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February 3, 2020

California State Senator Writes Bill to Take Over PG&E - (Bloomberg - Feb 3)

California Governor Gavin Newsom has threatened a state takeover of PG&E Corp. if the bankrupt utility giant doesn’t shape up. Now he has a framework to do it.

State Senator Scott Wiener will introduce a bill as early as Monday that would kick off a process by which the state assumes control over PG&E by buying its stock, according to his staff.

January 28, 2020

California Senate Passes Bill to Make PG&E Pay for Blackouts - (SF Chronicle - Jan 27)

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s legislative effort to place new restrictions on utility fire-prevention blackouts cleared the Senate floor on Monday.

January 28, 2020

Cow Palace Gun Show Ban Passes California Senate - (SF Chronicle - Jan 27)

SACRAMENTO — State legislators have revived a bill to ban gun shows at the Cow Palace, even though the venue ended the events last year.

January 22, 2020

Newsom Asked to Pardon Gay Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin - (Bay Area Reporter - Jan 22)

The LGBTQ and Black caucuses of the state Legislature have asked Governor Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.

January 22, 2020

Cow Palace Gun Show Ban Moo-ves To State Senate Vote - (SF Weekly - Jan 21)

Gun shows at the Cow Palace are no more, but legislators aren’t taking it for granted.

January 21, 2020

California Governor Asked to Pardon Late Gay Rights Leader - (Washington Post - Jan 21)

The California Legislature’s LGBTQ and black caucuses on Tuesday asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon a civil rights leader who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago.

January 21, 2020

Calif. Reps Seek to Posthumously Pardon Gay Activist Bayard Rustin - (The Advocate - Jan 21)

Today, California state Senator Scott Wiener (chair of the Senate LGBTQ caucus) and assemblymember Shirley Weber (chair of  the Senate Black Caucus) are asking Governor Newsom to posthumously pardon gay activist and organizer Bayard Rustin....

January 17, 2020

California Senator Launches Bold Plan to End HIV, STIs - (The Advocate - Jan 16)

If passed, California will be the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the rates of HIV, hep C, and STIs...


January 17, 2020

California Introduces Bill to End AIDS Epidemic - (NewNowNext - Jan 16)

California, long a model for progressive LGBTQ policy, could be the next state in the U.S. to pass legislation aimed at eradicating HIV.

January 17, 2020

The Bill That Could Make California Livable Again - (The Atlantic - Jan 13)

S.B. 50 would make the state denser, cheaper, greener, and more affordable.