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Nava Releases Memorandum on Ojai Bear Incident and Calif. Dept. Fish and Game Policies – Seeks Public Input

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Following a series of meetings with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) is requesting public input regarding the policies and actions that resulted in the euthanizing of a black bear in Ojai in October. A memo summarizing DFG’s policies and reasoning behind the decision […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: Fred Ameri, 69, of Newport Beach, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has served on the board since 2000. Ameri has been senior vice president of RBF Consulting since 1968. He is a member of the […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Communications Director Matt David Issues Statement After Senator Steinberg’s Comments on Appointment of Sen. Maldonado

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger’s Communications Director Matt David today issued the following statement after Senator Steinberg’s comments on the Governor’s recent appointment of Senator Maldonado as California’s next Lieutenant Governor: “If Senator Steinberg acts promptly and confirms Senator Maldonado as California’s next Lieutenant Governor within 84 days, the Governor will consolidate the 15th […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Pedro Nava says new Lt. Gov. appointment will cost taxpayers millions

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava believes yesterday’s Lieutenant Governor appointment will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and Nava claims the Governor has “chosen politics over seniors and children.” In the wake of Lieutenant Governor, John Garamendi’s election to Congress, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently appointed Senator Abel Maldonado to this statewide elected position. This […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on California’s First-in-the-Nation Cap and Trade Program

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement after the California Air Resources Board today released a preliminary draft of the nation’s first cap-and-trade program, furthering the state’s goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: “California has led the nation and the world in developing green policies and programs, and […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Abel Maldonado Lieutenant Governor

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) as Lieutenant Governor. “Senator Maldonado has proven he has the strength and courage it takes to reach across the partisan divide and put the interests of Californians first and he is absolutely the most qualified person to take […]

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Consumer Federation of California Gives Pedro Nava 100 Percent Rating

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbra), Chair of the Assembly Banking & Finance Committee, announced yesterday that he received a perfect 100 percent score from the Consumer Federation of California (CFC) for his voting record on consumer issues. “Year in, year out, Assemblymember Nava stands up against the interests of big business […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III Reminds Parents to Check Ratings Info When Making Holiday Video Game Purchases

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Compton) today urged California’s shoppers to pay careful attention to the age and content ratings provided by the ESRB when purchasing computer and video games as gifts this holiday season. A recent ESA poll found that 43 percent of Americans plan to buy […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Hall Announces Members of the Select Committee on Re-Entry

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — According to a news release issued today, Speaker Karen Bass (D- Baldwin Hills) has named the following members to the Assembly Select Committee on Re-Entry chaired by Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Compton): Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano, Marty Block, Steve Bradford, Nathan Fletcher, Felipe Fuentes, Warren Furutani, Dave Jones, […]

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Foreclosure Crisis in California Addressed at Sacramento Hearing

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbra), Chair of the Assembly Banking & Finance Committee, led the second in a series of informational hearings today to examine California’s foreclosure crisis, the state’s current loan modification programs, and methods by which the state could improve procedures to help struggling California homeowners. Nava was joined […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Decision to Reject Workers’ Compensation Rate Increase

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday issued a statement after Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner rejected a second request by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Bureau to increase the Worker’s Compensation Claims Cost Benchmark which would have negatively affected California’s businesses and employers as the state works to rebuild its economy: “Especially, in our current […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Launch of ‘I Built It-Youth’ Campaign

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday announced the launch of the “I Built It-Youth” campaign, a statewide effort to begin training California’s future skilled workforce, which will be instrumental in rebuilding California’s infrastructure. The campaign is a collaboration between the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the California Department of Education (CDE) […]

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Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara E. Buckley to be Hosted by Nava at Calif. State Capitol

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Nevada has a Successful Loan Mediation Program. What: Hearing of the Assembly Banking & Finance Committee (the second in an ongoing series by the Committee) on California’s foreclosure crisis and the growing use of mediation programs to prevent foreclosure and keep families in their homes. When: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10 […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Takes Action to Secure Available Recovery Act Funds for Early Childhood Education

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Building on his commitment to both high-quality early childhood education and bringing available American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding to California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued Executive Order S-23-09 establishing the California State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care. This is the first step in making California […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Roger Brautigan Secretary of CDVA, Announces Appointment of Rocky Chavez as Undersecretary

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Roger Brautigan as secretary for the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA). “Roger is a respected California veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Army for more than 33 years. He has shown outstanding leadership ability and has been a true public […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Nava to Investigate Hidden Credit Card Fees for California Consumers

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbra), Chair of the Assembly Banking & Finance Committee, today announced that the Committee will hold a hearing in January to study the impact of undisclosed interchange fees charged to California consumers and merchants on every credit card transaction­a cost estimated at nearly $5 billion a year. […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints John J. Benoit District IV Riverside County Supervisor

RIVERSIDE /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday announced the appointment of John J. Benoit to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing District IV. “As an experienced elected official and former public safety officer, John J. Benoit has a proven history of dedicated public service and is absolutely the best person to fill this […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates Opening of EVI Worldwide Headquarters in Stockton

STOCKTON /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday joined officials from Electric Vehicles International (EVI) to announce the opening of their new worldwide headquarters and primary U.S. manufacturing facility in Stockton, a move that will further California’s nation-leading environmental goals and create 150 direct green jobs estimated by the company. EVI will design and assemble […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Pedro Nava Demands Answers from California’s Largest Banks

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Assembly Banking & Finance Committee, asked California’s largest financial institutions on October 23, 2009, for answers to over a dozen questions regarding their loan modification processes. Nava set a deadline of Monday, November 9, 2009 for those responses. “The banks need to stop […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Passage of Historic Comprehensive Water Package

