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Action to Protect Career Technical Education in California taken by Assemblymember Muratsuchi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) led an effort to protect career technical education (CTE) in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. The subcommittee unanimously voted to 1) establish CTE as a state priority in high schools and 2) to ensure that local education agencies continue to provide regionally […]

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Calif. Child Protective Services Audit Uncovers Disturbing Flaws in Agency Performance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — State officials released results today of an audit of child-welfare-services agencies initiated by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) in the wake of failures last year that, in one case, led to the death of a child in Los Angeles County. Assemblyman Mike Gatto requested the audit following last year’s murder […]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas Applauds Single Republican Vote for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today applauded Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for her courageous vote last night to encourage debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform on the floor of the U.S. House. Monday night, the House Rules Committee held a hearing to decide which amendments to the Paul Ryan […]

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Calif. Senator Padilla’s Legislation Targets Mislabeled Seafood with Senate Bill 1138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Senator Alex Padilla held a press conference at Taylor’s Market in Sacramento to announce Senate Bill 1138 which addresses the growing problem of seafood mislabeling and its effects on public health, consumer choice, and sustainable fishing practices. Joining Senator Padilla was Danny Johnson from Taylor’s Market who conducted […]

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas, Two Senators Introduce At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act Of 2014

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) joined U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today, announcing the introduction of the At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act of 2014. This legislation ensures that youths who spend time in the juvenile justice system receive the health […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 2, 2014 including to Porterville Developmental Center Advisory Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Joan Grant, 79, of Anaheim, has been appointed to the Porterville Developmental Center Advisory Board, where she has served since 2003. Grant was a housing inspector for the Orange County Housing Authority from 1979 to 1998, a school […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 1, 2014 including to California Advisory Commission on Special Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Matt Navo, 43, of Sanger, has been appointed to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. Navo has been superintendent for the Sanger Unified School District since 2013, where he has served in multiple positions since 2000, […]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla Issues Statement Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision in McCutcheon v. FEC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court decision in the case, McCutcheon v. FEC: “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for the 1 percent. It makes it legal for a wealthy donor to donate the maximum to every member of congress. America’s […]

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House Budget Republicans Unanimously Vote Against Cárdenas Legislation to Create Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, every Republican on the House Budget Committee placed themselves on record as being against Comprehensive Immigration Reform. U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), a member of the House Budget Committee, presented an amendment in that committee to create the economic infrastructure to pass and implement H.R. 15, the […]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla’s Statement Regarding Senate’s Vote Today to Suspend Senators

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate vote to suspend Senator Ron Calderon, Senator Rod Wright and Senator Leland Yee: “The people of California expect and deserve elected representatives they can trust and the Senate did the right thing in suspending three Senators […]

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Calif. Bill to Mandate Child-Abuse Training for California Teachers Passes Education Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools overcame its first legislative hurdle yesterday, passing the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-0. The legislation would require all school employees to be trained according to standards developed by the Department […]

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California ‘X-Prize’ Bill Clears Committee – Gatto’s Legislation Would Offer Prize for Innovative Ideas to Streamline State Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California 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 through the Accountability and Administrative Review committee by a vote of 12-0. AB 2138 would create a “California Government X-Prize,” offering cash incentives for people with […]

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Calif. 2014 Water Conservation Bill Clears First Committee as Drought Looms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A key water-conservation bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) passed the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee today by a vote of 13-0. AB 2636 establishes CalConserve, a revolving-loan program to provide loans to home owners and businesses to help finance water-efficiency projects. The program will reduce urban, […]

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Muratsuchi Bill Incentivizing Calif. Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sales Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 2013 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday, a promising start for a bill that seeks to increase the cap on Green HOV Stickers from 40,000 to 85,000 as the original number of stickers available to the public dwindles. The […]

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Calif. State Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee Green Lights the Film and Television Job Creation Act by Bocanegra and Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014 passed the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee today by a vote of 7-0. The legislation, authored by Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), would expand and improve the State’s […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for March 21, 2014 including to California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, André Schoorl, 56, of Sacramento, has been appointed senior advisor at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Schoorl has been deputy director at the California State Assembly Speaker’s Office of Member Services since 2009. Schoorl was […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Announces Bill to Support Career Technical Education and the SCROC – AB 2216

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, has announced the introduction of his bill, Assembly Bill 2216. AB 2216 would protect funding for Career Technical Education (CTE) and Regional Occupation Centers and Programs (ROCPs) like the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC) in Torrance. […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for March 13, 2014 including to California Naturopathic Medicine Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Thursday announced the following appointments: First, Daniel Arguello, 67, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Department of Veterans Affairs Mexican American Veterans’ Memorial Beautification and Enhancement Committee. Arguello has been principal at Daniel R. Arguello and Associates since 1997. He […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments to CSU Board of Trustees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments to the California State University Board of Trustees: First, Adam Day, 44, of Alpine, has been the assistant tribal manager for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation since 2002. He was general manager at NCG Porter Novelli […]

