Press Releases

Monday, March 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California teacher groups have joined forces with Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. to ensure that teachers seeking the professional milestone of tenure have the time and support they need. As California faces a growing teacher shortage, this teacher-crafted policy solution will help ensure that those entering the profession are recognized and rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their students.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO The Assembly Committee on Higher Education endorsed legislation today authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) addressing the growing crisis of hunger on California’s college campuses. The committee unanimously passed AB 214, legislation that would reduce barriers that low-income students face in qualifying for the state’s anti-hunger program, CalFresh.

Monday, March 13, 2017

SAN DIEGO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. celebrated Women’s History Month Sunday with a Salute to Women Leaders at the Lemon Grove City Hall.  Among the honorees is civil rights champion and ACLU San Diego Executive Director Norma Chávez-Peterson whom Weber named as her 2017 Woman of the Year.  Chávez-Peterson was also honored in a ceremony at the State Capitol earlier this month.

“Norma demonstrates the kind of strong, passionate, visionary and effective leadership we need so desperately right now to protect the rights of our most vulnerable residents,” Weber said.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) would ensure better support services and improved outcomes for victims of crime experiencing trauma.  

“Victims and their families often face debilitating mental, physical and economic consequences from the trauma of violence, sex trafficking and other types of serious crime,” Weber said. “They need to heal and rebuild their lives. We should ensure that providers offer a service model that is easy to access and provides integrated services tailored to the specific needs of these individuals.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) today that would make improving public safety the primary purpose of criminal sentencing in California.

“It seems obvious that public safety would be our aim,” Weber said. “But current statute has punishment as the sole purpose of the sentences carried out by our justice and corrections systems. The result is that criminals come out of prison more criminalized than when they went in.

Monday, September 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO - Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) that would address the growing problem of student food insecurity on college campuses.

Weber, who chairs the Select Committee on Campus Climate, said the bill was inspired both by an intern who struggled with food insecurity and by testimony she heard from students at a hearing she held last fall in San Diego.

Monday, July 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, announced today that the committee will receive progress updates from state universities on efforts to improve the climate for students on their campuses. The hearing will held in Sacramento on Wednesday, August 3rd, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM,  in Capitol Room 127. The public is encouraged to attend.

A representative from San Jose State University will provide an update on its efforts to promote a safer and more welcoming campus nearly three years after an African American student was the subject of racially motivated harassment and assault by classmates. Representatives from Humboldt State University and the University of California, San Diego will brief the committee on their efforts to alleviate the problem of food insecurity and homelessness among the student populations on their campuses.