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Year one complete; WeHo’s newest councilmembers just getting started

The Blade interviewed both councilmembers as they observed their first anniversary of being sworn into office on December 7, 2021

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Councilmember John M. Erickson & Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne (Photo by Troy Masters)

WEST HOLLYWOOD – The past year has seen dramatic changes for Angelenos and Californians as the coronavirus pandemic still impacts daily life in the Southland. Likewise, for the residents of the LGBTQ+ majority hamlet of West Hollywood, changes included two new members of the city council, injecting fresh perspectives into the issues that matter to its residents.

Councilmember John M. Erickson was elected to the city council on November 3, 2020 with the commitment to uphold the city’s founding vision for a forward-thinking, diverse, and tolerant community.

Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne made history in November 2020 when she was elected becoming the first out LGBTQ Iranian elected anywhere globally and the first woman of color elected to West Hollywood’s City Council.

The Blade interviewed both councilmembers as they observed their first anniversary of being sworn into office on December 7, 2021 covering a wide range of topics and issues.

What is your long-term goal in helping businesses and what have you done to aid the business community? 

John: Our business community is critical to our city’s success on so many levels.  When I was first elected, I was proud to co-sponsor an item with Mayor Pro Tempore Shyne that asked our city to work with our business community to figure out ways to expand access for residents, LGBTQ+ people, and our BIPOC communities to open up businesses in West Hollywood.  

Equity and access to capital are huge barriers that we see when people are trying to open new businesses and of course, going through the regular process to get all the needed approvals can provide extra burdens.  That’s why the city has waived business license taxes, even during times of economic downturn, paid for OutZones for businesses, relieved parking restrictions, provided grants for the most vulnerable businesses and worked on streamlining approvals and permitting. 

In addition to the direct monetary aspects of what the city has approved for our businesses, we’re seeing new businesses coming to West Hollywood at a large clip.  In the past few weeks alone, I’ve counted news stories of at least 5 new businesses planning to open back up and of course, we cannot forget the reopening of some of our most treasurer businesses that were forced to close during the pandemic like Gym Sports Bar and Grill (who is now located directly in the heart of our Rainbow District) as well as the renaissance that will be Lance Bass’s new location at what was formerly known as Rage.  

I go for walks every week to businesses on the Eastside of West Hollywood (where I live) and I weekly go out to dinner at businesses in West Hollywood and speak with the workers and owners about what we can do to better help them.  From making our OutZones permanent (which we did this past meeting) to ensure them that when they call city hall, they’ll get both the answers they need and the help that they want, everything is on the table for me on how we can work every day to ensure that their recovery doesn’t just include everyone (workers, the owners, and the city) but how their recovery resonates with our community-at-large and if you’ve been out on West Hollywood lately on any night you can see that our businesses are not only busy but also booming.  

Sepi: West Hollywood is a vibrant tourist destination and one of the most walkable as well as LGBTQ+ safe cities in America. Our visitors and residents love to frequent our businesses, so helping to keep them in business is a priority. One of my joys of living in West Hollywood is walking down the street to neighborhood restaurants or cafes and enjoying a meal or an oat milk latte.  

Additionally, with fresh voices on the dias, we have a unique opportunity to diversify our business portfolio, which is why on of my first items was to create business grants for the most vulnerable small businesses, special meeting with our businesses to learn what their needs were and  a Business Recovery Task Force that will come up with a five year blueprint for business recovery, success and diversification that I co-authored with Mayor Meister.  Applications and appointments to the task force will be forthcoming early in the new year. 

Do you have a statement on raising the minimum wage?  Why did you pursue raising the wage now?  

Sepi: We have spent over 1.6 million dollars helping our businesses during the pandemic to help them stay in business and recover. As we view economic recovery, it has been important to us that recovery includes everyone.

The rising cost of living, rising numbers of people who fall into poverty and homelessness, the lack of sick pay and time off for our most hardworking workers, the financial effects of the pandemic on workers with respect to losing their jobs as well as inflation were all considerations in raising the minimum wage.

