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February 14, 2020

If You Pay California Taxes, You Could End up on Jury Duty Under this Proposed Law - (Sacramento Bee - Feb 14)

All state tax filers could end up on California juries under a proposed law introduced Thursday night intended to make more juror pools more diverse.

February 14, 2020

Got a Red Light Ticket? Chances are California Cops Still Have the Photo - (Sacramento Bee - Feb 14)

Four California law enforcement agencies have accumulated a massive amount of license plate images in their databases with the vast majority of the photos not pertaining to any criminal investigation, according to a state audit released on Thursday.

February 13, 2020

Police Risking Californians’ Privacy in License Plate Tracking, Audit Finds - (SF Chronicle - Feb 13)

SACRAMENTO — California law enforcement agencies may not be doing enough to protect the data they collect through license plate-tracking technology that police throughout the state use.

February 13, 2020

California Lawmaker Pushing To Take PG&E Public Knows It Won’t Be An Easy Fight - (Huffington Post - Feb 12)

SAN FRANCISCO — California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) is pushing legislation to turn Northern California’s Pacific Gas & Electric company into a publicly owned utility — but acknowledged such a bill will be hard to pass. 

February 6, 2020

Wiener Introduces Bill Providing for Rapid STI Testing - (Bay Area Reporter - Feb 7)


State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill February 5 authorizing HIV counselors to perform rapid sexually transmitted infection testing, he told the Bay Area Reporter.

Under current law, HIV counselors can perform rapid tests for HIV, hepatitis C, or a combined HIV/HCV test.

Wiener formally introduced the Assembly Bill 932 Wednesday.

February 5, 2020

Bayard Rustin, Gay Civil Rights Leader, Is Pardoned in California - (NYTimes - Feb 5)

LOS ANGELES — The civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, whose legacy had been tarnished by a 1953 conviction under laws that targeted L.G.B.T.Q. people, was posthumously pardoned by Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Tuesday.

February 4, 2020

It’s Time for California to Take Over PG&E, State Lawmaker Says - (LA Times - Feb 3)

SACRAMENTO — A state lawmaker is making a move to turn Pacific Gas & Electric into a public utility, a potentially dramatic shift that would end decades of corporate control over California’s largest power company.

February 3, 2020

Sen. Scott Wiener Gets Serious About Plan for Public Takeover of PG&E - (SF Chronicle - Feb 3)

State Sen. Scott Wiener is following through on his plan to try reshaping the investor-owned Pacific Gas and Electric Co. into a government-run utility.

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.