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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Invites Public to Draft the United States’ First Ever ‘Wiki Bill’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced a groundbreaking opportunity to allow individual citizens to draft a piece of legislation directly via an online Wiki. Citizens can visit the “Wiki bill’s” website, and by using an interface similar to Wikipedia’s, they can propose, draft, and edit a bill, which […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 10, 2013 including to the California Apprenticeship Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: first, Susan Anderson, 61, of Fresno, has been appointed to the California Apprenticeship Council. Anderson served in multiple positions for the County of Fresno from 1989 to 2013, including District 2 supervisor, county clerk, registrar of voters and deputy […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi statement on his appointment as Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) released the following statement in response to his appointment as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance: “I am honored to be appointed as the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.” He added, “As a former Torrance […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 3, 2013 including to California Environmental Protection Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. First, Aimee Barnes, 31, of Alameda, has been appointed deputy secretary for border and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Barnes has been partner at Allotrope Partners since 2013. She was an international climate change policy analyst […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 26, 2013 including to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Erick Casallas, 33, of Bakersfield, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, where he has served since 2011. Casallas has been a teacher at Emerson Middle School in Bakersfield since 2006. He was a teacher […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 25, 2013 including to California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Florence Bernal, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of legislative affairs at the California Department of Human Resources. Bernal has been a policy analyst and constituent affairs specialist in the California Lieutenant Governor’s Office since 2011. […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 21, 2013 including to the California Environmental Protection Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Camille Wagner, 31, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., where she has served as deputy legislative affairs secretary since 2011. Wagner was legislative director for […]

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First San Francisco Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Program in Collaboration with The White House Announces Finalists for 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Inspired by President Obama’s call, “We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges,” for the President’s New Management Agenda, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in collaboration with the White House announced the finalists of San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program, the first ever program within government […]

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California Congressman Cardenas Introduces Law to Help Protect Collegiate Student-Athlete Academic Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today introduced legislation protecting collegiate student-athletes as they achieve academic goals, while also protecting the student-athletes’ health. The Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act (CSAP) requires universities and colleges who profit most from the […]

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California Congressman Cárdenas Introduces Food Safety Farm Legislation to Help Protect Families from Food-borne Illness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In Washington, D.C., today U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today introduced a bill to help protect more American families from foodborne illnesses. Cárdenas’ legislation would expand food safety education initiatives to train farmworkers on how to prevent bacterial contamination of food, how to identify sources of foodborne contaminants […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 13, 2013 including to California Department of Toxic Substances

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Meredith Williams, 51, of San Francisco, has been appointed deputy director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control Safer Products and Workplaces Program. Williams has been interim executive director at the San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center […]

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SF Mayor Lee Announces New Initiative to Help Veterans Reenter Calif. Workforce

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, S.F. Mayor Lee announced a new initiative called the Veterans Access Point for Workforce Development, with Swords to Plowshares. This comprehensive employment center for veterans and residents includes career counseling, job search and readiness programs, workshops and trainings, support services, and access to resource rooms with […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Appoints New Labor Secretary, Senior Advisor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointments of David Lanier as Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Marty Morgenstern as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Governor. Lanier replaces Morgenstern, who has served as secretary since 2011. While Morgenstern is retiring, […]

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Assembly Insurance Committee Holds Oversight Hearing in Wake of Calif. EDD Unemployment Insurance System Failure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley participated in the Assembly Insurance Committee oversight hearing on the disrupted deployment of the California Employment Development Department’s new unemployment insurance system and delays to benefit disbursement. During the hearing, the Committee listened to EDD clients who have not received unemployment insurance benefits since the […]

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Stakeholders agree that the Aerospace Industry is critical to California’s economy and additional resources are needed

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), joined by Michael Rossi, Senior Advisor for Jobs and Business Development for Governor Brown, William Koch, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs of GO-Biz and area Chamber of Commerce representatives, met with Aerospace Advisory Council Members to discuss California initiatives to support the aerospace industry and […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 5, 2013 including to the California Student Aid Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jean Shiomoto, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, where she has been acting director since 2013 and has served in multiple positions since 1988, including chief deputy director, chief of […]

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S.F. Mayor Lee Appoints Barbara Carlson as Director of the Office of Early Care and Education

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee this week appointed Barbara Coccodrilli Carlson as the first new Director of the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE). The OECE was created in 2012 to align and coordinate programs and funding streams from the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families (DCYF), […]

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SF Mayor Lee Launches Nation’s First Living Innovation Zone

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee, as part of Innovation Month, officially opened the nation’s first Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) – an enterprise that links partners with the City to sponsor the installation of innovative exhibit spaces that make science and technology more accessible in public for […]

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Disappointment with EDD’s Lack of Seamless Execution of Programs for Veterans expressed by Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance), Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, today released the following statement in response to the State Auditor’s findings related to the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) efforts to assist veterans in finding employment: “While the EDD has provided many great employment assistance-related resources […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Joins Oregon, Washington, British Columbia Leaders to Combat Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Building on international agreements with China and Quebec to combat climate change, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined the Governors of Oregon and Washington and the British Columbia Premier by teleconference to sign a regional agreement to strategically align policies to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean […]

