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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ph.D., 55, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. Since 2007, she has been an associate professor in preventive medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she previously […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Employment Report

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the California Employment Development Department released employment numbers for the month of July: “In order for California to experience a full recovery, there must be robust hiring in the private sector. That is why I have been so adamant in my […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Improved Heat Regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to adopt revisions to the Heat Illness Prevention standard: “These amendments will better protect the health and safety of thousands of California workers who make their living under the sun, and I […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Deploys National Guard Troops to California-Mexico Border

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday announced the first of 224 soldiers and airmen have completed their training to go operational in the field with border patrol agents, with expectations of becoming fully operational on September 1. The Governor made the announcement while visiting California National Guard (CNG) service members who have […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Award of $200 Million in Broadband Grants for California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday issued the following statement after it was announced that California was awarded over $200 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grants by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) projects across California: “The projects awarded […]

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Social Worker Incentive Legislation Passed by California State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) announced today that his measure, Assembly Bill 2167, the Social Worker Loan Repayment Act, passed the State Senate with bipartisan support. “California social workers will now qualify for federal financial assistance, like social workers in other states,” said Nava. “Social workers play a vital role […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Launches Nation’s Largest Telehealth Network

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday joined U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and a diverse group of statewide health care and technology agencies at the University of California (UC), Davis Cancer Center in announcing the launch of the California Telehealth Network (CTN), which will be the largest dedicated telehealth network in […]

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