California voters to be automatically registered at DMV

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to make California the second state in the nation to begin automatically registering eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver’s licenses. AB1461 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, aims to boost California’s voter rolls by registering visitors to the Department of Motor Vehicles […]

Two Senators Move to Ban Confederate Names, Symbols in California

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The nationwide rally against Confederate symbols has hit the Golden State. Sens. Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) last week announced a bill that would prohibit all public schools, buildings, parks, roadways, and other state-owned property from using names associated with the Confederate States of America, a  group of seven […]

California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

Bill Gives Calif. Youthful Offenders Second Chance

SACRAMENTO — Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature. The bill by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, expands on legislation signed into law last year that gives a second chance to inmates who committed murder before […]

CHRIS HOLDEN: Expanding Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses

OPINION – Since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996, consideration of ethnicity in the areas of public education, employment and public contracting has been banned. This has had a chilling effect on minority business enterprises. According to a 2006 study, only one-third of the minority businesses certified to contract with the California Department of […]

Calif’s 4 a.m. Last Call Bill Already Fuels Debate

SAN FRANCISCO – The last call for drinks is 2 a.m. in California, but one lawmaker believes that’s just too early to set down the shot glasses and beer steins. State Sen. Mark Leno’s proposal to let the liquor flow until 4 a.m. as a way to draw more tourists – and with them more […]

CA Black Chamber of Commerce Hosts Reception for New Calif. Legislators

SACRAMENTO – The California Black Chamber of Commerce and its President Aubry Stone host the 2013 Welcome Back Reception for new members and leaders of the California Legislature from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street. The annual Legislative reception is attended by a wide […]

Calif. Bill Could Help The Unemployed Build Their Own Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO – Imagine someone over 55 years old, he/she was laid off and jobs like theirs have disappeared. So what to do? Start a small business. California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D–Davis) introduced AB 152 today that was sponsored by CAMEO, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity. The bill creates a Self-Employment Assistance program that […]

It’s Confirmed. Democrats Win Supermajority in California Assembly

SACRAMENTO — Democrats have gained a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature for the first time since the 19th century, after the Assembly reached the critical two-thirds threshold Wednesday. That gives California’s majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose. The party already had […]

Governor Makes Final Decision on Dozens Bills Before Deadline Passes

SACRAMENTO – Parents who don’t have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor’s office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law. AB2109 will require parents who enroll students who have not received the required public school vaccines […]