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Op-Ed: California’s wildfires revealed a fix for our housing crisis — if we’re willing to act - Los Angeles Times
City and county officials treated the aftermath of the Tubbs fire as the crisis it was. In the months after the blaze, they implemented programs to expedite the rebuilding of thousands of homes. Santa Rosa reduced the fees the city levies on high-density, multifamily housing and on accessory dwelling units often called granny cottages. And instead of taking years to issue rebuilding permits, the city processed thousands each month. Sonoma County also waived some housing fees and opened a Resiliency Permit Center to speed up permitting for those dealing with fire damage.

Their approach inspired me to introduce Senate Bill 330, which I call the Housing Crisis Act of 2019. The bill would accelerate housing construction in the state during the next half-decade by slashing the time it takes for developers to get building permits, limiting fees on housing and barring local governments from reducing the number of homes that can be built.
housing  Nancy_Skinner  CA  legislation  2019 
5 weeks ago by Quercki
Sausalito agrees to desegregate schools after state attorney general's findings - SFGate
Just two taxpayer-funded schools serve the quaint town of Sausalito, California. There's a charter school where a plurality of the students are white, and a traditional district school where almost no one is.

That's no accident, according to California's attorney general, who alleges the school district knowingly created and maintained a segregated school, and starved it of funding needed for basic necessities while funneling extra money to the charter school.

On Friday, the Sausalito Marin City School District agreed to a settlement that orders officials to unravel the segregation, compensate graduates who were harmed by it and build a more equitable system. If the district fails, the charter school might lose its Sausalito campus.

"Every child - no matter their stripe or stature - deserves equal access to a quality education," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "That's what we say, what we believe, and what's required under the law. But what we say isn't always what we do. Certainly, it's not what the Sausalito Marin City School District did when it chose to segregate its students."
race  segregation  Sausalito  Marin  schools  charter  CA  Attorney_General  Xavier_Becerra  2019 
7 weeks ago by Quercki
Forest management company returns 50,000 acres of land to Yurok Tribe | KRCR
KLAMATH, Calif. — Green Diamond and Western Rivers Conservancy have agreed to return tens of thousands of acres of ancestral lands to the Yurok Tribe.

On Monday, Aug. 19, the Yurok Tribe, Green Diamond Resource Company and Western Rivers Conservancy will celebrate a decade-long, hard-won effort to preserve and place into tribal ownership approximately 50,000 acres of forest surrounding four salmon sustaining streams, including Blue Creek, according to tribal leaders.

“It is a good day for the Yurok people,” Joseph L. James, the Chairman of the Yurok Tribe said. “On behalf of the Yurok Tribe, I would like thank Green Diamond and Western Rivers for assisting us in the reacquisition of a significant part of our ancestral territory and putting us in a position to permanently protect the Blue Creek watershed, which is the crown jewel of the Klamath River. These organizations have stood by us every step of the way during this 10-year project.”

A celebration will be held Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Yurok Headquarters at 190 Klamath Blvd.
Klamath  CA  Yurok  Indian  land  return  Native_American 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
CA tribes were excluded in a bill meant to protect them | The Sacramento Bee
When ancestral remains found during building projects or held by government agencies are returned to a Redding-area tribe in a process called repatriation, members hold a formal ceremony to rebury the findings.

The 126 members of the Winnemem Wintu then ask forgiveness from the ancestors, said Chief Caleen Sisk, for something so taboo as disturbing them in their graves.

“It is a hardship on us, to rebury them, to put them back,” Sisk said. “You don’t mess around in graveyards. You don’t dig them up, you don’t move them, you don’t touch them. We ask for forgiveness that we have to do this.”

Read more here:
CA  Native_American  tribes  law 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
A Good News Budget
To help communities respond to our homeless and housing crisis, the budget includes $2.4 billion in funds that will go to cities, counties, and community-based organizations to build new affordable housing, expand homeless services, and provide rental and legal assistance to people struggling to stay in their homes.

For schools, the 2019-20 budget contains much higher per pupil funding to put more money into our classrooms, pays down school pension debt, and reduces the pension contribution individual school districts have to make.

Funding in the budget will also help middle-class Californians cover their health care costs. And California families additionally benefit with two more weeks of paid family leave time, more funding for childcare and preschool, and no more sales tax on diapers and tampons.

Here are some additional highlights:

Boosts funding for higher education so that 15,000 more CA students can attend UC and CSU.
Increases per pupil funding for our K-12 schools to highest levels in state history.
Provides more school districts with funds for full-day kindergarten.
Supports 0-4 early care and education with funding to expand childcare facilities, improve affordability, and support workforce development for childcare providers.
2019  CA  budget  Nancy_Skinner  California 
july 2019 by Quercki
Sen. Nancy Skinner Issues Statement on California’s 2019-20 Budget | Senator Nancy Skinner
Budget Highlights:

