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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for July 16, 2014 including to California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Vice Admiral Jody A. Breckenridge, USCG (retired), 61, of Pleasant Hill, has been appointed chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority Board of Directors. Breckenridge served in several positions in the U.S. Coast […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for July 14, 2014 including to the California Water Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Andrew Ball, 60, of Piedmont, has been appointed to the California Water Commission, where he has served since 2010. Ball has been Western Region president of Suffolk Construction since 2012. He was chief executive officer at Webcor Builders […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Statement on Signing of Assembly Bill 2389

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, released the following statement on the signing of AB 2389: “California’s aerospace industry has taken dramatic hits in loss of jobs since the end of the Cold War, but we still lead the nation in aerospace manufacturing today because we […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas’ Bill Seeks More Diverse Small Business Funding with HUBZone

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in Washington, D.C., Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas introduced legislation allowing equal access to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) HUBZone program. The HUBZone Equity Act will insure access for all American small business owners who pay taxes. While most SBA programs are accessible to business owners including permanent […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation July 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including AB 1623 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Family justice centers. Additional bills signed into law July 7: – AB 1810 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Deposits for keeping: […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cardenas Introduces Federal Guide for Small Businesses

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today announced the publication of his newly-created Small Business Resource Guide, which gives information regarding federal agencies that assist small business and entrepreneurial development, business regulations, financing, government contracting, minority-owned businesses, export assistance and overseas investment. It also provides information on creating […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

AB 2187 to Ensure Needed Funding for County Child Abuse Prevention Programs Signed by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) today announced that his bill – AB 2187 – was signed by Governor Brown. AB 2187 clarifies the pathway of the fee collected for copies of a child’s birth certificate, as to the portion of the fee used for child abuse prevention and intervention […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Appoints Four Justices to the Second District Court of Appeal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Associate Justice Frances Rothschild as presiding justice, Division One, Brian M. Hoffstadt to Division Two, Lee S. Edmon as presiding justice, Division Three and Judge Audrey B. Collins to Division Four of the Second District Court of Appeal. […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Appoints Two Justices to the First District Court of Appeal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Associate Justice James M. Humes as presiding justice, Division One and Therese M. Stewart to Division Two of the First District Court of Appeal. Humes, 54, of San Francisco, has served as associate justice of the First District […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for June 27, 2014 including to California Apprenticeship Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Claudia Cappio, 60, of Oakland, has been appointed director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Cappio has been executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency since 2011. She was founder and managing principal […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Attacks Republican House Leadership for Failure to Create 120,000 Jobs

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) recognized the one year anniversary of bipartisan Senate passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Cárdenas called on the Republican House majority to stop obstructing passage of this critical piece of economic legislation. “Today, we recognize the courage of […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Film and Television Job Creation Act Passes Final Policy Committee – AB 1839

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, cleared a major legislative hurdle today, passing the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by a vote of 6-0. The legislation, authored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), and co-authored by more than […]

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Isadore Hall III

Calif. Legislation to Require STD Testing & Condoms in Adult Films Approved by Senate Labor Committee – AB 1576

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation by Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) to require documentation of condom or other personal protective equipment use in California produced adult films and mandatory employer paid STD testing of adult film actors was approved today by the California State Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee. […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Bill to Provide Children Access to Ailing Parents Passes Senate Committee One Week After Death of Casey Kasem – AB 2034

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Earlier today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents cleared its biggest legislative hurdle yet, passing the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-0. The legislation, AB 2034, seeks to protect children from being denied access to […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Legislature Passes State-Initiated Measure to Overturn Citizens United

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — When Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AJR 1 in December 2012, he was the first legislator in the United States to employ a unique procedure in the U.S. Constitution that allows state legislatures to command Congressional action. Specifically, AJR 1 would require Congress to call a convention to […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Bill to Protect Youth Football Players Passes with Bipartisan Support, Sent to Gov. Brown – AB 2127

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 passed out of the State Senate this morning with a bipartisan vote. AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Calif. Bill to Protect Workers from Heat Related Illnesses Headed to Governor Brown – SB 1360

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California State Assembly approved SB 1360 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill would require that workers be paid during mandated rest and recovery periods in work environments where there is high risk of heat related illness and injury. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Legislation to Create Califormia Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System Introduced – AB 47

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) took bold new action today in his ongoing efforts to curb the epidemic of hit-and-runs in California, introducing legislation to create a “Yellow Alert” system to help catch hit-and-run offenders. Gatto’s bill, AB 47, would allow law-enforcement agencies to use the existing Emergency Alert […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Week of June 2, 2014 including to California Natural Resources Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jennifer Castleberry, 45, of Rocklin has been appointed marketing and public relations manager of the California Exposition and State Fair. Castleberry was general manager at Modamedia Communications from 2012 to 2014 and senior director of marketing, events and entertainment for the Sacramento River Cats Baseball Club from 2010 to 2012.

