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California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Attorney General Kamala Harris Issues Review on Implicit Bias and Use of Force by Law Enforcement

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently announced the results of an internal California Department of Justice 90-Day Review of its special agent training programs on implicit bias and use of force.
Attorney General Kamala Harris

Nation’s Largest LGBT Hails Kamala Harris’ Efforts to Stop Anti-gay Ballot Initiative

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, recently hailed California Attorney General Kamala Harris for seeking to stop an abhorrent and unconstitutional proposed ballot initiative that [...]
Senator Mark Leno

Senator Leno Introduces Bill to Close Ellis Act Loophole for San Francisco

Senator Mark Leno recently introduced new legislation that would help mitigate the negative impacts of Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. Senate Bill 364 closes a loophole in the Ellis Act that allows speculators to [...]
Hong Yen Chang, a Yale Law School graduate and already a New York lawyer, was barred from practicing law in California in 1890. Rachelle Chong.

125 Years Late, Chinese Lawyer Earns Right to Practice Law in California

By Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee Acknowledging a “sordid chapter” in state history, the California Supreme Court ruled last week that a Chinese immigrant denied the right to practice law in California 125 years ago because [...]
Senator Mark Leno

Leno Bill Gives Homeless Youth Access to High School Equivalency Exams

Homeless youth across California would have greater access to the high school proficiency and equivalency exams under new legislation introduced by Senator Mark Leno. Senate Bill 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing [...]
Senator Loni Hancock

Senators Hancock and Leno File Legal Brief Against Death Penalty

Senator Loni Hancock, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, has filed a legal brief supporting the elimination of California’s death penalty. Senator Hancock was joined in filing the brief by Senator Mark Leno [...]
Home care workers, seniors, and union members marched on Wednesday outside the State building in downtown Oakland demanding that Gov. Brown treat all workers equally and give home care providers overtime pay. Photos by Ashley Chambers.

Home Care Workers Demand Gov. Brown Keep His Promise of Overtime Pay

In-home care workers, union members, and seniors rallied outside the State building in downtown Oakland on Wednesday chanting, “Overtime is overdue,” demanding that Gov. Jerry Brown keep his promise of overtime pay for workers who [...]