Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager, another Democrat and caucus member from Los Angeles, said she would like to see the governor use his platform to advocate for more concrete change. She has introduced legislation to fund community groups to intervene in crisis situations instead of the police and to reduce the probation period for misdemeanors. Newsom’s January budget proposal included funding for the probation bill but was stripped from his updated budget in May. The Legislative Black Caucus has also introduced a series of proposals. “I think we have an amazing opportunity this year to fight for those things,” Kamlager said. “He strikes me as someone who knows how to use the moment.”

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