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Many elected officials have some familiarity with the difficulties faced by youth in the foster care system, but only a couple know firsthand how significant those challenges really can be. Here in Orange County, Senator Josh Newman volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to a youth in foster care so his understanding of these complexities is deeply personal.

By Editor 

Excerpted from the Fullerton Observer

State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) announced on June 28 that a number of his district budget priorities were included for funding in the 2023-24 California State Budget during what is shaping up to be a very tight budget year. As a result of Senator Newman’s advocacy, the Budget Act of 2023 includes funding to support the Fullerton Museum; bolster regional solutions to student homelessness; purchase and renovate an affordable housing apartment building; and expand the capacity of the Lestonnac Free Medical Clinic.

By Lou Ponsi

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

Fifteen years ago, Cal State Fullerton students seeking to become entrepreneurs were driven by the dream of one day parking their Lamborghini in the driveway of their mansion on the Newport Coast, said John Jackson, director of the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship.

While today’s future entrepreneurs still endeavor to live comfortably, Jackson said, their motivations are as much altruistic as they are capitalistic.

By LA Blade Digital Staff

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Blade

SACRAMENTO — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced its initial 11 sponsored bills, including one constitutional amendment for the 2023 legislative year.

By Bob Gaetjens

Excerpted from Recycling Today

Building on legislative work done as part of a landmark year for plastic and battery recycling in California, District 29 State Sen. Senator Josh Newman has introduced a bill to create a statewide collection and recycling program for textiles.

By Brooke Staggs

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

It’s widely known that you’re not supposed to dump unused paint down the drain or in the trash, since it’s considered hazardous. Instead, you’re urged to drop off partially full cans, for free, at a city collection drive or local hardware store, where the paint gets reused or safely destroyed and cans are turned into something new.

By Shemna Safaya

Excerpted from Just Style

California’s new Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023 would require producers to establish a stewardship programme for the collection and recycling of “covered products,” which include any apparel, textile, or textile article that is unsuitable for reuse by a consumer in its current state or condition.

By Iman Palm

Excerpted from KTLA 5

All California public schools could soon be required to offer a gender-neutral bathroom on campus, should a state bill introduced by state Sen. Josh Newman pass.

The bill, introduced in February, requires that each school campus that offers kindergarten to 12th grade classes have at least one gender-neutral bathroom available to students during the school day.

All California school districts will have until Jan. 1, 2025, to have a gender-neutral bathroom on the campus should the bill become law.