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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Rejection for Increase in Workers’ Compensation Cost Benchmark

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced his rejection of a filing submitted on behalf of insurers by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau seeking a rate increase of almost 28 percent: “I applaud Commissioner Poizner for holding the line on cost increases […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates First-of-Its-Kind Renewable Energy Facility Groundbreaking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today celebrated the groundbreaking of BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Ivanpah, California. The approximately $2 billion project is the first-of-its-kind to be built on federal land, will produce 370 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy and create more than 1,000 jobs. “Today we are […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Major Milestone in Health Care Reform Implementation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Achieving a major milestone in health care reform, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced California’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) has opened for enrollment with coverage beginning today, Monday, October 25, 2010. The PCIP is one of the first major provisions of national health care reform to take effect and is […]

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San Mateo County Hosts Assembly Committee on California’s Green Economy

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — San Mateo County hosted the Assembly Committee on California’s Green Economy Chaired by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) for an informational briefing in Redwood City today focused on job creation in California’s emerging Green Economy. (See Agenda below.) Following the briefing there was a tour of Nanosolar, Inc. of […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments for Oct. 20, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Oct. 20 announced the following appointments: Isabel Barreras, 44, of Madera, has been reappointed to the Madera District Fair Board of Directors (21-A District Agricultural Association), where she has served as a member since 2003. She has been an administrative assistant of special services for Madera […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Historic Pension Reform into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Oct. 20) signed SB 867 and SBX6 22 by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta), formally implementing comprehensive pension reform for the people of California. Together, these bills implement a public pension system that is fair to both the employees and also to the taxpayers and will help […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Takes Action to Put Historic Budget Reform Before the Voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday (Oct. 20) issued the following statement after signing AB 1619, which will place the historic budget reform achieved in recent budget negotiations on the presidential primary election ballot in 2012: “California’s budgeting process has been in desperate need of reform that limits spending in good years so […]

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Los Angeles City Hall Hosts Briefing on California’s Green Economy – Assembly Select Committee Focuses on Job Creation

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Green Economy, held an informational briefing in Los Angeles today focused on job creation in California’s emerging Green Economy. See Agenda below. The informational hearing featured representatives of the City of Los Angeles, CALSTART, other local […]

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Acting Calif. Governor Maldonado Announces Rewards Offered for Information in 11 Unsolved Cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Acting Governor Abel Maldonado yesterday (Oct. 14) announced rewards offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for 11 unsolved cases in California. The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered: On October […]

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Informational Briefing on California’s Green Economy at Los Angeles City Hall

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Green Economy, will be hosting an informational briefing regarding green jobs and clean car technology on Monday, October 18th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Los Angeles City Council Chamber, Room 1070, 200 N. Spring Street, […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds the Establishment of CORE: California Office to Reform Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today applauded the establishment of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE). CORE was established by the seven superintendents representing those California school districts that served on the working group for the Race to the Top (RTTT) Round Two application, along with California Secretary of Education Bonnie […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Highlights Legislation Making California the National Leader on Health Care Reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today highlighted legislation he recently signed to implement health care reform, including legislation that makes California the first state in the nation to implement the cornerstone of the federal plan by creating a health benefit exchange. The Governor also unveiled a new state website to help Californians […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Kindergarten Age Admission Bill

SACRMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement yesterday (Sept. 30) after signing SB 1381 by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto): “SB 1381 is a landmark accomplishment for early childhood developmental education in California, and I’m proud to sign this important legislation. The best investment we can make in the future […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Making California the National Leader on Health Care Reform

SACRMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger late yesterday (Sept. 30) signed AB 1602 by Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and SB 900 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) creating the California Health Benefit Exchange, an entity that will help California consumers and small businesses shop for and buy affordable health insurance starting […]

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Nava Holds Hearing on Threats Posed by Oil and Gas Production Along California Coastline

GOLETA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The City of Goleta hosted an oversight hearing today conducted by Assemblymember Pedro Nava, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, to examine the long term environmental hazards from oil and gas production along the California coast and in the Goleta Valley. (See agenda below.) “The […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Takes Action to Extend Foster Care Benefits to Age 21, Improve California’s Foster Care System

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced he has signed legislation to improve the lives of children and youth in California’s foster care system including AB 12 by Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and Assemblymember Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) to extend transitional foster care services to eligible youth between 18 and 21 […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today he has signed SB 657 by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to help eliminate slavery and human trafficking from product supply chains. “Human trafficking is a terrible crime that goes against basic human rights and everything our country stands for,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Provide Students with Fresh, Free Drinking Water in Schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Building on his efforts to reduce childhood obesity and provide healthy alternatives in schools, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced he has signed legislation to provide students with access to fresh, free drinking water in food service areas at schools. The legislation, SB 1413 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), was […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds CEC Approval of Nearly 1,000 MW of Solar Power

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 29) applauded the California Energy Commission (CEC) vote to approve the construction of the Genesis Solar Energy Project and the Imperial Valley Solar Project, which will create 959 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy and thousands of jobs in Southern California. With the CEC’s approvals […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Awards Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 10 Law Enforcement Officers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 28) awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, California’s highest public safety award, to 10 law enforcement officers for their outstanding commitment to the people of California. The award was given to Officers Rodney Richards and Jason Smith, California Highway Patrol (CHP); Sheriff Tom […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Signing SB 1399

