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Petitioning California State House, California State Senate, Ted Gaines, Cristina Garcia, Kristin Olsen, Roger Hernandez, Rich Gordon, Jerry Hill, Mark Leno, Marty Block, Fran Pavley, Zoe Lofgren, Barbara Boxe...

Remove Judge Aaron Persky from the Bench For Decision in Brock Turner rape case.

We the people would like to petition that Judge Aaron Persky be removed from his Judicial position for the lenient sentence he allowed in the Brock Turner rape case. Despite a unanimous guilty verdict, three felony convictions, the objections of 250 Stanford students, Jeff Rosen the district attorney for Santa Clara, as well as the deputy district attorney who likened Turner to " a predator searching for prey" Judge Persky allowed the lenient sentence suggested by the probation department. Turner has shown no remorse and plans to attempt to overturn his conviction. Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency. He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors. Please help rectify this travesty to justice. ****PLEASE NOTE: This Petition is an effort to force Impeachment hearings for Judge Perksy By the California Assembly. It is not a recall effort.******   Love Always!Maria Ruiz  Twitter: @MariaLaMetida Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImpeachPersky/ GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/ImpeachPersky       

maria ruiz
1,325,664 supporters
Petitioning California State House

Stop insurance breed discrimination to keep pets out of shelters and in homes

Up to 99%  of pit bulls that enter a shelter are killed. Part of the problem is homeowners are finding it more and more difficult to obtain homeowners’ insurance that accept their breed of dogs.  In recent years, several insurance companies have blacklisted dog breeds they consider dangerous, making it all but impossible for dog owners to get the insurance they need to protect their home. Now Pit Bulls and similar dogs are filling up California shelters, breaking up families and costing the state millions of dollars. It is time that California joined Pennsylvania and Michigan and prohibit breed specific insurance exclusions so we can stop the needless separation of families and the eventual euthanasia of innocent dogs. I’m Dawn, a volunteer at Chako Pit bull Rescue in Sacramento, California. Every year we take in homeless pit bulls in danger of being euthanized at shelters. Many of these dogs were surrendered when their owners faced the heart-breaking decision of giving up a beloved family member in order to keep a roof over their children’s heads.  Too many children have cried, heartbroken, as their parents rip them away from their favorite companions, and even grown men have broken down because they can no longer keep their best friend. The worst part is knowing that in most of these cases, these dogs will never find another home and will unfortunately be put to sleep. In fact, having to move and being unable to find a place to rent that will accept their dog is the top reason people give for surrendering their dogs to a shelter. These pet unfriendly lists can hurt Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers, among other breeds, even though study after study has proven that there are no dangerous dog breeds. There are just irresponsible owners who haven’t properly trained or managed their dogs.   Insurance company breed blacklists are not only wrong and unfair, but they are also misguided. If insurance companies want to reduce risk they should require dog owners and their pets to go through obedience training or provide proof of Canine Good Citizen certification. Requiring homeowners to show such proof, rather than denying them coverage outright, reduces the chance of dog bites and liability for all parties involved while keeping dog owners in their homes and dogs out of shelters. There are better ways to minimize insurance risk than forcing families to give up their dogs. Pennsylvania and Michigan have protected homeowners and their dogs from discrimination while also ensuring that insurance companies don’t face an unfair burden. It is time California does the same by creating legislation that prohibits breed specific insurance blacklists.  Help us at Chako Pit Bull Rescue keep families in their homes and dogs from being euthanized and tell the California Legislature to ban breed-specific insurance policies.

Chako Pit Bull Rescue
145,128 supporters
Victory
Petitioning California Governor

Do not repeal any provisions of the Hayden Law

The Hayden Law was passed in California in 1998 and provides the nation's most comprehensive laws to protect shelter animals. Governor Jerry Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law citing budget concerns. With the Hayden Law, California was at the forefront of animal shelter regulation and many states have been following that lead ever since. Some of the provisions that are subject to repeal would mean permanently reducing the required holding period for animals to 72 hours prior to euthanasia, eliminating the requirement to provide veterinary treatment for shelter animals, and eliminating the requirement to keep records for animals impounded by shelter personnel, which would only make it more difficult to locate lost animals or those available for adoption. The situation for shelter animals is bad enough now. Why ensure that it remains that way in the future as well? There is no justification, budgetary or otherwise, for making these changes permanent. The provisions in question have already been suspended since July 2009, and are currently not imposing additional costs on the state. California's homeless animals deserve better. Repeal of any of the provisions of the Hayden Law would be a giant step backward for the animals of California when other states are continuing forward with animal protection laws. Further information is available here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/14/4186863/jerry-browns-budget-plan-would.html The bill is already being re-written and the Hayden Law provisions in question have been revised or stricken entirely:   http://www.dof.ca.gov/budgeting/trailer_bill_language/corrections_and_general_government/documents/%5b301%5d%20Repeal%20Make%20Permissive%20Specified%20Mandates.pdf

