August 5, 2020

After winning approval in 2018 to loosen confidentiality rules protecting nearly all police personnel records, state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, is pushing to expand public access even further.

August 4, 2020

After the killing of George Floyd, we learned that Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer responsible, had a documented history of misconduct complaints and uses of force, making it even more clear that communities deserve to know about the actions of officers who police them. Which is why I have introduced SB 776 this year.

July 31, 2020

As righteous as these demonstrations have been and are, we also must come to grips with the fact that we face another grave threat: President Trump and his insidious attempt to exploit protests that sometimes turn violent in order to jump-start his flagging campaign.

July 16, 2020

“Our juries now in California are wealthier and whiter than California residents as a whole, and certainly wealthier and whiter than most of the people who they are sitting there to judge,” said State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who co-authored the bill, in a press conference Wednesday.

July 16, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, proposed similar legislation last year that failed. She said California must fix a system where jurors are typically wealthier and whiter than “most of the people who they are sitting there to judge.”

July 16, 2020

 California recently boosted state tax refunds for low-income filers, a move that will likely prompt more low-income people to file tax returns, according to state Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley.

“Our juries now are whiter and wealthier than California residents as a whole,” she said.

July 6, 2020

“We need that change in opinions toward incarcerated individuals,” state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, told me. “Not only are you incarcerated, but it’s a permanent sentence because once you’re released you have so many barriers. You are an outcast.”

July 2, 2020

Skinner, who represents Oakland and neighboring East Bay cities, was visibly emotional even behind her California state flag mask, and she said she still couldn’t understand the rationale behind the transfers.

“How (could there) have been a transfer with people that had not been tested for two or three weeks?” she said. “It’s abhorrent.”

July 2, 2020

“The now major outbreak at San Quentin threatens the incarcerated people and staff there, but also Bay Area hospitals and residents,” said state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who called for the informational hearing before the senate public safety committee on the spreading COVID-19 crisis in prisons.

July 2, 2020

“I do not want this to be just talk,” committee chair Sen. Nancy Skinner said. “I want to see action as a result. The entire state deserves that.”