Recent News in the 15th District
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) issued the following statement in response to the 62 violations issued to the Chevron Richmond refinery today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This is the first federal regulatory action in the wake of the August 6, 2012 fire and explosion that occurred at the Richmond refinery.
“The EPA report confirms what we already knew, the Aug. 6, 2012 explosion was preventable had Chevron acted to repair the pipe and followed appropriate public health and safety procedures. The EPA’s violations now put the onus on Chevron to develop and follow a culture of safety that will ensure workers and our communities are not subjected to dangerous incidents.”
SACRAMENTO — Closing a loophole in California’s assault-weapons ban, improving school nutrition, leveling the playing field for California hand-crafted distillers, and reducing the need for flame retardant chemicals in building materials are among the 14 proposals by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner signed into law in 2013.
“Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, when these laws take effect, Californians can expect safer communities, healthier children, greater prosperity for small businesses and stronger consumer protections for all,” Skinner said.
EMERYVILLE, CA. – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board draft report published today on last year’s Chevron Richmond Refinery pipe rupture and fire:
“California has made progress, but as today’s CSB report points out we need to do better to ensure a culture of safety. This year, California took significant steps adding 15 new refinery and chemical facility inspectors. Now, we must move to focus on prevention where safe operations and procedures are the norm and our efforts aren’t spent reacting to dangerous incidents after they occur.”
Assemblymember Skinner Calls on Victims Board to End Discriminatory Rape Policy
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is calling on the Victim's Compensation and Government Claims Board to repeal a regulation prohibiting financial assistance to sex workers who have been victims of rape. The Board is expected to vote today to modify or repeal the regulation.
Skinner released the following statement:
“I strongly side with victim advocates, law enforcement officials, and other stakeholders who believe this rule is discriminatory and sends a dangerous message that some victims – indeed some people – are not as worthy of protection from rape as others. This regulation deprives rape victims of crucial treatment and services to assist their recovery. By repealing the regulation, the Board will send an important message to all victims of rape and sexual assault that they are worthy of compensation.”
CLICK HERE to view the attachment: Assemblymember Skinner's full letter to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.
As a UC Berkeley student, Skinner led campus activities to protest South Africa’s Apartheid Regime.
OAKLAND, CA. – Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) released the following statement today following the death of civil rights activist and South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela.
“Responding with sorrow is simply not a fitting tribute for Nelson Mandela. The life of this courageous and just man is to be celebrated. Nelson Mandela’s eternal mission was the fight for freedom and civil rights. He will continue to inspire generations of people to stand up for social justice. His example will live on forever.
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