California bill would allow homeless college students to sleep in campus parking lots

A bill proposed in the California State Assembly would allow homeless community college students to sleep in their vehicles in campus parking lots, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The bill is reportedly aimed at combatting California’s increasing homeless problem — particularly among college students — as property values and rent prices soar in the state.

Homeless Students May Be Allowed To Sleep In Cars Overnight At California Community Colleges

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California Community Colleges may need to start providing special parking for homeless students who live in their cars.

Assemblymember Marc Berman (D- Palo Alto) introduced AB 302on Tuesday requiring campus administrators to “grant overnight access to those facilities (parking facilities) to any homeless student who is enrolled in coursework, has paid enrollment fees, and is in good standing with the community college, and would require the governing board of the community college district to determine a plan of action to implement this requirement.”

Legislators dig in on Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal

With funding pegged for health care, higher and K-12 education and housing, the priorities outlined in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget are being welcomed by many legislators and also sparked questions about the state’s path toward addressing its housing crisis and future spending in the face of economic uncertainty.

States, cities gear up for Census with billions of dollars at stake

With billions of dollars in federal money on the line, state and local governments are budgeting hundreds of millions of dollars to convince their residents to respond to next year’s Census.

Many states are budgeting far more for community outreach than they have in previous Census cycles, a reflection, some legislators said, of concern that this decade’s count is at risk of missing thousands of residents.

Berman Responds to Newsom Budget

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s budget:

“Governor Newsom’s budget proposal charts an ambitious path forward, investing in critically needed programs and services while continuing to save for an economic downturn.

Legislators hopeful with Newsom inauguration

In expressing hope for good jobs, secure homes and health care for all Californians, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s inaugural speech Monday opened a new era for the state with optimism and a nod to the many challenges ahead for the state.

New year, new pro-equality laws in California

California once again adopted its own “New Year’s resolutions” this week, as hundreds of new state laws took effect at midnight on January 1 — including many that protect, empower and support members of the LGBTQ community and our allies. Equality California has been busy at work fighting in Sacramento, fighting to pass pro-equality legislation and sponsoring 11 of these new laws.

Legislators taking on range of issues in newest session

In setting their sights on a new legislative session, local legislators are keeping a focus on a range of issues affecting San Mateo County residents, including the region’s housing shortage, early childhood education, comprehensive tax reform and the impact of Pacific Gas and Electric’s actions.