“Our children are hurt, and you’re arresting mothers,” angry parents chanted outside Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Capitol office Monday morning. These parents are protesting Senate Bill 276, a bill which these parents say will violate the doctor-patient relationship by eliminating vaccination exemptions. The bill’s author, Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) jammed it through both houses of the Legislature last week, prior to accepting amendments Gov. Newsom’s office said he wanted included.
“Veto the bill, amendments aren’t enough,” parents chanted. Hundreds of parents locked arms near the entrance of the Capitol, as well as blocking the entrance to the underground parking garage for lawmakers. Several women were arrested, including grandmothers.
Parents of vaccine-injured children are angry because they say the Legislature is trying to mandate a vaccination schedule without regard to medically-fragile children, or children in families whose children were already injured by vaccinations.
Overheard in the elevator, a Capitol staffer commented, “Hopefully they leave today when the Governor signs the bill.”
Another protest inside the Capitol by hundreds of people wearing t-shirts for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), called on the Legislature to pass rent control. Many long time renters want protections from rising rents.
California voters soundly defeated a ballot measure in November 2018 that would have allowed for rent control in every city across the vast state. Proposition 10 would have repealed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits the use of rent control in California.
SB 529, a similar tenant-unionizing bill would also have capped rent increases, but failed to pass in the Senate. SB 529 would also have allowed California tenants to withhold payment in protest when a landlord raises the rent beyond the rate of inflation.
More to come…
UPDATE: Three women were arrested this morning protesting SB276. Challenges by parents to the bill which would disallow vaccine exemptions have been met with disturbing responses like this Tweet by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego):
— Lorena (@LorenaSGonzalez) September 7, 2019
— Advocates for Physicians' Rights (@for_physicians) September 7, 2019