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Hundreds denounce ‘zero tolerance’ border policy at SF rally

The San Francisco Examiner, Laura Waxmann

Protesters expressed outrage over the Trump administration’s practice of systematically separating immigrant children from their families and detaining them in so-called “tender age facilities” at the U.S. border at a rally held at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Plaza on Saturday.

Editorial: What’s beneath surface of lead paint ballot measure

The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

It’s fitting that the “Healthy Homes and Schools Act” was devised by paint companies. The proposed ballot measure brushes an appealing coat of housing and environmental policy over a cynical attempt to dodge corporate responsibility.

Chiu Bill to Waive Fee for Homeless Individuals Obtaining Birth Certificates Passes Senate Committee

Legislation reduces barriers for homeless individuals and homeless youth attempting to secure identification and access benefits

SACRAMENTOLegislation by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to waive a fee for homeless individuals who seek to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate passed the Senate Health Committee today.  Assembly Bill 2490 would waive the $25 fee that the California Department of Public Health Vital Records charges when issuing a certified copy of a birth certificate.

Chiu Bill to Curb School Bullying Passes Senate Education Committee

Legislation comes as studies show divisive rhetoric in national politics has filtered down to schools

SACRAMENTO—Legislation by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to prevent bullying and harassment in California schools passed the Senate Education Committee today.  Assembly Bill 2291 would require the California Department of Education (CDE) to establish guidelines to prevent bullying and disseminate online training modules to local educators.

Chiu Legislation to Increase Health Care Affordability Passes Assembly

Bill will cap premiums for low- to moderate-income Covered California customers

SACRAMENTO--Legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to increase health care affordability for low- to moderate-income Covered California consumers passed the Assembly late yesterday. Assembly Bill 2565 would cap Covered California insurance premiums to 8 percent of income for customers making earning between 138 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).  

Chiu-Grayson Bill to Encourage Transit-Oriented Development Near BART Stations Passes Assembly

Legislation would require BART to establish transit-oriented development zoning standards on BART-owned land

SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) near certain Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2923 will require BART to set new standards for transit-oriented development on BART-owned land within a half-mile of a BART station. To reduce delays, the bill requires local governments to update their own zoning to meet BART’s affordability and zoning standards.  

Bill to Reduce Barriers to Economic Opportunity for Formerly Incarcerated Californians Passes Assembly

Legislation will prohibit Department of Consumer Affairs from denying professional licenses to Californians with non-violent offenses

SACRAMENTO--Criminal justice reform legislation authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) affecting employment opportunities for Californians with prior convictions passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2138 will prohibit the Department of Consumer Affairs from using arrest or conviction records as the sole basis to deny professional licenses to Californians with non-violent offenses.