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Is this thing real, or was it made by artificial intelligence?

That question has become important enough, with elections looming this year and a host of audio, video and text increasingly generated by supersmart AI programs, that one California legislator wants to do something about it.

State Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, plans to introduce SB942 this session that would require generative AI companies to “watermark” images, videos, audio and potentially other content created by their models.


NBC Bay Area’s Scott McGrew talks with state Sen. Josh Becker, the man behind the proposed California Artificial Intelligence Transparency Act.


Click here to watch.

The California Bay Area Legislative Caucus has elected state Sen. Josh Becker, who represents most of San Mateo County, as chairman for the upcoming legislative session. Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks from Oakland will serve as vice chair of the caucus.

The caucus consists of 27 members of the California Legislature representing the nine Bay Area counties, including some districts that extend into Santa Cruz and Monterey counties as well. The size and economic strength of the region give the caucus considerable influence in Sacramento.


It’s been a year since a Half Moon Bay farmworker allegedly shot and killed seven farmworkers, the city has scheduled a One-Year Remembrance Ceremony to honor the victims and survivors of the mass shooting.

On Jan. 23, 2023, farmworker Chunli Zhao allegedly shot eight people, killing seven at two separate mushroom farms where he worked. Half Moon Bay Mayor Joaquin Jimenez said the tragedy hit the community extremely hard, and last year was about healing.

State Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, won a plum assignment on Thursday when the California Legislative Bay Area Caucus elected him as its chair for the coming year.

Becker, who is seeking his second term in the Senate, is succeeding Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, who has led the caucus for eight years. The vote occurred during the Bay Area Caucus’ annual summit on Jan. 4. The Caucus, which consists of 27 lawmakers, also elected Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, as its vice chair.


On  January 4, State Senator Josh Becker (D- Menlo Park) was voted as the Chair of the California Legislative Bay Area Caucus for the 2024 session. Senator Becker succeeds Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) who has led the caucus for eight years and transformed it into an influential policy-making body.

The vote occurred during the Bay Area Caucus’ annual summit at which legislative priorities are finalized. In addition to Becker being voted as Chair, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) has been voted as Vice Chair.


(NewsNation) — Californians will gain enhanced control over their online personal data with the implementation of the new Delete Act, effective Jan. 1.

The legislation allows consumers to request the deletion of their personal information from all data brokers and mandates these brokers to cease selling such information. 

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - Half Moon Bay, a coastal community still grappling with the aftermath of a January mass shooting that claimed the lives of seven farmworkers, saw a significant stride forward in addressing housing challenges.