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Nate Miley Celebrates His Birthday and Presidency Together

By Carla

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley celebrated his 60th Birthday and appointment as President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors at the Claremont Resort.  The gala event included broadcaster Pam Moore of KRON 4 as presenter and the Honorable Willie Brown as master of ceremonies.
EBMUD Director Bill Patterson and his long time colleague Supervisor Keith Carson also paid tributes to Miley.
Oakland businessman Geoffrey Pete recalled a fun political terminology that he felt Miley put into action.  “If you can’t drink with them, socialize and party with them and then vote against them the next day, you shouldn’t be in politics.  Nate can vote against you, he can vote for you, he’s a loyalist, a true friend and we’re glad to celebrate his 60th birthday,” smiled Pete.
Jeremy Liu, the Executive Director of the East Bay Asian Local Development Coalition thanked Miley for his leadership on health issues.
Obviously moved by the tribute Miley said, “It’s very humbling, I feel very blessed and pleased and thankful to have supporters, friends and family here.”
Miley’s sister Kara Libby, Miley’s sister, said, “I’m the youngest and he’s always been wonderful to me and I’ve always looked up to him. We miss him in Maryland, but I see all the love that’s here for him tonight and I’m proud of him and congratulate him,” she said.
Anna and Shelly Miley, Jr., his parents, also enjoyed the festivities.  “I’m very proud of my son.  And I’d like to think that my wife and I must have done a wonderful job of taking care of and raising our three children,” his father said.
Senator Don Perata said, “I love Nate. His word is his bond.  If he says he’s going to do something he will.  He’s color blind and doesn’t worry about ethnicity and race.”
Oakland Councilmember Jane Brunner said, “Nate’s great.  When he left the council, I took over many of his projects.”
“BWOPA honors Miley for being such a good public figure throughout the entire bay area,” said Lillian Litzsey, President of Black Women Organized for Political Action-Hayward, seated with Patsy Ambers and Dorothea Harrell.
Lathan Hodge and Kyle Franklin of Safety1st commended Miley’s commitment to the community.
Michael Baines of The Baines Group thanked Miley for aiding his company’s growth.
Miley has served 3 terms on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  The University of Maryland graduate, serves as chair of the Board of Supervisor’s Unincorporated Services, Social Services, and Procurement and Contracting Committees, additionally he sits on the Transportation and Planning, Committee. He also serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission, Local Area Formation Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority. Miley is also President of the Board for the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County an organization he founded in 1986 to empower older adults to improve their quality of life.

Assembly Unanimously Votes to Increase Fines Against “Johns”

Sandre Swanson

A bill to fight the commercial sexual exploitation of children swiftly passed the Assembly with a 72 to 0 vote. AB 12, the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act (the ACCESS Act), would increase the fine against a person engaging in commercial sex with a minor to up to $25,000. Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda) made the following statement on the floor of the Assembly:
“The ACCESS Act would grant a court the discretion to fine a ‘John’ who has sex with a minor up to $25,000 and directs those fines to support programs that help commercially sexually exploited minors. Sadly, the average age of girls entering prostitution in California is only 12 years of age. Some of these girls are victims of human trafficking; some of them are victims of sexual abuse; some of them are victims of abandonment and mental abuse. But they are all victims. And they are all children.”
Swanson further explained that part of the motivation behind AB 12 was to clean up misunderstandings about the sex trade and align the fines for commercial sex acts with children to those for statutory rape.
“A child is unable to legally consent to sex,” said Swanson.  “That’s precisely why we have statutory rape laws. These children are not out on the street being victimized by choice. But the men who pay to have sex with them are out on the streets by choice.”
One of the bill’s many coauthors, Assemblymember Dickinson, commented on how the bill will help anti-human trafficking efforts in Sacramento. “Unfortunately, Sacramento has become a center of human trafficking and AB 12 makes some serious improvements in attacking that problem. I thank Assemblymember Swanson for bringing this important bill to the Legislature.”
Swanson concluded, “It’s time that our state recognize that ‘Johns’ are a significant part of this problem and treat the commercial exploitation of minors as seriously as we treat statutory rape and other forms of sexual abuse. AB 12 raises the fines against men who keep this ugly business alive.”