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New Calif. Laws Slice Drug Costs, Force Insurers to Cover Substance Abuse Disorders
February 4, 2021
SB 855, written by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September, expanded the California Mental Health Parity Law, requiring California health plans to provide full coverage for medically necessary treatment of all mental health and substance-use disorders defined by the American Psychiatric Association. ... read more »
What’s Holding Up California’s Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines
January 14, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom first acknowledged on Jan. 4 that the state’s vaccine rollout was “not good enough.” As of Jan. 8, less than a third of the over 2 million doses of vaccines that California has received has been administered to eligible residents. ... read more »
State’s Disaster Emergency Preparedness Effort Meets and Exceeds the Goals It Set
December 24, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced that the state’s emergency preparedness campaign, which was launched last August, has surpassed the goal it set to engage at least one million socially vulnerable Californians. The campaign, titled “Listos,” which means ready in Spanish, provides the communities it targets with accessible, in-language, and culturally competent disaster readiness information. ... read more »
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Gov. Newsom Appoints Two Black Women to Air Board
December 17, 2020
Months after Black employees called out widespread racism at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed two African American women to the board of the California agency that shapes state policy against air pollution. ... read more »
Black Women Leaders to Sen. Feinstein: Give Up Your Own Seat for Sec. Padilla
December 10, 2020
Black women leaders have a recommendation for Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior U.S. Senator: consider giving up your own seat so that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla can fill it. Their call is to appoint a Black Woman with political experience and a track record of success – someone who will be ready on day one to serve.   ... read more »
Small Businesses Can Apply for Up to $100,000 In Tax Credits Starting This Week
December 3, 2020
Starting Dec.1 at 8 a.m., California small businesses that have hired new employees during the COVID-19 pandemic can begin applying for up to $100,000 in tax credits. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has set up a portal on its website to receive the applications. ... read more »
Women Leaders on Sen. Harris Replacement: “One Is Not Enough, Zero Is Unacceptable.”
November 26, 2020
The California Democratic Party Black Caucus (CDP Black Caucus) joined hands with other women organizations this past weekend‌. Their goal: to turn up the pressure on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint a Black woman to replace outgoing Sen. Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate.  ... read more »
California governor: Death penalty ‘infected by racism’
October 29, 2020
California's process for imposing the death penalty ``is now, and always has been, infected by racism,'' Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Monday in a brief filed with the state Supreme Court. ... read more »
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Next Week, California Voters Could Get Rid of Cash Bail Statewide
October 29, 2020
As cities across California take a closer look at unfair practices in the criminal justice system, Proposition 25 offers a statewide policy that could aid their efforts: getting rid of cash bail.  ... read more »
Black Caucus Writes Letters Defending State Bar Candidate
September 24, 2020
“The Black community is already subject to a lot, and we’re not thought about all the time. It's important for us to take matters into our own hands and really be prepared for what's to come because sometimes we're not considered in the game plan as far as what the world needs to do,” Sidqe said. ... read more »
Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Producers, Writers, Musicians and More to Remain Freelancers 
September 11, 2020
After months of uproar, harsh criticisms and biting commentary from advocates representing various industries, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2257 into law on Sept. 4. The legislation is an AB 5 amendment bill, and it will go into effect immediately.   ... read more »
California’s Political Leaders Praise Biden’s Selection of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as Running Mate 
August 14, 2020
“Harris selection makes me so optimistic. I am thrilled about the conversations Senator Harris will be having with Americans all around the country over the next 83 days until the presidential election,” said Malia Cohen, a member of California’s Board of Equalization and the highest ranking African American woman constitutional officer in the state.   ... read more »
Largest US public university system requires ethnic studies
July 26, 2020
Ethnic and social justice studies will join English and science courses as graduation requirements at California State University, after the Board of Trustees at the nation’s largest four-year public university system approved the idea Wednesday. ... read more »
As Numbers Spike, California To Begin ‘Smart Testing’ for COVID-19
July 2, 2020
Last Friday, during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s daily COVID-19 update to Californians, he announced that the state will begin “smart,” or “targeted” testing, for the disease. He announced the plan after health officials released data last week showing a sharp upturn in the numbers of infected people.  ... read more »
Is There More COVID Cash Coming to Help Californians? 
May 21, 2020
Last week, Gov. Newsom presented his May Revision budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.   ... read more »
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