Press Releases

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom today vetoed a bill to establish a pilot program to have community-based organizations serve as first responders instead of the police.

The legislation, AB 2054 – the CRISES Act – authored by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), passed both houses of the California legislature with nearly unanimous and bipartisan support. The bill was co-sponsored by 13 organizations and included family members of individuals killed by police, advocates and experts in non-police responses to crises.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

(Sacramento) – Today Governor Newsom signed AB 1950, a bill to limit adult probation to a maximum of one year for misdemeanor offenses and two years for felony offenses. Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) authored the bill.

Current law authorizes courts to enforce misdemeanor probation terms for a maximum of three years. Felony probation may be enforced for as long as the maximum possible prison sentence for the offense.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

(Sacramento) – A bill to establish a pilot program to have community-based organizations serve as first responders instead of the police awaits only Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.

The legislation, AB 2054 – the CRISES Act – authored by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), passed both houses of the California legislature with nearly unanimous and bipartisan support. The bill is co-sponsored by 13 organizations and includes family members of individuals killed by police, advocates, and experts in non-police responses to crises.

Monday, August 24, 2020

(Sacramento) – Today the California State Senate passed a bill to limit adult probation to a maximum of one year for misdemeanor offenses and two years for felony offenses. The bill passed out of the Senate with an 26-12 vote. 

Existing law authorizes courts to enforce misdemeanor probation terms for a maximum of three years. Felony probation may be enforced for as long as the maximum possible prison sentence for the offense.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

(LOS ANGELES) — Gwen Moore left the California Assembly in 1994 after more than a decade of accomplishments as a Democrat, including serving as the powerful Majority Whip and authoring the 1984 landmark Moore Universal Service Telephone Act, which required the state’s Public Utilities Commission to provide low-income households with access to affordable telephone service.

The Moore Act still is with us, although Moore sadly isn’t. Gwen died on Aug. 19 at age 79.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

The system that tortured Emmett Till, slaughtered Tamir Rice and publicly suffocated George Floyd is crippled by its imperviousness to criticism. It is a system that likes being broken at the expense of Black lives. It is fed by hate, fear, privilege and history. It must be undone.

Military intervention is a tone deaf response to what is needed – an honest reflection about 400 years of systemic racism and racist practices in the U.S.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

(Los Angeles) — Today, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) dropped off 1,000 medical grade masks for United Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center.