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April 24, 2019

A new bill sponsored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, offers a bold new vision to address these root causes. SB 330 would take away the many tools used by the state’s affluent communities to exclude newcomers. Cities that try to reduce the densities currently allowed by their own zoning would find their actions blocked. SB 330 would prohibit them from making development more expensive, whether through requirements for parking or design, or through new fees. It would also ensure that cities approve development proposals in a timely manner, capping public hearings at three.

April 24, 2019

“The reason that I, as the committee chair, was willing to have a portion of SB 230 move forward is because if we do revise our use of force standard, then we will require new training,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. “Because right now, the only training that our statewide agency offers is on the existing standard.”

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April 24, 2019

“We clearly have ... many, many, many people up and down the state, and experts, who feel that California’s use-of-force standard should be revised,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley who chairs the Senate public safety committee and engineered the surprise development to combine the measures.

She said she hopes the committee’s move will lead to compromise after listening to dozens of opponents of the original police-backed legislation describe their loved ones’ deaths in confrontations with police.

 

April 24, 2019

“What we are trying to do is create a new opportunity for the different sides to come together again and have a discussion around the changes to the use of force standard in California,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, the Berkeley Democrat who chairs the Senate public safety committee and helped negotiate the changes.

“Many, many, many people up and down the state and experts… feel that California’s use of force standard should be revised. And so the way this bill is amended at least creates that opportunity for that conversation to continue.”

 

April 24, 2019

“It creates the opportunity for all of the parties involved to continue to have conversations about this very important subject,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, adding that she hopes “we might come to a place where we both have a revised use of force standard and good associated training, so that California can move forward.”

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April 10, 2019

As pressures mount on lawmakers in Sacramento to come up with additional funds to underwrite California education, Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and other lawmakers have introduced legislation that would substantially raise the income tax rates of over 2,000 of California’s largest corporations, based in large part on the size of the gap between what they pay their CEO and their workers.

April 9, 2019

“Regular Californians face the fourth-largest income inequality gap between the super-rich and the average resident,” Skinner said, referring to a ranking of U.S. inequality. “Meanwhile, we struggle to fund our schools, to fund essential services, and many Californians struggle to make ends meet."

Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced Senate Bill 37, known as the Corporate Fair Share for California and Californians bill, in Oakland alongside Assembly members Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, and Rob Bonta, D-Alameda.

April 9, 2019

Citing a tax windfall that major corporations received through President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law, California Democrats on Monday unveiled a plan to levy a steep tax hike on the state’s most profitable businesses.

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, is the primary author of Senate Bill 37, which would raise the minimum amount of tax collected for the top 0.2 percent of companies that do business in California.

April 9, 2019

Fresh off teachers’ strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland, three East Bay lawmakers are hoping to drum up money from the nation’s largest corporations who do business in California to generate billions more for K-12 schools, community colleges and early childhood education — while also helping reduce the state’s income-inequality gap.

April 8, 2019

Companies making the most money and paying their top management the biggest salaries would pay a lot more in taxes to help fund public schools if two Bay Area legislators have their way.

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, plan to introduce a bill Monday, The Chronicle has learned, raising the corporate tax rate for companies with net income above $10 million — the top 0.2% of companies that do business in the state — to 10.84%, up from 8.84%.