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Assemblyman McCarty to discuss police transparency today at 2 p.m.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) will speak with City College May 4.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) will speak with City College May 4.

Nate Vazquez | Staff Writer | [email protected]

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) will be discussing his policy positions, like the bill he has introduced to the California assembly that requires greater police accountability, May 4 at an open forum at City College’s Student Center today, from 2—3:30 p.m.

McCarty authored AB 86 in light of growing national attention to police misconduct. This legislation would create a special prosecutor to investigate when a police officer “uses deadly physical force upon another person and that person dies as a result of the use of that deadly physical force.”

In Sacramento, there have been numerous videos and lawsuits alleging police brutality and misconduct.

“For far too long there has been a cloud of confusion surrounding police shootings, now is the time for California to be a leader on this issue,” said McCarty on his Assembly website. “No one should be able to police themselves.”

Since elected in 2014, McCarty has hit the ground running on the issue of economic inequality. He cosponsored AB 1007 to raise California’s minimum wage to “the amount necessary to keep a family of three above the supplemental poverty level.”

He also cosponsored AB 43, which gives an earned-income tax credit to low-income families. McCarty calculates this tax credit will lift 178,000 Californians, 82,000 children among them, out of poverty.

“Nearly 1 in 4 Californians – more than 8 million – lived in poverty in 2013. This shameful rate, the highest among all states, includes 2 million children,” McCarty said in an op-ed to The Sacramento Bee. “California needs to take bold steps to reduce the poverty rate and improve the economic outlook in its impoverished communities.”

McCarty believes education is also important to address inequality issues. McCarty served as a preschool advocate for Early Edge California early in his career and is currently the chair of the education finance subcommittee.

“I used to work with Kevin when I worked for the state legislature,” said Tamir Sukkary, a City College political science professor. “Kevin used to attend ARC, so he understands the importance of community colleges..”

McCarty is from Sacramento and resides in the Elmhurst neighborhood. He attended ARC, received a B.A. in Political Science from CSU Long Beach and received a M.A. in Public Policy from CSU Sacramento. He has served as an education advocate for Early Edge California and commissioner for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. Before being elected to the assembly, he represented District 6 on the Sacramento City Council.

 

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty’s Policy Positions

Inequality:

  • Higher minimum wage
  • Low-income tax credit
  • Target absentee landlords
  • Automatic voter registration
  • Supports labor unions

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Education:

  • Preschool for All (AB 47)
  • Tax income >$250k for k-12 education (Prop 30)
  • Helped create Cal Grant
  • Greater tuition/fee transparency (AB 1307)
  • Prevent tuition/fee increases at UC (AB 1307)

Environment:

  • Conservation, against Delta conveyance
  • Clean Energy Sacramento
  • Supports cap-and-trade (AB 450)
  • Tiered prices for commercial water

Police Accountability:

  • Independent prosecutor for police lethal force
  • Independent review panel
  • Increased police transparency and accountability

Taxes and Subsidies:

  • $181k to local businesses to create 15 jobs
  • expand tax base
  • remove corporate tax loopholes
  • against $253 million subsidy (53% total cost) to Kings arena

Cannabis:

  • not for or against legalization
  • supported outdoor medical cannabis cultivation ban
  • looks to Washington and Colorado for best practices
  • supports cannabis tax

Other:

  • stricter firearm regulation
  • greater oversight of nursing homes (AB 927)
  • increase insurance oversight and revenue (AB 1434)
  • Multi-ethnic options on state demographic collections (AB 532)
  • City Whistleblower Hotline

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