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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 17, 2014 to University of California Board of Regents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday this week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Richard C. Blum, 78, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents effective March 2, 2014, where he has served since 2002 and was chair from 2007 to 2009. […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 16, 2014 including to State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of Directors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday this week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Conor O’Brien, 24, of Granite Bay, has been appointed special assistant for policy at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. O’Brien has been a corporate legal assistant at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP since […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 14, 2014 including to California Department of Developmental Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday this week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. First, John Doyle, 56, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Developmental Services. Doyle has served in multiple positions at the California Department of Finance since 2004, including assistant program […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 13, 2014 including to District Agricultural Associations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calf. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Monday this week announced the following appointments: First, Tom Richards, 68, of Fresno, has been appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, where he has served since 2010. Richards has been chief executive officer at the Penstar Group since 1981. […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency and Calls for Statewide Conservation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, with California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proclaimed a “State of Emergency” and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. “We can’t make it rain, but we can […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Introduces Legislative Cure for ‘Affluenza Defense’ – AB 1508

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that he introduced legislation on Tuesday to forbid the use of “affluenza” as a defense at trial or as a mitigating circumstance in post-trial sentencing. “Affluenza” in the criminal-defense realm is the notion that an affluent or overly permissive upbringing prevents a […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Broad Government Data Privacy Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced legislation to lessen the chances that government collection of “Big Data” jeopardizes the privacy of citizens. The broad mandate, AB 1442, would strengthen the notice requirements before the government gathers personal data and would require the prompt destruction of personal data […]

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Majority Leader Toni Atkins will introduce landmark liability insurance legislation for California’s Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Majority Leader Toni Atkins, 78th Assembly District, announced she will introduce landmark liability insurance legislation for California’s Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs). According to Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR), liability insurance for RCFEs is not now required as a condition of licensure.

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 8, 2014 including to the California Department of Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Davood Ghods, 53, of Folsom, has been appointed chief of the Office of Technology Services at the California Department of Technology. Ghods has been deputy director for enterprise information services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 6, 2014 including to the California Natural Resources Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Saul Gomez, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed special assistant for oil, gas and geothermal resources at the California Natural Resources Agency. Gomez has been executive director of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Takes Action to Protect Victims of On-Campus Assault and Similar Crimes – AB 1433

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain crimes occurring on or near campus to local law enforcement to investigate, if the victim does not request […]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla Highlights 2013 Legislative Accomplishments – Begins Final Year in State Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) will begin his final year in the Senate when the legislature reconvenes on January 6, 2014. His legislation has already had an impressive impact on California public policy, ranging from public safety, health, education, energy, technology, environmental quality, consumer protection and voting. “It has […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Bill to Improve Child-Abuse Reporting in Schools – AB 1432

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation today to prevent child abuse in schools by ensuring that school employees identify the abuse and stop it in its tracks. Recent reports showed that certain abuse was prolonged because large numbers of school personnel were unaware of the processes and […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 30, 2013 including to California Housing Partnership Corp.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday this week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.announced the following appointments: First, Elizabeth Morris, 66, of San Diego, has been appointed to the California Housing Partnership Corporation. Morris has been principal at E.M. Advisors since 2008. She served in multiple positions at the San Diego Housing Commission from […]

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New California Laws from Assemblyman Mike Gatto will take effect January 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Californians across the state will benefit from new laws authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that will take effect on January 1, 2014. Among the new laws, California Motorists and small-business owners will receive some parking relief in January. A bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto will allow motorists to […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell Announces Legislation to Protect Privacy of Covered California Health Insurance Shoppers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ – Today, Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) announced legislation to help protect the privacy of Californians who use the Covered California website to shop for health insurance. This legislation has become necessary after it was recently revealed that the state has distributed the personal information of tens of thousands of people […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 19, 2013 including to California Department of State Hospitals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. First: Pamela Ahlin, 50, of Lemoore, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of State Hospitals, where she has been a deputy director since 2012 and has served in multiple positions since 2005, including executive director […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 18, 2013 including to California Board for Professional Engineers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments; first: Tara Lynch, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Department of Parks and Recreation, where she has served in multiple positions since 1999, including acting chief counsel, senior staff counsel and staff counsel. […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Invites Public to Draft the United States’ First Ever ‘Wiki Bill’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced a groundbreaking opportunity to allow individual citizens to draft a piece of legislation directly via an online Wiki. Citizens can visit the “Wiki bill’s” website, and by using an interface similar to Wikipedia’s, they can propose, draft, and edit a bill, which […]

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U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas today introduced the America Can Code Act

