Tuesday, September 1, 2020

By Doug Moore, Special to CalMatters

In spite of decades of struggle to achieve equality at work and at home, women continue to perform more than their share of caregiving, both paid and unpaid – and when that woman is a spouse or mother of the person she's caring for, it's as if her labor doesn't even exist.

A perfect example of this is the frontline-working women of California's In-Home Supportive Services program. IHSS allows low-income seniors and people with disabilities to employ the caregiver of their choice in order to live independently in their homes, at a fraction of the cost of institutionalized care. About 22% of IHSS workers are parent or spouse providers, almost exclusively mothers and wives, providing long-term care to spouses or disabled children.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

By Vivian Bossiex-Skinner for KALW Radio

California is on the road to changing policing. And recent reform bills in the works with the state legislature are paving the way, with an August 31st deadline approaching. 

Assembly Bill 2054, also known as the CRISES act, would provide responses to emergency situations that would typically be routed to police departments, such as mental health crises, intimate partner violence, and substance use. The CRISES act was introduced by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager of Los Angeles.

Senate Bill 731, introduced by Senator Steven Bradford of Gardena, would decertify police officers deemed unfit. This includes officers who have shot and killed or seriously injured another person.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

By Gennady Sheyner for Palo Alto Weekly

With less than a week left in the current legislative session, California lawmakers are rushing to advance a series of bills on police force, including ones that would ban officers from administering chokeholds and firing tear gas at protesters and others that would boost accountability by making more law enforcement records open to public disclosure.

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.

Monday, July 6, 2020

By The Orange County Register Editorial Board

One of the more intriguing police-reform ideas to emerge in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis is remarkable for its simplicity. Many troubling incidents occur after officers respond to minor disturbances involving mentally ill people or non-criminal matters. Why not skip the cops and instead call social workers or mental-health professionals?

It’s a common-sense question asked not only by reformers, but by prominent police officials. “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said four years ago. “Here in Dallas we got a loose dog problem; let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, let’s give it to the cops … Policing was never meant to solve all these problems.”

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.