Marla Tauscher
63,976 supporters
Victory
Petitioning California Governor

Protect the California Plastic Bag Ban for the Sake of Ocean Wildlife

California is endowed with the nation’s largest network of marine protected areas (MPAs) off its coast, including the Gulf of the Farallones Hope Spot. These underwater parks are critical in giving ocean wildlife refuge from exploitative practices including commercial fishing. However, other environmental stressors still continue to pervade the boundaries of California’s MPAs and harm these precious ecosystems. One such scourge is plastic bag pollution. Luckily, Californians have the chance to deal plastic bag pollution a deathblow on November 8th, 2016. Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue and Explorer-in-Residence of the National Geographic Society, urges everyone to learn about plastic pollution and act to stop it:  "The amount of plastic that washed ashore in the year 2010 alone was enough to cover every inch of coastline on Earth. That doesn’t even include 99 percent of the plastic that ends up in the ocean every year. Now we know. Ignorance is the biggest problem of all for the ocean – and many other things as well. Now that we know the astonishing amount of plastic that enters the ocean each year, we can act. People around the globe can stand up, armed with knowledge, and demand an end to disposable plastic and mismanaged waste. All countries around the globe have a responsibility to contain whatever plastic they create and consume. It’s up to individuals – scientists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, kids! – to find creative solutions to plastic pollution and ignite that sense of urgency to cause change." You may remember that in 2014 the California State Legislature passed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags known as Senate Bill 270 (SB 270). That crucial ban is prevented from taking effect – thanks to millions of dollars in out-of-state funding from plastic manufacturers – until California voters weigh in on a ballot referendum this November 8th, 2016. A “YES” vote means upholding the bag ban. A “NO” vote would overturn it. Mission Blue believes a “YES” vote is the right path forward to a healthier ocean, healthier planet and healthier people. Especially considering that every day California’s statewide plastic bag ban is delayed 17 million more plastic bags are sold in the state, the time to act is now.

Mission Blue
49,589 supporters
Petitioning The California Department of Fish and Wildlife issued the so-called depredation order!, California State Senate

Save P-45 CA mountain lion, from being hunted!!!!

 Change, The California Wildlife Protection Act 1990 Proposition 117 exclusion for residents whose livestock has been killed.  "State wildlife officials said Monday they have issued a 10-day permit allowing a rancher in the Malibu mountains to hunt and kill P-45, one of the last remaining adult male pumas in the Santa Monica range. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says it was required to give the special "depredation permit" to the rancher after P-45 was believed responsible for killing 11 alpacas and a goat over the weekend. P-45 also was blamed last month for the slaughter of a miniature horse at a ranch near Malibu and an attack on llamas at another ranch last year." LA Observed  "The law ... essentially gives the aggrieved party — the livestock owner — the right to decide whether the lion should live or die." LA times  The Times story says the state last year issued 265 permits to kill mountain lions that posed a threat to humans or livestock. With those permits, 107 lions were killed. It looks as if the state issues more than 100 permits to shoot mountain lions every year. "Mountain lions may no longer be killed for fun, but they are still far from safe. Around one hundred cougars are killed every year in California for conflicts with pets and livestock. Most of these encounters could have easily been prevented by the owners bringing their pets indoors at night or securing livestock in covered pens after dark. However, protecting domestic animals is not mandatory and lions continue to pay the price for this oversight. There is also no requirement for changing animal husbandry practices or limiting the number of lions an individual can have killed for depredation of pets or livestock. While MLF has tried to help repeat-permit-requestors safeguard their animals, this has been a difficult task due to confidentiality restrictions." Big Cat Rescue of  "A 150-pound mountain lion showed up in the mountains near Los Angeles last fall, and wildlife biologists were wowed. The cat, which they dubbed P-45, was a new male that could add his DNA to an isolated cougar population severely threatened by inbreeding." Washington post Eliminating P-45 does not solve the problem, especially given there are at least four mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains that have killed livestock over the past year,” said Kate Kuykendall, acting deputy superintendent for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, in a statement. “Nor is P-45’s behavior abnormal or aberrant in any way.  

