Orange County Remembers Residents Who Died from Coronavirus in Countywide Memorial

Excerpted from Voice of OC

By Omar Sanchez

More than 5,000 candles were lit Friday night vigil in the first memorial sponsored by county government to residents who died from Coronavirus.

Cutouts of doves imprinted with the message “Forever loved forever missed” were placed around the lake behind the Costa Mesa Avenue of the Arts Hotel in the 7:30 p.m. gathering with more than 50 attendees. 

CA Assembly passes EDD bill aimed at preventing prison fraud

Excerpted from KCRA3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The assembly passed bills on Wednesday addressing reform of the state's troubled Employment Development Department.

Assembly Bill 110 would require that EDD cross-reference records of those incarcerated with the unemployment records and applications.

After a KCRA 3 investigation revealed the rampant fraud being perpetrated against the state's unemployment department, district attorneys across the state started their own investigation.

OP-ED: This is the moment to reform senior care

Excerpted from CalMatters

By Cheryl Wilson

Seniors want care choices and services keeping them in their homes and policymakers are waking up to that fact. The Program for All-Inclusive Care — a California creation — accomplishes this by combining medical and home care, transportation, and other services. 

State Bill Seeks to Close Restraining Order Ghost Gun Loophole

Excerpted from NBC7

By Alexis Rivas

“When I found out these ghost guns are not subject to California’s gun violence restraining orders,” said Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (74th District - Orange County). “I was shocked, and I knew something had to be done to close this dangerous loophole”

Petrie-Norris worked with Friedman to author State Bill 1057, which classifies ghost gun parts as weapons that could be seized through a GVRO.


05.10.21 California Introduces Bill To Fight State Child Marriage Laws

Excerpted from KFBK Radio

By Sasha Margulies

California is one of 13 states that does not have a minimum age requirement for marriage. Child marriage is currently legal in 46 states, with only Delaware, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania setting the minimum age at 18 and eliminating all exceptions, according to Equality Now. Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris says she's introduced a bill to ban child marriage in the state.

05.09.21 Bill asks: How many children marry in California?

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Brooke Staggs

If you are younger than 18 in California you can’t get a tattoo, buy a Lottery ticket, or visit a tanning bed. But you can get married.

California is one of only 11 states that has no minimum age requirement for marriage.

04.21.21 New bill would expand domestic violence hotline services in California

Excerpted from Spectrum News 1

By Sarina Sandoval and Hannah Poukish

A Southern California legislator proposed a new law to help domestic violence centers expand their hotline services for victims of abuse.

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) introduced Assembly Bill 689 to support these organizations as they update their services to include computer chat and phone text platforms.


04.21.21 Ghost guns could be regulated by new California bill

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Brooke Staggs

A man who went on a shooting rampage in the tiny Northern California town of Rancho Tehama Reserve in 2017, killing five people, had a court order prohibiting him from buying or owning guns.

But Kevin Janson Neal took advantage of a loophole in California laws aimed at keeping guns away from people flagged as dangerous: He built his own rifles at home.

04.19.21 Community picnic at Huntington Beach Central Park celebrates diversity

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times

By Matt Szabo

Ample sunshine in Huntington Beach on Sunday provided a pleasant backdrop for hundreds to meet up at Central Park for a community picnic held to promote inclusion and diversity.

Attendees talked to community leaders, watched live music performances and visited a variety of food trucks.