I am proud that we as a Council over the span of more than 10 months had several meetings with businesses, workers, and the community to hear from them all. We held a special meeting to focus on the minimum wage and eventually through thoughtful deliberation voted to raise our minimum wage and include sick pay and time off for all and lead the nation. 

John: Recovery must include everyone.  For the past 10 months, we’ve been working with everyone to discuss this issue.  Unanimously, as a Council, we worked together to phase in this increase and a very important reminder to everyone is that if a business does face hardship, there is a 1-year waiver that they can apply for.  

However, just because we led the way on raising the wage doesn’t mean this discussion is over.  Economic justice is a critical and ongoing issue and is connected to the overall health of our community, region, and country.  Yes, we approved the highest minimum wage in the country but I have to remind everyone that that wage still doesn’t go far enough to ensure that people can get out of poverty. 

We need other cities to revive this campaign as well as the federal government to assist with ensuring that people have the ability to earn fair wages for their work.  We all must do our part to pay people what their worth as well as support all entities at the table: workers and businesses alike.  

The growing crime statistics have alarmed many.  What are some aspects that you’re doing to address these concerns and how are you dealing with public safety in your own city?  

John and Sepi: The top 3 issues we talk about every day with residents, business owners, and colleagues are public safety, homelessness, and housing.  All of these issues are related but each requires its own specific attention.  This is why we co-authored, and it was unanimously passed by our entire City Council, the creation of the city’s first-ever 24/7 Behavioral and Mental Health Crisis Response Unit. 

This will be critical for our residents and those individuals that are experiencing homelessness to be able to call in for critical care.  In addition, our attention to public safety with increased presence of our Security Ambassadors has been essential to communicating with and helping keep our residents and businesses safer.

We also upgraded all of our city lights to LED, which has brightened all of our streets at night so that people can feel safer walking. Brighter lighting is supported by law enforcement because it helps to deter crime and makes it easier for victims and witnesses to identify criminals. 

While we focus on increased awareness of public safety, that doesn’t go without any scrutiny.  That’s why holding our own Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Sheriff in general accountable, has been something that we are hyper-focused on. 

After the whistleblower that we read about in the L.A. Times, we passed a resolution calling for an audit of Department Records and most recently, after hearing from multiple residents and community members about Deputies discouraging reporting, we asked for our Captain to come up with substantive procedures to ensure that police reports are taken any time a victim comes forward.

Additionally, in order to ensure safety in our nightlife establishments, we revitalized the Yes Means Yes Campaign and are requiring that all bartenders, managers and security at Bars go through mandatory bystander training and expand our alcohol safety training to include date rape drug prevention training.  

The Assembly Map currently has WeHo broken off from Hollywood and added to ‘West LA’ which some have charged dilutes the LGBTQ+ political power and constituency in terms of being heard and represented. Comment please?

John and Sepi: Our City’s connection to the Westside Cities as well as regionally to the larger LGBTQ+ political power and consistency of Hollywood is critical and we must ensure that both the state and county know that when it comes to redistricting they must keep our communities together rather than breaking us apart.  That is why both Mayor Pro Tempore Shyne and I have been very vocal on our official channels, as well as the city, of calling in and urging residents to have their voices heard at these redistricting hearings. 

What significant event(s) do you feel most impacted the City of West Hollywood?

John: COVID-19 didn’t break the system, it showed that the system was already broken.  I’m so proud that West Hollywood was able to work, almost overnight, to turn our everyday in-person services, into virtual care for our residents and those most at-risk. 

However, we cannot forget the fights that actually founded this city: rent control, protections for the LGBTQ community, and our seniors and most vulnerable searching for a community to call home that protects and honors them. 

When you look at the city’s historic and landmark rent control ordinance or our early role in the fight for marriage equality, West Hollywood consistently punches above our weight.  When the city takes action, the world notices. 

This is true with our historic investments in combating HIV/AIDS, to social services, as well as our push for and building of our affordable housing stock.   Now, looking to the future, we look at the issues of social justice, diversity, economic justice, and support for those most vulnerable in our communities and ensuring that we get through this pandemic together but stronger than ever.  

