SB 1138 will help relieve California’s homelessness crisis by ensuring cities zone for and build adequate shelters connected to services and permanent housing
February 20, 2020
Sacramento – Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 1138, legislation to address gaps in the shelter zoning process under existing California housing law. Currently, cities and counties must identify in their housing elements (a term for a state-mandated housing plan) at least one zone where emergency shelters can receive streamlined approval.
SB 1001 would broaden jury pool to including all tax filers in order to create more representative juries by race and income level
February 14, 2020
Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would expand the jury pool to include any state tax filers. This would ensure that jury pools would be more diverse and demographically representative of California’s population. Currently, juries are selected using lists of registered voters and licensed drivers or identification card holders. However, these lists are not demographically representative, and thus the jury pool pulled from these lists tend to skew whiter, wealthier, and overall less diverse than the state actually is.