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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Expands Health Care Coverage, Pays Down Debt and Shores Up Teachers’ Pensions in Revised State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised state budget that provides health care to millions more Californians, pays down $11 billion in debt and fully funds the teachers’ retirement system over time. “This May Revision is good news for California,” said Governor Brown. “It shows that California […]

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Calif. Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce Rainy Day Fund Agreement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Moving swiftly to maintain fiscal stability and prepare for the next economic downturn, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway today announced a bipartisan agreement to replace the Rainy Day […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for May 7, 2014 including to California Department of Child Support Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Alisha Griffin, 65, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, has been appointed director of the California Department of Child Support Services. Griffin has been director of the Office of Child Support Services at the New Jersey Department of Human Services […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi

Calif. Aerospace Tax Incentive Act Signed by Governor Brown – AB 777

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 777 authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). AB 777 provides a property tax exemption for the commercial space flight industry. This new law codifies a Board of Equalization advisory legal opinion that rocket propulsion systems qualify for the business inventory tax exemption. […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With California’s driest months ahead, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water. “The driest months are still to come […]

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Muratsuchi Opposes Oil Drilling Project in Hermosa Beach – AB 2711 (Press Conference)

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D—Torrance) affirmed his opposition to the oil drilling project proposal in Hermosa Beach and shared details of his Assembly Bill (AB) 2711 at today’s press conference. “I oppose the oil drilling project in Hermosa Beach because the thought of an environmental disaster with devastating impacts on […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 24, 2014 including to the California Volunteers Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Christine Hironaka, 27, of Piedmont, has been appointed deputy director of legislative affairs at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. She has been a legislative assistant for California State Senator Mark Leno since 2010. Hironaka […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces New Hiring Credit Pilot Areas in Fresno, Merced and Riverside

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Building on efforts to grow California’s economy and help businesses create jobs, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Thursday announced new tax incentives for employers hiring workers in Fresno, Merced and Riverside. “The state’s economy is steadily improving and more than a million Californians are back to work after the […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Violent Attacks at Two Los Angeles Area Hospitals Highlight Need for More Healthcare Worker Protections, says Padilla – SB 1299

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ – The stabbing of two nurses in two Los Angeles area hospitals within hours Monday morning is a shocking reminder that working in a hospital setting comes with very real risk. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in healthcare and social assistance settings are five times […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Grants 63 Pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that, on Good Friday, he has granted 63 pardons. The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity. Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Animal Protection Bill Would Increase Funding for Shelters, Save Lives – AB 2343

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) introduced new legislation to provide funds to local animal agencies that comply with the “Hayden Law,” and to fund a new $10 million program to help prevent needless killing of dogs and cats in California shelters. “The state can do a better job supporting […]

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California Bill Stimulating Aerospace Industry Approved by State Senate – AB 777

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In order to foster a more stable business climate for California’s aerospace sector, the California State Senate today passed Assembly Bill (AB) 777 authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). Also known as the Aerospace Tax Clarification Act, AB 777 would qualify rocket propulsion systems for an existing business inventory tax […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

Calif. Bill Targeting Mislabeled Seafood Approved by Senate Health Committee – SB 1138

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Senate Health Committee today approved Senate Bill 1138 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which addresses the growing problem of seafood mislabeling and its effects on public health, consumer choice, and sustainable fishing practices on a bipartisan vote. The bill will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. […]

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Legislation Seeks UC and CSU Guidelines Allowing Computer Science Courses to Meet Admissions Requirements – SB 1200

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to allow high school advanced computer science courses to be counted towards core college admissions requirements was approved today by the Senate Education Committee. The bill, SB 1200, by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) calls on the UC and CSU to provide guidelines for high school computer science […]

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Landmark California Recycled-Water Bill Clears First Legislative Hurdle – AB 2282

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — According to Assemblyman Mike Gatto, most homeowners want cheaper water bills. If provided the infrastructure, they’d gladly use recycled water to wash cars and irrigate lawns. Many cities have vast reservoirs of recycled water. If provided a market, they’d gladly allow the water to be used for more than just […]

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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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AMVETS Recognizes Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi as a 2013 California Legislator of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On April 2, 2014, during their Annual Capitol Legislative Day, AMVETS recognized Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) as a 2013 California Legislator of the Year. Every year, AMVETS honors legislators who have gone the extra mile to support California’s veterans, service members and their families. Per a press release sent […]

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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. Congressman Cárdenas Joins New Democrat Coalition – New Dems

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D- San Fernando Valley) was inducted unanimously into the New Democrat Coalition, also known as New Dems. New Dems are a group of House Democrats dedicated to maintaining and encouraging American ingenuity and innovation in the global marketplace. “For me, joining the New Democrat Coalition […]

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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 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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