This school program tries to empower girls and keep them away from sex trafficking

Thumping music, balloons, and young women in boas and fairy wings greeted a line of schoolgirls as they filed into the cafeteria.

The mood was festive at Father Keith B. Kenny K-8 School in Oak Park, but the mission was serious: empower Sacramento girls and keep them out of the clutches of sex traffickers.

It was the year’s first meeting at the school for the Shine Program, which was launched three years ago by the nonprofit City of Refuge.

Harassed at work? Bill gives California victims years to complain

Californians experiencing workplace harassment and discrimination could get more time to take legal action.

Assembly Bill 1870, introduced Thursday by a bipartisan group of female lawmakers, would give victims up to three years after harassment occurs to file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state agency tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination laws. Currently, Californians have one year to submit a claim, the first step before an external investigation, mediation or a lawsuit.

New one-stop government shop opens in downtown Vallejo

Downtown Vallejo is home to a “one-stop” legislators’ shop, as the region’s elected officials now share office space on Virginia Street.

Rep. Mike Thompson, State Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblyman Tim Grayson officially moved in to their new digs at 420 Virginia St. on Tuesday.

After scathing audit, UC will have to be more transparent in reporting costs

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a law that will require the University of California to be more transparent in how it reports costs and how it deals with the state auditor, a measure that was introduced in the wake of a scathing audit of the UC president's office this spring.

The measure, AB 1655 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson (D-Concord), also will require UC to use publicly available financial information when it publishes its biennial report on the costs of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Fair Access to University of California Act of 2017 Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

(SACRAMENTO) This weekend, AB 1674, the Fair Access to University of California Act of 2017, authored by Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord), was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. AB 1674 ensures that qualified in-state students are not denied admission at UC institutions in favor of less qualified out-of-state students who pay more in tuition and fees.

Upon passage Assemblymember Grayson said the following: “I want to thank Governor Brown for signing this bill into law and supporting qualified local students who dream of graduating high school and attending some of the highest quality institutions in their home state. This bill will make sure that admission at a UC campus is based on academic performance, not the revenue that the student generates. I am pleased that the Governor is joining with me in taking a stand for California’s students.”