Bonta bill calls for transparency between ICE and local cops over deportations

Assemblymember Rob Bonta unveiling legislationFriday in Oakland that supports undocumented immigrants. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Pedro Figueroa’s story is well-known in Latino communities throughout the Bay Area. In December 2014, the undocumented immigrant from El Salvador went into a San Francisco police station to report that his car was stolen. Police found a warrant for … Continue reading Bonta bill calls for transparency between ICE and local cops over deportations

Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta may have just become the godfather of medical marijuana regulation in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation adding regulations to medical marijuana dispensaries nearly 20 years after voters approve its legality in California. The bill, a cobbling of several regulatory bills, is viewed as being … Continue reading Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

Not all bills are equal, but some of State Sen.Loni Hancock's have more primacy than othersamong her East Bay legislative colleagues.LEGISLATURE | Five members of the East Bay legislative caucus celebrated the signing by Gov. Jerry Brown of 14 of their respective bills over the past week. On Monday alone Brown signed six.CATHARINE BAKERAB 773 … Continue reading East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

Assemblymember introduces bill to ban BART strikes

AB 528 is Assemblymember Catharine Baker'sfirst piece of legislation.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | Freshman Assemblymember Catharine Baker’s first bill makes good on a major campaign pledge she offered last year. It may also be a potential boon to one candidate in the State Senate special election in her Contra Costa County district.Baker introduced legislation Monday … Continue reading Assemblymember introduces bill to ban BART strikes

Amid flurry of climate change legislation, State Sen. Wieckowski to hold hearing on state, local preparedness

STATE LEGISLATURE | State Sen. Bob Wieckowski will convene an informational hearing later this month on the preparation of state and local agencies for the effects of climate change.The announcement came on the heels of a package of legislation introduced in the State Senate Tuesday hoping to lower pollution in the state 80 percent below … Continue reading Amid flurry of climate change legislation, State Sen. Wieckowski to hold hearing on state, local preparedness

East Bay Assemblymembers sworn-in; Wieckowski joins State Senate

Assemblymember Rob Bonta with his wife andfather at Monday's swearing-in.PHOTO/@RobBontaASSEMBLY | STATE SENATE | Just like two years ago, Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta rocked traditional Filipino attire for his swearing-in Monday in Sacramento. Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk also took the oath of office for another term in the Assembly, along with newcomers Tony Thurmond and … Continue reading East Bay Assemblymembers sworn-in; Wieckowski joins State Senate

Kalb: State Senate ‘Did a Dumb Thing’ on Smartphone Kill Switches

Oakland Councilmember Dan KalbSTATE SENTATE | OAKLAND | Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb know first hand how a kill-switch on smartphones may lessened the likelihood of being a victim of armed robbery. On Thursday, the State Senate narrowly failed to pass a bill backed by the Oakland City Council to include a function on all smartphones … Continue reading Kalb: State Senate ‘Did a Dumb Thing’ on Smartphone Kill Switches

Rep. Swalwell Boasts No Other Freshman Dem Passed More Bills Than His One

Swalwell said he leads all freshman Democrats in bills passed with one.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Offering fun facts and figures meant to add beef to his flimsy patty of work has been a hallmark of Rep. Eric Swalwell’s first term. In fact, he includes a running scoreboard on his congressional Web site boasting to have flown over 350,000 … Continue reading Rep. Swalwell Boasts No Other Freshman Dem Passed More Bills Than His One

Swalwell’s Passes First Bill; Incentivizes Donations to Filipino Disaster Relief

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Legislation allowing taxpayers to deduct charitable donations to victims of last November’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on their 2013 tax returns, passed the House Monday. The bill is East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell’s first successful piece of legislation since being elected in 2012 and awaits the President’s signature.“I take great pride … Continue reading Swalwell’s Passes First Bill; Incentivizes Donations to Filipino Disaster Relief

Wieckowski Bill Offers Anonymous Path for Victims of Revenge Porn to File Suit

ASSEMBLY | 25TH DISTRICT | State Attorney General Kamala Harris has recently been hot on the heels of so-called revenge porn operators who post sexually-explicit images of people to a Web site for the means of embarrassing them. Often the sites turn around and request hundreds of dollars to remove the graphic photos, many of … Continue reading Wieckowski Bill Offers Anonymous Path for Victims of Revenge Porn to File Suit

Bonta Offers Struggling Community Colleges a Makeup Exam

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | EDUCATION | The Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters says the City College of San Francisco is using friends in high places to get out from under threat of losing its accreditation. The City’s state senator has a bill hoping to inject additional state funding for the struggling community college, and across … Continue reading Bonta Offers Struggling Community Colleges a Makeup Exam

Bonta’s Second Try for Distributing Condoms in State Jails Passes Assembly

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta's first attempt to expand the distribution of condoms to state inmates in order to fight the impacts of high rates of sexually-transmitted diseases failed last October when Gov. Jerry Brown sidestepped the issue and vetoed the bill.This week, the State Assembly approved Bonta's reworked bill that … Continue reading Bonta’s Second Try for Distributing Condoms in State Jails Passes Assembly

Corbett Calls for Investigation into Fannie Mae Illegally Taking Fees for Short Sales

STATE SENATE | Fannie Mae may have illegally received borrower's contributions to short sales in violation of a California state law authored by State Sen. Ellen Corbett. In a letter sent Tuesday by Corbett and Santa Rose State Sen. Noreen Evans, they ask State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the collection of over $3 … Continue reading Corbett Calls for Investigation into Fannie Mae Illegally Taking Fees for Short Sales

Reed: I’m Running Because Wieckowski Can’t Carry Stem Cell Legislation

Assemblymember Bob WieckowskiSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 10 | Roman Reed, the newest candidate for next year’s 10th State Senate race, says the impetus for his surprise run started with the realization Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski couldn't pass muster when it comes to enacting important state legislation to fund stem cell research. Reed, who was partially paralyzed nearly 20 years ago … Continue reading Reed: I’m Running Because Wieckowski Can’t Carry Stem Cell Legislation

No Jailhouse Rock For State Inmates, Brown Vetoes Bonta’s Condom Bill

LEGISLATURE | A bill that would have created a pilot program for distributing free condoms to inmates in California state prisons was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The controversial legislation authored by Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta intended to protect inmates against the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS; and the general public after prisoners served out … Continue reading No Jailhouse Rock For State Inmates, Brown Vetoes Bonta’s Condom Bill