Friday, June 12, 2015

California is on its way to making a full economic recovery. Yet many working families are still not reaping the financial benefits. In fact, many families are falling behind. Recent reports indicate that our state has one of the highest poverty rates in the country and the highest rate of child poverty.

One proven way to help struggling working families in California is through a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Currently, 25 states have implemented their own earned-income credit to supplement the federal EITC. States like Rhode Island and Maryland have had a state EITC in place for more than 25 years, and they are working.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Amid a national uproar over fatal police shootings of unarmed African Americans, one political consensus seems to be rapidly gaining steam: the idea that law enforcement officers should be equipped with body cameras so that potentially fatal encounters can be recorded. Last week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proposed a $6.6 million program to equip the city's nearly 2,000 police officers with the cameras.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

As last week's protests in Baltimore renewed the national debate on the use of force by police, California lawmakers have been grappling with how to address the fractured relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.

At least 20 proposals to regulate body cameras worn by cops, revamp the prosecution of deadly force cases and impose other measures were made in the wake of high-profile killings by police in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, Cleveland and elsewhere. Lawmakers are trying to capitalize on the heightened public interest in one of the country's most vexing social and political problems.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

As faith in law enforcement has been undermined by a seemingly endless string of police abuses, one reform has come up repeatedly.

Body cameras are about to become ubiquitous, nationally and in California. That's good. There's nothing like an electronic witness to keep cops and civilians alike on the straight and narrow. In fact, many of the calls for more oversight have arisen from some egregious civilian video or another; last week, the ACLU introduced a new app for the public to upload clips showing excessive force.

But the body cams now being shipped to departments across the country also come with major side issues, from data security to the ethics of mass surveillance. Right now, departments are handling these issues piecemeal, but state lawmakers have introduced a package of bills to impose some uniform rules across the state.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

In the face of strenuous resistance from law enforcement groups, a California Assembly committee Thursday amended a bill multiple times to allow police officers in most cities to review body camera footage before detailing incidents involving force.

It took considerable maneuvering to advance Assembly Bill 66 out of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. Every Republican on the committee abstained in the vote, and supporters had to scramble to persuade Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, who had voted for the bill in a previous committee, to switch to the deciding “yes” vote.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kindergarten, Civil Rights and Voting Rights Legislation Become Law

SAN DIEGO – Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.,  signed six of the seven bills - ranging in topic from full-day kindergarten to hate crimes - sent to him by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), bringing  to eleven the total number of bills signed into law during her first term. Weber also successfully passed resolutions in 2014 honoring the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, highlighting the Filipino-American civil rights and labor leaders’ Larry Iliong and Philip Vera Cruz, and recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month.

Friday, July 19, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Assemblywoman Shirley Weber on Thursday called for a boycott of the state of Florida in protest of last week’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Weber, D-San Diego, said she is working with the California Legislative Black Caucus in organizing the boycott, asking people not to vacation there or attend conferences or conventions. She also called on Disneyworld and the Miami Heat basketball team to take a stand on the issue.