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Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent (Left) testifying in support of AB 66, legislation authored by San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber (Right), which would provide statewide guidelines for the use of body cameras by law enforcement
Also moves her bill to require juries to be notified if evidence is intentionally withheld
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed two bills Tuesday authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), including AB 66 which would establish statewide guidelines for the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement; and AB 1328, which would provide judges with the ability to instruct juries when a prosecutor intentionally withholds evidence from the defense.
Assembly Bill (AB) 66 would provide guidelines about when the cameras are to be operated, require notification of those being recorded, and prohibit law-enforcement officers involved in serious use-of-force incidents that result in serious bodily injury or death from viewing the video until they have filed an initial report.
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Education passed legislation, AB 713, authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), that would require all students in California to attend Kindergarten or at least to demonstrate proficiency in the skills acquired in kindergarten in order to enter the first grade.
Weber, a former San Diego City School Board trustee and president, noted that the voluntary status of kindergarten allows parents to delay their child’s entrance into school, leaving students unprepared for the educational environment when they enroll in first grade.
Reporting requirements in both bills to increase transparency and accountability
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D- San Diego) has introduced a pair of bills aimed at reducing racial profiling and increasing transparency and accountability in use-of-force incidents involving law enforcement.
“California First Act” aimed at increasing state resident access to state-funded schools
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), Chair of the Assembly Committee on the Budget, has introduced legislation, The California First Act (AB 1349), which would guarantee undergraduate admission for all eligible California resident applicants to the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC). The universities would also report to the Legislature annually on the number of resident undergraduate admissions.
Napolitano to appear before budget committee to justify increased financial burden on students
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education, chaired by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, will hold a hearing on the budgets of the three institutions of higher education at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, March 3rd in the Capitol, Room 444.
Slated to appear before the committee are Janet Napolitano, President, of the University of California; Brice Harris, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges; and Timothy White, Chancellor of California State Universities who will each discuss the budget needs of their respective institutions.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation today aimed at tripling the number of foster children eligible for supplemental educational services through the state’s Foster Youth Services (FYS) program. In addition, the bill, AB 854,will enable FYS Coordinators around the state to improve coordination among the various state agencies in support of individual foster children.
“As an educator, I know students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs,” said Assemblymember Weber. “It is imperative that California close the foster youth achievement gap so that students in foster care can become independent productive members of society.”
SACRAMENTO – In recognition of Black History Month, Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, in conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus, is hosting a viewing of the fifth episode in the acclaimed PBS series “Eyes on the Prize” at noon on Wednesday, February 25th in the State Capitol Room 126. This event is free and open to the public.
“Eyes on the Prize” is an American television series documenting the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., using archival footage and interviews of participants and opponents of the movement. Please join Assemblymember Weber, previously an Africana Studies’ Professor for over 40-years at San Diego State University, as she discusses and subsequently screens the Mississippi: Is This America episode of this 14-part series. Emphasis will be placed on NAACP leader Medgar Evers and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Legislation Would Make California the First in the Nation to Require Two Week Scheduling Notice for Employees Dealing with Work Schedule Uncertainty
Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Davis Chiu (D-San Francisco) introducing the Fair Scheduling Ac, AB 357, on the floor of the Assembly. The bill will provide protections for California’s part-time workers.
SACRAMENTO –Dr. Shirley N. Weber (D – San Diego) and Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) have introduced AB 357, first-in-the-nation state legislation that would require food and retail establishments with 500 or more employees in California to provide at least two weeks scheduling notice for their workers and additional pay for last minute schedule changes.
“It’s an unfortunate economic reality that part-time work isn’t just for teenagers anymore. Part-time workers are now adults who may require multiple jobs to support themselves and their families,” said Assemblymember Weber. “This abusive practice of last-minute scheduling hobbles workers who are taking the initiative to support themselves, and requires taxpayer subsidy in the form of greater need for public assistance for those who cannot. These workers need scheduling far enough in advance to work those other jobs, to arrange childcare and transportation, and to pursue education and training. AB 357 will facilitate that.”
Black History Month honorees Robert and Ardelle Matthews receive an ovation by members of the Assembly in Sacramento Monday.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) honored Dr. Bob and Mrs. Ardelle Matthews, long-serving San Diego educators and activists, at a ceremony on the Assembly floor Monday.
"The Matthews often say they were born in this world to be of service, and service is the pay you give for receiving all of life's blessings," Weber said. "Both have lived this mission with their prolific service to the community. We in San Diego and throughout the state owe a significant debt of gratitude to this Dynamic Duo."
Urges uninsured to enroll before February 15th deadline
SAN DIEGO - Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) is hosting a Covered California Enrollment Site on Wednesday, February 11th, from 6-8 PM at the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945.
Attendees will have the opportunity to work with a certified enrollment counselor who will help them select an affordable health plan through the Covered California marketplace.
Depending on income, some individuals may qualify for financial assistances/tax credit that provides help with their monthly premium.