Kindergarten, Civil Rights and Voting Rights Legislation Become Law
SAN DIEGO – Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr., signed six of the seven bills - ranging in topic from full-day kindergarten to hate crimes - sent to him by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), bringing to eleven the total number of bills signed into law during her first term. Weber also successfully passed resolutions in 2014 honoring the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, highlighting the Filipino-American civil rights and labor leaders’ Larry Iliong and Philip Vera Cruz, and recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month.
“For a right or a protection to have any meaning, you have to have access to the courts where they can be enforced”
SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) that will protect the rights of victims of hate crimes and civil rights abuses to have their cases heard in court.
It has become a widespread practice in consumer and employment contracting to force individuals to waive their rights to seek legal redress through the courts even when their civil rights have been violated. AB 2617 would prohibit requiring a waiver of any rights under California hate crimes or civil rights laws as a condition of entering into a contract for employment, housing, education or consumer goods and services.
SAN DIEGO - Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) issued the following response to California Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of AB 1719 (Full-Day Kindergarten) and vetoing of AB 1444 (Mandatory Kindergarten):
“I am grateful that the Governor decided to sign AB 1719 and am pleased that he agrees we need to evaluate existing Full-Day kindergarten programs with a view to implementing it statewide.
(Sacramento) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana S. Dooley, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Superior Court Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie and Special Assistant Attorney General Jill E. Habig came together in Sacramento to declare September as “School Attendance Awareness Month,” urging families, schools, communities to prioritize student attendance in the coming months.
Assemblymember Weber authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 149 which recently passed the Legislature to designate September as “School Attendance Awareness Month” in California.
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly marked Women’s Equality Day with a powerful poetry reading from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). The lawmakers and visitors sat in awed silence as Assemblymember Weber presented the poetry of Sojourner Truth, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Langston Hughes, Mari Evans and Maya Angelou. She received a standing ovation when she concluded the reading. Women’s Equality Day was established in recognition of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Watch Assemblymember Weber’s presentation in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber. PhD., Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, has announced that the Committee’s final informational hearing will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 6th in the State Capitol, Room 437.
Panelists will focus on recommendations for encouraging campus safety and promoting healthier campus climates for all students. This includes the role of campus leadership; improving communication about policies regarding bias-motivated behavior and resources for victims; and the role of collaboration among the UC, CSU and Community College systems to improve campus climate.
Weber’s bill prohibiting forced arbitration moves through Legislature
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-Diego) praised President Obama’s action to prohibit federal contractors from requiring their workers to sign forced arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.
“Forced arbitration is eroding an individual’s ability to protect themselves from discrimination, wage theft and other abusive practices,” Weber said. “Nobody should be allowed to force their workers to sign away their legal rights as a condition of employment.”
The President signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order Wednesday which, among other provisions, prohibits forced arbitration requirements for companies with federal contracts over $1 million.
“It will give more workers who may have been sexually assaulted or had their civil rights violated their day in court,” President Obama said in remarks before signing the Executive Order.
Weber has herself introduced legislation to prohibit forced arbitration agreements in California from applying to the state’s civil rights statutes. Assembly Bill 2617, which has the support of the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Equality California, will be heard by the California State Senate later this summer.
“There is no right without a remedy. With the signing of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Act, President Obama has acted to restore the legal and civil rights of thousands of workers of federal contractors,” Weber said. “I am encouraged that state lawmakers and the Governor will agree we need to do the same for every Californian.”
Weber’s legislation emanates from a case of a 15 year-old private school student who received graphic death threats from fellow students due to his perceived sexual orientation. On the advice of law enforcement, his parents withdrew him from that school and even relocated to a different part of California. However, the school publicly disclosed the student’s new community and school. Understandably upset, his parents took legal action, but a mandatory arbitration clause buried in the enrollment contract prevented the student from going to court to seek justice under the state’s civil rights statutes.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber invites the public to attend her free summertime event series. For more information or to RSVP to any of these events, please contact her district office at (619) 531-7913.
79th District Small Business and Veteran of the Year Celebration
This event will honor the critical contributions of the 79th Assembly District Veteran of the Year and Small Businesses of the Year at a celebration held at the location of this year’s small business honoree: Felix’s BBQ with Soul. Assemblymember Weber will also announce the CLBC California Scholars Financial Assistance Scholarship recipients for the 79th District. Light refreshments will be served
Weber’s Legislative Package Progresses through Senate
SACRAMENTO- Governor Edmund G. Brown signed AB 2379, legislation introduced by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, that increases the ability of abuse prevention teams to identify potential risk of abuse by caregivers for older or dependent adults. This bill, sponsored by the County of San Diego, is the first of Weber’s 2014 legislative package to be signed into law.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) led the State Assembly in a special adjournment in the memory of baseball and San Diego legend Tony Gwynn following his death at the age of 54 from cancer. After reciting the incredibly extensive list of baseball and humanitarian awards that were bestowed upon Gwynn, Assemblymember Weber said of Gwynn, "And most importantly, Tony, of all things, was a gentleman. A first class gentleman in the classroom and on the fields." Here's more from Assemblymember Weber in this Assembly Access video.