Skinner’s parole reform bill passes public safety committee

A bill that would bar the use of uncorroborated information from confidential informants at parole hearings was approved by the state Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 1064, authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner, would also prohibit prison employees from basing alleged violations by inmates based on unverified claims from confidential … Continue reading Skinner’s parole reform bill passes public safety committee

Skinner on covid-19 priorities

Low-income people will be most hurt by the economy and most hurt by the virus. We need to make them a priority.-State Sen. Nancy Skinner at a town hall this month with Assemblymember Rob Bonta.

Sheriff Ahern is asking county for $255 million to hire 370 new employees

UPDATE from Tuesday's Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Skinner would support a pause on new housing in fire-prone areas

During a floor debate on Senate Bill 50, East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner said she would support a housing moratorium in areas across the state at risk of wildfires. Her comments on Wedneday were in response to Democratic state Sen. Henry Stern of Calabasas, who lost his home in the 2018 Woolsey fire last … Continue reading Skinner would support a pause on new housing in fire-prone areas

Wieckowski recycling bill, opposed by wineries, fails in state senate

Bill would have removed exemptions for wine and beer bottles.

Moms 4 Housing activists in Oakland protest SB50 presser

San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener unveiled the latest version of SB50, the legislation that would allow upzoning for housing developments near transit centers, at a press conference on the steps of Oakland City Hall on Tuesday morning. But protesters concerned whether the bill will include much-needed affordable housing drowned out the entire press conference … Continue reading Moms 4 Housing activists in Oakland protest SB50 presser

Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

The 12-year state legislative cycle has rendered most assembly and state senate races as cakewalks for incumbents since new term limits were enacted in 2012. Of the eight legislative seats in Alameda County, just one race is a fully contested, while another could hold some drama next year. Otherwise, incumbents will again hold a distinct … Continue reading Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

Alameda backs town hall on gun violence, but not without some council resistance

An Alameda City Council referral calling for a town hall on the issue of gun violence was unanimously approved Tuesday night. But not before two councilmembers repeatedly questioned the scope of the event and whether its aims had already been covered at a recent public event in Alameda. "I'm a bit stunned by the resistance," … Continue reading Alameda backs town hall on gun violence, but not without some council resistance

Skinner’s game-changing ‘Fair Pay for Fair Play’ bill heads to governor’s desk

East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner's game-changing legislation that could potential move the NCAA toward paying its student athletes was approved by the state Legislature Wednesday. Senate Bill 206 heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk for consideration. “California is loud and clear: Our student athletes will no longer be denied the right to their name, … Continue reading Skinner’s game-changing ‘Fair Pay for Fair Play’ bill heads to governor’s desk

Skinner on rent control bill

I don’t want any more to be displaced. My heart can’t take it.-State Sen. Nancy Skinner on the landmark rent control bill that was approved by State Senate on Tuesday. AB 1482 caps annual rent increases at 5%.

Nancy Skinner gets an assist from LeBron James

East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner's "Fair Pay for Fair Play" bill could drastically change how the NCAA, the powerful governing body of college sports in the U.S., does business. Skinner's legislation to give college student athletes in California the ability to be paid when their likeness is used by for profit by their college … Continue reading Nancy Skinner gets an assist from LeBron James

Skinner’s ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ moves ahead despite warning from NCAA

A bill that could dramatically change the lucrative business of college athletics passed its first hurdle in the Assembly. East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner's legislation to allow student-athletes the right to be compensated for the use of their name and image likeness was approved by an Assembly committee Tuesday. The bill gained passage out … Continue reading Skinner’s ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ moves ahead despite warning from NCAA

State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

Legislation that would help the City of Oakland finance infrastructure and transportation projects for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal was approved Monday by the State Senate. At the time of the vote, Senate Bill 293, which was authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner, was approved 34-0. The bill would allow Oakland to … Continue reading State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

Port of Oakland to approve Howard Terminal term sheet with A’s

The Port of Oakland Board and Oakland Athletics are set to sign an exclusive four-year term sheet to lease the Howard Terminal waterfront property to the team and construction of a new waterfront ballpark. An item on the term sheet is scheduled to come before the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners on May 13. … Continue reading Port of Oakland to approve Howard Terminal term sheet with A’s

A’s ballpark legislation passes early committee; another bill to be heard Wednesday

Like an early season extra-inning baseball game, A's fans waited all afternoon for an opportunity to show their support for an Assembly bill that could stitch together a crazy quilt of land trust issues for the proposed Howard Terminal ballpark It wasn't a walk-off victory just yet, but the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday evening … Continue reading A’s ballpark legislation passes early committee; another bill to be heard Wednesday