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Calif. Governor Brown, Treasurer Lockyer Kick-Start California PACE Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer announced key actions approved late yesterday to help revive and expand the popular Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which makes residential energy and water efficiency projects more affordable and accessible for California homeowners by enabling them […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley Appointed as Chair of Select Committee on Foster Care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care. In this role, Cooley will lead his colleagues in developing policy addressing the ever-changing needs of kids in California’s foster care system. “California’s foster care system is not as effective as it […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for March 7, 2014 including to California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Rebecca Stilling, 59, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of California Department of Technology, Information Technology Project Oversight and Consulting Division. Stilling has been chief information officer and deputy director of the Technology Services Division at […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Names South Bay Education Advocate as 2014 Woman of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) selected Leanne Huebner, an Executive Board Member for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, as the South Bay’s 2014 Woman of the Year. Huebner was honored on the Assembly Floor at the Capitol as part of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus’ “Women of the Year” event […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Introduces Legislation to Prevent Excessive School Administrator Compensation – AB 2710

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, announced his introduction of Assembly Bill 2710, a bill that would ensure greater transparency and accountability to prevent excessive school superintendent compensation packages such as that recently reported in the Centinela Valley Union High School District. […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Drought Legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Saturday, as California grapples with the driest period in its history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies. “Legislators across the aisle have now voted to help hard-pressed communities that face water shortages,” said Governor Brown. […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments to the California Gambling Control Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced the following appointments. Tiffany Conklin, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Gambling Control Commission, where she has served since 2010. Conklin was an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University from 2008 to 2010 and chief of staff for California […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 28, 2014 including to State Board of Food and Agriculture

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Donald Bransford, 66, of Colusa, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he has served since 2006. Bransford has been the owner and president of Bransford Farms since 1980. Bransford is […]

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Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Legislation: Stop Putting Kids in Solitary or in Jail for Skipping School

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), co-author of the landmark Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act of 2000 in California, today introduced two bills to reform the incarceration and confinement of juveniles in the United States. The Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act addresses a critical oversight in jails […]

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New Water Source for Drought-Scarred California – Landmark Recycled-Water Bill as Water Crisis Looms – AB 2282

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Although the Legislature cannot make it rain, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is doing the next best thing: creating new sources of clean water. Assemblyman Gatto introduced AB 2282 last week, which requires the state to adopt building standards for recycled water in newly constructed commercial and residential buildings, […]

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Deadline near for Calif. Assemblyman Gatto’s ‘Wiki Bill’ – First-of-its-Kind Bill Prepares for Next Step in Legislative Process

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that he is taking the next step in introducing the nation’s first ever “wiki bill” – encouraging interested individuals to finalize and submit their proposed legislative language to amend California’s Probate Code by March 7, 2014. The Probate Code covers matters such […]

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Legislation to Ban Sale of Confederate Flag on California State Property Introduced – AB 2444

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles) introduced AB 2444, which would prohibit the sale of the Confederate flag or items bearing the image of the Confederate flag on property owned or operated by the State of California. For many, the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism, […]

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Bill to Create California Government ‘X-Prize’ announced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto – AB 2138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) today announced AB 2138, which would offer cash incentives for people with ideas to increase government efficiency and reduce government waste. The legislation would authorize Governor Jerry Brown to select three state agencies, each of which will offer a $25,000 prize for Californians with […]

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Calif. Senator Padilla Seeks to Strengthen Political Reform Act including prohibition on running for more than one office at a time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), member of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, announced the introduction of a package of bills to strengthen California’s Political Reform Act. “Today, I announce four proposals that would significantly strengthen California’s Political Reform Act,” said Senator Padilla. “A lack of timely […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Enacts ‘Day of Remembrance’ in honor of Japanese Americans who were discriminatorily incarcerated during WWII

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 85 on the Assembly Floor, calling on California to commemorate February 19, 2014 as an official “Day of Remembrance” in honor of the hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans who were discriminatorily incarcerated during World War II. 72 […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 12, 2014 to Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Lai Lai Bui, 40, of Shingle Springs, has been reappointed to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, where she has served since 2005. Bui has held multiple positions at the Sacramento Police Department since 1994, […]

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Gatto and Torlakson Team Up to get Calif. School Employees training needed to stop Child Abuse – AB 1432

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) amended AB 1432 to strengthen training requirements and prevent child abuse in schools. The amendments would require all school employees to be trained according to standards developed by the Department of Education, in the proper identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect, […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 11, 2014 including to the 29th District Agricultural Association

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments for February 11: First, Nancy Ward, 58, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Ward has served in multiple positions for Region IX of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 10, 2014 including to the California Board of Registered Nursing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Monday announced the following appointments: First, Ted Benito, 48, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Benito has been executive director at the Apl.de.ap Foundation International since 2012 and has been a senior paralegal at Nantworks Inc. since 2007. […]

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Tea Party Republican joins with Los Angeles Democrat and Introduces Legislation to Assist Long-Term Unemployed Americans

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Seeking to lower the number of long-term unemployed Americans, a Tea Party Republican joined with a Los Angeles Democrat today, introducing legislation in Washington D.C. that would provide long-term unemployed Americans with assistance in moving to search for work. U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.), a member […]

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L.A. Mayor Garcetti names Ken Ziffren to Manage Entertainment Industry Initiatives

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday appointed Ken Ziffren to be his chief advisor on motion picture and television production. Ziffren will build on the foundation laid by Tom Sherak to help Mayor Garcetti strengthen our economy and middle class by increasing local production through expanded state incentives and […]

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