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September 25, 2013

In a move that acknowledges California's changing demographics - and the modern family - Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday signed a bill that dramatically expands the state's Paid Family Leave program, allowing workers to collect benefits for caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws.

September 20, 2013

When some of these sterilizations came to light this summer, lawmakers demanded answers from prison health care officials. In response, prison officials released documents that revealed hundreds of female inmates have been sterilized since 1997. They also produced a 1999 memo directing tubal ligation in post-partum care.

September 12, 2013

In the legislative equivalent of a two-minute drill, lawmakers late Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown two bills designed to save Port Hueneme from certain winter flooding.

Those bills did not exist a week ago, but were quickly crafted as a last-minute fix to stave off imminent flooding damage caused by the erosion of beaches that has left surf-side property vulnerable to inundation.

September 10, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 340 authored by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) that will protect women from harassment and intimidation as they seek reproductive health care.

The bill removes a Jan. 1 sunset date on the current Reproductive Rights Law Enforcement Act.   Under the Act, the attorney general is required to gather information related to anti-reproductive rights crimes.

September 06, 2013

Legislators have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to expand the family leave program and allow more Californians to take paid time off for a variety of family reasons.

Lisa Bautista found herself in a situation where she couldn't help care for her grandmother as much as she wanted in her final days. The nurse asked her boss if she could take paid time off but couldn't.

Workers can get 55 percent of their pay only for up to six weeks when caring for sick parents, children, spouses and domestic partners.

August 16, 2013

The Coastal Commission has said it will launch an investigation into reports of hydraulic fracturing - known as fracking - happening off the California coastline. The Associated Press reported that there have been 12 instances of offshore fracking in the past two decades that the Coastal Commission said it didn’t know about.


Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, State Senator representing the 19th district in the Santa Barbara area

Richard Ranger, senior policy adviser for the American Petroleum Institute

August 08, 2013

"We are in the dark. It is very distressing," said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who was among the lawmakers who signed the letter addressed to the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

On Thursday, Jackson and other state legislators petitioned the coastal commission to take a closer look at past permits and future offshore applications.

August 01, 2013

A State Senator who represents most of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties is pushing an effort to boost technology related business in the region.

Democratic Senator Hanna Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara is trying to link up educational and business interests, to boost the local economy by creating what she’s dubbing “Silicon Beach,” a version of Silicon Valley.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the 19th District State Senator about her plan.

July 12, 2013

State lawmakers called today for an investigation of the physicians involved in the sterilization of women inmates and raised questions about a federal prison overseer’s role in handling the matter.

July 02, 2013

There was some emotional testimony at the State Capitol Tuesday from a Vallejo woman who lost her husband in a crash involving a defective loaner car.

"Beyond words and beyond measure. We lost our beloved children and grandchild," said Fe Lastrella the victims' relative.
Lastrella's son was a passenger in an out-of-control Lexus that had an accelerator stuck at 120 mph. The 2009 crash killed all four people inside, including off-duty CHP officer Mark Saylor who was married to Lastrella's daughter.