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April 5, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday that he won't release older records on state law enforcement agents' misconduct despite a recently released appeals court ruling that they are public documents.

April 5, 2019

“In watching this debate nationally for the last three, four years, the momentum for this type of change has been building,” California state senator Nancy Skinner, a Democrat, told SB Nation. “There is uniform expression by student-athletes, by professional athletes, and by former NCAA personnel that a change is needed.”

April 5, 2019

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who sponsored S.B. 1421, ripped Livingston.

“Law enforcement agencies up and down the state have been releasing records under SB 1421, just as the law requires. The First District Court of Appeals has also now ruled that records, regardless of when they were created, should be released,” she said in a statement. So Livingston’s “claim that responding to a reasonable records request is too burdensome is simply a defiance of state law.”


April 2, 2019

"The new law, SB1421 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, allows members of the public to obtain records of police disciplinary agencies that found officers had committed sexual assault or engaged in dishonest conduct at work, and of all investigations of an officer’s use of a firearm or of some type of deadly force."

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March 28, 2019

In a recognition of her work as a judge and efforts on progressive justice reform, Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton was honored as this year’s “Woman of the Year” by one of the East Bay’s state senators.

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, named Becton, who worked as a lawyer, then a judge before becoming district attorney, as the Woman of the Year for California’s Ninth Senate District. 

March 23, 2019

March Madness is big business. Last year, more than 97 million people watched the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and millions more watched the women's tournament.

With those viewers comes a lot of money — from advertising, gambling, sponsorship and more — generating multimillion dollar profits for the NCAA and many of the coaches and schools involved.

But the students actually playing the game don't get any of it. The NCAA considers student-athletes amateurs and prohibits them from collecting any sort of monetary compensation for their play.

March 21, 2019

“The steep decline of juvenile crime is very good news and represents a profound shift for California,” state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said after being told of The Chronicle’s findings. “It also has huge implications both for the state and for counties, raising serious questions about whether we are using public safety funds effectively when juvenile halls around the state are operating at below capacity.”

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March 20, 2019

Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has introduced Senate Bill 330 to do away with many city and county restrictions on homebuilding for a decade — a response, she’s said, to the scope of the state’s housing challenges.

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March 20, 2019

State Senator Nancy Skinner has joined in on the efforts to call for an audit of the Alameda County sheriff’s office, amidst recent controversies, including a woman who gave birth in jail cell alone.

Skinner, D-Berkeley, sent the letter to Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Richard Valle last month, pointing out the “troubling reports” and asking for the board to support community interest in a financial and performance audit of the sheriff’s office.

March 18, 2019

In a Feb. 15 letter to Valle, Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) noted the 2 Investigates’ reporting in November, which found that at least 29 women have sued the sheriff, alleging abuse and mistreatment, since 2014.

“We can no longer excuse such conduct as an isolated incident,” Skinner wrote. “A strong performance audit will generate crucial evaluative data that can thoroughly assess all the current practices and policies while provide lifesaving recommendations for implementation.”