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State Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland). (photo courtesy sd09.senate.ca.gov)

East Bay Politician Opposed To Richmond Jail Expansion; Would Rather Spend On Job Training

State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, believes the money for a planned expansion of a Richmond jail should be used for more job training programs that would reduce incarcerations.


A Dunlin, a very small shorebird, is washed of a mystery contaminant at the San Francisco Bay Center. (Cheryl Reynolds/International Bird Rescue)

State Of California Stiffs Bird Rescuers With Bill Over Mystery Goo

International Bird Rescue in Fairfield says the State of California will not reimburse them for the money they spent cleaning up hundreds of birds injured during the recent “mystery goo” spill in the Bay.


A magazine for a AR-15 rifle is seen with ammunition. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Bill To Ban High-Capacity Ammo Magazines Dies In State Legislature

A proposal that would have banned ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets has died in the state Legislature.


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2012 Chevron Refinery Fire Ignites New Legislative Efforts

Two East Bay lawmakers have introduced bills in Sacramento meant to address issues that they say came up following last year’s Chevron Refinery fire.


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California Lawmakers Consider Range Of Gun Control Measures

California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.


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ConsumerWatch: Recycling Plan Proposed To Curb Mattress Dumping

Her solution is a bill that would force mattress makers and sellers to help get them off the streets. The bill would require them to pick-up the old mattresses or contribute $25 for each mattress sold to a special fund.


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Gov. Brown Signs Bill To Keep San Pablo Hospital Afloat

Moments before a midnight legislative deadline Sunday night, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to help keep a Contra Costa County hospital’s doors open for years to come.


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Berkeley State Senator Withdraws Bill To Repeal Death Penalty

Senator Loni Hancock on Thursday withdrew her bill to replace the death penalty with prison without the possibility of parole before the legislation could come up for a vote.


California Bill To Abolish Death Penalty Moves Forward

The state’s Assembly Public Safety Committee has voted in favor of a bill that would get rid of the death penalty in California.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/07/2011

East Bay Lawmaker’s Bill Would Abolish California Death Penalty

State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, is introducing legislation Monday that would replace the death penalty in California with permanent imprisonment.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/27/2011