In The News

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Sun

Asian-Americans are typically seen as a silent or invisible minority in both politics and entertainment, but they were the surprising drivers behind the unprecedented diversity provisions contained in the new extension of California's film and television tax credit.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko

A federal judge upheld the core of California’s sanctuary laws Thursday, restricting state and local cooperation with federal immigration agents, and sent a terse message to the Trump administration: Solutions to the immigration impasse must come from Congress, not the courts.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

The corporate-backed ballot measures that preoccupied Sacramento lately were hardly the sort of people-powered direct democracy envisioned by Hiram Johnson, the founding father of California’s initiative process. And the frenzied lawmaking that unfolded under a recent revise of Johnson’s reform looked more like something attributable to Hiram Walker, the whiskey distiller accidentally cited by a legislator groping for the early 20th century governor’s name.

Under changes enacted in 2014 to temper ballot measure excesses and encourage compromise legislation, lawmakers scrambled to make deals to withdraw measures from the November ballot by Thursday’s deadline. The results were motley.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Besieged by negative publicity about a ballot measure that would have had California taxpayers pick up the bill for cleaning up lead-paint contamination in homes, paint manufacturers withdrew the measure Thursday in favor of a deal with the Legislature.

“I must admit, I didn’t think we would be here at this moment, and I am very glad we are,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “We’ve been grappling with this in recent weeks. There have been many late nights.”

As part of the deal sought by paint manufacturers, lawmakers carrying bills to hold companies accountable will no longer pursue the legislation. Those bills, which were introduced in response to the ballot measure, would have removed hurdles from holding paint companies legally liable and made it easier for property owners to sue companies for cleanup costs.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Sacramento Bee, Bryan Anderson

Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco

“Today’s Janus v. AFSCME decision is a huge blow to workers across our country and will make it much more difficult for our middle class to compete in an increasingly unjust economy. Organized labor has helped to achieve many of the benefits we enjoy as a broader society. From weekends and paid sick leave to health care and the minimum wage, the labor movement has secured countless victories for working families over decades. It is vital to our democracy and the health of our economy that workers have a strong collective voice capable of holding those in power accountable. I stand with the working people of our state, and am ready to pursue options to ensure labor unions still have the ability to effectively represent and champion workers.”

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Sacramento Bee, Adam Ashton

The California state budget on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk puts tens of millions of dollars into programs that could help undocumented immigrants fight federal efforts to deport them, including opening up $10 million to hire lawyers for unaccompanied minors trying to stay in the U.S.

The budget pushed through by majority Democrats expands funding for immigration legal services offered through the Department of Social Services and public colleges.

It also includes $1.6 million to build a team of eight attorneys and investigators in the Labor Commissioner's office at the Department of Industrial Relations. They would enforce a state law that requires businesses to tell their employees when they’re contacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.