November 10, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Mark Leno has named four local community leaders as the Women of the Year for Senate District 11. The women receiving the honor include Sheryl Evans Davis, Dr. Vitka Eisen, Donna Marie Otis, and Mia Satya.

“The 2016 Women of the Year have spent decades working to improve their community and inspiring others to do the same,” said Senator Leno. “I am pleased to recognize their outstanding accomplishments and dedicated service to our district.”

Youth Empowerment
October 28, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Mark Leno, in partnership with the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, San Francisco State Black Student Union, YMCA, and 100% College Prep, is hosting the 7th Annual Black Student Union Empowerment Summit this Friday, October 28. About 200 youth from San Francisco high schools will participate in the event.

October 14, 2016

Senator Mark Leno, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Northern California, hosts an all-day conference for young women in San Francisco. Following the theme “OWN IT! Your Body, Mind & Life,” the one-day event includes an inspirational performance on reproductive health from “The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women.” The conference also features workshops provided by local non-profit groups. Workshop topics include self-esteem, healthy relationships, civic engagement, how to draft a resume, college preparation and more.

Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights
September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights, authored by Senators Mark Leno and Cathleen Galgiani, was signed by Governor Brown today. Senate Bill 1150 closes a loophole in California law that fails to provide surviving family members important protections against foreclosure that are available to other homeowners.

“Facing foreclosure after the loss of a loved one can be devastating,” said Senator Leno. “The Governor’s approval of SB 1150 will help keep more families in their homes and reaffirms California as a nationwide leader in protecting vulnerable homeowners.”

California Public Utilities Commission
September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will be more transparent and accountable to the public following Governor Brown’s approval of SB 215 today. Jointly authored by Senators Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), SB 215 will reform the CPUC’s ex parte communication rules and make it easier to disqualify a commissioner for bias, both of which were recommended by the State Auditor in a report released last week.

Criminal Justice
September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) bill to establish a fair standard for proving one’s innocence in California was signed by the Governor today. SB 1134 ensures that when innocent people are convicted, there is a fair and reasonable path to clear their names if new evidence is later found to support their claims of innocence.