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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.

Bill That Could Legalize Jaywalking In California Headed To Gov. Newsom’s Desk

Publication: CBS 13/Sacramento

Justifying jaywalking? It’s a controversial crime that many people just simply ignore, but now California could soon make it legal to cross outside of a crosswalk.

It’s a crime many people admit doing and now, California state lawmakers have voted to legalize crossing the street mid-block if no cars are around.

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The bill’s author, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), says jaywalking tickets have become a way for police to unfairly target minorities.

WATCH: State Jaywalking Bill Advances

Publication: NBC 4 Los Angeles

With the CA Legislative session ending at midnight, attention now turns to bills awaiting the Governor’s signature. One in particular would decriminalize jaywalking. Beverly White reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2021.

Everyone 'Jaywalks,' But Black Pedestrians Are Cited At Much Higher Rates. Now California Could 'Decriminalize Walking'

Publication: LAist

I’ll come clean with you: I’m a law breaker, and I break it regularly.

In the last offense I remember (honestly, I do it so often I can’t recall every instance), I walked to buy something from a store down the street from my home. Then I hit a snag: I’m mid-block, the store is directly across the street, but I would have to walk a few minutes in each direction to get to a crosswalk.

New Bill Could Pay Jurors a Little More For Their Civic Duty in San Francisco

Publication: Fox 26/Fresno

A newly announced bill may soon pay low to moderate-income jurors in San Francisco a little more for doing their civic duty.

According to Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), AB 1452 aims to increase the daily pay for jury duty service from $15 to $100. Ting says the new bill aims to provide more socioeconomic and racial diversity among jurors.