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the legislature’s passage of an historic package to reform and rebuild California’s water system: “Water is the lifeblood of everything we do in California. Without clean, reliable water, we cannot build, we cannot farm, we cannot grow and we cannot prosper. That […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Race to the Top Legislative Package Passes State Senate

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the statement below after the California State Senate voted to pass SBX5 1, the bi-partisan measure proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger to ensure California meets the Obama Administration’s competitiveness requirements in the $4.35 billion national Race to the Top funding competition – which has been federally designed to […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Louis Fuentes District I Imperial County Supervisor

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Louis Fuentes to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, representing District I. “Louis’ extensive experience and involvement in Imperial County make him the right person for this position,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “He is a dedicated public servant and I am confident he will […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Senate Education Committee for Standing by California’s School Children, Passing SBX5 1

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday issued the statement below after the state Senate Education Committee voted 5-0 to approve SBX5 1, a bi-partisan measure proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger and authored by Senator Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) to ensure California is highly competitive in the Obama Administration’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates Opening of World’s Largest Landfill Gas to Liquefied Natural Gas Facility in Calif.

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today celebrated the opening of the world’s largest landfill gas to liquefied natural gas (LFG-to-LNG) facility in California, the Waste Management Altamont Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility in Livermore. The plant, put together by partners Waste Management, Linde-BOC and Gas Technology Institute, is designed to produce up to […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Barstow Veterans Home Receives Highest Possible Honor for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

BARSTOW /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that the Veterans Home of California in Barstow (VHC-Barstow) has received the highest possible honor under the new rating system established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The facility received an outstanding score of five out of a possible five stars for health […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces More Jobs Saved or Created in California Through Recovery Act Spending

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined Vice President Joe Biden at the White House for the Obama Administration’s release of the federal government’s first quarter American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) data. State-by-state data released by the federal government after the event confirms that over 110,000 direct jobs have been saved […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Michael Picker Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Facilities

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Michael Picker as senior advisor to the Governor for renewable energy facilities. “Michael’s knowledge and experience in environmental policy development and state and local government administration will be utilized to help California expedite the permitting of renewable energy facilities in the state,” said […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Pedro Nava Applauds Historic Federal Hate Crimes Legislation

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) applauds the President and Congress for taking a historic stand and signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act. “The President believes every human being is entitled to equality and the same dignity and protection under the law,” said Nava. “Signing this crucial […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Secures Commitment to Continue Net Metering for Solar

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) committed to increase the amount of net metering for rooftop solar in its territory from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent to ensure that investment in solar continues to grow. PG&E will submit the change in tariffs to […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds President Obama’s Investment in Smart Grid, Providing Boost to Renewable Energy Projects

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement applauding President Barack Obama’s announcement to invest $3.4 billion in smart-grid technology throughout the nation, including over $200 million in California: “I applaud President Obama for investing in a national smart energy grid that will help reduce electricity demand and increase accessibility to […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments – 10.27.09

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: First, Jennifer Allen, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. She has been a self-advocate presenter for Supported Life Institute since 2007. Previously, Allen served Capitol People First as president from 2005 to 2008 and a self-advocate […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Offers Rewards for Information in Two Unsolved Murder Cases

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for the following unsolved murder cases in California.The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered: On October 31, 2008, 18-year-old Colin […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders on Health Care Reform

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today sent the following letter to the Congressional leaders encouraging them to act on comprehensive health reform this year, while outlining specific concerns with the current health care reform legislation and reiterating the need to ensure that an unfair financial burden is not placed on states: October 27, […]

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California’s Film & Television Incentive Program Records Early Success in Retaining Jobs

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that 36 film and television productions are set to shoot during the last quarter of 2009 as a direct result of California’s recently launched film and TV production incentive. The Governor successfully proposed and pushed for the Film and Television Incentive as part of a package […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Calif. Appointments

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Appointments announced Oct. 23, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger include: Alexander Calero, 33, of San Diego, has been appointed to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. He has served as a member of the Board of Psychology since 2007 and as enforcement division staff counsel at the Department of Corporations since 2005. […]

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Nava to Introduce Oil Industry Fair Share Act – New Legislation will make Big Oil Pay for California Crude

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D – Santa Barbara) will be joined by seniors, school employees, healthcare providers, environmentalists and others to announce the introduction of the Oil Industry Fair Share Act at a Capitol news conference on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. in Room 1190 of the State Capitol. “California […]

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Nava Calls for Investigation of Department of Fish and Game Policy on Euthanizing Animals

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) sent a letter today to the Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee requesting the committee to hold an informational hearing or begin an investigation into the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) policy on euthanizing animals. Last week DFG wardens euthanized a bear […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Move Los Angeles Stadium Forward

LOS ANGELES /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed Assembly Bill X3 81 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-Compton) to speed up the construction of the long-awaited, environmentally-reviewed Los Angeles stadium complex. Specifically, this bill exempts activities associated with the development and operation of the stadium complex in the city of Industry from the California […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces $48 Million in Infrastructure Funds to Upper Yuba River Levee Improvement

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that his administration is expediting the implementation of $47.5 million in Proposition 1E funds to a critical levee improvement project on the Upper Yuba River. The funding is part of the Governor’s plan to rebuild California’s aging infrastructure while at the same time boosting the state’s […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Restore Funding to Calif.’s Domestic Violence Shelters

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed SBX3 13 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) to restore $16.3 million of state funding to support California domestic violence shelters. “I want to congratulate the many groups that put victims first and came together to find this creative solution that will keep domestic violence shelters […]

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