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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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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 6, 2014 including to the California Architects Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: Geoff Dean, 57, of Ventura, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections. Dean has held multiple positions at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office since 1977, including sheriff, commander, sergeant and deputy. Dean is […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 5, 2014 including to the California Building Standards Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Tony Perez, 49, of San Diego, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Government Operations Agency. Perez has been a consultant and attorney in private practice since 2014. Perez held multiple positions at the Wake Forest Baptist […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 4, 2014 including to California Commission on Disability Access

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Karin Caves, 59, of Carmichael, has been appointed deputy secretary of communications at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Caves was communications director in the Office of Senator Kevin de León in 2013 and owner of […]

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Cutting-Edge Technology Championed by Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Gets Strong Support in California Energy Commission Study

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — According to a news announcement today from Assemblyman Mike Gatto, shortly after being elected, Gatto (D-Los Angeles) had a conversation with a friend who had just returned from Israel. Expecting to hear emotional descriptions of religious sites, Gatto was surprised to hear his friend rave instead about a road that […]

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Muratsuchi Bill Supporting Aerospace Industry Passed by Calif. State Assembly – AB 777

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With overwhelming bipartisan support, the California State Assembly on Wednesday passed Assembly Bill 777 authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace. Under AB 777, rocket ships built by private space exploration companies, such as Space X, would be classified as business inventory and hence, […]

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Mike Gatto’s AJR 1 Historic Constitutional Resolution Passes California State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) AJR 1, a measure to begin the process to amend the United States Constitution to address the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, took a major step forward, passing the California State Assembly by a vote of 51-20. […]

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Calif. State Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse – AB 883

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday this week, the Calif. Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention. Although the […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 29, 2014 including to California Independent System Operator Board of Governors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday this week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Michael Picker, 62, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission. Picker has been Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor since 2009; he will resign this position […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 27, 2014 including to California State Teachers Retirement Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Gov. Brown announced the following appointments: First, Tyson Eckerle, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed zero emission vehicle infrastructure project manager at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Eckerle has been executive director at Energy Independence Now since 2011, where he was associate director from […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Responds to Governor’s 2014 State of the State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, released the following statement in response to the Governor’s 2014 State of the State Address: “The Governor’s State of the State Address combined a positive vision for California with a prudent approach to state spending. I […]

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California Governor Brown Delivers 2014 State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Committing to “pay down our debts and remember the lessons of history,” Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his annual State of the State address, highlighting California’s comeback while vowing to establish a solid rainy day fund to help maintain the state’s fiscal stability. The Governor also renewed […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill Would Force Hit-and-Run Offenders Off California Roadways – AB 1532

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) continued his efforts to curb the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in Southern California, by introducing legislation on Tuesday that increases the penalties for people who leave the scene of an accident. Gatto’s bill, AB 1532, would expand hit-and-run penalties to include automatic license revocation […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 21, 2014 including to the California Building Standards Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Gloria Bell, 58, of Salinas, has been reappointed to the California Employment Training Panel, where she has served since 2013. Bell was safety officer and employee relations manager at Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc. from 2002 to 2013, human […]

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California Issues Regulations to Implement Assemblyman Gatto’s Landmark Green-Energy Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously last week to adopt new rules for the injection of biogas into the state’s natural-gas pipelines, ushering in an entirely new clean-energy industry in the Golden State. Biomethane, a renewable form of natural gas, was previously banned from the California pipelines due […]

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