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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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Three State Committees to Hold Oversight Hearing on Toxic Products

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Three State Assembly Policy Committees will convene a unique oversight hearing tomorrow to investigate the State of California’s efforts to enforce laws requiring safe, healthy, alternatives to toxic consumer products. The State Assembly environmental committees including those responsible for toxic materials, natural resources and health will hear from consumer groups […]

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Farm Worker Health Act Passed by Senate Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assembly Bill 1963, the Farm Worker Health Act, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, successfully passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today. “Farm workers are regularly exposed to potentially harmful pesticides risking birth defects, non-hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia and other […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds PUC Decision to Help Spur Electric Vehicle Charging Market

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today applauded the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision to not regulate companies that sell electric vehicle charging services to the public as “public utilities,” pursuant to the Public Utilities Code: “I applaud the CPUC for making this important decision that takes another step towards making California […]

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Three State Committees to Hold Oversight Hearing on Toxic Products

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Three State Assembly Policy Committees will convene a unique oversight hearing on August 3, 2010 to investigate the State of California’s efforts to enforce laws requiring safe, healthy, alternatives to toxic consumer products. The State Assembly environmental committees including those responsible for toxic materials, natural resources and health will hear […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Declares State of Emergency, Issues Executive Order to Impose Furloughs Due to Cash Crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger issued an order today directing state agencies to re-institute furlough Fridays until a new budget is in place. The order for state workers to take three furlough days per month will take effect starting August 1 and continue until a new budget is enacted and the Department of […]

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Michael Logrande Nominated as Director of City Planning, Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced his recommendation to appoint Michael LoGrande as the Director of City Planning. ”Michael LoGrande has a deep knowledge of the City and its Planning Department that will enable him to immediately implement changes that will ensure the health of our City’s growing communities,” said […]

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California Recovery Task Force Launches Interactive Feature on Website

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Recovery Task Force today announced a new feature on its website, recovery.ca.gov, which allows Californians to map where money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being spent across California and identify the projects in their area. “From the beginning, this Administration has promised to be open […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments for 7.26.10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: First, Jody Belgard Akimoto, 52, of Watsonville, has been reappointed to the Santa Cruz County Fair Board of Directors (14th District Agricultural Association), where she has served as a member since 2006. She has been an account specialist for the Santa Cruz […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates ADA 20th Anniversary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first comprehensive federal civil rights act for persons with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued Executive Order S-11-10 directing his Administration to ensure appropriate accommodation guidelines for state employees with disabilities are in place. The Governor also directed […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 To Be Held At UC Davis This Fall

DAVIS, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Building on the accomplishments made at the first two Governors’ Global Climate Summits in 2009 and 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday announced he will host the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 at the world renowned Mondavi Center at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) on November 15 and […]

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L.A. Crime Down 11 Percent at Half Year Mark

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On July 9th, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Police Chief Charlie Beck to report an 11 percent drop in violent crime, as well as reductions in property crime and gang crime in the city’s 2010 mid-year crime statistics report. “We are experiencing remarkable improvements in crime reduction and need […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Sends Letter Urging Support for Disaster Relief Funding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday sent the following letter to members of the California Congressional Delegation urging them to fully fund the Disaster Relief Fund, which would provide California vital federal funding in the event of a natural disaster. Text of the letter: Dear Members of the California Congressional Delegation, As […]

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Nava and Evans Slam California Department of Public Health

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — After review of an audit requested by Assemblymembers Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) of the Every Woman Counts (EWC) breast cancer screening program. Nava and Evans blasted California Department of Public Health Officials. “This audit shows that 41,500 more women could have been screened if reasonable […]

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