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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

By Don Thompson
Published Apr 23, 2019 at 6:14 AM | Updated at 7:38 AM PDT on Apr 23, 2019

The state's chief firefighter, Ken Pimlott, said as he retired last year that the government should consider blocking construction in high-risk areas. But new Gov. Gavin Newsom recently said he opposes barring home construction, citing Californians' "wild and pioneering spirit."

Jackson's bill wouldn't bar construction, but it would set more requirements particularly for developers.

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.

April 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education groups are calling for more sunshine in the Golden State, with a bill that demands greater accountability for the billions of dollars of tax breaks California gives to commercial interests.

April 18, 2019


Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) — considered a pesky liberal by many moderates and conservatives — is trying to shake up the comfy world of tax breaks. She is pushing Senate Bill 468, which would “sunset” — or kill — nine tax expenditures in three years unless they could be justified by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

April 03, 2019

Author: Chelsea Shannon    5:36 PM PDT April 2, 2019

The past four years have provided major changes in how businesses work towards equal pay through legislation, bringing the state closer to closing the wage gap.

April 02, 2019


A closely watched effort in the California Legislature to expand job protections for unpaid family leave received a public endorsement on Monday from First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom in an early embrace of a bill that could signal broader support from the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

March 12, 2019


It is critically important, they say, to close loopholes in the law that could create a “pay for privacy” model in California, giving companies permission to charge higher prices or offer lesser quality services to customers if they exercise their privacy rights.

Sweeping changes are being weighed at the Capitol, where Gov. Gavin Newsom has lauded state lawmakers for passing the privacy law and has earmarked $4.8 million for the attorney general to enact the rules.

February 26, 2019

California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal by the attorney general Monday to expand what already is the nation's most far-reaching law protecting personal information.

The revision to the law passed last year is among several sought by Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Santa Barbara Democratic state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson to make it easier to enforce once it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

"This is basically a bill to enforce the law," Jackson said.

February 25, 2019

Tom Kisken, Ventura County StarPublished 9:00 a.m. PT Feb. 24, 2019

Dr. Thomas Duncan, a Ventura trauma surgeon, understands the risks and fears. His father who lives in Houston fell at the age of 80. He became so afraid of it happening again, he stopped walking.

Now he’s bed-bound and needs around-the-clock care, including a feeding tube. He and his wife are moving from their own home to be with Duncan’s sister.