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced the America Can Code Act of 2013. This legislation would designate computer programming languages as “critical foreign languages” and provide incentives for state and local schools to teach more computer science beginning as early as Kindergarten. The official short title […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 10, 2013 including to the California Apprenticeship Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: first, Susan Anderson, 61, of Fresno, has been appointed to the California Apprenticeship Council. Anderson served in multiple positions for the County of Fresno from 1989 to 2013, including District 2 supervisor, county clerk, registrar of voters and deputy […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi statement on his appointment as Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) released the following statement in response to his appointment as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance: “I am honored to be appointed as the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.” He added, “As a former Torrance […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 3, 2013 including to California Environmental Protection Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. First, Aimee Barnes, 31, of Alameda, has been appointed deputy secretary for border and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Barnes has been partner at Allotrope Partners since 2013. She was an international climate change policy analyst […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 26, 2013 including to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Erick Casallas, 33, of Bakersfield, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, where he has served since 2011. Casallas has been a teacher at Emerson Middle School in Bakersfield since 2006. He was a teacher […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 25, 2013 including to California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Florence Bernal, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of legislative affairs at the California Department of Human Resources. Bernal has been a policy analyst and constituent affairs specialist in the California Lieutenant Governor’s Office since 2011. […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces New Standards to Reduce Toxic Chemicals in Furniture

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the approval of the state’s new flammability standards for upholstered furniture, the culmination of the administration’s year-long effort to modernize the standards and reduce Californians’ exposure to harmful flame retardant chemicals. “Today, California is curbing toxic chemicals found in everything from high […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 21, 2013 including to the California Environmental Protection Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Camille Wagner, 31, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., where she has served as deputy legislative affairs secretary since 2011. Wagner was legislative director for […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 13, 2013 including to California Department of Toxic Substances

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Meredith Williams, 51, of San Francisco, has been appointed deputy director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control Safer Products and Workplaces Program. Williams has been interim executive director at the San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center […]

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Calif. Governor Brown Appoints New Labor Secretary, Senior Advisor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointments of David Lanier as Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Marty Morgenstern as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Governor. Lanier replaces Morgenstern, who has served as secretary since 2011. While Morgenstern is retiring, […]

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Stakeholders agree that the Aerospace Industry is critical to California’s economy and additional resources are needed

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), joined by Michael Rossi, Senior Advisor for Jobs and Business Development for Governor Brown, William Koch, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs of GO-Biz and area Chamber of Commerce representatives, met with Aerospace Advisory Council Members to discuss California initiatives to support the aerospace industry and […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Nov. 5, 2013 including to the California Student Aid Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jean Shiomoto, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, where she has been acting director since 2013 and has served in multiple positions since 1988, including chief deputy director, chief of […]

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S.F. Mayor Lee Appoints Barbara Carlson as Director of the Office of Early Care and Education

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee this week appointed Barbara Coccodrilli Carlson as the first new Director of the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE). The OECE was created in 2012 to align and coordinate programs and funding streams from the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families (DCYF), […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Joins Oregon, Washington, British Columbia Leaders to Combat Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Building on international agreements with China and Quebec to combat climate change, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined the Governors of Oregon and Washington and the British Columbia Premier by teleconference to sign a regional agreement to strategically align policies to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 25, 2013 including to California State Independent Living Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. tannounced the following appointments: First, Kyle Simerly, 24, of Mill Valley, has been appointed assistant secretary for public affairs at the California State Transportation Agency. Simerly was a back of house specialist at Apple Inc. from 2011 to 2012 and student director […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 25, 2013 to Regional Water Quality Control Boards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments to Regional Water Quality Control Boards: First, Gregory Giusti, 58, of Kelseyville, has been appointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Giusti has been an advisor and director of forest and wildlands ecology at the […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 23, 2013 including to State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Shelley Rouillard, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the California Department of Managed Health Care effective December 1, 2013, where she has served as chief deputy director since 2011. Rouillard served as deputy director of […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Disappointed with Auditor’s Findings of Wasteful Spending at State Veterans Home

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) today released the following statement in response to the State Auditor’s findings yesterday of wasteful spending at the state’s home for veterans in Yountville, Calif.: “As Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I am extremely disappointed with the findings of wasteful spending […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 17, 2013 including to California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Stuart Drown, 54, of Davis, has been appointed deputy secretary for government improvement and accountability at the California Government Operations Agency. Drown has been executive director of the Little Hoover Commission since 2006. He held multiple positions […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 15, 2013 including to Calif. Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jose Hurtado, 60, of Napa, has been appointed to the 25th District Agricultural Association, Napa Town and Country Fair Board. Hurtado has served as a member of the Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees since […]

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Assemblymember Muratsuchi Appointed to Calif. Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) was appointed to the newly-established Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment. This committee will be responsible for reviewing the current challenges facing the state justice’s system, consider fiscal and other impacts and discuss mitigations. “As a former prosecutor, addressing issues such as realignment and prison overcrowding […]

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