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The Chronicle of Social Change

October 17, 2017

This year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an unusually robust number of bills aimed at helping foster youth and other at-risk children and families.

Last week, we noted several pieces of juvenile justice legislation signed into law in the state, including a ban on the practice of assessing administrative fees on children in the juvenile justice system and increased protections for children 15 years old and under during police interrogation.

Gov. Brown also signed the following bills.

Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Bills Signed

The Signal Santa Clarita Valley

October 17, 2017

For low-income Californians, a parking violation will no longer mean breaking the bank.

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 503, which will create a parking ticket payment plan for low-income drivers.

“It’s shocking how many Californians owe hundreds of dollars in parking ticket fines and late fees that they have no ability to pay,” the bill’s author Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) said in a statement to The Signal Monday. “This new law is all about making sure that all drivers are able to responsibly pay their debts.”

Ventura County Star

October 15, 2017

An event designed for high school students to "stand up for intolerance and injustice and discrimination — and to encourage our local leaders to do the same" drew about 100 people to the Agoura Performing Arts Center on Saturday, according to organizer Nicholas Moran.

The Agoura High School senior said he was pleased with the turnout at the event that he organized as president of the campus GenUN club, the student outreach program of the United Nations.

The Signal Santa Clarita Valley

October 12, 2017

California will have stricter campaign finance laws but no universal bikeshare program after Governor Brown signed one and vetoed one of Senator Henry Stern’s bills this week.

Brown made Senate Bill 358 law, known as the Political Reform Act, which requires the secretary of state to post local campaign finance information online.

The bill passed through the legislature with 39 votes in favor on the Senate floor and one in opposition and 73 votes in favor on the Assembly floor and six in opposition.

The Acorn

October 12, 2017

The Agoura High School chapter of GenUN, the student network for the United Nations, will host a community event Sat., Oct. 14 in the AHS performing arts education center, 28545 Driver Ave.

The chapter supports UNAUSA’s newest campaign, “Stand Up For Someone’s Rights.”

The keynote speaker, State Sen. Henry Stern, will discuss his advocacy for human rights on issues such as DACA and racial equality.

For details and time of event, email student Moon Lijewski at


The Acorn

October 12, 2017

Children, some as young as 4 or 5, are being raised on a diet of media, and experts say that it’s up to parents to control how much and what kind of content is digested by youngsters and teens.

A panel of experts discussed the changing world of media and what it means to the developing minds of children at a program hosted by Common Sense Kids Action and First 5 Ventura County, both advocacy groups.

The Signal Santa Clarita Valley

October 10, 2017

It is now California law that human trafficking hotlines will have a text message option after Governor Jerry Brown signed a Senate Bill last week.

Through the legislation, written by Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), the phone number 233-733 (Be Free) will aid victims by being posted in plain sight in businesses, hotels and motels for them to text for help.

“We need young people and business leaders to step up and do their part to stop human trafficking in California,” Stern said in a statement in September.