Legislators React to Youth Suicide Prevention Audit

SACRAMENTO — Yesterday the California State Auditor released a report on youth suicide prevention requested by Assemblymembers Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), James C. Ramos (D-Highland), Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach).

California Legislature Moves to Protect Voters Rights Amid Pandemic

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senate Bill 423, authored by Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), Chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments, and Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting, was passed by the California State Senate with a bipartisan vote of 29-4.

Berman Reacts to GOP’s Dismissal of Vote-By-Mail Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) released the following statement today in response to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the California Republican Party dropping their lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order requiring California voters to be mailed vote-by-mail ballots for the General Election this Novem

Community colleges grapple with students’ basic needs

Facing the pandemic and financial woes, California’s community colleges are struggling to provide programs to meet some of their students’ most basic needs, such as food and shelter.

The efforts come as many community college students report a loss of income, increased homelessness and a worsening financial situation

Lawmakers are considering legislation to deal with the issue.

Newsom Signs Universal Vote By Mail Bill

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed Assembly Bill 860, authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) and Senator Tom Umberg (D-Orange County), requiring county elections officials to mail active registered voters a ballot for the General Election this November.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill sending mail ballot to every active California voter - San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — California will take the unprecedented step of mailing a ballot to every active registered voter this fall after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Thursday intended to protect the November election against potential disruption by the coronavirus pandemic.

AB860 will also require county officials to count any ballot that is received within 17 days of the election, as long as it’s postmarked by election day. That’s two weeks longer than under current law, which sets a cutoff of the Friday after the election.