$2.4 billion for affordable housing and homeless investments, including $650 million earmarked for cities, counties, and organizations to provide care and services for homeless people and prevent homelessness through legal and rental assistance for tenants facing economic hardship.
Highest level of school funding and per pupil funding in state history
$300 million for full-day kindergarten.
$500 million to improve and expand childcare facilities, improve childcare affordability, and support workforce development for childcare providers.
California’s paid family leave plan increased from six to eight weeks.
No more sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products, like tampons, for two years.
Targeted funding to train law enforcement on de-escalation techniques to reduce deadly use of force incidents.
Close to a billion dollars in Greenhouse Gas Reduction funds for low carbon cars, trucks, and buses, climate smart agriculture, healthy forests, ensuring safe, clean drinking water, and reducing toxic air pollutants.
And a robust reserve of $19.4 billion in case of future economic pressures.
CA  budget  taxes  SD09  Nancy_Skinner 
june 2019 by Quercki
Judge rules against state AG Becerra over police misconduct files
SAN FRANCISCO — A superior court judge has tentatively ruled that state Attorney General Xavier Becerra must turn over police misconduct records under the state’s new law enforcement transparency law.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer strongly rejected Becerra’s claim that the public should obtain the records from local agencies employing police officers under Senate Bill 1421 and not the Department of Justice, which he oversees. The department often reviews police use of force and misconduct records
AG_Xavier_Becerra  police  misconduct  transparency  CA  DOJ 
may 2019 by Quercki
Vallejo city council meeting disintegrates into shouting and name-calling over police behavior - Story | KTVU
Some residents were also upset that some of the officers flooding in to secure the meeting, were the same ones they've had negative or violent encounters with.

Activists are hopeful Attorney General Xavier Becerra will step in.

"The usual way of doing business is over," said attorney Adonte Pointer, speaking at the rally. "We're calling on the state's top cop, the Attorney General, to no longer sit on the sideliines."

Police critics are also unimpressed by the prospect of the Department of Justice sending help from its' Community Relations Division.

They would rather see the feds review actual police practices and policies.

"We don't have a PR problem, we have a violence problem," said attorney Nold,"and when people are dying we don't need community relations, we need an investigation."

In the next few months, Vallejo's police chief will retire, to start drawing a $19,000 monthly pension.

Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has been hired as a temporary consultant to help guide the search for a new chief.
Vallejo  CA  police  killing  POC  murder 
may 2019 by Quercki
The California Tribe the Government Tried to Erase in the 60s - VICE
The Nisenan's lack of recognition can be traced back to the liquidation of the Rancheria System in California, which initially granted tracts of land to Native American tribes and offered them federal support. Congress slated 41 California Rancherias for termination pursuant to the Rancheria Act of 1958. In the last 25 years, judicial decisions and settlements have restored 27 of the 38 Rancherias that were terminated under the original Rancheria Act. Additional tribes have since been restored through Acts of Congress. However, according to Covert, the Nisenan were the first tribe to be denied restoration of their Rancheria in 2015. This denial was attributed to their application happening outside the six-year statute of limitations, even though all of the tribes that have successfully restored their Rancherias did so outside of that mandated time frame.

Covert said this denial has caused the tribespeople remaining in Nevada County to miss out on "federal health and housing services, education programs, job assistance programs, etc.” This is troubling, considering that 87 percent of the Nisenan people live at or below California’s poverty line, according to internal tribal surveys. “We also have extreme rates of under education and under employment, in addition to high rates of drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, suicide, and poor health,” Covert noted.
CA  Native_American  Nisenan  federal  recognition 
january 2019 by Quercki
Gov. Gavin Newsom makes aggressive, early moves on his gun control agenda for California - Los Angeles Times
In his state budget plan released days after he took the oath of office, Newsom proposed adding $5.6 million — about 50% more than in Brown’s budget this year — to seize guns from thousands more people who are ineligible to possess firearms because of criminal convictions or mental illness.

The governor is also asking lawmakers to beef up a California Department of Justice unit responsible for enforcing laws on gun sales. And his budget proposes more money for the Firearms Violence Research Center at UC Davis.

At the same time, state lawmakers have cited Newsom’s aggressive stance on gun control in reintroducing bills that were vetoed by Brown.

Newsom made it clear that the issue would be a priority in his Jan. 7 inaugural speech, when he said “there are powerful forces arrayed against us,” including “a gun lobby willing to sacrifice the lives of our children to line their pockets.”
guns  control  Gavin_Newsom  CA 
january 2019 by Quercki
Police chief's son charged in brutal attack on Sikh man / Boing Boing
One of two teen boys who kicked and beat a Sikh man in Manteca, California, turned out to be a local police chief's own son.

Tyrone McAllister, 18, the son of Union City, California, police Chief Darryl McAllister, was one of the two arrested, police in the city of Manteca, California, said.

The other suspect was identified as a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld because he's underage. The two were taken into custody Wednesday for investigation of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, Manteca police said.
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violence  hate  Sikh  Manteca  Union_City  CA  2018 
august 2018 by Quercki
California gets its own official state dinosaur - LA Times
A year after adopting a state fabric, California is the latest state to get its own official dinosaur, although the honor comes about 66 million years too late to directly benefit the honoree.