Meena Sadiq
36,663 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Bijan Sartipi

Caltrans, USFWS, California Department of Fish & Wildlife: Take down the bird-killing netting under the Petaluma River Bridge

Click here for wildlife photographer George Eade's documentation of trapped and dying birds. KTVU's news coverage showing trapped birds. The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) has placed exclusion netting underneath the Petaluma River Bridge. The purpose of the netting is to stop migratory Cliff Swallows from nesting at a site they have flown 6000 miles to reach. A site where they have nested for generations. The birds become caught in the netting and die a slow death as they struggle to get free. The subcontractor, C.C. Myers, Inc., who put up the netting, and CALTRANS, are violating the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty which forbids the killing of migratory birds. Sadly, the agencies tasked with enforcing this law have chosen to "look into it" instead of requiring the removal of the netting while a new solution is worked on. Over 100 birds are known dead, as of April 29, 2013. Many more have died and not been counted because every night the C.C. Myers company uses a "snooper" truck to send its workers out over the Petaluma River, up 100', to remove the bodies and reattach the netting. This is destruction of evidence in a criminal case that they should be charged with. We demand that CALTRANS TAKE DOWN THE NETS NOW! Watching a bird struggling in a net, while surrounded by its dead flock mates, is a heart wrenching sight, and an act of animal cruelty, in addition to the violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty. All attempts to contact CALTRANS have been met with a wall of silence, our enforcement agencies, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and US Fish & Wildlife Service have the power to make this stop and have chosen not to do so. We demand an end to the killing of these beautiful birds who benefit all of us by their copious consumption of flying insects, such as mosquitoes. A lawsuit has now been filed by a coalition of groups as Caltrans has refused to budge on this issue. The document can be reviewed at www.nativesongbirdcare.org. It is the wrong material for the wrong structure in the wrong environment for the wrong purpose. Do something right, remove the netting!

Maggie R
33,655 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members reunite with their families

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy Veteran, who served for 10 years mostly in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand, that I first encountered Amerasian children (and descendants) of U.S. sailors and military contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. Many Amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. sailors who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to reunite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. Service members. Today, all John wants is to  be reunited with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to reunite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2016 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to reconnect with their own children.  John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently reunite with her dad. You can find them in the Amerasian group pages on Facebook. Search angel services are available to both sides.There is a PBS documentary called "Left by the Ship" (2010), the video above, documenting everyday life and their personal struggles as a Filipino Amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers, to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2016 now!

Jenifer Bass
33,003 supporters
Victory
Petitioning California Governor

Eliminate the "personal belief" vaccine exemption that's putting sick California kids at risk.

When he was only two-and-a-half years old, our son Rhett was diagnosed with leukemia. For a long time, his immune system was so compromised that he wasn't healthy enough to be immunized against diseases like whooping cough and measles. Because he couldn't be vaccinated, Rhett relied on his classmates being immunized (what’s known as “herd immunity”) to keep him safe. But in our home state of California, parents can send their unvaccinated children to school if they don’t think immunization is necessary, or simply don’t want them to be immunized. Thankfully, right now, the California legislature is considering SB277, which wouldn't let parents opt out of immunizing their kids just because it's their "personal belief" they should leave their children -- and kids who can't get vaccinated -- vulnerable to dangerous, contagious diseases. The bill is picking up support, but it’s important that we maintain momentum. Kids should be vaccinated if they're going to go to school with others. Sign this petition and tell California’s elected leaders that they should protect kids with compromised immune systems by passing Senate Bill 277 into law.  After bravely going through rounds of chemotherapy and a year in remission, Rhett is finally well enough to be immunized. Let’s send the message that the expecting mothers, babies, and hundreds of other kids with suppressed immune systems throughout California deserve to be kept safe from dangerous contagious diseases too.

Carl and Jodi Krawitt
32,772 supporters
Petitioning California State Assembly

Pass AB1760!: Decriminalize child victims of sex trafficking in California!

