Community Event


Only in CA

The Ojai City Council voted 4-1 on Wednesday to recognize the legal rights of

elephants, becoming the first city in the United States to give legal rights to a

non-human animal.

CA Legislative Report for 2023 by Louise Gliatto
February 17, 2023 was the deadline for introducing new bills this
Session, there were 1,751 Assembly Bills and 881 Senate Bills, for a
total of 2,632!!
Here is a very short list of some the most egregious of the bills.
AB 665… passed and signed into law… allows a minor to consent to mental
health treatment or counseling on an outpatient basis, or to residential shelter services, only
if the minor presents a danger of serious physical or mental harm to themselves or to others,
or is the alleged victim of incest or child abuse.

Requires the mental health professional treating or counseling the minor to consult with the
minor before determining whether involvement of the minor’s parent or guardian would be
inappropriate. The bill specifies that a registered psychologist, a registered psychological
assistant, a psychological trainee, an associate clinical social worker, a social work intern, a
clinical counselor trainee working under the supervision of a licensed professional, and a
board-certified psychiatrist is included within the definition of professional person for
purposes of this bill.

AB 5…Passed and Signed into law. Requires the California Department of Education
(CDE) to complete the development of an online training curriculum and online delivery
platform by July 1, 2025, and requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to provide and
require at least one hour of training annually to all certificated staff, beginning with the
2025-26 school year through the 2029-30 school year, on cultural competency in supporting
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students. Requires
the LEA to maintain documentation on the completion of the training by each employee.
SB 407.Foster Care… Passed and Signed into law would ensure that unless all
potential foster parents are willing to “affirm” LGBTQ gender and sexuality in
foster youth, and any gender transitioning, they will be prohibited by the state
from being foster parents.

AB1078…Passed and signed into law requires instruction in social sciences to
include a study of the role and contributions of people of all genders, Latino
Americans, LGBTQ+ Americans, and members of other ethnic, cultural,
religious, and socioeconomic status groups. By imposing new obligations on local
educational agencies, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.

A B 1228 Passed and signed into law A bill to raise the fast-food minimum wage
to $20 an hour in California with the new wage change to take effect in January

Some Good News

SB 14, Passed and signed into law. It includes sex trafficking of minors in the
list of crimes that are defined as serious felonies, making the crime a strike under
California’s Three Strikes law. It has been more than a decade since the
California Legislature passed a bill to expand the state’s Three Strikes law.
AB 957 Passed but Vetoed by the Governor ..parent could lose custody for not
“affirming” or agreeing to a child’s claims about gender identity.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *