Senate Bill 6

Mar 17, 2017

How is California fighting back against Trump's hardline? One way is SB 6, a bill that would ensure legal representation for undocumented immigrants undergoing deportation.


DAVE KEMPA in CAPITOL WEEKLY: "In the fight between President Trump and California over immigration, many wonder whether a state — even one as massive as this one — can successfully confront the White House."

"Thus far in Sacramento, the answer is yes — from the governor on down."

"On March 13, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved and sent to the Senate floor SB 6, which would ensure legal representation for undocumented residents undergoing deportation proceedings. The bill is part of a legislative package designed to protect California’s large undocumented population from President Trump, who has described an aggressive immigration policy through fiery rhetoric and promises of a border wall."


READ MORE related to Immigration: LA County sheriff opposes 'sanctuary state' bill, saying it would hinder law enforcement -- LA Times' MAYA LAU/JAZMINE ULLOA; Quit stalking immigrants at California courthouses, chief justice tells ICE -- Sacramento Bee's ANGELA HART; Man is accused of trying to smuggle 4 Chinese citizens across US border inside car trunk -- LA Times' MATT HAMILTON


Berkeley is now taking its cues from San Francisco on battling vagrancy.


The Chronicle's KEVIN FAGAN: "An ambitious plan to pull Berkeley’s burgeoning homeless population off the streets, first into sheltering mini-villages and then into permanent housing, got a big rollout by the city’s mayor Thursday — but one big question loomed."

"How will the city pay for it, especially when President Trump and the Republican Congress are trying to cut funding to social welfare ventures all over the country?"

"We’re going to look at everything we can,” from foundations, private donations and nonprofits to ballot-box funding,” Mayor Jesse Arreguin said at a press briefing on the Pathways Project, which he crafted with City Councilwoman Sophie Hahn. “This is a growing humanitarian crisis, and I think the people want their government to take strong action.”


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Lyft has been required to meet a $27m settlement after a federal judge approved the payout for 200,000 former/current Lyft drivers.


The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO: "A federal judge approved a $27 million settlement Thursday for more than 200,000 current and former California drivers for the ride-hailing company Lyft Inc., an agreement that increases their protection against dismissals but fails to resolve their employment status."

"The drivers sued Lyft for classifying them as independent contractors, a move that required them to pay for gas and other work expenses and left them unprotected by labor laws such as minimum wages, unemployment insurance and collective bargaining."

"Arguing for employment status, the drivers said Lyft dictates their fares, routes and reimbursement, and requires them to greet passengers with a “smile and a fist bump.” The company countered that drivers choose their own work hours and decide which passengers to accept."


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Facing an administration that is hostile to arts and education, California's state librarian visited Washington DC in an effort to petition for an increase in public library funding.


Capitol Weekly's JOHN HOWARD: "Prying funds out of the Trump administration may not be easy, but California State Librarian Greg Lucas is giving it a shot. And not just for California."

"Amid heavy snows and the unveiling of President Trump’s first budget, Lucas went to Washington this week to urge Congress to double the funding for the nation’s public libraries to $300 million, including the more than 1,100 libraries in California."

"It’s going to be a tough fight: The president’s budget today proposed deep cuts into public libraries’ existing budgets, and it would eliminate perhaps a third of the state library’s budget."


READ MORE related to Beltway: Trump's budget plan would threaten 'essential' LA after-school programs and the arts -- Daily News' ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL; Trump's budget plan would threaten 'essential' LA after-school programs and the arts -- Daily News' ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL; Impact of Trump's budget proposal -- The Chronicle's STAFF; Trump 'blueprint' budget cuts domestic spending, boosts security -- The Chronicle's CAROLYN LOCHHEAD; From arts to prisons, Trump's budget means cuts in California -- McClatchy DC's MICHAEL DOYLE; Oklahoma GOP senator's fall from power is stunningly fast -- AP's SEAN MURPHY


Oakland is getting a skyscraper added to its skyline for the first time in nearly a decade.


East Bay Times' DAVID DEBOLT: "Construction crews last week began digging up a surface parking lot at 17th and Broadway, where the first new skyscraper in about a decade will rise."

"At 33 stories, the Lennar project will be Oakland’s third-tallest building and tallest residential tower. And it will soon have company. As the neighborhoods around downtown have grown over the past decade with restaurants and watering holes, a second wave of new homes is coming, causing some people to worry who will be welcome and who will be priced out."

"More than 2,000 market-rate units are in the pipeline within downtown, not far from Uber’s new headquarters at 20th and Broadway. If all are built, city officials say they could add thousands of residents and fill out the city’s skyline. Coupled with several new commercial developments, downtown Oakland is growing up."


READ MORE related to Economy: Bay Area tops nation in homebuying biding battles -- EBT's RICHARD SCHEININ; Tired of hearing 'Don't call us, we'll call you,' ex-convicts want felonies off job apps -- Sacramento Bee's ALEXEI KOSEFF; McDonald's hacker's tweet insulting Trump gets a lot of buzz -- LA Times' SAMANTHA BOMKAMP; Whether you're thrilled or furious over Trump's budget, don't be. It's going nowhere. -- Sacramento Bee's ANITA KUMAR


If you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Oakland or Berkeley, beware of checkpoints.


East Bay Times' GEORGE KELLY: "Two East Bay police departments said they plan to set up checkpoints to help keep the public safe and deter possible lawbreakers Friday."

"Berkeley police said their checkpoint will focus on southbound Telegraph Avenue traffic at Stuart Street from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., while Oakland police, who did not disclose their checkpoint’s location in in advance, said they have chosen theirs on the basis of collision statistics and arrest-frequency rates for driving under the influence."

"The checkpoints will have officers looking for signs of impairment, either alcohol or drugs, that could put other drivers or pedestrians at risk. Additional delays are likely as officers check motorists for licensing."


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A new bill is proposing to strip the felony charge associated with knowingly having unprotected sex while HIV positive.


LA Times' PATRICK MCGREEVY: "In a test of shifting attitudes about HIV, a group of state lawmakers has proposed that it no longer be a felony for someone to knowingly expose others to the disease by engaging in unprotected sex and not telling the partner about the infection."

"The measure by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and others would make such acts a misdemeanor, a proposal that has sparked opposition from Republican lawmakers."


"The same downgrade in crime level would apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen bank that they have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, or have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the precursor to AIDS."

Trump's budget also threatens the nation's schools with massive cuts, despite promoting school choice/vouchers.


LA Times' JOY RESMOVITS: "President Trump’s proposed budget would reduce education spending nationwide while boosting money for school vouchers and charter schools."

"While most public school dollars come from states and districts, federal funds cover specific programs. Since California is the most populous state, it stands to lose the most money."

"This fiscal year, the federal government is expected to pay California $4.09 billion for K-12 programming and $4.3 billion for college programs, EdSource noted."


READ MORE related to Education: Sacramento City Unified teachers march outside trustee meeting -- Sacramento Bee's LORETTA KALB


And for the person who had the Worst Week in California, #WorstWeekinCA, we picked former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who has been convicted of obstruction of justice and abusing prisoners. Here's a link:

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