Sepi: Aside from COVID, the social justice movement impacted the City of West Hollywood by awakening our community to the truth that systemic racism, even in our progressive city, needs to be dismantled.

I am proud that we created the social justice task force, that our staff got involved with the Government Alliance on Racial Equity, we mandated that all city officials and staff attend anti-systemic racism training, have been creating policies to re-imagine public safety and are looking at re-allocating funds to community programs that foster community, prevent poverty and reduce homelessness as well as crime by getting to the root of the issues. I am proud to have co-authored an item with Councilmember Erickson that calls for a historical context study for us to develop a reparations program. This past year, we have been walking the walk when it comes to social justice and equity. 

Your legislative record- the one or two pieces of council legislative efforts that you are singularly AND both proud of please?

Sepi: 

  1. The creation of our Social Justice Task Force made up of BIPOC resident, business owners and workers who have been meeting to come up with policy recommendations to City Council to help us address and dismantle systemic racism co-authored with Councilmember Lindsey Horvath. 
  2. Enhanced hotel workers protection, training, safety, and workload wage ordinance co-authored with Councilmember Lindsey Horvath. 

Both: 

  1. The creation of the city’s first-ever 24/7 Behavioral and Mental Health Crisis Response Unit.
  2. Increasing our Tenant Anti-Harassment Protections and requiring tenant habitability safety plans for renters when there is remodel to their properties. 
  3. The first ever Multi-stall Gender Neutral Bathroom Ordinance in the nation which will require all new leases, major remodels and new developments to provide them. 

John: 

  1. Raising the minimum wage in West Hollywood which I worked with Mayor Pro Tempore Shyne on achieving.
  2. Prioritizing safer streets through additional measures to improve Fountain Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd. by including protected bike lanes to help increase transit options for our community.
  3. Requiring hazard pay for our essential workers during the height of the pandemic last year which I co-authored with Councilmember Lindsey Horvath.  

Finally, a brief statement reflecting on your first year please.

Sepi: 

Getting elected and serving West Hollywood has been the honor of my life. As an immigrant to this country, the privilege of serving in office is an honor that I truly can never express in words. My main priorities while serving have included advocating for affordable housing, protecting renters and social service programs, social justice, small business revival, a healthy environment and bringing the people’s voices to City Hall.

This past year, I have been proud to author and co-author close to 40 Council items that have all passed and most have passed unanimously. These policies have delivered on all of my promises and more. I have been especially proud to have worked well with every one of my colleagues and was honored to be nominated and unanimously elected by them as your Mayor Pro Tempore.

I am proud to have appointed a majority of women and a high percentage of BIPOC people to Boards, Task Forces and Commissions. I have worked hard on our Homelessness, Pride, Events and Laurel House Subcommittees and I look forward to continuing to create policies that help West Hollywood Shyne even brighter in the years to come. 

John: 

Serving as a Councilmember this past year has been the greatest honor and responsibility of my life. I look back and think about the young gay kid from Ripon, Wisconsin, and how scared he was at one point and think of my life now and know I am the luckiest person alive to have not only found West Hollywood but also have the opportunity to serve our amazing community. 

I also think of what my Grandmother Gladys told me when I was growing up and the deep sense of commitment to public service that she taught me while working in the Ripon Community Food Pantry.  I work every day to make her proud and I know, deep down, that she’s smiling upon me and the work we’re doing in the city.  This past year has shown me the power of our community – we are stronger than ever and together, we’re unstoppable and we’re just getting started. 

And, like I said when I took my oath, I promised to work every single day for the people of our community and I do not make promises I do not intend to keep.  The work never stops and we can never slow down because there are people out there that need us. I always sit back and think about my first day at City Hall as an Intern to where I am now and I look back with amazement and a deep sense of humility for the role I am in now and thank the great people of West Hollywood for this immense honor to be their Councilmember. 

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Governor Newsom & Legislative Leaders to expedite gun reform legislation

“California will not stand by as kids across the country are gunned down- Guns are now the leading cause of death for kids in America”

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SACRAMENTO – Following a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas that left at least 19 children and two adults dead Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced California will expedite commonsense gun safety laws that will protect people from gun violence. 

