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Monday, December 29, 2014

From LGBT rights and cracking down on gun violence to protecting victims of human trafficking, January 1 will signal the beginning of hundreds of new laws in California. We've sifted through the long list of bills to pull out select ones to discuss below, some of them resulting from big news topics -- like the Isla Vista shooting -- and others representing important issues to California.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

KPIX 5's Phil Matier talks about marijuana legislation with Rob Bonta (D - 18th District).

Monday, December 15, 2014

As California schools begin to add curriculum about the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement, a new proposal could enhance those lesson plans even more. Earlier this month, a state bill submitted to the legislature looks to proclaim a special day in honor of one of the movement's leaders.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) -- the first Filipino American elected to the Assembly -- introduced AB 7, which would require the state of California to observe Larry Itliong Day annually on Oct. 25, the day of his birth. October is also Filipino American History Month.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

California passes law to provide condoms in state prisons; backers say measure is necessary for public health

LOS ANGELES — “Do you guys want condoms?” Deputy Javier Machado, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, asks a dormitory full of prisoners in the Men’s Central Jail. “If you want condoms you need to get in line. If not, I need you on your bunk.”

A worker with the county’s Public Health Department places a box full of brightly colored condoms on a table and begins to hand them out, three at a time. Waiting in line, one prisoner loudly declares that he’s getting the condoms “for someone else,” drawing laughter from the others. The distribution takes only a matter of minutes, but the weekly act is hardly typical.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sex in prison is illegal, but people and legislators alike know that it occurs, whether consensual or forced.

Nonetheless, condoms are not handed out in California prisons and are considered contraband, unless brought in by spouses during overnight visits (only allowed for low-level offenders). Even then, inmates are only permitted 10 condoms, and those are carefully monitored.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill unanimously supported by both the Senate and Assembly that seeks to make the accreditation system for California's 112 community colleges more transparent.

On Wednesday, Brown signed Assembly Bill 1942, which will require an accrediting agency to report accreditation decisions to the Legislature, such as last summer's vote by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. – When Khanh Trong Vu, 85, went to Summit Medical Center here with sharp abdominal pains three years ago, doctors and nurses there couldn’t understand what he was trying to tell them in his native Vietnamese. So in desperation he called a Vietnamese friend, Phuong Hang Phi Duong, to interpret for him.

A series of blood tests later, he was quickly wheeled into surgery to remove an inflamed appendix.