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Amid Pandemic Hardship, Two New Laws Expand Mental Health Coverage 
October 1, 2020
“The bills I am signing today will help Californians access the behavioral health services they need to recover,” Gov. Newsom said. “Earlier this year, I pledged to put these critical services within reach of more Californians, through reforming our Mental Health Services Act and laws that allow loved ones and service providers to ask courts to compel those who need treatment into community-based outpatient care. Today, we do just that.”  ... read more »
Senator Bradford Achieves First-in-the-Nation Bill to Help Renters Improve Their Credit Scores
October 1, 2020
This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1157, authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena). This bill requires landlords managing medium- to large, subsidized, multi-family housing units in California to offer their tenants the option of having their rental payments reported to a major credit bureau. ... read more »
County Proclaims ‘Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. Day’
September 24, 2020
September 22, 2020, will mark the 92nd Birthday of a statesman who, since the 1950s, continues to be actively involved in training countless men and women on nonviolent resistance to achieve social justice. He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Northridge, and countless other educational institutions–and even in retirement continues to travel across the country to teach nonviolence. ... read more »
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Bill to “Save Local Journalism” Awaiting Gov. Newsom’s Signature
September 3, 2020
With a 69-4 vote, the Senate passed Assembly Bill (AB) 323 Tuesday. It proposes granting ethnic media outlets, mid-size publications, and daily newspapers an additional year to pursue alternative and sustainable distribution models that don’t involve contract drivers. That would allow them to come into compliance with the state’s controversial AB 5 labor law. ... read more »
Black Girls Sue Governor and Legislature Over Public School Funding
August 21, 2020
At the tender age of 5, Samaiya Atkins and her father Marcus Atkins have high hopes and dreams for a high-quality, public education. When Mr. Atkins realized his daughter could get that level of rigor at a new school with an established reputation for developing high-performing scholars just a few blocks away from their home in the Meadowview community of Sacramento, he was ecstatic and quickly signed Samaiya up for Tecoy Porter College Prep. ... read more »
Gov. Newsom Reappoints Tia Boatman Patterson to Lead Cal Housing Finance Agency
August 6, 2020
Over the years, Boatman Patterson, 53, says, she has learned how to work across government -- federal, state and local -- to get things done. Building partnerships, establishing trust, collaborating with policymakers, and opening cross-departmental work and communication channels that, she says, is the only way her agency can help California meet its housing goals. ... read more »
Bars, restaurants pay price for California virus surge
July 4, 2020
California took a big step back in reopening its economy on Wednesday as Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down bars, wineries, museums, movie theaters and inside restaurant dining across most of the state for three weeks amid troubling increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. ... read more »
500 National Guard Personnel will Join the LAPD to Protect the Community from Violence and Looting
May 31, 2020
Garcetti explained that the small percentage of people who are causing destruction, are hi-jacking a moment and movement and re-directing the focus away from the cause. Tactics and strategies are geared to maintain order, further measures have been taken to gain control over the violence happening across the city. ... read more »
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Assembly Caucus Chair Mike Gipson’s Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revision Budget
May 15, 2020
“Today, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gov. Newsom released a somber budget proposal that reflects California’s $54 billion deficit as a result of the virus. ... read more »
State Agencies Update Faith and Nonprofit Leaders on COVID-19 Resources
May 7, 2020
California state agencies came together on April 29 to update faith leaders and nonprofits executives on the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on African Americans and minorities and the array of resources available to combat the crippling disease. ... read more »
L.A. City Mayor Responds to Governor Newsom’s Announcement of the Second Stage of the Economy Re-opening
May 5, 2020
Monday, May 4. The Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti provided the most recent information surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Los Angeles is gearing to build the economy back up. There are predictions of a second and third wave of the spread of coronavirus, as some Angelenos are set to head back to work within the coming weeks. Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses concerns of the financial instability the city is currently in. The Mayor is looking at the numbers and data surrounding this pandemic; the science and test results behind coronavirus governs the next move. Eric Garcetti speaks about hopes he has during this dark time. Mayor Garcetti shared how the announcement of Governor Newsom’s framework will directly influence Los Angeles. ... read more »
Mayor Garcetti speaks with LA’s leading therapist Michelle Cauley to discuss mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
April 22, 2020
Tuesday, April 21. Mayor Eric Garcetti provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding the Los Angeles region. The L.A. City Mayor was joined by licensed therapist, Michelle Cauley to share news regarding the response to coronavirus. COVID-19 has played a major role in the increase of mental strain. Loss of jobs, death, isolation, and worry of what is to come has all contributed to the cases of stress that are escalating. ... read more »
California Surgeon General: Keep Your Stress in Check During COVID-19 Crisis
April 16, 2020
At a press conference in Sacramento last week, Burke Harris spoke about the importance of mental health during the pandemic. An increase in stress hormones during a time of worry and uncertainty can impact an individual’s physical health, she said. ... read more »
Governor Newsom Outlines Steps to Protect Residents and Employees of California Nursing Home & Residential Care Facilities
April 11, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom today outlined steps California is taking to protect the residents and employees of the more than 1,224 skilled nursing facilities and 7,461 residential care facilities across the state. Building on the state’s early action to protect these facilities, California has trained and is deploying 600 nurses to support compliance with COVID-19 guidance, and state staff is calling nursing homes across the state daily to provide support. ... read more »
L.A. County Officials Face Concerns of Hospital Availability as L.A. Prepares for Surge in Positive COVID-19 Cases
April 6, 2020
Monday, April 6. L.A. County officials provided an update surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. Chairwoman of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, Kathryn Barger ensured that the county is “working around the clock” to increase coronavirus testing capacity; ... read more »
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