Facial recognition regulation: AB 2261 is a long overdue solution

The incursion of facial recognition technology in our everyday lives is already present, but we have few tools to discover or limit its use.

Last year, a California law enforcement officer was browsing through a social media platform and came across a missing child’s photo, posted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. After taking a screenshot, the officer fed the image into facial recognition system that returned a list of online sex ads featuring the missing girl.

We must stand together to stop hateful acts against Asian Americans during COVID-19 pandemic

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must prevail against discrimination and hateful attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

For many Asian Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has become very personal, due to feelings of anger and fear. They have experienced verbal and physical attacks, and harassment because the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and has been characterized as a “Chinese virus.”

Truck and Bus Legislation to Watch in California

"As we work to improve public health, we must also remember that communities of color are disproportionately exposed to pollution through proximity to roadways, ports, warehouses, and other sources of emissions. Cleaning up state-owned trucks and buses. That’s what Assembly Bill 739 by Assemblymember Ed Chau would do." 

Law Would Censor Pot Ads That Appear to Woo Children

As excerpted from the LA Weekly: "Monterey Park state Assemblyman Ed Chau's legislation, AB 76, would ban online cannabis ads that target minors or folks under 21. It would "protect children from marijuana exposure," according to his office. According to a fact sheet it would prohibit "an operator of an internet website, online service, online application, or mobile application from marketing marijuana products or marijuana businesses to a person under the age of 21."

States Push Their Own Internet Privacy Rules

"Now that Congress has killed internet privacy regulations due to take effect this year, a number of states are weighing their own measures to protect consumers' personal information…So far the state has been quiet on the internet-privacy front, but that will change soon, according to an aide to Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat who heads the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee."

California Today: Weighing a Response on Internet Privacy

Excerpted from the New York Times: "President Trump this month signed a resolution to undo internet privacy rules that would have kept companies like AT&T and Comcast from selling users’ browsing histories and other personal data. Almost immediately, a number of states — among them Washington, Connecticut and Massachusetts — moved to pass new rules that would in effect replicate those nullified by Congress. But California, a pioneer of privacy protections, has so far been silent. That could soon change."

California Lawmakers Unanimously Approve State Audit of Montebello Unified School District

“I applaud the decision by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to move forward on the audit of Montebello Unified School District’s financial operations and help officials there to establish a road map to improve governance structures,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park). “The situation that has unraveled in recent months and made headlines across the state, prompting frustrated residents to contact my office, is disheartening, especially when considering the impact of the District’s fiscal situation on students and its employees that are now subject to layoffs.

Alhambra victims’ advocate honored as ‘Woman of the Year’

An Alhambra woman who had dedicated the past nine years of her life to helping families of homicide victims was honored by a California lawmaker as 2017 “Woman of the Year” this week as part of the Women’s History Month observance. California Rep. Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, selected Ernestina “Tina” Yamashiro to receive the honor at a ceremony held Monday in Sacramento.