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May 22, 2019

New York Times

California Today: The Fight Over a Landmark Digital Privacy Law

By Jill Cowan

May 22, 2019

May 15, 2019

The surprise of my pregnancy last Thanksgiving was so exciting at first – crying happily over a pregnancy strip in a pharmacy bathroom. Like many other mothers-to-be, it wasn’t until months later, planning our new lives with a newborn, that I started doing the math on maternity leave.

Turns out, the smart job moves I’ve made–combined with absurd disparities in family leave policies now being addressed through important legislation–may have sabotaged my early days as a new mom.

May 13, 2019

For decades, business was the business of the state and the needs of California families took a back seat in Sacramento.

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom with first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom — a leader around women’s equity in her own right — together rolled out a family-centric state budget proposal. Such a focus is long overdue and fitting to note on the day when we celebrate mothers.

May 13, 2019

California should have a good handle on smoking-related litter. After all, the state’s residents smoke at the second-lowest rate in the U.S. after Utah.  

There already are strong and dutifully-enforced litter laws with convictions that can carry hefty four-digit fines. But a walk down any California city sidewalk or a stroll on the beach easily demonstrates that smokers still are tossing their butts on the ground.

May 09, 2019

By Jerry Roberts

Hannah-Beth Jackson alighted from the family’s all-electric Chevy Bolt, hustling to a final meeting in her district before winging off to another workweek in Sacramento. 

It was a dozy Monday morning, but Santa Barbara’s State Senator was already in fifth gear.

May 08, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Californians could take an additional two weeks of paid leave to care for a new baby or sick family member and could buy diapers and menstrual products tax-free under the revised budget plan that Gov. Gavin Newsom will unveil this week.

May 03, 2019

Internet privacy has become a front and center issue for Americans. Click by click, site by site, companies are tracking our every move and sharing or selling that information without our permission or knowledge.

Corporate surveillance has made us uniquely vulnerable. It knows our shopping habits, personal interests and political views. It knows our kids' and our sensitive health information.

April 30, 2019

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is reviving an attempt to eliminate pricing discrimination on the basis of gender — charging women more than what men pay on similar products.

According to Jackson’s office, California women earn 88 cents on every dollar a man earns. Crunch the calculator, and women’s salaries lag behind men’s by more than $7,000 a year.

Meanwhile, past studies estimate that California women pay sometimes pay more money for than men for the same products.

April 23, 2019

Years of increasingly deadly California wildfires spurred lawmakers to consider regulations Tuesday that would toughen local governments' requirements for approving housing developments in high-risk areas.

A state Senate committee voted 8-3 Monday to advance a measure requiring developers to increase fire protections, plan for evacuations, or prepare for residents who may need to ride out fires in safe areas.

Local governments would also be required to try to make existing structures less likely to burn.

April 22, 2019

Last summer, after years of inaction on consumer privacy by the federal government and slipshod privacy protection by big businesses collecting personal data, the California Legislature took matters into its own hands.

The California Consumer Privacy Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in June, is a landmark achievement by any standard.