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Thursday, August 15, 2019

by Julia Baum / Pleasanton Weekly

Three bills written by Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) were signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week.

The newly chaptered pieces of legislation by the freshman Assembly member cover gun safety, criminal justice reform and food allergens.

"These laws will keep our kids safe from gun violence, give the poor a little more justice in the criminal justice system, while at the same time saving our state hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and take another critical step to keep kids and adults alike safe from deadly food allergens," Bauer-Kahan said in a statement.

Her Assembly Bill 1532 was inspired by the 2013 death of a 13-year-old Danville girl after a severe reaction to a peanut allergy while at summer camp.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

By Gabriel Greschler / Jewish News of Northern California

In a show of unity, 11 California lawmakers representing the Jewish and Latino legislative caucuses toured Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego on Aug. 9 after increasing scrutiny about conditions at the facility.

The legislators conducted interviews and met with detainees at the center, which is overseen by private prison company CoreCivic and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Visiting the Otay Mesa detention facility was powerful and profoundly sad,” said Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), a member of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. “We all have a responsibility to highlight what is going on at the border. But I do think Jews have a unique history and experience that allows us to empathize with today’s migrants that much more.”

Thursday, August 15, 2019

By Jon Kawamoto / East Bay Times

DANVILLE — A state bill urged by the family of a Danville girl who died tragically of a peanut allergy has been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, who represents the 16th Assembly District. The bill is called the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Act, or AB 1532. It was named for Natalie Giorgi, who was 13 when she died in July 2013. She had a severe reaction to a Rice Krispies treat that contained peanut butter at a summer camp in Sacramento.

Newsom signed the bill into law Tuesday.

The new law protects individuals with severe food allergies by requiring all food handlers to have a certification in safe food handling practices for major food allegens, according to a news release from Assemblywoman Bauer-Kahan’s office.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

by Julia Baum / Pleasanton Weekly

Freshman legislator receives signatures on her first 3 bills on the Governor’s desk, which address deadly food allergens, gun safety and criminal justice reform

Sacramento, CA — Governor Newsom has signed three pieces of legislation authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (AD16 D-Orinda) – marking her first legislative victories since joining the legislature earlier this year.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

by Jeremy Walsh / Pleasanton Weekly

The Pleasanton City Council is joined by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (center) and representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and State Sen. Steve Glazer at council ceremony in June. (Photo by John A. Benson Photography)

Downtown is set for the party of the century (plus a quarter).

Pleasanton's 125th Anniversary Celebration -- in honor of the quasquicentennial of the city's incorporation -- will kick off at 3 p.m. this Friday, highlighted by a "Happy Birthday" sing-along and cake-cutting at 5 p.m., the unveiling of the Museum on Main's new exhibits on local history, and Public Eye rocking an extra long set for a special Concert in the Park in the evening.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

By Katy Grimes / California Globe

“With Trump in the White House and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, politicians are emboldened to regulate women’s bodies.”

The California Assembly Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health, a newly formed committee, held an investigative hearing in recent weeks to discuss the effects and outcome of the Title X “gag rule” by the Trump administration, that prohibits participants from referring patients to abortion providers.

“I want to start by being very clear that comprehensive reproductive health care is under attack across the country,” said Committee Chairwoman Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan at the outset of the hearing. “There’s no doubt that this administration in Washington has waged a war on reproductive freedom. Abortion is health care, and access to it is a human right,” Bauer-Kahan said.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

By Vera Kochan / Lamorinda Weekly