Tuesday, February 18, 2020

California lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to demand increased accountability from local sheriffs’ offices. On Thursday, Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles, said she would demand an audit of several sheriffs’ offices’ use of state money intended to offset the costs of the 2011 realignment changes.

Since 2011, California has sent more than $8 billion to counties to cover the increased local costs. The California Constitution prohibits county officials from using that money to cut their own costs elsewhere. But lax spending rules and limited scrutiny from both state and county officials have allowed just that, McClatchy and ProPublica reported in December.

Though local governments routinely move money from one law enforcement purpose to another, doing so with realignment funds may violate state law.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Moments ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by signing into law two landmark bills: one banning the sale and production of all new fur products in California, and another prohibiting the trophy hunting of bobcats in his state.

California, a trendsetter in animal welfare and in fashion, is the first state in the nation to pass a ban on the sales of fur, and we applaud Gov. Newsom and the state’s lawmakers for recognizing that California citizens do not want their state’s markets to contribute to the demand for fur products. The fur industry causes the suffering and death of more than 100 million animals worldwide each year, and animals on fur factory farms are forced to live in cramped, wire-bottom cages, deprived of the ability to engage in natural behaviors, before being cruelly killed by gassing or electrocution.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Due to potential wildfire inducing conditions, PG&E has issued a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) warning for portions of California. You can check if your address will be impacted by the PSPS here. My office is in constant communication with PG&E as well as cities, school districts, public safety agencies and utilities in our district. While the exact locations of the possible shut off are still to be determined depending on conditions, it’s important to do several things to prepare:

Monday, September 9, 2019

The California State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow college athletes to more easily make money off their own name, image and likeness, beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

The vote -- initially posted as 66-0, but later shown as 72-0 with 7 not voting -- all but assures that the measure will go to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

Because the bill was amended after it had passed the State Senate, it will have to return there for a concurrence vote that could come as early as Tuesday, according to the office of Sen. Nancy Skinner, the bill's sponsor. However, the Senate approved its version of the bill by a 31-5 margin, and the bill’s basic intent remains unchanged.

If the legislation reaches Newsom’s desk, he will have 30 days to sign it or veto it. If he takes no action, the bill becomes law.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

By Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Special to CALmatters

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and nearly 50 other privileged elites, are charged with committing fraud for their roles in cheating their children’s way into prestigious universities.

If they are convicted, does anyone truly expect these wealthy, white defendants to suffer the legal punishment handed out to poor, darker-skinned people who run afoul of the law?

Injustice, in the form of implicit bias, is inherent in the justice system.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Several workers compensation bills read for the first time in the California legislature on Monday would expand presumptive illness and injury protections to more workers and protect employees from discrimination in disability determinations.

S.B. 567, introduced by Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would extend the injury and illness presumption currently provided to first responders in the state to include registered nurses who provide direct patient care in an acute care setting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6 (ACA 6), known as the Free the Vote Act, which would allow people on parole to vote. Currently, approximately 46,000 Californians who have been released from prison are not allowed to vote in local, state or federal elections.

“Parolees are our family members, our neighbors and our colleagues. They have been released from prison because they are no longer considered threats to society, but they are considered too dangerous to vote?  That is absurd!” Kamlager-Dove said in a news conference outside the State Capitol.