“California will not stand by as kids across the country are gunned down,” Governor Newsom said. “Guns are now the leading cause of death for kids in America. While the U.S. Senate stands idly by and activist federal judges strike down commonsense gun laws across our nation, California will act with the urgency this crisis demands. The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact. We will not let one more day go by without taking action to save lives.”

“We have gotten to a point where we can’t live our lives without the very real fear that every time we say goodbye to our children, spouses, and friends, it could be the last,” said Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego).

“These dreadful, devastating tragedies have to stop. Every politician, judge, or Supreme Court Justice who has opted to put more guns on our streets needs to resign today and hang their heads in deep shame. We have to do everything in our power to get guns out of our classrooms and grocery stores and away from people who should never have them. That includes our work this week to move expeditiously on more than a dozen bills that make our communities safer, and I’ll be continuing to work alongside Speaker Rendon and Governor Newsom to ensure that these bills move swiftly through the legislative process so that they can start to make positive change in our communities.”

“In the face of repeated tragedies in our state and elsewhere, California remains committed to doing everything we can to stem the violence,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. “As a society, we must do better.”

“There have been more mass shootings in the U.S. in 2022 than days in the year,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

“In California, we refuse to accept the current norm. We will continue to call on our federal leaders and neighboring states to do more, because our nation’s current standard for preventing gun violence is unacceptable. Our children should not suffer this burden. Active shooter drills, metal detectors, and schools that look like prisons are not the answer — we need commonsense gun safety laws. We are sick and tired of seeing young and promising lives cut short due to gun violence. We at the California Department of Justice and leaders throughout California know that addressing gun violence is critical to public safety. As your Attorney General, I vow to do much more than send thoughts and prayers — I will use the full force of the law and my office to end gun violence.”

An initial package of bills the Governor has committed to signing include: 

  • AB 2571 (Bauer-Kahan) – Restricts advertising of firearms to minors
  • AB 1621 (Gipson) – Restricts ghost guns and the parts and kits used to build them 
  • SB 1327 (Hertzberg) – Creates private right of action to limit spread of illegal assault weapons and ghost guns
  • AB 1594 (Ting) – Allows governments and victims of gun violence to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms

Governor Newsom and legislative leaders said they will continue working together to expedite additional bills pending before the legislature aimed at curbing gun violence and increasing safety in California communities.

“I heard the news about Uvalde, just as I was getting ready to pick up my kids from school. I can see how this can happen at any school, anywhere in the country,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago who represents a portion of downtown Los Angeles.

“This comes on top of shootings in Buffalo, Laguna Hills, and at Grand Central Market one block from my District Office. We need stricter gun laws and we need them right now! That’s why I’m proud to join Governor Newsom and legislative leaders in the call for gun safety laws. I am also co-authoring AB 1594 (Asm. Ting) which helps gun violence survivors pursue legal action against gun manufacturers and AB 1621 (Asm. Gipson) which will help us get ghost guns off our streets for good,” Santiago added.

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Trans Inclusive Health Care Act passes California State Senate

This first-in-the-nation legislation will help create a more inclusive and culturally competent healthcare system for TGI people

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Sen. Scott Wiener (Far right) & members of the California Legislative LGBTQ+ Caucus (Photo credit/Wiener)

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 923, the TGI Inclusive Care Act passed the Senate by a vote of 28-6. It now heads to the Assembly for policy committee hearings.

This first-in-the-nation legislation will help create a more inclusive and culturally competent healthcare system for TGI (transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex) people in California by requiring:

●     That physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) include evidence-based cultural competent studies to help physicians provide inclusive care for TGI people

●     That the Health and Human Services Agency issue enforceable quality standards for treating TGI patients

●     That health insurance companies provide TGI cultural competency training for their employees

●      That health insurance companies, in their network directories, include a list of providers who offer gender-affirming services, so that TGI people know where to go for specialized care

●     That the relevant oversight agencies track and monitor complaints relating to TGI-inclusive care and publicly post findings in their annual reports or website

SB 923 comes at a time when LGBTQ people — and particularly transgender children — are under attack across the country by right-wing state leaders. Many of those attacks seek to criminalize gender-affirming care.

