News

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.

.... 

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.

Most Federal Unemployment Benefits Are Expiring Sept 4, 2021

September 4, 2021 is the expiration date for most federal unemployment benefits, including: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), the $300 Federal Additional Compensation (PAC) supplement, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). September 11, 2021, is the end of the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension. Claimants are receiving notices about these changes, with links to the other vital benefit programs that continue.

Frustrated by EDD? Here's Where You Can Go For Help

Publication: KTVU/Fox 2

Raymond Drescher, 45, was laid off as a security guard during the pandemic and had been receiving monthly checks for several months until California's Employment Development Department told him that he was a perpetrator of fraud and they cut him off.

The accusation of theft is bogus, Drescher says. 

... No one is tallying exactly how many people have called their legislative offices, which includes both the Assembly and Senate.

Could Reparations Make For Fairer Juries?

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

I’ve heard several stories from San Francisco Public Defender Manohar Raju about his courtroom experiences over the years. One that’s stuck is about a man who was excused from jury service because he lived in Bayview, the same neighborhood as the Black defendant.

Raju said the dismissal prompted a different prospective juror to criticize the process.