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January 05, 2018

California Legislators Introduce Bill to Block Trump’s Offshore Drilling Push

By Lauren Sommer, KQED Science

January 5, 2018

The Trump Administration is proposing a major expansion of offshore oil leasing nationwide, including off the California Coast.

January 03, 2018

California Lawmakers Aim To Improve Warning Systems Before The Next Huge Wildfire Hits

Because megafires could become the new normal for California.

By Antonia Blumberg

Two Southern California lawmakers said Wednesday that they would introduce several pieces of legislation to improve emergency response, hopefully before the next major wildfire destroys thousands of acres in the fire-prone state.

December 13, 2017

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson on the future of CA emergency alert system

By: KPCC staff | Take Two® | December 13, 2017

The deadly and destructive wildfires that have burned through California these past few months are putting a hyper focus on our emergency alert systems and how quickly officials can notify people of certain dangers.

October 12, 2017

Parental leave expands for California workers so they can bond with their newborns

By Margot Roosevelt | | OCR

Under a new law to combat workplace inequities, some 2.7 million California mothers and fathers will gain the right to a long-sought benefit: 12 weeks of job-protected leave to bond with their newborns.

October 12, 2017

California extends family leave to millions of small business workers

By Taryn Luna And Christopher Cadelago

SACRAMENTO - Nearly 2.8 million small business workers in California will be eligible to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn without losing their jobs next year.

September 03, 2017

Paid family leave a boost for small businesses

By Sam Mogannam on September 3, 2017 1:00 am

The New Parent Leave bill would permit all workers at companies with 20 or more employees to take time to recover from a serious illness or care for a family member without losing all of their income. It would expand our highly successful, existing system, which is paid for jointly by employees and employers.

August 29, 2017

Susan Fowler’s Uber post was the first shot in a new war against Silicon Valley Sexism Six months later, a Reckoning has Begun

by Sarah Jeong Aug 29, 2017, 9:40am EDT

Last Tuesday, California state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced a bill that will amend the California civil code to tackle an on-going pattern of sexist conduct in Silicon Valley — specifically the sexual harassment in the venture capitalist-entrepreneur context.

August 28, 2017

California Looks to Outlaw Sexual Harassment by VCs Legal ambiguity may help enable bad behavior. California is looking to change that.

By Lizette Chapman August‎ ‎28‎, ‎2017‎ ‎5‎:‎00‎ ‎AM

August 27, 2017

California Bill Tweaks Sexual Harassment Law To Account For Venture Capital

Janet Burns, Contributor

Jackson, who represents California's 19th District, commented by phone that the bill would "clarify the language" in California's civil rights act by updating its list of specific relationships that are subject to sexual harassment protections. "We simply want to add investors to that list, and acknowledge that this simply unlawful behavior is subject to claims of sexual harassment and damages," Jackson said.

August 21, 2017

A California state senator wants to make it illegal for investors to sexually harass entrepreneurs

Caroline Cakebread Aug. 21, 2017, 8:04 PM

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, is introducing a bill this week that would explicitly prohibit sexual harassment by venture capitalists as an amendment to a current civil-rights law.