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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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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Trade Mission to Asia

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on Tuesday that he will lead a trade mission to China, Japan and South Korea in the fall. The trade mission will be conducted from September 9 through September 15 and will focus on high speed rail, California products and services, investment into California, and travel […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letter to California Congressional Delegation on Extension of Enhanced Medicaid Funding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday (June 4), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent the following letter to the California Congressional Delegation urging their support in extending the temporary enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Payment for California through June of 2011 to help the state avoid making further cuts to Medicaid, education and social services spending: June […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letter to Senator Steinberg Regarding Negotiations with Public Employee Unions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday (June 4), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent the following letter to Senator Steinberg expressing his support of good faith negotiations with California’s public employee unions regarding employment contracts and pension reform: June 4, 2010 The Honorable Darrell Steinberg President pro Tempore California State Senate State Capitol Room 205 Sacramento, […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments to Academic Content Standards Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday (June 4), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the following appointments to the Academic Content Standards Commission: Steven Dunlap, 30, of Riverside, has served the Riverside Unified School District since 2005, most recently as an elementary school teacher since 2007, intern elementary teacher from 2006 to 2007 and long-term substitute […]

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Toxic Lead Shot Ban in State Wildlife Management Areas Passes Calif. Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) announced the passage of Assembly Bill 2223, which will ban the use of toxic lead shot in California’s 667,000 acre network of State Wildlife Management Areas. Due to widespread consensus that the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting poses a significant danger in wetland […]

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Farm Worker Health Act Passed by Calif. State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Farm Worker Health Act, Assembly Bill 1963, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, successfully passed the State Assembly yesterday. “Farm workers, when on the job, are regularly exposed to dangerous pesticides that could cause birth defects, non-hodgkins […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Prohibit Violent Felons from Possessing Body Armor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after signing SB 408 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which prohibits violent felons from possessing body armor such as bullet proof vests: “Public safety is absolutely my number one priority, which is why I signed SB 408 today. Violent felons wearing body […]

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Compton Votes for Community Control of Its Police Resources

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Edward Professional Advisors announces that in a close, but historic vote late last night, the Compton City Council voted 3-2 to establish a new Compton Community Police Department. After 10 years of receiving police services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Compton City Council voted last night to establish a new Compton Community Police Department and end its contractual relationship with the sheriff’s department.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Submits California’s Race to the Top Phase Two Application for $700 million in Recovery Act Funds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed California’s Race to the Top Phase Two application which could provide up to $700 million in much-needed funding to our schools through the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). California’s application was developed by a working group of seven school districts superintendents who are […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Dan Schnur Chair of Fair Political Practices Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Dan Schnur as chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). “The people of California deserve a political environment that is fair and puts their needs first,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Dan Schnur has spent years teaching and advocating for equality and transparency […]

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Nava’s Calif. Foreclosure Prevention Legislation Passes Key Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assembly Bill 1639, a key piece of foreclosure prevention legislation authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbra), cleared a hurdle last week when it was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday. “This legislation sends a strong message to the banking and mortgage industry­that business as usual is not […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: First, Neal Asper, 61, of Yakima, Washington, has been appointed administrator of the Chula Vista Veterans Home for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served as executive director of the Toppenish Nursing and Rehab Center since 2008. Previously, Asper was […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs Administration to take Action on SOMB Recommendations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday directed his Administration to take action on recommendations provided by the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) after reviewing the John Albert Gardner case. “Public safety is my number one priority, and I am absolutely committed to protecting our children from sexual predators,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “That […]

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Calif. Measure to Revitalize Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens Communities in Watts Approved by State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly today approved AB 1641 by Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles), which would designate the communities of Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens in Watts as redevelopment areas necessary to begin a planned $5 billion revitalization of the area. The measure was approved […]

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California Cat Declawing/Devocalizing Measure Passed by Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assembly Bill 2743, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), which will make it illegal for a landlord in California to require cat declawing or devocalization as a condition of tenancy, passed the Assembly with bipartisan support 63 to 7. “Declawing and devocalization are permanent, complex surgeries that can have […]

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22 States Join California’s Fight Against Federal Judges Forcing Program Eliminations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — $2.4 billion of cuts approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor have been tied up by federal judges, forcing California state officials to consider the wholesale elimination of programs instead of cutbacks to those programs. The state has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review these decisions and […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement Following Senate Confirmation of Finance Director Ana Matosantos

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Ana Matosantos as director of the Department of Finance: “I congratulate Ana on her confirmation as California’s first Latina director of the Department of Finance. She absolutely has the knowledge and expertise our state needs to […]

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