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Advocacy Wins

By means of our Leadership Development program and Center for Advocacy and Leadership Training (C.A.L.T.), which teach civic engagement, community responsibility and policy advocacy, our organization was successful with the following:

  • AB 1056 was passed. This bill will help ensure that the Proposition 47 savings are used meaningfully by providing funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist formerly incarcerated persons with housing, behavioral healthcare, drug treatment and other services. 10/2/15 SB 219 was signed into law and codifies and expands access to the existing Alternative Custody Program by enacting a responsible timeline for application review and provide applicants with an opportunity to appeal. 10/10/15 SB 405 restores a driver's license if it was suspended for nonviolent offenses and if the driver agrees to a court-ordered debt collection program. The legislation will work in conjunction with Brown's proposed Traffic Amnesty Program. 9/30/15
  • Proposition 47 passed in the November 4, 2014 elections. Proposition 47 reclassifies certain felony drug and property offenses to misdemeanors. Inapplicable to persons with prior serious or violent crime convictions and registered sex offenders. Fiscal Impact: State and County criminal justice savings potentially in the high hundreds of millions of dollars annually. State savings to be spent on school truancy and dropout prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services.
  • AB 1579 signed into law. Known as the Healthy Baby Act of 2014, this bill gives pregnant women access to lifesaving CalWORKs cash and healthcare benefits in their second (as opposed to third) trimesters of pregnancy. It will particularly affect women facing domestic violence because abuse often starts or escalates during pregnancy 09/2014
  • Our trained leaders travelled to Sacramento, the state’s capital to testify on behalf of issues that affect women’s economic security and community vitality.
  • Helped to pass AB 1056 which help ensure that the Proposition 47 savings are used meaningfully by providing funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist formerly incarcerated persons with housing, behavioral healthcare, drug treatment and other services.
  • SB 219, was signed into law which codifies and expands access to the existing Alternative Custody Program by enacting a responsible timeline for application review and provide applicants with an opportunity to appeal.
  • SB 405, was signed into law and restores a driver's license if it was suspended for nonviolent offenses and if the driver agrees to a court-ordered debt collection program. The legislation will work in conjunction with Brown's proposed Traffic Amnesty Program.
  • Together, we engaged 4,005 community members to participate in the November 2015 local elections for San Bernardino City.
  • In support of SB 1029, the governor lifted the lifetime ban on CalWorks and CalFresh.
  • AB 218, Ban the Box was signed into law, which prohibits public employers from excluding persons with past felony convictions during the initial job application.
  • SB 1266, Alternative Custody Program (ACP), was expanded to include men and implemented at the County level through the governor’s budget.
  • Proposition 47 was passed into law in 2014, which allows for the reclassification of non-serious, non-violent petty crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
  • Together, we engaged 2,888 community members to participate in the November 2014 elections.

 

 

 

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