How hard is it to hunt for a job, when you're a felon? Capitol Weekly's CHUCK MCFADDEN tries to find out, and explores how an Assemblyman's bill -- the "Fair Chance Act" -- will try to ease assimilation and reintegration for ex-cons post-incarceration.
Capitol Weekly's CHUCK MCFADDEN: "Should someone convicted of a felony have to admit that on the first application for a job?"
"Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento and a group of his fellow Assembly Democrats don’t think so. They are pushing a bill that would prohibit a public or private employer from asking a prospective employee, on an initial application for employment, if they had been convicted of a crime."
"It’s called the “Fair Chance Act.” Earlier iterations of the idea were called “Ban the Box,”referring to the box that would have to be checked on an application form if the applicant was a felon."
LA City Council's race is a wrap, and Incumbent Cedillo won reelection over Joe Bray-Ali in Tuesday night's vote.
LA Times' DAKOA SMITH/EMILY ALPERT REYES/NINA AGRAWAL: "Inncumbent Gil Cedillo handily won reelection Tuesday night over challenger Joe Bray-Ali in a heated runoff for a Los Angeles City Council seat representing a swath of northeast L.A."
"With 100% of precincts reporting, Cedillo had received more than 70% of the votes cast in District 1, which includes Westlake, Highland Park and Chinatown."
"In March, Cedillo was forced into a run-off by Bray-Ali, a Lincoln Heights resident and bicycle advocate who had been a vocal critic of the councilman’s positions on street safety, development and gentrification."
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A recent report by San Francisco's Human Services Agency reveals that many eligible San Franciscans aren't taking advantage of government assistance that is available to them.
The Chronicle's TARA DUGGAN: "Since the election, fewer eligible San Franciscans are taking advantage of food stamp benefits because of fears about immigration crackdowns under the Trump administration, said Trent Rhorer, executive director of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency."
"The city is concerned by a recent spike of withdrawals from CalFresh, or food stamps, among eligible households with at least one noncitizen. According to Rhorer, the political climate has sparked a rash of questions from participants, ranging from whether their personal information would be released to the federal government to whether the administration will cut food stamp benefits to immigrants."