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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 27, 2017

By Holly Mitchell, Guest Columnist

In the language of my community, riots mean one thing, rebellion something else.

Let us agree to call what happened in South Los Angeles 25 years ago a rebellion, which is defined as a reaction against an injustice. As TV news cameras captured the rebellion that greeted a jury’s decision in faraway Simi Valley to exonerate the four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King, one image seared into my brain and will never leave me:

Mothers running out of Fedco with packages of diapers and baby formula.

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 26, 2017

Two dozen students from California’s six dental schools descended upon the state Capitol over two days in February and March to meet with legislators and discuss issues of pressing importance to the dental profession while gaining insights on the legislative process.

These meetings form the backbone of CDA’s Grassroots Advocacy Days. The program favors small groups of participants to allow for concentrated education and preparation on current policy issues and general grassroots strategy, as well as in-depth, interactive discussions with legislators.

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

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.