State Assembly

California Black Caucus Members Clash Over Retail Theft Bill

The STOP Act – the acronym stands for the Secure Transactions and Organized Theft Prevention — was introduced by Assemblymembers Wendy Carillo (D-Boyle Heights), Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) and Mike Gipson (D-Carson).   

Toward a More Perfect Union — California Aims Higher to Ensure Voting Rights

By some accounts, California’s independent redistricting commission (IRC) has set the gold standard for fair elections, wresting control of legislative mapmaking from the archetypal smoke-filled backroom dealmakers who’ve made an art of keeping power to themselves. But recent examples point to the need for more and better reforms to ensure the state’s elections are open to all. In Los Angeles, leaked reports of city councilmembers’ racist comments amid redistricting discussions last year exposed how the system still works there. In San Mateo County, the most recent round of redistricting found the Board of Supervisors voting to preserve the status quo

McKinnor Takes Oath to Represent Assembly District 62

Assemblymember Tina McKinnor (D – Inglewood) took the oath of office by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D – Lakewood) on June 20, to serve as California’s newest member of the State Assembly.  

The Time has Come to Cast Your Vote for Heather Hutt

As Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Assembly candidate, Heather Hutt, walked the 54th Assembly District, the Congresswoman, who is never shy, lets everyone they come into contact with know, “It is time to cast your vote for Heather Hutt.”   

Reject Charter School Bill: Black Parents, Civil Rights Groups Ask Gov. Newsom

In May, the state Assembly voted 44-19 in favor of the legislation.

If passed and signed into law, AB 1505 would strip away the existing right charter schools have to an appeal process if a local school board denies its petition for authorization or renewal.

Laster joined leaders of the California chapters of two prominent civil rights organizations, the National Action Network (NAN) and the National Urban League (NUL), for the meeting held at the Governor’s office at the Capitol. Both groups have been outspoken opponents of the legislation.