San Francisco Chronicle: Mothers and medical experts gathered at an East Bay trauma center Friday to advocate for a bill that they say could save thousands of lives and help put an end to drunken driving.
The Irish Times: The mother of one of the six students killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse has spoken publicly for the first time, urging legislators in California to pass a measure she believes would prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
NBC Bay Area: A little more than a year after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, killing six students, state lawmakers are considering legislation that would increase oversight on building contractors. An amended Senate Bill 465, which stalled at the committee level last July, advanced through an Assembly committee Tuesday.
Fresno Bee: The state Senate last month unanimously approved a bill requiring all convicted drunken drivers to put an ignition interlock device in their vehicles, something that drunken drivers in Tulare County already are familiar with.
They have been the guinea pigs in a four-county test that appears to be saving lives and reducing drunken driving arrests.
San Mateo Daily Journal: State Senator Jerry Hill has named Project WeHOPE the nonprofit of the year in his district. The agency offers year-round emergency shelter for the homeless and is based in East Palo Alto. It also operates Dignity on Wheels, a mobile hygiene and outreach program
Los Angeles Times: For more than five years now, the roads in Los Angeles County have been a little safer because most convicted drunk drivers have been prevented from starting up their cars again without first demonstrating that they are sober. A pilot program has required offenders to equip their vehicles with devices that detect alcohol on the driver’s breath and allow them to start only in its absence...A bill (SB 1046) to make the program permanent and take it statewide is pending, and it’s time to pass it.
San Mateo Daily Journal: State Senator Jerry Hill lauded the expected influx of cash to be distributed for students across California. “We’re funding K-12 education at the highest level in our state’s history and expanding preschool and child care opportunities while building up our budget reserves,” he said.