The agency charged with enforcing the California Political Reform Act has had a busy fall.
Alliance for Justice convened leaders of California nonprofits in Los Angeles last week to discuss their efforts in the 2014 mid-term election cycle and how their groups mobilized to help pass these important ballot measures. What was key to their victories?
Advocates have many ways to influence public policy, including participation in the budget process. Bolder Advocacy Counsel Nayantara Mehta recounts the lessons learned from working to change a California law through budget advocacy.
President Obama announced recently that he would not take any executive action on deportation relief for undocumented immigrants until after the midterm elections. As with many other issues where the federal government has failed to act, states and cities are taking the lead in providing relief for immigrant families and helping secure their civil rights.
AFJ hosted a webinar to explain what a newly passed law in California, SB 27, means for nonprofits that support or oppose ballot measures. We hope that the changes in the law will allow more nonprofits to weigh in on ballot measures in California, now and in the future.
We are excited to welcome Nona Randois to the Bolder Advocacy team! As the Southern California Project Manager, Nona is the face of Bolder Advocacy in So Cal.
The Alliance for Justice West Coast office has been monitoring, and in some cases weighing in on, a number of state and local legislative and regulatory matters that affect nonprofit advocacy across California. Probably most significant was the passage of SB 27, which defines when a nonprofit spending money to influence California elections must register as a political committee, and the current development of the implementing regulations.
AFJ has been closely following a San Francisco lobbying ordinance that was first proposed about a year ago. The latest version of the ordinance has been unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and awaits the signature of Mayor Ed Lee.
Last week Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 27, which changes the reporting rules for nonprofit organizations that spend money to influence candidate and ballot measure elections in California. The bill contained an urgency clause making it effective July 1, 2014; however, it limits disclosure of donor information for some donations received before July 1.
As we wait for Congress to enact federal immigration reform, it is important to remember that states, and even counties, have been stepping in.