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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.”

March 15, 2019

Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner says California already has a Green New Deal. Think of cap-and-trade, the state’s system where pollution credits are bought and sold, and the goal of 100 percent clean electric power by 2045. ...

“Our existing green deal programs are oriented to a longer timeframe,” said Sen. Skinner explained of the state climate goals, which are targeted within the 2040 and 2050 timeframe. “So, part of the challenge is can we accelerate some of those? Can we decarbonize our climate faster?”

March 15, 2019

The executive order was endorsed by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who noted the possibility of innocent people being placed on death row and the racial bias of death penalty convictions.

“Capital punishment, since its inception, has been plagued by racial bias and gross disparities,” Skinner said in a press release. “The fact is, a person of color is far more likely to be sentenced to death if they’re convicted of killing a white person. That’s unconscionable. It’s also immoral. Gov. Newsom has done the right thing.”

March 14, 2019

State senator Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley who supported Mr Newsom's move, said there could be a backlash.

"But I think that even people who support the death penalty don't want us to execute an innocent person," she said.

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March 13, 2019

In a quick blow to police unions trying to block the release of officers’ disciplinary and use-of-force records, a state appeals court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of a Contra Costa County judge’s decision last month that pre-2019 records can be made public, letting that decision stand.

March 11, 2019

A proposed law that would phase out diesel trucks in California was introduced Friday in an ongoing effort by state legislators to control pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, but it will likely face major opposition from trucking companies and other businesses that transport products in big rigs.