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Friday, July 17, 2020

By Jennifer Rufer for Spectrum 1 News

California Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a bill that would lessen the time people are on probation. She tells Inside the Issues there are currently 350,000 people on probation across California and eight percent of that prison population is made up of those who have committed a technical violation in regards to their parole. This can include not showing up to an appointment, failing to take a test, or visiting a county that they are restricted from entering.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

By Kelly Nguyen for The Daily Californian

Amid calls for police reform, California State Assembly members proposed a bill that would shift certain responsibilities away from the jurisdiction of police departments.

As debates surrounding police reformation continue, AB 2054 is an option for change, as a bill aiming to create community-based law enforcement alternatives in California.

The bill, also known as the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems, or CRISES, Act, intends to readjust state budgets and dedicate funding for community organizations over the course of three years. If passed, the bill would result in a legislation shift away from law enforcement as first responders.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

By Scott Shafer for KQED

With the spread of COVID-19 increasing throughout the state, Governor Gavin Newsom orders many counties to halt their reopening. Scott and Katie Orr discuss the governor's actions and the newly signed state budget. Then, Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) shares why she felt concerned about the pace of reopening, her proposal to remove police from some crisis response situations, her #WatchWednesday Twitter videos, and her 1997 "Money Makeover"  in the Los Angeles Times.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

By Bertram Keller for the LA Sentinel

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Saturday, June 20, 2020, the weekend of Juneteenth; however, there was no music, and no family picnics. Instead, there was the chanting of protestors that echoed throughout the neighborhoods of Leimert Park and Inglewood.

Women of the non-profit organization Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), co-organized Saturday’s rally to elevate the powerful voices calling for justice. Notable speakers in attendance included: female labor and religious leaders, California State Assembly member Sydney Kamlager, California State Senator Holly Mitchell, accomplished actress, LisaRaye McCoy and pro football Hall of Famer, Terrell Owens.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

By Jocelyn Wiener for Cal Matters

On the afternoon of June 2, 2019, psychosis convinced 23-year-old Miles Hall that a long iron gardening tool given to him by a neighbor had morphed into a staff gifted from God, his mother said. He used it to break his parents’ sliding glass door.

Looking for help, Miles’ grandmother, his mother and several neighbors called the police, explaining that Miles had serious mental health issues, according to recordings of 911 calls. Officers found him on a tree-lined street in the swimming-pool studded neighborhood he’d grown up in. As he ran toward the police, video footage shows, they shot him first with bean bags, then — when he didn’t slow down — with handguns. The Walnut Creek Police Department did not respond to calls for comment for this story.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

By ADAM BEAM and FARNOUSH AMIRI for AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The racial reckoning sweeping the country after the killing of George Floyd in police custody has generated momentum at state capitols for widespread reforms addressing a range of inequities.

Lawmakers have floated proposals to address affirmative action, racial disparities in school funding and health care, criminal justice reforms and even study reparations for slavery.

The efforts go beyond policing reforms to focus on systemic racism that has stubbornly pervaded public life for decades. They are prompting “very real conversations I didn’t think the country has ever really had because none of them are comfortable,” said Sydney Kamlager, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus in the California state Assembly.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

By David Muhammad and Vincent Schiraldi for the LA Times

As protesters around the country demand a long overdue examination of policing, we must not overlook the hidden law enforcement army of parole and probation officers surveilling poor, Black and brown people every day.

These officers exercise enormous control over the lives of people under their supervision. And they do so with little oversight or accountability to policymakers or the public.