State Gives East Bay Park District $13.5M For Wildfire PreventionThe East Bay Regional Park District received $13.5 million from the state this week to improve its ability to fight wildfires and remove fuels like dead and dying trees, district officials said Thursday.
Moms 4 Housing-Inspired Law Regulating Sale of Foreclosed Homes Signed By NewsomA bill prompted by the Moms 4 Housing occupation of a vacant West Oakland home late last year and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday aims to increase homeownership in the state.
Governor Newsom Signs Law Banning School Student Suspensions For Grades 4 Through 8Starting in 2020, principals and administrators will be banned from suspending students for “willful defiance” of teachers, staff, and administrators.
California Considers Requiring Prison Inmates Have Access To Vegan MealsA California legislator introduced legislation to ensure that those confined to prison and hospitals have access to plant-based meals.
Police Misconduct Records To Be Made Public Under California BillA state senator has introduced legislation to make certain personnel records for police officers involved in shootings, sexual assault and various forms of misconduct available to the public - which is currently prohibited by law.
State Lawmakers Launch Investigation Into Alleged Sexual Harassment By LegislatorNew allegations have surfaced detailing the widespread harassment of women who work at the California Capitol.
Filing False Report To Have A Person's Guns Seized Would Be Felony Under Bill From SoCal LawmakerFiling a false report for a restraining order to remove guns from someone thought to be at risk would become a felony under a proposed bill by a Southern California assemblywoman.
California Lawmakers Consider Anti-Gun Violence Restraining OrderThe deadly Isla Vista shootings last spring has prompted state lawmakers to consider an anti-gun violence restraining order. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner's bill is modeled after California's domestic violence restraining order laws.
$2 Million Grant To Go Towards Oakland Police Gun Tracking And Criminal Rehab Efforts Oakland police announced a $2 million grant to bolster what they say are proven violence reduction strategies since crime is down this year compared to last.
California Considers Gun Restriction Law For Mentally Unstable People After Isla Vista Killing RampageCalifornia could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.
Bay Area Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Create Gun Violence Restraining Order, In Wake Of Isla Vista RampageThe bill would let authorities confiscate guns from someone who threatens to commit violence, like the gunman in the massacre near UC Santa Barbara.
California Bills Aim To Help Young Offenders Seal Criminal RecordsJuvenile records would automatically be sealed from public view after the offender has completed probation under SB1038 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.
Bill To End Backlog Of Rape Kit DNA Testing Passes Assembly CommitteeA bill by a Berkeley Assemblywoman that would provide timeframes for testing rape kits and entering the information into a national DNA database was unanimously approved by an Assembly committee Tuesday.
Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits Prompts Proposal From East Bay LawmakerAn unknown number of rape kits are sitting untested in crime labs throughout California, sometimes taking months or even years to process. To help rape victims get justice, a lawmaker from the East Bay has introduced legislation to speed up the process.
Bay Area Mourns Mandela's Death, 1990 Oakland Visit RememberedNelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday at the age of 95, more than two decades after he visited Oakland as part of a U.S. tour to rally support for anti-apartheid efforts.