The designated creature is Augustynolophus morrisi, which, according to a bill signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown, is “a unique dinosaur that has only been found in California.”
dinosaur  CA 
december 2017 by Quercki
California could flip the House, and these 13 races will make the difference - Los Angeles Times
California could flip the House, and these 13 races will make the difference

Design by JOE FOX

SEPT. 13, 2017

UPDATED NOV. 20, 2017


The stakes are high in the 2018 midterm elections: control of the U.S. House. For Democrats to reclaim power, they must forge a path through California. The party considers nine districts here to be battlegrounds and can't win the House without winning at least a few of them.
2018  election  CA 
december 2017 by Quercki
How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic - LA Times
Last year, a rash of suicides pushed the tribe, California’s largest and one of its poorest, into an existential crisis.

Seven Yurok had killed themselves during an 18-month span. Four died in a neighborhood of just 15 homes, and one shot himself in the home where another man had died the same way six years before.

The deaths drove the suicide rate on the reservation of 3,000 people to nearly 14 times the national average.

But as the Yurok quietly buried the dead, a grieving father decided he could no longer watch helplessly. A mother joined him, then an aunt. They rounded up others to figure out how they could halt this grim call to the grave.
Native_American  CA  Yurok  salmon  death  suicide  dam  solution 
may 2017 by Quercki
Info & Resources > CDSS Programs > Community Care Licensing > Home Care Services > Laws and Policies
California law established the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act which, as of January 2016, requires Home Care Organizations to be licensed and creates a public online registry for Home Care Aides who have been background checked. This law is intended to promote consumer protection for elderly and disabled individuals who hire private aides to come into their homes and provide assistance with activities of daily living.

Currently implementation of this law is underway in the newly formed Home Care Services Bureau which will oversee the licensing and oversight of the Home Care Organizations, the application process for the Home Care Aides, and the maintenance of the Registry. The Caregiver Background Check Bureau will oversee the criminal background checks.
Bea  caregiver  CA  law 
may 2017 by Quercki
What John Muir Missed: The Uniqueness of California Indians | KCET
What Muir misses in his description of native women gathering "wild" grain is the same thing nearly all of his European predecessors had missed in similar scenes: these women, probably Mono Lake Paiutes, were not passively gathering nature's “wild” bounty. Instead, they were harvesting a carefully tended field. The extent of the patch, the "magnificently waving clumps," the size and sweetness of the grain — none of these might have existed without centuries of human care and interaction, including intentional burning, sowing, and harvesting.
in California this indigenous resource management was so sophisticated that the region could support one of the highest densities of native people anywhere in the world. Europeans credited this density to California's remarkable natural fecundity, failing to recognize the ways California had been turned into something like a garden through intentionally set fires, pruning, weeding, broadcast sowing, and harvesting. Even digging for roots and bulbs, the practice so derided by Europeans, was done in specific ways that helped bulb plants reproduce and thrive.

Taken together these techniques modified habitats, changing both the distribution of plant species and their genetic adaptations. Several iconic California landscapes, including mountain meadows, oak savannas, and fan palm groves, owe their appearance and even their very existence to this indigenous resource management.
California  CA  Native_American  food  agriculture 
september 2016 by Quercki
About | The California Channel
The California Channel is a public service funded entirely by California’s cable television operators as a means to provide Californians direct access to “gavel-to-gavel" proceedings of the California Legislature, and other forums where public policy is discussed, debated, and decided – all without editing, commentary, or analysis and with a balanced presentation of viewpoints.

The network does not receive any state funding.
CA  government  senate  assembly  video  TV  California  legislation 
september 2016 by Quercki
Proposition 13 revamp eyed for ballot Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly: The Newspaper of California State Government and Politics.
Changing Proposition 13, the landmark, tax-cutting ballot initiative that California voters approved in 1978, is the goal of a constitutional amendment aimed at next year’s ballot.

The plan by two Senate Democrats – Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Loni Hancock of Berkeley – would allow commercial and business properties to be regularly reassessed for tax purposes, with an exemption for properties worth less than $500,000. Under current law – Proposition 13 – those properties are only reassessed when there is a change in ownership.

Mitchell and Hancock, both liberals, have a daunting task: Proposition 13 has long been popular among California voters.
Prop_13  property  taxes  CA 
june 2015 by Quercki
California Secretary of State - CalAccess
What is Cal-Access?
Cal-Access provides financial information supplied by state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others. Simply start by selecting either Campaign Finance Activity, Lobbying Activity, or Cal-Access Resources and we will guide you to the information.
CA  finance  information  politics  campaign 
march 2010 by Quercki
Reporting Transparency in Government - State of California
Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700

To provide increased transparency and accountability, the Governor's Office will post Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700s on the Governor's web site. The Governor's Office will begin posting for the Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700s for Calendar Year 2004 - 2007. Form 700s will be posted by March 31, 2009. Calendar Year 2008 Form 700s will be posted by April 15, 2009.

The following Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700s are posted on this web site for the following positions:

* Governor's Office Senior Staff and Deputies
* Agency Secretaries
* Agency Undersecretaries
* Department Directors
politics  transparency  CA 
april 2009 by Quercki

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