Quirk helps Assembly committee turn away concealed carry weapons bill

Assemblymember Bill Quirkwasn't in the mood Tuesdayto debate concealed guns.20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTRepublican gubernatorial candidate and Assemblymember Travis Allen confidently laid out a case Tuesday for reform of the state's concealed carry permitting rules."Innocent Californians deserve a right to protect themselves and their loved ones," Allen told the Assembly Public Safety Committee.Just 179 concealed carry permits … Continue reading Quirk helps Assembly committee turn away concealed carry weapons bill

Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks expressed bewilderment Friday after an inquiry into the Aug. 16 raid in Oakland conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents was abruptly removed from consideration at yesterday's Oakland City Council Rules Committee. The item was previously scheduled for next Tuesday.The request was made by … Continue reading Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

African Americans were pulled over by OPD15,000 times last year, nearly 10,000 morethan the next racial group.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILHalf of the more than 11,000 traffic citations issued by Oakland police officers last year were given to African Americans, the department reported this week. Similarly, 62 percent of all vehicles stopped by Oakland police were driven … Continue reading Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

Oakland council committee moves to cool OPD coordination with ICE

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplanaddressing the public safety committeeon Tuesday night.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILAn Oakland City Council committee backed an ordinance Tuesday night that revokes authority previously given to the city administrator for entering agreements with the U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE)."It sends a strong message and brings peace of mind to members of our community," … Continue reading Oakland council committee moves to cool OPD coordination with ICE

Bonta’s landmark bail reform bill passes Assembly committee

Assemblymember Rob Bonta addressing theAssembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTLegislation that would greatly reform the state's money bail system passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday. The bill, authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, would limit those arrested from posting bail as a condition of their release. Assembly Bill 42 also seeks to … Continue reading Bonta’s landmark bail reform bill passes Assembly committee

Rob Bonta on private prisons: ‘They have a duty to shareholders, not to California’

PHOTO/Wikicommons18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTEast Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta wants California to cease doing business with for-profit private prisons. Bonta introduced legislation Thursday that would prevent the renewal of state contracts with private prison operators by 2018.In a terse set of statements, Bonta said for-profit prison’s business model is not predicated on rehabilitating inmates. “The built-in incentives … Continue reading Rob Bonta on private prisons: ‘They have a duty to shareholders, not to California’

Bonta’s bill to help public defenders better represent undocumented immigrants passes committee

Assemblymember Rob Bonta appearing Tuesdaybefore the Assembly Public Safety Committtee.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAn assembly bill that would increase training and resources for public defenders in order to represent undocumented immigrants passed its first step legislative step Tuesday. The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved the bill authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, 4-0.It moves on for … Continue reading Bonta’s bill to help public defenders better represent undocumented immigrants passes committee

State Senate newcomer Nancy Skinner named majority whip

State Sen. Nancy Skinner will also chair oneother committee, serve on four others.LEGISLATURE | East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner was tabbed by Pro Tem Kevin de Leon Wednesday to become the Democratic majority whip. In addition to becoming the party's enforcer and vote-counter for state Senate Democrats, Skinner was also named chair of the … Continue reading State Senate newcomer Nancy Skinner named majority whip

Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

Assemblymember Bill Quirk said moderates likeSteve Glazer vote to keep people in jail.LEGISLATURE | To the uninitiated, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk may look like a standard-issue Hollywood curmudgeon, but the exterior often masks a warm, paternal manner. So, when Quirk, a Democrat, unleashed some intraparty venom towards State Sen. Steve Glazer recently, it was a … Continue reading Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

NRA marshaling opposition to Oakland’s proposed gun restrictions

Large capacity clips like these would be bannedin Oakland under a proposed ordinance.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The National Rifle Association is urging its members and advocates to voice opposition to a package of gun restrictions being proposed at Tuesday's Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee.The proposed ordinances would make it illegal to carry high-capacity magazines … Continue reading NRA marshaling opposition to Oakland’s proposed gun restrictions

Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo: "Our rightto privacy is being challenged by the tools we carry,"he said, including smartphones.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Since the initial unveiling of a controversial citywide surveillance hub in Oakland in 2013, opponents have long called for a definitive privacy policy to protect citizen’s rights. Although, the scope of the proposal, known … Continue reading Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Hancock, Quirk lead public safety hearing on police and community trust

Assemblymember Bill QuirkSTATE LEGISLATURE | The public safety committee chairs of State Legislature, both representing the East Bay, said testimony Tuesday in Sacramento suggests scant information exists on the use of force by police officers in California, In addition, there is no accepted number of civilians killed by law enforcement each year in the state.“We … Continue reading Hancock, Quirk lead public safety hearing on police and community trust

Sen. Loni Hancock retains public safety committee chair

State Sen. Loni HancockSTATE LEGISLATURE | The East Bay’s two state senators will be busy this session. State Sens. Loni Hancock and Bob Wieckowski will each chair a standing committee, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon announced Tuesday.Hancock, who will be termed out in 2016, will retain the chair the Senate Public Safety Committee … Continue reading Sen. Loni Hancock retains public safety committee chair

Oakland City Council will decide whether to ban the bullhook at circus next week

An elephant trainer holding a bullhook.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | One year after the Oakland City Council passed a watered down ordinance regulating the safety of circus performances in the city, a proposed new law would go further by banning the use of bullhooks and other implements used for controlling elephants. The proposed ordinance is headed … Continue reading Oakland City Council will decide whether to ban the bullhook at circus next week

Bonta chosen to lead two Assembly committees; Quirk to chair public safety

Bonta will add the powerful Health Committeechairmanship in January.ASSEMBLY | Assemblymember Rob Bonta will be pulling double-duty as chairperson of two committees starting in January.Among the roster of chairmanships announced Wednesday by Speaker Toni Atkins, Bonta retained his position on the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee while adding the powerful Health Committee.Bonta’s position as … Continue reading Bonta chosen to lead two Assembly committees; Quirk to chair public safety