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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.

March 5, 2019

Among the boldest measures is SB330 by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which would declare that California is experiencing a “housing supply crisis.” It would prohibit cities with high rents and low vacancy rates from changing zoning laws to reduce the size of potential housing projects, imposing new parking requirements or costly design standards, or capping the number of housing units that could be built for the next decade. It would also force local governments to approve or reject a project within one year after it’s proposed.

March 1, 2019

The benefit of the report is giving lawmakers insight into what is working and what is not, said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who chairs the Public Safety Committee and budget subcommittee on public safety.

"We have local law enforcement up and down the state, and we only have a limited number of people in the DOJ,” she said. “How can we utilize, strengthen that partnership between our DOJ and local law enforcement and the communication between them?”

Skinner said she is also invested in oversight of the department, and that today’s report will not be the last.