Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Making Ethnic Studies Course A Requirement At CSUGov. Gavin Newsom sided with the state legislature on Monday by signing a bill that requires California State University students who enter as freshmen in 2021-22 to take an ethnic studies course focused on one of four ethnic groups in order to graduate.
State Sen. Wiener Renews Push To End Mandatory Sentences For Non-Violent Drug OffensesState Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, joined San Francisco city leaders, among others, on Monday to announce new state legislation that would end mandatory jail sentences for people accused of nonviolent drug offenses.
Proposition 16 Presents California Voters With Choice to End Affirmative Action BanCalls for racial justice during recent protests in California and across the country are bringing back a controversial push to reverse California’s ban on the consideration of race and sex in public education, employment and contracting.
Appeals Court in San Francisco Reinstates California Ammunition Purchase Background ChecksThe 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, reversing a federal judge's decision to stop the checks.
Speaker Pelosi Shepherds Trump-Backed Family Aid Deal to Bipartisan House ApprovalThe House of Representatives passed a bipartisan legislative financial relief package in the early hours of Saturday morning following intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and the Trump administration.
Bill Introduced To Expand Government Enforcement Powers Over UtilitiesA group of state legislators and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced the introduction of a bill Tuesday that would give the state attorney general and local district attorneys the power to reprimand utility companies for failure to comply with safety regulations.
Proposed Bill Would Give Drivers More Control Over License PhotoA newly proposed state bill would allow California residents to retake their driver license photos if they pay the extra fee.
New Law Bans Smoking at California State Beaches and ParksCalifornia will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by the governor. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at parks and beaches.
SF Lawmaker's Bill to Ban Paper Receipts Fails in State LegislatureThe California Legislature had been considering banning paper receipts unless requested by a customer but a legislative committee voted Friday not to send the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote.
San Rafael Mayor To Keep Flags At Half Staff To Protest Inaction On Gun ControlCommunities across the country have lowered their flags to half staff to honor the victims of the mass shootings, but one Bay Area city plans to keep them down as an act of protest.
Protesters Hired To Oppose Proposed Law Banning Animal Fur SalesCalifornia might soon be the first state in the nation to ban the sale of fur, but only if paid fake protesters don’t convince lawmakers otherwise.
Controversial Ad Campaign Recalls Race-Based S.F. 'Urban Renewal' ProgramsCritics call out advertisements opposing legislation encouraging construction of housing near public transit as shameless attempts to stir up resentment among African Americans.
SF Lawmaker Aims to Limit Traffic on 'Crooked' Lombard StreetTo straighten out traffic along San Francisco's celebrated -- and congested -- "crooked" street, assemblyman Phil Ting, (D-S.F.) is proposing charging drivers for making the trip down Lombard Street.
East Bay Legislators Propose Tax Increase For Companies Netting Over $10MDemocratic East Bay lawmakers hope to address income inequality and fund education by increasing the tax rate by 2 percent on the top 0.2 percent of corporations that do business in California.
California Assembly Bill Would Expunge 8 Million Criminal ConvictionsAssemblyman Phil Ting joined San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón Thursday to announce state legislation he's introducing that would use technology to clear records for former convicts eligible under existing laws.