In February, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order making it illegal for parents to allow their trans kids to receive gender-affirming care. These parents could have their children taken away and be sent to prison simply for allowing their children to be who they are and receive this necessary care.

Abbott called gender-affirming care “child abuse.”

Alabama just enacted a law imposing ten-year state prison sentences on parents and physicians who allow or provide gender-affirming care to their children.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Don’t Say Gay” law, banning discussions about gender identity and sexual orientation from public school classrooms.

“As more and more red states ban gender-affirming care and try to erase LGBTQ people, California must step up to ensure strong access to health care,” said Wiener. “That includes ensuring that trans people are treated with respect and dignity by health care providers. While many health care professionals provide excellent care to trans people, more work remains. Improved training, clear standards, and improved network directories will result in better care for TGI people.”

While LGBTQ kids are under attack in Texas, Alabama, Florida, and other states, SB 923 shows a different path forward — one in which quality gender-affirming care is provided for anyone who needs it, with providers going above and beyond to treat TGI patients with the respect and care they deserve.

Healthcare discrimination and a lack of access to culturally competent care is a major problem that many TGI people regularly face. The National Center for Transgender Equality reports that one-third of all transgender individuals who saw a healthcare professional in 2014 had at least one negative experience related to being transgender, with even higher rates for people of color and people with disabilities. These negative experiences include being refused treatment, verbally harassed, physically or sexually assaulted, or having to teach the provider about transgender people in order to receive appropriate care.[1]

This is especially problematic given that TGI people, compared with the general population, suffer from more chronic health conditions. TGI people experience higher rates of health problems related to HIV/AIDS, substance use, mental illness, and sexual and physical violence, as well as a higher prevalence and earlier onset of disabilities that can also lead to longterm health issues. Sadly, 23% of transgender individuals reported that fear of discrimination caused them to postpone or not receive necessary medical care.[2]

Moreover, while all health plans are required to cover gender-affirming care, it can be difficult for TGI patients to actually find providers who routinely offer this care. This is a major impediment to TGI people accessing the care they need.

Every person deserves to receive quality, compassionate health care from understanding, informed, and respectful providers – providers who don’t make assumptions about their gender or sexuality, and who honor their bodily autonomy. TGI people already face so many obstacles outside of the healthcare system, including higher rates of violence, workplace discrimination, ostracization from families and religious communities, and housing discrimination. Going to the doctor should not mean facing additional discrimination or unecessary hardship.

TGI people should have access to positive healthcare experiences. This includes seeing providers who are able to give them the care they need in a non-judgmental and supportive environment, and being able to search for providers who provide gender-affirming services (gender-affirming services include but are not limited to: chest reconstruction, mastectomy, facial feminization surgery, hysterectomy, voice masculinization or feminization, hormone therapy related to gender dysphoria or intersex conditions, gender-affirming gynecological care, or voice therapy related to gender dysphoria or intersex conditions). Gender-affirming care is critically important health care, and anyone who needs it should be able to find and access it.

The TGI-Inclusive Care Act will help create a healthcare system that meets the needs of TGI people, and provide a more positive patient experience.

SB 923 is sponsored by the California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network,  Equality California, National Health Law Program Trans Community Project, TransFamily Support Services, and Western Center on Law & Poverty. It is co-authored by Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona), Evan Low (D-San Jose), Alex Lee (D-Fremont), and Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens).

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Senator Wiener’s No Tax Exemption for Insurrection Act, passes Senate

Senate Bill SB 834 strips state tax-exempt status from organizations that engage in or incite insurrection

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SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 834, the No Tax Exemption for Insurrection Act, passed the Senate by a vote of 28-0 Monday. It will now head to the Assembly for policy committee hearings. 

SB 834 is a first-in-the-nation bill that will revoke the California tax-exempt status of nonprofit organizations that participate in or incite efforts to overthrow the United States government or any state government. Nonprofit organizations have used the “Big Lie” – the fraudulent notion that the 2020 election was stolen – to fundraise for and funnel money to extremist and anti-democratic initiatives like the January 6 insurrection.

