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SF Mayor Ed Lee, SFUSD & Salesforce.com Foundation Launch Public-Private Middle School Leadership Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Mayor Ed Lee joined San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Richard Carranza and Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the salesforce.com Foundation, to launch the Mayor’s Middle School Leadership Initiative, a first of its kind public-private partnership […]

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SF Mayor Ed Lee Launches New Microloan Pilot Program for San Francisco to Invest In Neighborhood Commercial Districts

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, S.F. Mayor Ed Lee announced the launch of the StepAheadSF Microloan Pilot Program, a new program that will provide $250,000 in zero percent interest loans to support small businesses in neighborhood commercial corridors citywide. StepAheadSF, administered by Working Solutions, will provide loans to individual small businesses. […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 7, 2013 including to the 54th District Agricultural Association

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following state government appointments: First, Karin Schwartz, 49, of Berkeley, has been appointed deputy director and chief counsel for the California Department of Public Health. Schwartz has been a supervising deputy attorney general at the California Attorney General’s Office since […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Padilla Bill Providing Stable Funding for Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 191. The new law extends stable funding for pediatric trauma care centers throughout California. Authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), the new law allows counties to continue to collect funds for local emergency medical services, including pediatric trauma care, at […]

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Calif. Clean Technology Bill Signed by Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 796 that deals with clean energy technology was signed by Governor Brown. “This law will continue to allow fair access to natural gas for those clean technology companies that utilize fuel cells,” said Muratsuchi. “It will result in […]

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California Sea Level Rise Assessment Bill Signed by Governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill (AB) 691, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed by Governor Brown. This bill will prepare California for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts and report the results to the State Lands Commission. “AB 691 will […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill to Facilitate Modern, Public Voting Systems

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 360 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was signed by Governor Brown over the weekend. The new law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2014, allows county election officials to develop, own and operate public voting systems, subject to approval and certification by the California Secretary of […]

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California Power Outage Bill Signed by the Governor – AB 66 requires electrical corporations to report and remediate power deficiencies

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Bill 66, authored by Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown and will address the frequent power outages affecting South Bay communities. The new law will give the California Public Utilities Commission the authority to direct utilities to remediate persistent outages and to report […]

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Historic Prop. 65 Reform Signed into Law – Will Help California Businesses Avoid Unfair Lawsuits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Proposition 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits was signed into law by Governor Brown on Saturday. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive notice of a technical Prop. 65 signage violation to achieve compliance within fourteen […]

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Bill to Protect California Communities from Contaminated Properties Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Communities struggling with decaying and contaminated properties now have a new tool to revitalize these sites, thanks to Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) AB 440. The bill passed the Legislature in September, and has now been signed into law by Governor Brown. Changes to state law in 2011 terminated […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill Allowing Out-of-State Voting for Emergency Responders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 362 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. The new law, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) empowers the Governor to set up an alternative means for emergency workers to obtain a ballot and cast their vote when outside the state responding to emergencies. “This […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Expand Broadband Deployment in Remote Parts of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 740 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. The legislation authorizes the California Public Utilities Commission to award broadband infrastructure grants and loans to entities that are uniquely suited to provide broadband access in remote areas of California. The bill goes into […]

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California Film and Tax Credit Legislation to be Crafted by Assembly and Senate Appropriations Chairs

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced today that they will introduce a comprehensive film- and television-production tax credit and other related policies in the 2014 legislative session. Gatto and De León expect to introduce the bill in January 2014, when the legislature […]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas Statement On House Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today released a statement following the introduction, and his co-sponsorship, of H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in the United States House of Representatives: “American businesses and American workers will benefit from this law,” said Cárdenas. “Comprehensive Immigration […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Homeless, Foster Youth Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to help protect the most vulnerable Californians – homeless children and adults and foster youth. The Governor signed the following bills: • AB 346 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – This bill establishes “runaway and homeless youth shelters” (RHYS) as […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Assemblyman Cooley’s Victims Restitution Money Protection Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 934 (Cooley), requiring agencies that collect restitution on behalf of crime victims to make reasonable efforts to locate and distribute the money to the victim, before the agency distributes the money to itself or another local agency. “Protecting victims of crime […]

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Bill Calling for California Mental Health Education in Public Schools Signed by Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 330, authored by Senator Alex Padilla was signed by Governor Brown today. The bill would improve the educational framework regarding mental health issues in California public schools. The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2014. “I applaud Governor Brown for signing SB 330. This law will […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Continue Implementation of Affordable Care Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, as the state launched its health benefit exchange, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a package of bills to continue implementing federal health care reform in California. “While extreme radicals in Washington shut down our government, here in California we’re taking action to extend decent health care […]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas Statement on the Oct. 1, 2013 Federal Shutdown

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In Washington, D.C., hours after Republican inaction caused a partial government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), a member of the House Committee on the Budget, and former Chair of the California State Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement: “It absolutely sickens me that the Republican […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Sept. 30, 2013 to California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Eduardo Angeles, 48, of Pasadena, has been appointed to the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Angeles has been senior assistant city attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2002. He served in multiple […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown signs Muratsuchi’s Privacy Bill – AB 370 lets consumers know when they are tracked online

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) released a statement about the signing of his Assembly Bill (AB) 370, the “Do Not Track” bill, by Governor Brown: “AB 370 will protect Californians’ right to privacy by providing transparency that will allow consumers to know when their online activity is […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown and Attorney General Harris Honor 14 with Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Awards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. was joined by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to present the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 14 law enforcement officials who went above and beyond the call of duty.

