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Police Have a Tool to Take Guns From Potential Shooters, But Many Aren’t Using It

The most broadly adopted gun-control measure in the U.S. in recent years is rarely being used in many cities and counties, government data show. Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., now have red-flag laws, which allow authorities, and sometimes family members or co-workers, to ask judges to order the temporary seizure of guns from people threatening violence. But many jurisdictions have used the laws to take away few or no guns, a Wall Street Journal analysis of the data shows.

Community Youth Center Breaks Ground on Richmond District Hub

The Community Youth Center of San Francisco broke ground Wednesday on a Richmond District community hub that will help the organization expand on programs and services in the neighborhood.

The 7,160-square-foot, two-story building located at 952 Clement Street will offer workforce development programs, a shared community room for workshops, administrative offices and space for other programs once crews finish construction. The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art computer club and rooftop garden.

SF Welcomes Pilot Program That Increases Pay To Low-Income Jurors

‘Be the Jury’ aims to explore if demographics can be improved

San Francisco officials on Tuesday applauded a state bill recently signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that would increase pay for low-income residents serving on jury duty.

Assembly Bill 1452, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, establishes the Be The Jury pilot program through a partnership with the San Francisco Superior Court, compensating low-income jurors on criminal trials with $100 per day of jury service.

Newsom signed the bill on Friday, and the program is likely to start in January.

Podcast: The Push To Decriminalize Jaywalking

Asm Ting Discusses His Bill, AB 1238

[Listen here.] Rules against jaywalking are rarely enforced, but in many places, when someone does get a ticket, it’s more likely than not a person of color — and the penalty is steep. Jaywalking tickets disproportionately affect communities of color in California’s biggest cities. Critics say that’s because of systemic racism, and state lawmakers want to address the disparity. A bill awaiting the signature of Gov.

Editorial: Trying To Cross The Street Shouldn’t Be A Crime

Publication: LA Times

California has recognized that there are environmental, public health and mobility benefits to getting people out of cars and into other modes of travel, including biking, walking and taking public transit. Yet in too many instances, state law still favors cars.

Rounds 8 & 9 Are Now Open For COVID-19 Relief Grants

Cultural Institutions, Small Businesses & Nonprofits Can Apply By Sept 30

The COVID-19 Relief Grant has been created for small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the pandemic or health/safety restrictions. Funds are awarded in amounts up to $25,000 to underserved micro- and small businesses throughout the state. Round 8 is specifically for cultural institutions. More information can be found here.

 

Legislature Approves Higher Standards For Compostable Products

Publication: SF Gate

Cracking down on "greenwashing," the state Legislature approved a bill Thursday that raises standards for what products can be labeled as compostable.

Assembly Bill 1201, dubbed the Better Composting Standards Act, now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk to be signed by Oct. 10. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, is designed to help consumers determine what products are and aren't environmentally friendly and to reduce harmful chemicals from contaminating compost.