California tax credit would help working families

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California is on its way to making a full economic recovery. Yet many working families are still not reaping the financial benefits. In fact, many families are falling behind. Recent reports indicate that our state has one of the highest poverty rates in the country and the highest rate of child poverty.

One proven way to help struggling working families in California is through a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Currently, 25 states have implemented their own earned-income credit to supplement the federal EITC. States like Rhode Island and Maryland have had a state EITC in place for more than 25 years, and they are working.


State is trying police cameras but still needs to build trust

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Amid a national uproar over fatal police shootings of unarmed African Americans, one political consensus seems to be rapidly gaining steam: the idea that law enforcement officers should be equipped with body cameras so that potentially fatal encounters can be recorded. Last week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proposed a $6.6 million program to equip the city's nearly 2,000 police officers with the cameras.


'Tired of prayer vigils': California debates 20 bills aimed at police force

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As last week's protests in Baltimore renewed the national debate on the use of force by police, California lawmakers have been grappling with how to address the fractured relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.

At least 20 proposals to regulate body cameras worn by cops, revamp the prosecution of deadly force cases and impose other measures were made in the wake of high-profile killings by police in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, Cleveland and elsewhere. Lawmakers are trying to capitalize on the heightened public interest in one of the country's most vexing social and political problems.


Police need to get tough enough for transparency

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As faith in law enforcement has been undermined by a seemingly endless string of police abuses, one reform has come up repeatedly.

Body cameras are about to become ubiquitous, nationally and in California. That's good. There's nothing like an electronic witness to keep cops and civilians alike on the straight and narrow. In fact, many of the calls for more oversight have arisen from some egregious civilian video or another; last week, the ACLU introduced a new app for the public to upload clips showing excessive force.

But the body cams now being shipped to departments across the country also come with major side issues, from data security to the ethics of mass surveillance. Right now, departments are handling these issues piecemeal, but state lawmakers have introduced a package of bills to impose some uniform rules across the state.


Amended California police body camera bill advances

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In the face of strenuous resistance from law enforcement groups, a California Assembly committee Thursday amended a bill multiple times to allow police officers in most cities to review body camera footage before detailing incidents involving force.

It took considerable maneuvering to advance Assembly Bill 66 out of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. Every Republican on the committee abstained in the vote, and supporters had to scramble to persuade Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, who had voted for the bill in a previous committee, to switch to the deciding “yes” vote.


Six of Weber’s 2014 Bills Signed by Governor

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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.

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Lawmaker Wants FLA. Boycotted Over Verdict

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SAN DIEGO — Assemblywoman Shirley Weber on Thursday called for a boycott of the state of Florida in protest of last week’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Weber, D-San Diego, said she is working with the California Legislative Black Caucus in organizing the boycott, asking people not to vacation there or attend conferences or conventions. She also called on Disneyworld and the Miami Heat basketball team to take a stand on the issue.


San Diego lawmaker wants justice for Trayvon Martin

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego lawmaker has joined others in expressing outrage over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

State Assemblywoman Shirley Weber wants to call attention to what she says is a miscarriage of justice.


San Diego assemblywoman urges boycott of Florida

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego assemblywoman said Thursday that California's Legislative Black Caucus is urging a boycott of Florida because of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teen.

Speaking in front of the San Diego Hall of Justice, backed by signs saying "Justice for Trayvon Martin," Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, said black caucus members want to send a message to the state of Florida.


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