As you may have heard, much of my agenda is part of the second year of an #EquityAndJustice package jointly authored with Sen. Ricardo Lara. Collectively, these measures emphasize needed changes to how California's juvenile and criminal justice systems treat youth and young adults.
Like many of you, I have been sickened by recent federal policies that have led to heartless and traumatizing separations of immigrant children from their families. I have always been a champion of child rights and strongly believe in protecting the safety and interests of our children.
Watch my video urging fellow policymakers, the public and members of the media to ensure proper regulation of how children are held HERE.
My proposed laws for 2018 include a continued effort to reform the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems as part of my #EquityAndJustice2018 package and reducing childhood poverty to help families and communities.
Other measures focus on expanding worker training to prevent sexual harassment, extending a model program to keep and create mostly off-screen jobs in California’s renowned film and TV industries, and providing women key health information.
This past week’s shooting in Maryland marks the 17th school shooting we have had this year. Tragedies such as these demonstrate that raising public awareness about gun violence, creating more civically minded students and supporting fellow students at this Saturday’s March For Our Lives event at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles is more critical now than ever.
Connect. Inspire. Soar. Do that and more during Black History Month by celebrating 26 years of great Black films and art during the Pan African Film and Arts Festival beginning Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Feb. 19 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza theater complex.
PAFF’s goal is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. Film and art can often lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
Gov. Brown this week released his proposed 2018-19 budget and, as chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, I look forward to working with the administration to ensure that we continue to make investments in the people of California.
To do this, I will continue to emphasize that the budget is a value statement which reflects the state’s priorities for its resources. The governor’s budget shows some positive investments related to education, special education, increased funding to the local control funding formula, Career Technical Education Funding at the community colleges and repairs to prison infrastructure to make it more habitable and humane.