Friday, November 6, 2020

By Anita Chabria for the Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO —  For Keiana Aldrich, freedom felt like sand between her toes.

Late Thursday night, after being released from the California Institution for Women after nearly a decade behind bars, the former sex trafficking victim dug her feet in the coastline at Huntington Beach, exhilaration hitting her like the waves coming on shore.

“It still feels unbelievable,” Aldrich, 25, said Friday morning, a breakfast burrito in her stomach. “So unreal.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

By Katie Licari for LAist 

Since the coronavirus pandemic became widespread, there has been a nationwide spike in domestic violence. In addition to an increase in the number of reported cases in domestic violence, there has been an increase in first time domestic violence reports and there is an escalation of domestic violence causing more severe injuries. The National Domestic Violence Hotline recorded a 9% increase in calls for help from March 16, two days before stay-at-home orders went into effect in California and nearly every other state and Washington, D.C. followed suit in the coming weeks, to May 16.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

By Erika Smith for the Los Angeles Times

I couldn’t help but notice all of the high-minded speechifying on Capitol Hill this week, particularly the male senators who felt the need to make grand proclamations about women’s rights and how far my gender has come in America.

Their proof, of course, was Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the white woman from Indiana waiting to take her seat on the Supreme Court.

“This is history being made, folks,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday morning. “This is the first time in American history that we’ve nominated a woman who’s unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without apology. And she is going to the court, where there is a seat at the table waiting for you. And it will be a great signal to all young women.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

By Don Thompson for AP

SACRAMENTO — Days after police and members of an unruly crowd were injured following the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest basketball championship, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday released a report urging better communication and restraint by officers and warning that the use of tactical weapons for crowd control can escalate the sort of violence they are intended to deter.

Newsom sought the more than three-dozen recommendations after months of nationwide demonstrations followed the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. But California’s largest police unions called them unrealistic, and a legislator from the governor’s own Democratic Party criticized several of his recent police reform vetoes.

Friday, October 9, 2020

By Grace Z Li for SF Weekly

This week, advocates for policing alternatives in California ran into a stumbling block in the form of Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto pen.

Newsom withheld his signature Wednesday from a bill that would have poured $16 million in funding into community-based, emergency response networks. These networks — specializing in de-escalation — would have served as additional alternatives to calling the police.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

By Sarah Lakshmi for KQED

Cathyleen Williams has been fighting for a financial safety net for California's in-home caregivers since her own son, Caleb, died in 2016.

She took full-time care of Caleb for nearly 10 years after he was born with a heart defect, as he battled health complications and surgeries. Williams was paid minimum wage for that care through California's In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program, which compensates an estimated 120,000 people statewide for providing in-home care to their elderly or disabled parents, spouses or children.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

By Justin Carissimo for CBS News

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a flurry of bills in response to nationwide calls for racial justice and equality across the country, banning the police use of chokeholds during arrests, shortening the maximum length of probation sentences and allowing the state's attorney general to independently investigate police shootings.

"Americans across the country took to the streets this summer rightfully demanding more and better of our criminal justice system – and of ourselves," Newsom said in a statement. "We heard those calls for action loud and clear and today are advancing reforms to improve policing practices by ending the carotid hold and requiring independent investigations in officer-involved shootings."