The Golden Grays – Aging in California
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by Assemblymember Dr. Jasmeet Bains, California Department of Aging Director Susan DeMarois, Andrew Domek, Don Andrews
4d ago
The month of May is Older Californians Month. This year California is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the trend setting California Department of Aging. With that in mind we’re featuring a conversation with Assemblymember Dr. Jasmeet Bains, Chair of the Aging and Long Term Care Committee and California Department of Aging Director Susan DeMarois discussing the growing population of Californians over the age of 60, the challenges they face and ways California is working to make their lives better ..read more
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Building Better Foster Care
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by Talitha de Mesa, Assemblymember Dr Cory Jackson, Don Andrews
1M ago
California’s foster care system is in desperate need of an upgrade. The list of problems is long…and the outcomes for foster youth have been poor in far too many cases. May is Foster Care Awareness Month so we sat down with Assemblymember Dr. Cory Jackson, a leading voice in the effort to improve the child welfare system, to talk about what needs to be done to fix the problems facing California’s foster care children ..read more
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Growing Renters Caucus Amplifies Tenants’ Voices
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by Matt Haney, Marianne Conarroe, Don Andrews
2M ago
New Bill Stops Landlords from Denying Housing to Tenants with Pets   The chair of the California Legislative Renters Caucus, Matt Haney (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that prohibits blanket pet bans in rental units in California. AB 2216 will require landlords to have reasonable reason(s) for not allowing a pet in a rental unit and only allows landlords to ask about pet ownership after a tenant’s application has been approved.   California has the second highest number of tenants in the country, with 17 million families and individuals renting — close to 12 million, or ..read more
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Black History Month and Healing the Trauma
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
3M ago
Throughout the month of February extra focus is on the history of African-Americans, as the country marks Black History Month. For more than 50 years, the California Legislative Black Caucus has been at the forefront of efforts to make sure the real history of Black America is told and improve the lives of Blacks in California. Assemblymember Lori Wilson is the current Chair of the CLBC. In this episode with her we’ll review the Caucus’ reparations legislative package, look back at black history in California and look forward to what might be the next chapters in black history ..read more
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New Committee Investigating the Rise in Retail Theft
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
4M ago
California State Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas has announced the formation of a new Select Committee on Retail Theft, and has named Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur (D-Hollywood) as Committee Chair. The Select Committee is comprised of bipartisan members from across the state, including from areas most impacted by retail theft. The committee will provide a forum to engage impacted stakeholders – including large retailers, small businesses, criminal justice reform advocates, law enforcement, and representatives of workers and the public – to identify policy solutions to this ongoing crisis. The ..read more
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New Monument Honors the Real History of California’s First People
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by James Ramos, Connor Turcotte, Don Andrews
5M ago
More than 400 celebrate historic Native American monument in Capitol Park honoring tribes on whose land the state Capitol now stands State marks Native American Heritage Month by unveiling 10th tribute in the park commemorating California heroes & protectors   SACRAMENTO—On a cool, breezy Sacramento morning, more than 400 tribal members, dignitaries and students gathered to unveil the first-ever Capitol monument acknowledging tribes residing in California and their millennia-long, resilient presence on land now known as California. The historic tribute specifically recognizes the Sacr ..read more
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California Leading the Way on Veterans Issues
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by John Patterson, Pilar Schiavo, Jeff Stabile, Henry Lo
6M ago
California has more military bases within its borders than most states: a whopping 32 bases are in CA, some from every military branch. There are 158,000 active duty members of the armed forces in California. There are 1.35-million military veterans in California. Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo is the new Chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. In the Northwest San Fernando Valley, Assemblywoman Schiavo co-founded an organization that helped secure housing for Veterans experiencing homelessness. Assemblywoman Schiavo is the daughter of small business owners. Her father was ..read more
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Next Generation Workers' Rights
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by Assemblymember Liz Ortega, Ruby Goodall, Raquel Lopez Blanco, Marianne Conarroe, Don Andrews
7M ago
  Asm. Liz Ortega (D-San Leandro) Announces Governor Signed New Law to Prevent Child Labor Exploitation SACRAMENTO ― California high school students will learn about their rights at work and how to defend themselves against workplace abuses under a first-of-its-kind law just signed by Governor Gavin Newsom over the weekend. AB 800, authored by Assemblymember Liz Ortega (D-San Leandro), creates a Workplace Readiness Week at all public high schools to teach students about their workplace rights, protections for minors on the job, and how to join or start a union. The Governor announced ..read more
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LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Improves Schools for All Students
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by Connor Turcotte, Mahalia LeClerc, Rick Chavez Zbur, Don Andrews
8M ago
AB 5: The Safe and Supportive Schools Act As LGBTQ+ rights across the country come under attack, from book bans to outlawing instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, California is leading the way in preserving the rights of LGBTQ+ students across the state. While the state is making progress, LGBTQ+ students still experience harassment, violence and lack of affirmation in school settings far too often. This is why I introduced the Safe and Supportive Schools Act on my first day in the State Assembly. AB 5 provides high quality, professional development opportunities to ..read more
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A New Voice for the Central Coast
Look West: How California is Leading the Nation
by emily weber, don andrews, dawn addis, gail pellerin, steve bennett, gregg hart
9M ago
There is power in numbers. That’s one reason why California’s Central Coast lawmakers have banded together and formed the Central Coast Legislative Caucus. There are ten Members of the CCLC representing the coast from Ventura County to Santa Cruz. Take a trip with us to Morro Bay to hear from CCLC Chair Dawn Addis and other Members of the new Central Coast Legislative Caucus ..read more
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