Tax-exempt status is a privilege, not a right, and organizations that engage in or incite insurrection or conspiracy to commit insurrection – both of which are illegal – should not be given this special status to help them fundraise. Moreover, non-California nonprofits should not be able to register to raise money in California if they are engaging in or inciting insurrection. 

“On January 6, 2021, the peaceful transfer of power in our democracy was threatened,” said Wiener. “And for the first time since the Civil War, people died as a result. We cannot and will not let organizations that aid and abet insurrection – that break the law by trying to overthrow the U.S. government – operate with tax-exempt status. The people of California should not be subsidizing insurrection.” 

The January 6, 2021 insurrection took place, when pro-Trump extremists – in response to the false narrative that the Democrats “stole” the 2020 election and incited by then-President Donald Trump – breached the United States Capitol. Five people were killed as a result of this insurrection, and hundreds were injured.

Vice President Pence and Speaker Pelosi were specific targets of this violent attack on the nation’s democracy. Many nonprofits that supported the insurrection and continue to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election in hopes of overturning the results still operate with tax-exempt status, both at the federal and state level. 

SB 834 clarifies the Franchise Tax Board’s authority to revoke the California tax-exempt status of a nonprofit organization if the California Attorney General determines that the nonprofit has actively engaged in, or incited: treason, misprision of treason, insurrection, seditious conspiracy, advocating overthrow of the government or the government of any State, or advocating mutiny by members of the military or naval forces of the United States (1.)

Under SB 834, if the Attorney General finds that a nonprofit organization has incited, or actively engaged in actions that are directed to or likely to imminently violate one or more of these crimes, they will notify the FTB, which then will have the ability to revoke the nonprofit’s tax-exempt status. 

For out-of-state nonprofits that engage in or incite insurrection, they will be prohibited from registering to raise money in California. 

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the purpose of charitable organizations claiming tax-exempt status “may not be illegal or contrary to public policy.” Trying to overturn elections and violently attacking our legislators fits the bill. SB 834 will ensure that these organizations no longer claim this financial advantage. 

Tax-exempt nonprofits are not required to pay corporate income taxes and may be exempt from other taxes as well. Additionally, donations to many nonprofits are deductible from income taxes, and private foundations and donor-advised funds can only donate to tax-exempt nonprofits. Private foundations and donor-advised funds represent a major funding source for many nonprofits. 

Authoritarian and anti-democratic organizations have increasingly used the “Big Lie” to fundraise, and this narrative has driven millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations. And many new organizations have cropped up in the past year, hoping to ride the coattails of the insurrection and cash in.

These include California nonprofits and nonprofits registered in other states that fundraise in California. These organizations, which are fundamentally undermining our democracy and cheering for the destruction of free and fair elections in America, should not be allowed to operate with advantages like tax-exempt status. 

For example, the leader of the “Oath Keepers,” a national militia movement, was charged with seditious conspiracy. While the Oath Keepers does not have California tax-exempt status, it has an “educational foundation” with federal exempt status and tax-exempt branches in several states. In the words of one expert, “It can only be presumed that [funds contributed to the Oath Keepers], which [donors were] able to deduct from their federal taxes, went to transporting and lodging members of the group slated to participate in the ensuing riots.” (2.) These organizations should not be allowed, under any circumstances, to use tax write-offs to help fund illegal activities. 

There is precedent for making this distinction in California’s tax code. Under federal and California law, for instance, if a nonprofit organization supports terrorism, its tax-exempt status is suspended. The nonprofit organizations that support insurrection should receive the same treatment. 

Citations:

1. USC §§ 2381-2385, 2387

2. “Dollars against Democracy: Domestic Terrorist Financing in the Aftermath of Insurrection,” Virtual Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy of the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Feb 25, 2021. 

Senators Josh Becker (D-Peninsula), Dave Min (D-Irvine), Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), Tom Umberg (D-Orange County), and Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) are co-authors of this bill. Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) are also co-authors of SB 836. Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) is principal co-author.

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