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Calif. State Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee and Women’s Caucus Review How Military Sexual Trauma Impacts California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, convened a Joint Oversight Committee Hearing in the Capitol to discuss the impacts, issues, and supportive programs associated with Military Sexual Trauma (MST). “As Chair of the […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 25, 2013 including to California State Independent Living Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. tannounced the following appointments: First, Kyle Simerly, 24, of Mill Valley, has been appointed assistant secretary for public affairs at the California State Transportation Agency. Simerly was a back of house specialist at Apple Inc. from 2011 to 2012 and student director […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 25, 2013 to Regional Water Quality Control Boards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments to Regional Water Quality Control Boards: First, Gregory Giusti, 58, of Kelseyville, has been appointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Giusti has been an advisor and director of forest and wildlands ecology at the […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 23, 2013 including to State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Shelley Rouillard, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the California Department of Managed Health Care effective December 1, 2013, where she has served as chief deputy director since 2011. Rouillard served as deputy director of […]

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AMVETS Announces Assemblymember Muratsuchi is Recipient of the 2013 California Legislator of the Year Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) today released the following statement in response to AMVETS’ announcement of his award: “To be named a recipient of AMVETS’ 2013 California Legislators of the Year Award is a great honor and I am very grateful. “Within a year my colleagues and I […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 17, 2013 including to California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Stuart Drown, 54, of Davis, has been appointed deputy secretary for government improvement and accountability at the California Government Operations Agency. Drown has been executive director of the Little Hoover Commission since 2006. He held multiple positions […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 15, 2013 including to Calif. Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jose Hurtado, 60, of Napa, has been appointed to the 25th District Agricultural Association, Napa Town and Country Fair Board. Hurtado has served as a member of the Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees since […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi Appointed to Calif. Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was appointed to the newly-established Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment. This committee will be responsible for reviewing the current challenges facing the state justice’s system, consider fiscal and other impacts and discuss mitigations. “As a former prosecutor, addressing issues such as realignment and prison overcrowding […]

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Mike Gatto’s California Hit-and-Run Legislation signed by Governor Brown in the Wake of Continuing Tragedy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to address the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in California was signed into law by Governor Brown on Saturday. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law-enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run offenses by extending the current three-year statute of limitations for such offenses […]

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Health Professions Scholarship, Student Loan Repayment announced by Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley announced that the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is offering scholarships and student loan repayments for health professionals who commit to working in medically underserved communities. Funded through OSHPD’s Health Professions Education Foundation, $32 million will be awarded to students enrolled […]

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Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act Signed by Calif. Governor Brown – AB 639

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today Calif. Governor Brown signed AB 639 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) which will repurpose funds to provide more affordable housing for homeless veterans and their families. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi was Principal Co-author of this bill. “As Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I cannot accept […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Oct. 9, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, which include: AB 140 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) – Undue influence. AB 191 by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Los Angeles) – CalFresh: categorical eligibility. ADDITIONAL LIST: • AB 247 by Assemblymember Donald P. Wagner (R-Irvine) […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Women’s Health Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed seven bills to support the health and well-being of women in California. The Governor signed numerous bills today, including AB 154 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Permits a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife or physician assistant, who completes specified training […]

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SF Mayor Ed Lee, SFUSD & Salesforce.com Foundation Launch Public-Private Middle School Leadership Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Mayor Ed Lee joined San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Richard Carranza and Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the salesforce.com Foundation, to launch the Mayor’s Middle School Leadership Initiative, a first of its kind public-private partnership […]

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SF Mayor Ed Lee Launches New Microloan Pilot Program for San Francisco to Invest In Neighborhood Commercial Districts

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, S.F. Mayor Ed Lee announced the launch of the StepAheadSF Microloan Pilot Program, a new program that will provide $250,000 in zero percent interest loans to support small businesses in neighborhood commercial corridors citywide. StepAheadSF, administered by Working Solutions, will provide loans to individual small businesses. […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 7, 2013 including to the 54th District Agricultural Association

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following state government appointments: First, Karin Schwartz, 49, of Berkeley, has been appointed deputy director and chief counsel for the California Department of Public Health. Schwartz has been a supervising deputy attorney general at the California Attorney General’s Office since […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Padilla Bill Providing Stable Funding for Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 191. The new law extends stable funding for pediatric trauma care centers throughout California. Authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), the new law allows counties to continue to collect funds for local emergency medical services, including pediatric trauma care, at […]

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Calif. Clean Technology Bill Signed by Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 796 that deals with clean energy technology was signed by Governor Brown. “This law will continue to allow fair access to natural gas for those clean technology companies that utilize fuel cells,” said Muratsuchi. “It will result in […]

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California Sea Level Rise Assessment Bill Signed by Governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 691, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed by Governor Brown. This bill will prepare California for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts and report the results to the State Lands Commission. “AB 691 will […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill to Facilitate Modern, Public Voting Systems

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 360 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was signed by Governor Brown over the weekend. The new law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2014, allows county election officials to develop, own and operate public voting systems, subject to approval and certification by the California Secretary of […]

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