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Middle Class Taxpayers Association

Middle Class Taxpayers Association Launches CharterWarning.com

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Middle Class Taxpayers Association launched a new website – charterwarning.com – aimed at providing a reliable source for information on potential dangers that can be hidden in some city charters like the ones being considered this year in as many as five cities across California.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Classic Black License Plates Returning to California Cars – Legacy License Plate Program Created by Assemblyman Mike Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1658 and created the California Legacy License Plate Program, he wanted to do something nice for those who preserve California’s classic-car heritage. Such enthusiasts often view Sacramento as the source of pesky regulations. But even peskier is the fact that […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Bill to Increase Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers Passes Assembly – AB 1532

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — As an 18-year-old victim remains hospitalized in a coma, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to increase penalties for those who flee the scene of an accident cleared its biggest legislative hurdle yet, passing the Assembly by a vote of 74-4. Gatto’s bill, AB 1532, would expand hit-and-run penalties […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Water Conservation Bill Passes Assembly – AB 2636

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A key water-conservation bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) passed the Assembly yesterday by a vote of 74-2. AB 2636 establishes CalConserve, a revolving-loan program to finance water-efficiency projects for home owners and businesses, and help cities and counties reach their water-reduction goals. AB 2636 now moves to […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas helps Protect U.S. Companies from ‘Patent Trolls’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi, Texas) introduced the “Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act,” legislation to protect American companies from abusive litigation at the hands of patent trolls. The legislation will speed up the legal process surrounding patent […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

California Bill Returning $1.3 Million to Fire District Taxpayers, Signed by Governor Brown – AB 1053

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif., Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 1053 – allowing the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) to return $1.3 million in mistakenly collected taxes to more than 3,800 property owners in Sacramento County, has been signed by Governor Brown. “I thank Governor Brown […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Bill to Bring Justice to Victims of Campus Crime Passes Assembly – AB 1433

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A closely watched bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated, passed the Assembly today by a vote of 74-0. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain violent crimes (like sexual assault and hate […]

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Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

Bill Streamlining Solar Permitting Approved by California State Assembly – AB 2188

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2188, by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance), passed the Assembly Floor today with a 58-8 vote and now heads to the Senate. The Solar Rights Act of 1978 declared that the timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems was a matter of statewide concern. However, […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles)

Landmark California Recycled-Water Bill Clears Assembly – AB 2282

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they’d gladly use recycled water to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If provided a market, they’d gladly allow the water to be used for more than just landscaping medians. Drought-scorched California moved […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Bill Targeting Mislabeled Seafood Approved by California State Senate – SB 1138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved Senate Bill 1138 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a vote of 36 to 0. The bill would address the growing problem of seafood mislabeling and its effects on public health, consumer choice, and sustainable fishing practices. The bill now goes to the State […]

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Isadore Hall III

Measure to Require Condoms in California Produced Adult Films Approved by State Assembly – AB 1576

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation by Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) to require condoms or other personal protective equipment in California produced adult films and mandatory employer paid STD testing of adult film actors was approved today by the California State Assembly. AB 1576 passed with bipartisan support on a vote […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California ‘X-Prize’ Bill Passes Assembly – Would Offer $25,000 Prize for Innovative Concepts to Streamline State Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly took one small step today in what could be a giant leap for good-government advocates, passing Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) “X-Prize” bill by a vote of 66-0. AB 2138 would offer cash incentives for fully developed and actionable plans that increase government efficiency and reduce […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cardenas Passes Cybersecurity Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) successfully added a critical amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to improve cybersecurity in the United States. The NDAA passed the House today. The Cárdenas amendment will ensure the United States is prepared to face the electronic security challenges of […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Asm. Muratsuchi Receives Legislator of the Year Award from Assoc. of Global Automakers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Association of Global Automakers has announced Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi as their 2014 “Legislator of the Year.” The award was presented last night at a ceremony hosted by the association in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the second recipient of the Global Automakers’ annual award, which recognizes lawmakers who have demonstrated an […]

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Calif. Bill Incentivizing Small Business Growth Approved by State Assembly – AB 2096

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2096, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) and sponsored by Small Business California, passed the State Assembly with a 72 to 0 vote today. This bill would allow start-up and emerging small businesses identify investors who can provide capital to help them grow and create […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Calif. Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 1053 Goes to Governor for Signature, Returns $1.3 Million to Fire District Taxpayers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 1053 – is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. This bill will allow the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) to return $1.3 million in mistakenly collected taxes to more than 3,800 property owners in Sacramento County. “Metro […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

California Senate Approves Military Sexual Assault Bill – Senate Bill 1422

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 1422, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 0. The bill would require cases of sexual assault of a service member of the California Military Department (CMD) be subject to the jurisdiction of local civilian authorities. The […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Legislation to Protect California Youth Football Players Moves to State Senate – AB 2127

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 was passed off the floor of the State Assembly this morning. AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Issues Statement on Passage of New Rainy Day Fund Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), a long-time advocate for government and budgetary reform and the author of ACA 4, the 2010 constitutional amendment that would create an enhanced version of California’s “Rainy Day Fund,” offered his support for a new Rainy Day Fund proposal that passed both houses of […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect California Students’ Social Media Data Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Young people who might want to delete an embarrassing or controversial post to social media currently have few options, especially if that young person’s school monitors, collects, and keeps such postings on separate hard drives, forever. Legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) would ensure that information collected by school […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Releases Statement on Passage of Rainy Day Fund Proposal

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today released the following statement in response to the Legislature unanimously passing Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (Second Extraordinary Session), which replaces the current Rainy Day Fund on the November 2014 ballot: “As a co-author of ACA 2X-1, and as the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee […]

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