Released: October 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA – The Building the California Dream Alliance – a broad coalition of progressive organizations – today announced that the unified efforts of its members resulted in significant victories for the environment, for women, for economic opportunity and workers’ rights. Of 27 legislative priorities identified for 2018, the united coalition achieved 17 victories.

The Alliance was founded in 2015 to further a progressive, positive vision for California, offering a sharp contrast to the Chamber of Commerce’s cynical, anti-worker, anti-environment agenda. The coalition’s work took on particular significance this year, as the “#MeToo” movement created a new impetus for legislation to secure women’s rights in the workplace, and as the Trump Administration continued its attacks on the environment, workers, immigrants, the poor and the LGBTQ community.

“The Building the California Dream Alliance is defining a bold vision of inclusion and opportunity for the Golden State, and we are harnessing the collective voices of our broad and diverse progressive coalition to achieve it,” said Jessica Stender, Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice and Public Policy with Equal Rights Advocates. “Our successes this year demonstrate that our approach to push forward with California’s values, instead of letting opponents of equity and justice define the fights in the Legislature – is a winning strategy for California’s future.”

“California’s Dream Builders have made landmark policy changes this year that will make a tangible and positive difference in the lives of struggling Californians,” said Christopher Sanchez, Policy Advocate with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).“From creating workplaces where women can thrive, to creating safe spaces for the LGBTQ community, to protecting our environment and strengthening racial justice, to enhancing economic opportunity for marginalized communities, 2018 was a banner year in our fight for justice and equity.”

Earlier this year, the Building the California Dream Alliance identified 27 legislative priorities in pursuit of a Golden State of unlimited opportunity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, health status or age. Of these, 18 were signed into law:

  • AB 1871 (Bonta): Helps all low-income, public school students in California – including charter school students – be well nourished and ready to learn by providing at least one free or low-cost school meal each school day.
  • AB 2119 (Gloria): Ensures access to gender-affirming care for young people in the child welfare system.
  • AB 2184 (Chiu): Clarifies the information required to be collected for issuing local business licenses to enhance entrepreneurship and reduce barriers to economic opportunity for immigrant Californians.
  • AB 2504 (Low): Requires LGBTQ cultural competency training for law enforcement officers.
  • SB 10 (Hertzberg): Eliminates the racist, unjust, and unsafe money bail system and replaces it with a system of pre-trial assessment and supervision where judges make decisions based on public safety, not the size of a person’s pocketbook.
  • SB 818 (Beall): The 2018 Homeowners Bill of Rights restores important protections for homeowners facing foreclosure that were weakened when some provisions of the 2012 Homeowners Bill of Rights expired in 2017. Those protections not only helped homeowners stay in their homes, but also included tools for the Department of Business Oversight to regulate bad actors.
  • SB 822 (Wiener): Reinstates “net neutrality” in California, to maintain a free and fair internet and fight censorship, and protect the healthy functioning of our democracy and organizing in an age where almost all information is disseminated online.
  • SB 244 (Lara): Creates an important new layer of protection for all Californians, including immigrants for personal information gathered by state and local agencies for key programs such as driver’s licenses, local health programs, and municipal identification cards.
  • SB 834 (Jackson/Lara): and AB 1775 (Muratsuchi/Limón) Protects California’s coastline from offshore drilling, and the risks from oil spills as well as air pollution and water contamination.
  • SB 982 (Mitchell): Ends deep poverty among children by increasing CalWORKS assistance.
  • SB 1085 (Skinner): Ensures the ability of public sector workers to have a voice in their workplace by taking a leave of absence – at no expense to their employer – to fulfill their roles as union officers or stewards.
  • SB 1121 (Dodd): Strengthens consumers’ protections against data breaches from credit reporting agencies.
  • SB 1152: (Hernandez): Requires hospitals to have an adequate discharge plan for homeless patients, taking into account the unique medical and social service needs of these individuals.
  • SB 1177 (Portantino/McCarty): Helps alleviate poverty and hunger faced by K-12 employees who are not paid in the summer months and excluded from unemployment insurance, by creating a “Summer Bridge Fund,” a voluntary savings program with a 2:1 state match.
  • SB 1300 (Jackson): Strengthens workplace harassment protections by providing guidance to the courts on the legal standard for sexual harassment claims to ensure it is fairly and consistently applied; protecting workers from all forms of harassment by third parties; and prohibiting employer tactics that silence workers from speaking out about harassment or discrimination and/or strip workers of their right file claims.
  • SB 1421 (Skinner): “Right to know” bill provides public access to investigations of serious and deadly uses of force by police, and to sustained complaints of sexual assault and dishonesty related to the criminal justice system.
  • SB 822 (Wiener): Reinstates “net neutrality” in California, to maintain a free and fair internet and fight censorship, protect the healthy functioning of our democracy, and organize in an age where almost all information is disseminated online.
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    The Building the California Dream Alliance includes: ACCE, Advancement Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Black Women for Wellness, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, California Attorneys For Criminal Justice (CACJ), California Budget & Policy Center, California Calls, California Domestic Workers Coalition, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), California Environmental Justice Alliance, California Labor Federation, California Immigrant Policy Center, California League of Conservation Voters, California NOW, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Reinvestment Coalition, Child Care Law Center , Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Consumer Attorneys of California, Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Chapter (CAIR-CA), Courage Campaign, Drug Policy Alliance, Earth Justice , Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Environment California , Equality California, Equal Rights Advocates, Friends Committee on Legislation, Health Access California, Lutheran office of Public Policy, MALDEF, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Mujeres Unidas, NARAL California, Next Generation , PICO California, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA, PolicyLink, Progressive Era Project (PEP), Public Advocates, SEIU California, Sierra Club California, UFCW, Voices for Progress, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.