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June 30, 2020

PG&E Public Utility ‘Backstop’ Bill Passes Senate, Awaits Newsom’s Signature - (California Globe - June 30)

On Monday, the Senate passed a bill that would turn PG&E into a non-profit, public utility should the company fail to emerge from bankruptcy.

A possible state takeover of PG&E

June 29, 2020

Pink Triangle Lights Up Twin Peaks - (Bay Area Reporter  - June 29)

The crowd was smaller than previous years because of the coronavirus pandemic, but LGBTQ community leaders and others braved the wind high up on Twin Peaks Boulevard June 27 for the 25th annual lighting of the pink triangle.

June 17, 2020

Proposed Law Would Streamline Food Assistance Application Process For Seniors - (KPBS - June 17)

It’s the monthly food distribution day at the Mira Mesa Senior Center. Eligible seniors were driving by to collect a 36-pound box of nutritious food.

June 15, 2020

Proposed California Law Would Fast-Track Environmentally Sustainable Transit - (SF Chronicle - June 15)

Transportation projects focused on public transit, bikes and pedestrians — but not cars — would get fast-tracked for construction under a bill Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, plans to announce on Monday.

His goal is two-fold: ramp up sustainable transportation and stimulate the economy.

June 10, 2020

Remove Barriers to Accessing CalFresh, the State’s Food Assistance Program - (CalMatters - June 10)

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the shortcomings of many of the programs that help protect older adults in California, including our state’s food assistance program, CalFresh.

June 8, 2020

California Restaurants Rally to Support Law Allowing Early Lease Termination - (EaterSF - Jun 8)

A controversial proposal to allow California businesses to terminate their leases faces a critical hearing tomorrow, prompting restaurateurs across the state to rally for it to succeed.

June 4, 2020

California Lawmakers Promise to Set Rules for Police Use of Rubber Bullets Amid George Floyd Protests - (LA Times - June 4)

Alarmed at numerous reports that protesters in recent days have been seriously injured by rubber bullets fired by police officers, a group of California lawmakers said Thursday they will introduce legislation to set clear standards for when the projectiles can be used.

May 27, 2020

Homeless Crisis: Newsom Proposes Ditching Environmental Review When Converting Hotels into Housing - (SF Chronicle - May 27)

Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing that state environmental regulations be waived for cities and counties that want to convert hotels into homeless housing using federal coronavirus relief funding.