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California bill to help inmates land jobs moves to governor’s desk

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The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Inmates who receive career training in automotive repair, cosmetology, construction and other fields would find it easier to find jobs in those professions once they leave lockup, under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

LGBT advocates optimistic about remaining bills in California Legislature

Los Angeles Blade, Christopher Kane

With days remaining before the conclusion of California’s legislative session on Friday, August 31, the fate of at least 12 measures that concern the state’s LGBT community remains uncertain. Advocates are hopeful, though, that a string of recent victories will signal favorable outcomes. 

Editorial: California Assembly must pass bill to build housing near BART

The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

The state of California in general and the Bay Area in particular have a housing crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from the journey AB2923 has had through the state Legislature.

This bill, which was introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Tim Grayson, D-Concord, offers a simple way to add badly needed new housing where the Bay Area needs it most.

Legislators Push for Free Community College in CA

Los Angeles Sentinel News Service

As the initial wave of first-time, full-time students prepare to begin their newly-free classes at community colleges across California, Assembly leaders debuted a measure stating the legislature’s intent to waive fees for Year Two.  By doing so, an Associates Degree in California will effectively become free.