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Half Moon Bay Review: There was a consistent theme to the public comments at the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting on the morning of May 24. It all revolved around the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and a growing effort to enact civilian oversight over the institution...Though no supervisor has publicly supported the idea, the proposal has been endorsed by several elected officials and organizations, including U.S. Reps. Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, State Sen. Josh Becker, and numerous mayors and city council members...

Stateline: (M)ost fans who attend minor league games have no idea the players they’re cheering for don’t earn a living wage.“I was really surprised,” said California state Sen. Josh Becker, a Democrat. “I’m a big baseball fan, but I didn’t know. I’ve started to hear a lot of different stories.” Becker introduced the Minor League Baseball Players’ Bill of Rights earlier this month. The bill would allow players to seek new contracts after four years of service and negotiate wages based on their market value.

StreetsBlogSF: “We should have a world-class transit system. We have the bones of it,” said State Senator Josh Becker, whose district spans parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, at an event near the Hillsdale Caltrain station. “If we just do fare and schedule integration, that would make a tremendous difference.”

California Current: SB 887 by Sen. Josh Becker (D-San Mateo) aims to advance grid modernization by extending the electricity planning horizons of the California Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission from 10 to 15-years. It also would require approval of at least one of the 23 projects proposed in the California Independent System Operator’s 2022-23 transmission plan. The nearly two dozen projects would cost an estimated $3 billion. “We can’t get to 100 percent clean energy without needed transmission,” Becker said.

Sierra Sun Times: State Senator Josh Becker announced a bill on Wednesday to eliminate all telecommunication fees in California’s county jails and state prisons, a change that would rid incarcerated people and their families of the financial burden that results from connecting by phone, electronic messaging or video calling systems in state and local lockups. “Staying connected with family and friends is integral to the mental health and well-being of all people, but especially incarcerated Californians,” said Senator Becker, D-Peninsula, the author of Senate Bill 1008, the Keep Families Connected Act.

NCEO Employee Ownership Blog: In what would be the most significant step forward by a state yet, Senator Josh Becker has introduced Senate Bill 1407, the Expanding Employee Ownership Act. The bill would provide outreach, financing, and technical assistance for conversions to employee ownership.

East County Times: Senators Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa, Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles and Sidney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles have been joined by a growing legislative coalition for a bill to increase and reform the California Renters Tax Credit. Senators Durazo and Kamlager are joint authors of SB 843, joining principal co-authors Assembly member Isaac Bryan, D-Los Angeles, Steven Choi, R-Irvine, and 41 other co-authors from both legislative chambers, [including] Senator Josh Becker.

Palo Alto Online: With cities throughout California struggling to meet the state's affordable housing goals, state Sen. Josh Becker has authored a bill that would make more funding available for below-market-rate projects and expand the types of development that would qualify as "low-income" housing. Becker's bill, Senate Bill 1094, aims to offer a financial boost to cities that have failed to meet their obligations for affordable housing under the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, a regional quota system that requires jurisdictions to plan for a certain number of dwellings in each income category over an eight-year planning cycle.