California State Assembly Bill AB1760  (drafted by Cal. State Rep. Miguel Santiago) would decriminalize child victims of sex trafficking by preventing them from being arrested, charged or prosecuted for prostitution. It is currently pending before the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly. There is a very real chance that the bill will either die in a committee or be voted down in a California Assembly or Senate-wide vote!  There are plenty of non-arrest and non-prosecution alternatives for child sex trafficking victims in California today. Under existing California law, minors can be taken into temporary protective custody, which does not generate a criminal record. AB1760 ensures that minors are not re-victimized by the state judicial system by mandating the use of non-arrest alternatives to provide commercially sexually exploited youth with services. The old  and tired notion that one has to arrest and charge minors with prostitution before providing them with aid and services is ludicrous as multiple counties and cities across CA have recognized. But there are those counties and cities that continue to treat minor trafficking victims as criminals, and AB1760 addresses this issue.  If we can get California lawmakers to adopt this much-needed bill it would be a step towards treating victims as victims and not as perpetrators.   

John Teller-Rees
31,472 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, California State House, California State Senate, Cheryl Brown, Mike Morrell

Ban Assault Weapons and Large Ammunition Magazines

My name is Tiffany, and I am a student in California. The shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead really opened my eyes to the seriousness of this gun violence epidemic we’re experiencing in the United States. It also left me confused. Like a lot of people, I thought those assault-style weapons used in the shooting were banned in California. With some research, I discovered there are a lot of loopholes, and I am hoping this petition will help close them. A major loophole in California’s assault weapon ban allows possession of guns with detachable ammunition magazines, as long as they have a button-release mechanism, since their magazines are then considered fixed rather than detachable. Another loophole is that California does not ban kits that allow a person to convert a lawful firearm into an assault weapon. Why? California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, but these loopholes are unnecessary and dangerous. According to the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the San Bernardino shooters used one of these legal conversion kits to turn one of their rifles into an assault weapon, and the other rifle had a detachable magazine with a “button mechanism.” What’s more, they further modified their rifles illegally to enable them to shoot more rounds, more quickly. This is unacceptable. If these guns can be modified to become rapid killing machines, they should not be sold at all. The general public doesn’t need access to weapons designed to take down lots of human targets. I’m calling on California legislators to enact a complete ban on assault-style weapons. Had there been a full assault weapon ban at the time the shooters’ weapons were purchased, it would have been much harder for them to get the types of guns that take so many human lives in such a short time. We need to make it harder for bad people to get their hands on weapons that allow them to inflict so much carnage. I hope you will join me in calling for the loopholes to be closed, so we can get assault weapons fully banned in California. We don’t need any more tragedies like San Bernardino to teach us that these guns inflict too much damage.

Tiffany Kanamaru
22,493 supporters
ERICA'S LAW SB 1088

Thank you for your dedication to seeking justice for Erica Alonso! I stand with you! Erica was a Laguna Hills constituent who lived in the Senate district that I represent. Her death last year was tragic and disturbing, and her body did not deserve to be dumped. Unfortunately, body dumping is a crime punishable only by a misdemeanor. That is why I have co-authored Senate Bill 1088 with Senator Janet Nguyen to strengthen the penalty for body dumping if a judge believes the circumstances warrant it. Like any other bill, SB 1088 must go through a long legislative process if it is to become law. No matter how much a bill might make sense, success is not guaranteed. SB 1088 is currently pending in the Senate Public Safety Committee. I encourage you to go to http://spsf.senate.ca.gov to contact members of the committee to express your support. Working together, we can pass SB 1088 and ensure some measure of justice for Erica. Sincerely, PATRICIA C. BATES Senator, 36th District Website: www.senate.ca.gov/bates Twitter: www.twitter.com/senatorpatbates Facebook: www.facebook.com/senatorpatbates

— Pat Bates, State Senator
1 year ago
DUMPING DEAD BODIES TO BE A FELONY NOT JUST A MISDEMEANOR

Thank you for your dedication to seeking justice for Erica Alonso! I stand with you! Erica was a Laguna Hills constituent who lived in the Senate district that I represent. Her death last year was tragic and disturbing, and her body did not deserve to be dumped. Unfortunately, body dumping is a crime punishable only by a misdemeanor. That is why I have co-authored Senate Bill 1088 with Senator Janet Nguyen to strengthen the penalty for body dumping if a judge believes the circumstances warrant it. Like any other bill, SB 1088 must go through a long legislative process if it is to become law. No matter how much a bill might make sense, success is not guaranteed. SB 1088 is currently pending in the Senate Public Safety Committee. I encourage you to go to http://spsf.senate.ca.gov to contact members of the committee to express your support. Working together, we can pass SB 1088 and ensure some measure of justice for Erica. Sincerely, PATRICIA C. BATES Senator, 36th District Website: www.senate.ca.gov/bates Twitter: www.twitter.com/senatorpatbates Facebook: www.facebook.com/senatorpatbates

— Pat Bates, State Senator
1 year ago
Senator Beall please extend the grant for Willow Glen Parks!

