Grape Escape to Return Thanks to New Legislation

SACRAMENTO--Sacramento's annual Grape Escape event brings wine, beer and food lovers together every June for the last 15 years - except one.

"The Grape Escape has been in Sacramento for 15 years and last year it got canceled because of old prohibitionary laws, the tied-house laws," Assemblymember Jim Cooper said.

Cooper, Chamber host Tax Credit Workshop

Assemblyman Jim Cooper, along with the Galt District Chamber of Commerce, hosted a California Competes Tax Credit Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 17. Assemblyman Cooper is raising awareness for programs which assist local businesses as they expand. The California Competes Tax Credit provides state income tax credits for businesses, large and small, that are expanding their workforce.

Lawmakers revisit background checks for Uber, Lyft drivers

A late-arriving bill has California lawmakers revisiting the issue of mandating background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Assembly member Jim Cooper introduced legislation this month that would force potential drivers to undergo fingerprints and fine the companies up to $50,000 for hiring drivers convicted of serious crimes. Cooper, an Elk Grove Democrat, said he was spurred to write a bill after district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles charged Uber last month with employing drivers convicted of murder, sexual assault and other crimes.

Bill will undercut ability to investigate sexual predators

For more than a decade, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has been effective in investigating and prosecuting sexual predators who target children through the use of the Internet and social media. Law enforcement has successfully used social media to investigate sexual predators while protecting the privacy rights of consumers.

As a former law enforcement officer with 30 years of experience and as the commander of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force for three years, I have worked tirelessly to protect our children from sexual exploitation.

Sexual assault law signed by Gov. Brown expands safety net

Victims now have better access to resources

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sexual assault victims now have a better guarantee to get the help they need through the Sexual Assault Resource Team.

"I don't think it's necessarily gonna make them feel safer," said assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove. "When it happens, you've got a team that's put together that's worked together and that will respond and deal with it."

Former EG City Councilman’s bill to change DNA collection policy for criminals

State Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) said he introduced changes to law enforcement’s DNA collection policy to “fix an unintended consequence” of Proposition 47 that California voters approved last November.

Prop. 47 changed certain “non-serious” drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, resulting in reduced sentences and fewer inmates in jail.

Elk Grove Unified School District board member Bobbie Singh-Allen honored

In a ceremony Monday, Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, honored Elk Grove Unified School District Board Member Bobbie Singh-Allen as the 9th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.

“She is an active and diligent leader in our community, dedicated to improving the lives of families,” Cooper said in a news release.

NBC 7 Investigation Inspires State Bill to Improve Security Industry

State Assemblyman Jim Cooper is working on a bill to clean up California’s security industry after seeing NBC 7’s February investigation that exposed the local underground industry of untrained, unlicensed security officers.

The story came after two local deaths involving bouncers – one where the bouncer was arrested and charged for involuntary manslaughter and the other where the death was ruled a homicide. The San Diego Police Department forwarded that investigation to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office for review.

Assemblyman Jim Cooper appointed to 10 select committees

Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, on March 5 was appointed by Speaker Toni Atkins to serve as a member of 10 key select committees: Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce; Craft Brewing and Distilling; Cybersecurity; Foster Care; Local Emergency Preparedness; Mental and Behavioral Health and Proposition 63 Implementation; Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis; Urban Rivers and Streams; Wine; and Youth and California’s Future.

Movement builds to correct major flaw in Prop. 47

All of us must have been snoring when Proposition 47 passed. If anyone was awake and noticed a huge flaw, nothing was said. Nary a peep.

That's too often the problem with ballot initiatives. They're products of focus groups and polling to see what sells. They're not filtered through the checks and balances of the legislative process, which can detect glitches and head off unintended consequences.