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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Senate Approves Innovation Awards for Creative Californians to Help Streamline State Government – AB 2138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Good-government advocates rejoiced today after the California Senate passed the Innovation Awards bill by a vote of 31-4, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles). Gatto’s AB 2138 would offer up to a $25,000 prize for Californians who provide intellectual property that solves a specific problem, innovates a process, or otherwise […]

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Covered California access to Vision Care for Adults heads to Senate for Vote – AB 1877

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill to improve access to vision care for adults – AB 1877 – is headed to a final Senate vote. Currently, Covered California health insurance plans offer vision care only to children under the Affordable Care Act, leaving adult consumers […]

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Isadore Hall III

Calif. Assemblymember Hall Statement on AB 1576, requiring condom use in adult films, was held in Senate Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) released the following statement after his AB 1576, requiring documentation of condom or other barrier use in California produced adult films, was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee. “In a year where the Legislature and I have focused heavily on […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill that Levels Playing Field for Aerospace Companies – SB 718

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, released the following statement on the passage of SB 718 (Roth) from the Assembly: “Our state is a leader in approving sensible policies that gain and preserve jobs for Californians. SB 718 continues to accomplish that by maximizing our opportunity to […]

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Middle Class Taxpayers Association

Multiple CA Cities Heed Warnings, Abandon Charter Efforts

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With the deadline for placing city charter measures on the November ballot passed, the cities of Grover Beach and Wasco recently abandoned their efforts to place Charter proposals on the November ballot, says The Middle Class Taxpayers Association. However, three cities including Arroyo Grande, Costa Mesa and Escondido are among those who will place similar measures before voters in November.

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Senator Alex Padilla

Bill to Strengthen California Voting Rights Act Approved by State Assembly – SB 1365

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to strengthen voter protections under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) was approved today by the State Assembly. SB 1365 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) expands the CVRA by explicitly prohibiting school boards, cities, and counties from gerrymandering district boundaries in a manner that would weaken the ability […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Calif. Military Sexual Assault Legislation Headed to Governor Brown – SB 1422

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to remove investigations and prosecutions of military sexual assault cases from the chain of command is headed to Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration. The bill was given final legislative approval today on a unanimous 36 to 0 bipartisan vote of the State Senate. Senate Bill 1422, authored […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments including to California Veterinary Medical Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments for July 31, 2014 including: Lael Hepworth, 39, of Orting, WA, has been appointed administrator at the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista. Hepworth has served as superintendent at the Washington Soldiers Home since 2013. He was […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

California Congressman Tony Cárdenas and Charles Dent Form Bipartisan Student-Athlete Caucus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in Washinton, D.C., U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) and Charles W. Dent (R-Penn.) announced the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Student-Athlete Protection Caucus. The Caucus was founded to both inform Congressional members about physical, academic and financial issues faced by student-athletes, and to ensure that all student-athletes […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Statement on Solar Lobby Day with Tech Firms at State Capitol to promote AB 2188

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi released the following statement on the Solar Lobby Day that was jointly sponsored by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) and California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA): “AB 2188, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act, will create more solar jobs, contribute to California’s clean energy goals, and […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

California and Mexico Sign Pact to Strengthen Economic Ties and Expand Trade

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and MEXICO CITY /California Newswire/ — On the final day of the California Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday signed a broad agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy to expand trade between businesses in Mexico and California. “For California business, Mexico represents incredible opportunity,” said Governor […]

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Parks Forward Commission announces Draft Plan for sweeping changes to ensure long-term sustainability of California State Parks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Parks Forward Commission, an independent panel of experts charged by the Legislature and Governor to review the future of the state’s park system, today issued its draft plan that recommends a series of sweeping changes to ensure the long-term sustainability of California’s State Parks. The 40-page plan, published after […]

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California Gov. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Selects Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar for California Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Cuéllar, 41, of Stanford, has been a Stanford Law School professor since 2001 and was appointed Stanley Morrison Professor of Law in 2012. He has taught administrative law, criminal […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for July 21, 2014 including to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Monday announced the following appointments: First, Steven Cliff, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant director of sustainability at the California Department of Transportation. Cliff has been assistant chief of the Stationary Source Division at the California Air Resources Board since 2013, where […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for July 21, 2014 – Signs Bills into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 230 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Youth athletic programs: background checks. And, AB 1393 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Personal income taxes: income exclusion: mortgage debt forgiveness. Additional […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for July 18, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 319 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) – Local agencies: domestic violence. AB 600 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Alcoholic beverages: tied-house restrictions: advertising. Additional bills signed into law include: • AB […]

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Isadore Hall III

Calif. Assemblymember Hall Thanks Gov. Brown for Removal of Confederate Flag Items from State Fair

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) today thanked California Governor Jerry Brown and his administration for their swift response in removing several items found for sale at the California State Fair bearing the image of the Confederate flag. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism, exclusion, oppression […]

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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Makes Appointments to County Superior Courts for July 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wendesday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced various the appointments of a judgeship in California County Superior Courts. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Danielle K. Douglas to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County County Superior Court. Douglas, 40, of San Francisco, has […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update, New Bills Signed into Law, for July 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills which include AB 148 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) – Salton Sea restoration, and AB 474 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – California Coastal Commission: ex parte communications: disclosure forms. ADDITIONAL BILLS […]

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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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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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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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