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OAKLAND SMALL BUSINESS HONORED BY CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE TODAY

June 16, 2014

Sacramento – An innovative Oakland company, GoldieBlox, was selected today as “Small Business of the Year” for 2014 in the 9th Senate District by the California Legislature at an Awards Luncheon in Sacramento.  The event was attended by more than 70 legislators.

The company was nominated for the award by Senator Loni Hancock, who represents the district, which includes all of Alameda and parts of Contra Costa counties.  Joining Senator Hancock at the luncheon was Jan Hanson, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of the company.

MAJOR REFORM OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN CA PRISONS PASSES STATE SENATE

May 29, 2014

Sacramento – Last night, the State Senate passed SB 892, a bill by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) to revise and reform solitary confinement conditions and procedures in California’s prisons on a bi-partisan vote of 25-11.  The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

“Isolating large numbers of inmates for long periods of time is an expensive and deeply troubling practice that undermines effective rehabilitation and long-term public safety,” Senator Hancock said.  “Tonight’s Senate vote is the first step in overhauling a failed system.”

Bill to Reduce Disparity in CEO and Worker Pay Clears First Committee

April 24, 2014

An effort to stop outrageous CEO pay by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) and Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today.

SB 1372 creates a new corporate tax table that decreases taxes for employers with reasonable differences between CEO and worker pay, and increases taxes on companies with large disparities between CEO and worker pay.

BERKELEY & OTHER HISTORIC POST OFFICES MAY BE SAVED-NEW REPORT SAYS USPS MAY HAVE VIOLATED LAW

April 22, 2014

Sacramento – Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) welcomed a new report to Congress that recommends that the United States Postal Service suspend the closing and sale of all historic postal offices.  The report charges that the USPS appears to have already violated the law by closing historic posts and relocating their services elsewhere without following the National Historic Preservation Act.

SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES MAJOR REFORM OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN CA PRISONS

April 08, 2014

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) to revise and reform solitary confinement conditions in California’s prisons passed its first legislative hurdle today.

The Senate Public Safety Committee approved SB 892 by a vote of 6-1, with Republican support.  It now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to the Senate floor.

HANCOCK INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT MAIN SOURCE OF EAST BAY WATER - DESIGNATES MOKELUMNE A STATE WILD & SCENIC RIVER

April 04, 2014

Sacramento -- Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) today introduced legislation, SB 1199, to designate 37 miles of the North Fork and main Mokelumne River a State Wild and Scenic River.

 

MAJOR REFORM OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN CA PRISONS INTRODUCED IN STATE SENATE

March 17, 2014

Sacramento -- Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) today introduced new legislation to revise and reform solitary confinement conditions and procedures in California’s prisons.

 

“Isolating large numbers of inmates for long periods of time, as we are currently doing, is an expensive and deeply troubling practice that undermines effective rehabilitation and long-term public safety,” Senator Hancock said.

Hearing To Focus On New Prisoner Isolation Rules

February 07, 2014

SACRAMENTO – A joint hearing by the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees will be held Tuesday, February 11, continuing the Legislature’s examination of controversial practices in Security Housing Units (SHU’s) in California prisons.

 

EAST BAY LEGISLATORS URGE BART AGREEMENT TODAY

October 21, 2013

Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Bill Quirk, Nancy Skinner, and Bob Wieckowski and Senators Ellen Corbett and Loni Hancock released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations between BART and its employees:

 

Our hearts go out to the family members who lost their loved ones in this weekend's tragic accident.  BART, its employees, Board and management are grieving.  The time is now to start the healing. 

TOMORROW: Public Safety Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Prison Conditions

October 08, 2013

 SACRAMENTO – Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano will convene a joint hearing of the Public Safety Committees of their respective houses on Wednesday, October 9th, to consider the use of solitary confinement in California’s maximum security prisons in the context of the nearly two-month hunger strike in California prisons this summer.

 

Sen. Hancock and Asm. Ammiano called for the hearing in response to the issues raised by the hunger strikers, including the use of long-term solitary confinement.

 

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