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 28) issued the following statement announcing he signed SB 1399 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to allow the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to medically parole certain state prison inmates with physical incapacitating conditions if the Board of Parole Hearings determines that the […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Fish and Game Appointment of Jack Baylis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointment: Jack Baylis, 53, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Fish and Game Commission. He has been the U.S. group executive of strategic development for AECOM Technology Corporation since 2006. Previously, Baylis worked for CH2M Hill as senior vice president from […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Bills to Guarantee CSU Admission to Community College Graduates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — To increase access to the California State University (CSU) system, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed SB 1440 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and AB 2302 by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino). “These two pieces of legislation are a historic victory for California’s students, and I’m proud to sign both of them […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Approves Legislation to Transform, Improve IT Governance and Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger today signed AB 2408, by Assemblymember Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) and Assemblymember Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills), to improve the state’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, increase government efficiency and save costs. The measure codifies Governor’s Executive Order (EO) S-03-10 issued in February to define targets and timelines for […]

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California Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Adam’s Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after signing AB 1280, also known as Adam’s Law, by Assemblymember Mike Villines (R-Clovis), which creates harsher penalties for anyone that causes physical harm to a child under the age of eight, resulting in permanent injury or disability: “As Governor, my number […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Keep Drunk Drivers Off the Road

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed AB 1601 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), which authorizes judges to revoke, for up to ten years, the license of any person convicted of three or more DUIs in a 10-year period. Current law only allows for a license revocation period of three years […]

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Calif. Bills Championed by Father of Amber Dubois Signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Recently, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a package of bills authored by Assemblymembers Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa), and sponsored by Moe Dubois, the father of 14-year-old Amber Dubois and founder of MoreKids. (14-year-old Escondido resident Amber Dubois was abducted and murdered in 2009 by John Albert Gardner […]

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California Recovery Task Force Director Rick Rice Applauds Energy Commission on Approval of $33 Million Award for Energy Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Recovery Task Force Director Rick Rice yesterday (Sept. 22) issued the following statement regarding the California Energy Commission’s approval of $33 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding for the California Statewide Community Development Authority (CSCDA). This funding will be used by the CSCDA to launch […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Approval of Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 22) applauded the California Energy Commission (CEC) vote to approve the construction of BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System which will produce 370 megawatt (MW) of clean, renewable energy and create jobs in the Mojave Desert. “The construction of this renewable energy plant is […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments for 9.21.10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: James Burleson, 43, of Petaluma, has been reappointed to the Sonoma-Marin County Fair Board of Directors (4th District Agricultural Association), where he has served as a member since 2006. He has been principal for Greenleaf and Burleson Wealth Management since 2004. Previously, […]

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California Recovery Task Force Director Congratulates City of Coachella for Receiving Funding for Improved Water System Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Recovery Task Force Director Rick Rice yesterday (Sept. 20) issued the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the City of Coachella a $5 million loan under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to improve its wastewater system infrastructure. “The funding awarded Coachella […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments for Sept. 9, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced the following appointments: Cleotha Adams, 54, of Marysville, has been reappointed to the Corrections Standards Authority, where he has served as a member since 2006. He has served as a sergeant in the Civil Division of Yuba County Sheriff’s Department since 2007, where he previously […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Leads Asia Trade Mission to Promote California, Boost Economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday departed for a six-day trade mission to Asia in order to grow California’s economy and create jobs. Leading multiple delegations of business leaders, the Governor will visit China, Japan and South Korea; California’s fourth, third and fifth largest trading partners, respectively. In the course of the […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces New Clean Energy Jobs Website

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 9) issued the following statement on a new state website that provides California with resources for jobs in such growing, sustainable industries as renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation. The website, Clean Energy Jobs, is part of California’s Clean Energy Workforce Training Program (CEWTP), […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letters Requesting SB 847 and AB 185

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 9) sent a letter to legislative leaders requesting that they immediately send Senate Bill 847 to his desk, which will allow for the allocation of the federal Education Jobs funding to schools districts to use to re-hire or retain teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians and other school-related […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Chelsea’s Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — To better protect California children from violent sexual predators, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 9) announced he signed AB 1844, also known as Chelsea’s Law, named after Chelsea King, by Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego). The Governor also announced that he intends to sign three measures sponsored by Moe Dubois, […]

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S.F. Mayor Newsom Swears In New Appointments and Reappointments to City Boards and Commissions

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom swore in the following new appointments and reappointments to San Francisco’s Boards and Commissions at a ceremony in City Hall yesterday (Sept. 1): Board of Appeals Michael Garcia Entertainment Commission John Newlin Health Service System Board Jordan Shlain, MD Human Rights Commission Todd Mavis […]

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California Recovery Task Force Director Congratulates Recipients of Over $3.6 Million in Recovery Act Funds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Recovery Task Force Director Rick Rice yesterday (Sept. 1) issued the following statement after over $3.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds were awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture to recipients across California: “The funds awarded today will aid in reigniting California’s economy […]

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Assemblymember Hall Legislation to Create a New School and Park in South Los Angeles Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R- California) has signed AB 1732 into law by Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles), which will facilitate the construction of a new elementary school and community park in South Los Angeles. “This measure is a huge win for my constituents,” said Assemblymember […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Results of Largest Parole Sweep in Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and a task force of federal and regional law enforcement agencies to announce the results of Operation Disarm. The operation is the largest parole sweep in the history of Los Angeles, targeting about 300 high […]

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