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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 5, 2014 including to the California Building Standards Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Tony Perez, 49, of San Diego, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Government Operations Agency. Perez has been a consultant and attorney in private practice since 2014. Perez held multiple positions at the Wake Forest Baptist […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 4, 2014 including to California Commission on Disability Access

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Karin Caves, 59, of Carmichael, has been appointed deputy secretary of communications at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Caves was communications director in the Office of Senator Kevin de León in 2013 and owner of […]

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Cutting-Edge Technology Championed by Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Gets Strong Support in California Energy Commission Study

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — According to a news announcement today from Assemblyman Mike Gatto, shortly after being elected, Gatto (D-Los Angeles) had a conversation with a friend who had just returned from Israel. Expecting to hear emotional descriptions of religious sites, Gatto was surprised to hear his friend rave instead about a road that […]

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Muratsuchi Bill Supporting Aerospace Industry Passed by Calif. State Assembly – AB 777

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With overwhelming bipartisan support, the California State Assembly on Wednesday passed Assembly Bill 777 authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace. Under AB 777, rocket ships built by private space exploration companies, such as Space X, would be classified as business inventory and hence, […]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas Statement On Republican Immigration Reform

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) issued a statement, following reports of the House Republican “Standards for Immigration Reform.” “Thankfully, my Republican colleagues have heard millions of Americans who agree we must reform our broken immigration system,” said Cárdenas. “Whether it is the business owner who wants […]

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Mike Gatto’s AJR 1 Historic Constitutional Resolution Passes California State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) AJR 1, a measure to begin the process to amend the United States Constitution to address the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, took a major step forward, passing the California State Assembly by a vote of 51-20. […]

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Calif. State Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse – AB 883

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday this week, the Calif. Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention. Although the […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 29, 2014 including to California Independent System Operator Board of Governors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday this week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Michael Picker, 62, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission. Picker has been Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor since 2009; he will resign this position […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 27, 2014 including to California State Teachers Retirement Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Gov. Brown announced the following appointments: First, Tyson Eckerle, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed zero emission vehicle infrastructure project manager at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Eckerle has been executive director at Energy Independence Now since 2011, where he was associate director from […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Muratsuchi Responds to Governor’s 2014 State of the State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, released the following statement in response to the Governor’s 2014 State of the State Address: “The Governor’s State of the State Address combined a positive vision for California with a prudent approach to state spending. I […]

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California Governor Brown Delivers 2014 State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Committing to “pay down our debts and remember the lessons of history,” Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his annual State of the State address, highlighting California’s comeback while vowing to establish a solid rainy day fund to help maintain the state’s fiscal stability. The Governor also renewed […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill Would Force Hit-and-Run Offenders Off California Roadways – AB 1532

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) continued his efforts to curb the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in Southern California, by introducing legislation on Tuesday that increases the penalties for people who leave the scene of an accident. Gatto’s bill, AB 1532, would expand hit-and-run penalties to include automatic license revocation […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 21, 2014 including to the California Building Standards Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Gloria Bell, 58, of Salinas, has been reappointed to the California Employment Training Panel, where she has served since 2013. Bell was safety officer and employee relations manager at Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc. from 2002 to 2013, human […]

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California Issues Regulations to Implement Assemblyman Gatto’s Landmark Green-Energy Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously last week to adopt new rules for the injection of biogas into the state’s natural-gas pipelines, ushering in an entirely new clean-energy industry in the Golden State. Biomethane, a renewable form of natural gas, was previously banned from the California pipelines due […]

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SF Mayor Lee Outlines Bold 2014 Agenda in State of San Francisco Address

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee delivered his 2014 “State of the City Address” at the construction site of Lennar Urban’s The Shipyard under construction in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Joined by civic, labor, business and community leaders, Mayor Lee outlined his bold agenda for San Francisco’s […]

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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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