Hastings College rename bill advances + Score one for dogs and cats

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The bill to rename the University of California Hastings College of Law is one step closer to becoming law, after an unanimous go-ahead from the Senate Education Committee.

The college is named “for a notorious land speculator who built his fortune by committing genocide and land theft against Northern California tribes,” according to a statement from the bill’s author, Assemblyman James RamosD-Highland.

AB 1936 creates a process for renaming the college and restorative justice measures for the Yuki and Round Valley Indian Tribes, who were killed by Hastings, Ramos’ office said.

“AB 1936…ensures that the Round Valley and Yuki people feel listened to — that their history and suffering are not dismissed. This is a critical step toward healing a traumatic history and rectifying wrongs,” Ramos’ statement said.

The bill has many co-sponsors, including the Hastings College of Law itself.

It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further consideration.


Score one for our furry friends!

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1781requiring mobile and traveling animal housing facilities, such as animal control trucks, to transport dogs and cats “in a manner that does not endanger the health or well-being of the animal due to conditions such as extreme heat or cold, or lack of food and water,” according to a statement from Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL)a sponsor of the bill.

“AB 1781 recognizes the importance of setting safe temperature standards in a state where temperatures can vary from below freezing to well over triple digits,” said bill author Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, in a statement. “As a proud pet owner I understand the importance of prioritizing the safety and wellness of our furry family members.”

Judie Mancusofounder and president of SCIL, praised Newsom in a statement as “a national leader in the fight against climate change and is acutely aware of its increasing effects in our day to day lives, including the lives of our dogs and cats.”


“I wonder what those other non-smiling faces would have to say about the beautiful Black female face in the middle. I am saying, Thank you.”

– Sen. Sydney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles, discussing Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s rise to the Supreme Court bench, via Twitter.

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