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California Health Benefit Exchange to Register Eligible Voters under new law authored by Senator Alex Padilla

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On October 1, California is slated to be one of the first states in the nation to provide voter registration through a Health Benefit Exchange to residents who are otherwise eligible to vote and have not registered. Last year, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 35, authored by Senator […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Bill Requiring Court Order to Interrupt Wireless Communication Service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 380, a bill to prevent the arbitrary shutdown or interruption of cell phone service, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill becomes effective on January 1, 2014. The new law was authored by Senator Padilla in response to BART shutdown of wireless services. “Open communication […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Sept. 26, 2013 with Bills Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills into law. Bills signed include: SB 380 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Communications: service interruptions. SB 197 by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) – Commercial fishing: commercial fishing salmon stamp. ADDITIONALLY SIGNED: • AB […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Sept. 25, 2013 including to California Commission on Disability Access

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Alison Grimes, 61, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, where she has served since 2010. Grimes has been director of audiology and an assistant clinical professor […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill to Increase Minimum Wage in California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Acting to help California’s working families, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed AB 10 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), which will raise the minimum wage in California from $8.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour. “It’s a special day to stand with workers who are laboring for […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Sept. 24, 2013 including to the California Architects Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Peter Luchetti, 57, of Sausalito, has been appointed to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Board of Directors. Luchetti has been founder and managing partner at Table Rock Capital since 2003. He held multiple positions at […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Sen. Padilla Bill to Create California Earthquake Early Warning System

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 135 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which requires that the Office of Emergency Services develop a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system to alert Californians in advance of dangerous shaking. “I applaud Governor Brown for his vision and leadership. We live in […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Sept. 23, 2013 with New Bills Signed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills: First, AB 216 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – High school graduation requirements: pupils in foster care. AB 329 by Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Ticket sellers: equitable online ticket buying process: sale or […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Bill to Protect and Preserve California Coastline – AB 754

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — As tens of thousands gathered across the state for the 2013 California Coastal Cleanup Day, on Saturday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he signed AB 754 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), which gives taxpayers the opportunity to support coastal conservation efforts with the check of a box on their state income tax return.

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SF Mayor Lee Breaks Ground on New Ocean Avenue Housing Project for Low Income Families and Transitional-Age Youth

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee with District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Mercy Housing California and other City and community leaders broke ground on the new 1100 Ocean Avenue Apartments, which include 71 affordable units for low income families and transitional-age youth (TAY) who […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Sept. 18, 2013 including to the California Natural Resources Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Keely Bosler, 38, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director for budget at the California Department of Finance. Bosler has served as staff director for the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee since 2010. She […]

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S.F. Mayor Lee and Attorney General Harris Launch JusticeMobile Initiative and SFPD Mobile App

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Earlier this month, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Attorney General Kamala Harris launched the JusticeMobile mobile application. On Sept. 9 they jointly announced that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is the first police department in the State of California to launch JusticeMobile law enforcement data initiative on a smartphone.

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Resolution on International Wage Parity Adopted by California Legislature, Protect American Jobs and Industries, Stop Outsourcing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, the California State Senate overwhelmingly adopted a resolution authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that directs the federal government to use its constitutional treaty powers to require trading partners to gradually raise their minimum wages, raising the standards of living in those countries and making U.S. workers […]

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Mike Gatto’s AB 227 is Second Prop. 65 reform in 30 years, will Help California Businesses Avoid Unfair Lawsuits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Proposition 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits was approved by the Assembly today on a 75-0 vote and now goes to the Governor. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive notice of a technical Prop. 65 […]

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Gov. Brown, Senate President pro Tempore and Assembly Speaker Support Raising California Minimum Wage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced their strong support for AB 10 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), which will raise the minimum wage in California from $8 per hour to $10 per hour. “The minimum wage […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Sept. 11, 2013 including to Veterans Home of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Rojirio De La Cerda, 39, of Fowler, has been appointed administrator at the Veterans Home of California, Fresno. De La Cerda was a correctional health services administrator II at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2011 […]

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Bill to Expand California Broadband Deployment to Un-served Areas Approved by Assembly – SB 740

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Senate Bill 740 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was approved by the State Assembly. The legislation would authorize the California Public Utilities Commission to award broadband infrastructure grants and loans to entities that are uniquely suited to provide broadband to un-served areas of California. After a procedural concurrence […]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla’s Bill to Strengthen Landmark College Transfer Degree Law Headed to Governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, SB 440 authored by Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) is headed to the Governor for his signature following a concurrence vote in the State Senate. The bill would require the California Community Colleges (CCC) and the California State University (CSU) to develop a strategic plan to implement the Student […]

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