, blue-state governor take on the unappealing task of slashing the budget? By shifting a lot of the pressure to the federal government.

In revising California’s budget down to $203 billion Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom charted a plan to fill a huge deficit by tying many cuts to additional federal aid. If the feds come through with $1 trillion for state and local governments that Newsom and other Democratic governors have requested, California would not reduce funding to schools, colleges, parks, child care, health care and other programs.

May 21, 2020


Gov. Gavin Newsom has won praise and high approval ratings for his administration’s aggressive handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with California becoming the first state to issue a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19.

But with the state beginning to reopen, there is increasing resentment at the state Capitol over how Newsom has wielded his expansive emergency powers to address the COVID-19 crisis. Critics say he has seized too much power at the expense of the Legislature, sidelining the authority of a co-equal branch of government. 

May 21, 2020


By: Scott Shafer


As the state Legislature takes up Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget — the one with $19 billion less than before the coronavirus pandemic struck — some legislators say they're hoping to put to use lessons learned from the last state budget crisis in hopes of avoiding some of the same mistakes.

May 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO- Top-ranking state lawmaker Sen. Holly Mitchell — a Democrat who represents Culver City, Ladera Heights, Westmont, Crenshaw, Downtown and Florence — argued on Monday that Gavin Newsom’s revised budget proposal would give the governor broad latitude over coronavirus-related spending decisions.

Newsom unveiled an updated budget proposal last week that adjusts for the impacts of the coronavirus and would expand the state’s COVID-19 emergency fund by $2.9 billion dollars.