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February 20, 2020

State legislation introduced Wednesday aims to reduce the number of empty homes in California and give tenants the right of first refusal to buy foreclosed properties. The bill was inspired by the plight of a group of homeless mothers who recently took up residence in a vacant West Oakland home to call attention to California’s housing crisis.

February 20, 2020

Just weeks after a group of homeless moms moved into an empty house in West Oakland and ultimately won the right to purchase the property through a nonprofit, an East Bay lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill to limit the number of vacant homes in California and give tenants and cities the opportunity to buy them.

February 20, 2020

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow local jurisdictions to use vacant single-family homes as affordable housing and give them the authority to fine corporations that keep homes vacant for long stretches of time.

February 13, 2020

For years, Mark Emmert has been a target for criticism from a wide swath of groups. Fans, media, players and even some school administrators have lambasted the NCAA president for the financial inequality that exists in college sports.

February 13, 2020

Legislation to allow college student-athletes in Nebraska to profit from their names, images and likenesses was advanced Wednesday to the floor of the Legislature.

February 13, 2020

In response to growing income inequality, some California lawmakers are looking at the possibility of tying tax rates for corporations to the gap between how much they pay their CEOs and what their average employees take home. That’s the idea behind state Senate Bill 37, legislation first introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) in December 2018.

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The Fight to Know

February 12, 2020

In the beginning of 2019, California, one of the nation’s most secretive states when it comes to police files, passed SB1421 (by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley).

February 12, 2020

That “free” education NCAA athletes get has never really been free, and the costs are greater for some athletes than others.

February 5, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner on Monday introduced legislation designed to promote safety in California live-work and warehouse residences while protecting tenants from displacement.

Senate Bill 906, co-sponsored by the City of Oakland, would give property owners more time to correct non-life-threatening violations that could otherwise motivate them to evict tenants, and also update state live-work code that effectively outlaws many communal residences.

January 31, 2020

“The bill is following the science,” said El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart, who is also the president of Chief Probation Officers of California.

Sen. Skinner consulted with Richart’s organization when crafting the bill. Richart pointed out many of those under the age of 19 have brains that are not fully developed.

 

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