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p>Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Chair of the Committee on Utilities and Commerce, issued the following statement on the retirement of Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey:
“It is appropriate that President Peevey announced he would not seek a third term as president today, the day of the 12th Annual Supplier Diversity En Banc on General Order 156.
“Mr. Peevey has worked tirelessly and been a tremendous advocate for the cause of supplier diversity in the utilities sector, recognizing the value to California and to utilities and their contractors of maintaining a diverse workforce.
“Women, minority, and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises can provide unique perspectives and expertise in a number of critical fields, but often have difficulty getting contracts with utilities and prime contractors.
“Mr. Peevey has used the weight of his office to implement GO 156 and push for more diversity procurement in the utilities sector, as well as to move California towards a cleaner energy economy.
“We have set world-leading goals for renewable energy procurement, and under Mr. Peevey’s leadership, we are well on our way to achieving those goals.
“I wish Mr. Peevey all the best as he moves onto the next chapter of his life.”
Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill designed to end a double-penalty imposed on low income families with children who skip school.
Under current law, students and their families can be penalized when the student is not regularly attending school. Additionally, families enrolled in the CALWORKs program can have their aid reduced as a penalty for a child missing school, effectively penalizing the student and family twice for the same infraction.
A bill protecting the integrity of California’s elections and protecting the right of disabled persons to vote was sent to the Senate floor today.
AB 1311, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), amends several sections of the elections code regarding recall elections and voter registration.
Current law states that, if a vacancy occurs in a state office for which a recall petition has been filed, the recall election shall proceed, potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars to hold an election to recall an official who has already vacated his or her seat.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Steve Bradford (D-Gardena) and members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) gathered at the State Capitol to denounce the escalating violence against men of color by law enforcement and committed themselves to pursuing tangible policies that address this issue in California. Assemblymember Bradford, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Boys and Men of Color, noted that there had been four law-enforcement killings of black youth in the last month alone. “We need to address this lack of value for African American life,” he said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
The City of Gardena hosted its 12th annual jazz festival on Sunday, attracting thousands to Rowley Park for a full day of music, food, and sun.
Assembly Member Steven Bradford took the stage for the 12th consecutive year to welcome the patrons, thank the sponsors and city staff, and introduce the artists. The annual concert attracts upwards of ten thousand guests to Rowley Park every fourth Sunday in August.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill giving courts greater authority to issue injunctions against police departments which have a history of civil rights violations.
AB 2634, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), allows a victim of a civil rights violation at the hands of a police officer to seek injunctive relief to eliminate the offending pattern or practice from the department.
A bill expanding the conflict-of-interest rules governing the California Energy Commission (CEC) moved ahead today after a Senate Appropriations Committee vote.
AB 2661, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), takes existing prohibitions on utility employees who wish to serve on the CEC and applies them to employees of other independent power producers as well.
Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement on the death of St. Louis-area teenager Michael Brown:
“The tragic story of Michael Brown is another example of just why young men of color view law enforcement officers with suspicion at best, and fear at worst.
workforce, and justice policies.
August 7, 2014 – Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-62), chair of the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, announced today that he will introduce a bill to create a statewide, interagency taskforce to improve outcomes for California’s boys and young men of color, modeled after the federal taskforce created within the White House initiative, My Brother’s Keeper.
The new task force would consist of a 21-member advisory board and coordinate action across state agencies to follow recommendations in the Select Committee’s 2012-2018 action plan to improve outcomes for California’s boys and young men of color in the areas of health, education, employment, juvenile justice and youth development. The task force would also identify and prioritize bills aligned with the recommendations.
A bill requiring hit-and-run drivers to face justice will be heard in the Senate this week.
Current law requires a driver involved in a collision resulting in injury, death, or damage to property, to stop. A driver can be absolved of the crime if the victim of the collision appears before a court to settle the case.
AB 2673, by Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), eliminates that civil compromise loophole.