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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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Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III Named Chairman of Governmental

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Speaker John A. Pérez (D- Los Angeles) today named Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization. The Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization’s primary policy jurisdictions are public records, open meetings laws, natural disasters, tribal and non-tribal gaming, alcohol, […]

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Legislation to Address California Nursing Shortage Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymembers Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and Juan Arambula (D-Fresno), announced today that their measure (Assembly Bill 867) to address a severe nursing shortage in California was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on a bipartisan 11 to 0 vote. “I am very pleased that AB 867 is moving forward with […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letter to Insurance Commissioner Poizner on Workers’ Compensation Rates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today sent the following letter to Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner regarding an approximately 30 percent increase in the workers’ compensation claims cost benchmark that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Board appears ready to recommend at its August 11 meeting: Dear Mr. Commissioner, The Workers’ Compensation […]

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California Recovery Task Force Director Issues Statement on Allocation of $156 Million in Recovery Act Funds to School Districts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Yesterday (Monday), California Recovery Task Force Director Rick Rice issued the following statement after over $156 million in education funds from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) were made available by the California Recovery Task Force to be immediately allocated to school districts: “The Governor is committed to getting Recovery […]

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$69 Million Homeland Security Grant Announcement for Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Yesterday (Monday), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was joined by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to announce the 2010 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant funding for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area (LA/LB UA). In fiscal year 2010, the LA/LB UA received $69,922,146 […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Executive Order Due to Kern County Wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued an executive order providing additional assistance to those affected by the wildfires in Kern County, including suspending fees to replace important documents such as birth certificates and driver’s licenses. In July, the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency in Kern County as a result of […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Proposition 8 Ruling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a ruling invalidating Proposition 8: “Judge Walker had the great responsibility of deciding whether Proposition 8 violates the Constitution of the United States. He heard in-depth arguments from both sides on fundamental questions of due […]

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Joint Green Chemistry Hearing Examines Elimination of Toxics from the Marketplace

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Assembly’s environmental and health committees met yesterday in a special joint hearing to discuss the information gap that prevents consumers from finding safe, healthy alternatives to toxic consumer products currently on the market. Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, convened […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Small Business Recipients of Clean Technology Grants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement after California small businesses topped the list of awardees for grants partially funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) money by the Department of Energy for Small Business Technology Commercialization: “California small businesses are the backbone of our economy […]

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New Presidential Permit for Innovative U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Demonstrating its commitment to a 21st century border that promotes economic competitiveness while enhancing security, the Department of State has issued a Presidential permit for an innovative U.S.-Mexico border crossing in California. The permit allows Otay-Tijuana Venture L.L.C., a binational investment group, to build and operate the San Diego-Tijuana […]

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San Diego Passport Agency to Open in 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The U.S. Department of State will host a tour of the future site of the San Diego Passport Agency on August 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. Anticipated guests include U.S. Representative Susan Davis (D-CA-53rd), representatives from other district congressional offices, and the General Services Administration. The San Diego […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Adoption of Common Core State Standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement applauding the California State Board of Education’s unanimous vote to adopt the Common Core State Standards:“Since coming into office, I have made it a top priority to uphold California’s leading academic standards to ensure a high level of education for every student. […]

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