Thank you for sending me your support for the grant extension. The City of San Jose received a grant from the State of California in 2002. In 2012, Senator Beall was able to secure an extension for this grant from the State of California within the State Budget Process. The current grant deadline is Summer 2015. If the deadline is not met the City will have to return the funding to the State of California. The Senator will work to extend the grant again this budget session. The budget must be completed in June 2015. There is no guarantee that the extension will be granted by the legislature or the Governor. Thank you for your interest in this critical funding for the three creeks trail. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Frances Herbert Senior Representative Senator Beall frances.herbert@sen.ca.gov (408) 558-1295

— Jim Beall, State Senator
2 years ago
Support Senator Beall's Mental Health Parity Enforcement Act

Take Action We are approaching the fiscal finish line but there is still more work ahead to make parity enforcement a reality in California. Please call or fax Governor urging him to approve the Legislature’s budget to add 10 positions in Department of Managed Health Care and 5 positions in the Department of Insurance to enforce mental health parity in California. Please call, email or fax Governor Brown NOW and urge him to do the right thing and approve the Legislature’s budget bill to add enforcement staff to the Department of Managed Care and Department of Insurance: Click below to email Governor Brown Sample support letter Governor Jerry Brown State Capital, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 I support the Legislature’s budget trailer language to add 10 positions in Department of Managed Health Care and 5 positions in the Department of Insurance to enforce mental health parity in California. If we do not take additional budget action now to add enforcement staff we can face lawsuits later. Sincerely, NAME Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

— Jim Beall, State Senator
3 years ago
Remove the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Abuse of Children

Thank you for sending me your support for the removal of the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse. Currently I have two bills that do just that, Senate Bill 926, Damages: Childhood Sexual Abuse: Statute of Limitations and Senate Bill 924, Damages: Childhood Sexual Abuse: Statute of Limitations. Justice for Sexual Abuse Victims Medical research shows the trauma inflicted on victims of childhood sex abuse can result in memory loss, severely affecting their ability to report the crime to authorities. But the law fails to recognize pedophiles are using that psychological harm to help them hide from justice. We cannot allow this injustice to continue. This year, I introduced legislation to stop child molesters from leveraging the statute of limitations to escape prosecution in both civil and criminal cases. Senate Bill 926 would reform the criminal statute of limitations by raising the age at which an adult survivor of childhood sex abuse can seek prosecution from age 28 to 40. This bill would apply to the most egregious sex crimes against children. SB 926 is currently before the Senate Committee on Appropriations. In addition to SB 926, I introduce a companion bill to relax the statute of limitations for civil cases. SB 924 will raise the current age limit a survivor may file a lawsuit against their abuser or entity that enabled the abuse from 26 to 40. SB 924 is currently pending before the Senate Appropriations Committees. Both of these bills will be heard by the end of May and we need your support. California must not allow sex abusers to turn the law on its head so they can continue to molest children. Changing the statute of limitations will give victims more time to report crimes and allow the justice system to get child molesters off the streets. You can take action by going to http://sd15.senate.ca.gov/statute-limitations-reform. You can find fact sheets for both pieces of legislation, sample support letters and cards and our contact information. You can also sign up on Facebook to get the latest information on the progress on the legislation at https://www.facebook.com/SB926. I hope you will join me in this important fight. Take a stand by sending a letter of support and join my Facebook page or follow me on twitter to get the latest updates including co-authors, amendments and committee analysis and actions. Contact Information Hon. Jim Beall State Capitol Room 2068 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)-651-4915 fax senator.beall@senate.ca.gov For more information or questions contact Kenton Stanhope at (916) 651-4015 or kenton.stanhope@sen.ca.gov

— Jim Beall, State Senator
3 years ago
Pass Audrie's Law, (Audrie Pott), Senate Bill 838

Thank you for your support of SB 838, Audrie's Law. I want to take this opportunity to apprise you of the latest action taken by the California State Senate. SB 838 passed the Senate Public Safety Committee and has now been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. I will update you when we have a hearing date. If you are looking for information including the text of bills, analyses of legislation, or my voting history, I encourage you to explore the Legislative Counsel’s website at www.leginfo.ca.gov. This site is extremely helpful and is available free of charge. To receive updates on bills throughout this session visit: www.senate.ca.gov/beall Best regards, Jim Beall Senator, District 15

— Jim Beall, State Senator
3 years ago