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California Bill to Facilitate Texting to 911, Modernize Emergency Communications signed into Law – SB 1211

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Gov. Brown this past week signed Senate Bill 1211, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill moves California another step closer to enable citizens to text to 911 for emergency assistance by establishing a transparent and efficient process for funding essential upgrades to the state’s 911 public safety […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Cooley Awarded Legislator of the Year 2014 by Crime Victims United

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, April 8, Crime Victims United of California presented Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. Crime Victims United presented Cooley with the award for his support on a variety of bills that strengthen public safety efforts and protects victims’ rights. “I […]

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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. 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. Senator Padilla Seeks to Strengthen Political Reform Act including prohibition on running for more than one office at a time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), member of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, announced the introduction of a package of bills to strengthen California’s Political Reform Act. “Today, I announce four proposals that would significantly strengthen California’s Political Reform Act,” said Senator Padilla. “A lack of timely […]

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39 Members of Congress Join UAW to Stop Devastating Cuts to Science Programs

BERKELEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Two United Auto Worker locals announced today that 39 members of the House of Representatives have joined their effort to stop the Sequester, the disastrous budgeting policy that indiscriminately cuts billions from federal research budgets, slowing the pace of innovation and forcing scientists around the country to walk away from promising projects. A letter signed by the 39 members was delivered today to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Commendations and Censures to Calif. Valley Congressmen issued by Central Valley Tea Party

FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Central Valley Tea Party, in conjunction with Merced Tea Party, North Valley Patriots, Mariposa Tea Party, Bakersfield Tea Party, Tehachapi Tea Party and Central Coast Freedom Rallies, has issued commendations to Calif. Congressmen Tom McClintock and Jeff Denham and censures to Congressmen Jim Costa, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes and David Valadao based on their votes on H.R. 2775, the 2014 Continuing Appropriations Act.

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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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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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Bill to Modernize California’s Election System Approved by State Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Senate today approved SB 361 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 29 to 9. The bill would modernize California’s voter registration system and increase online access to elections information. The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration. “While many states provide online […]

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California slated to be first state in the nation to provide voter registration through Health Benefit Exchange similar to ‘Motor Voter’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Health Benefit exchange is one of hundreds of state offices required to offer voter registration services under Senate Bill 35 by Calif. Senator Alex Padilla. Last year, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 35, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which expands voter registration by requiring that California come into […]

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Measure to Save the California Constitution Passes First Major Legislative Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his initiative reform measure to protect the “fundamental rights of Californians and prevent the pet projects of special interests from being enshrined in the California Constitution” passed its first major legislative hurdle, clearing the Assembly Elections Committee by a vote of […]

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State Senator Alex Padilla announces Candidacy for California Secretary of State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) today announced his candidacy for the office of California Secretary of State with a formal statement (text follows). “Today I am officially announcing my candidacy for Secretary of State. The strength of our democracy depends on the active involvement of all of our citizens. Last […]

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Environmental Community Hosts Forum to Discuss L.A.’s Future with 2013 Run-off Election Candidates

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Climate Resolve, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and Green LA Coalition, in collaboration with an unprecedented coalition of organizations dedicated to a better Los Angeles, hosted a forum yesterday at the California Endowment for the candidates running for Los Angeles city council, city attorney and […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto’s Resolution to Overturn Citizens United Decision Passes First Major Legislative Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to limit corporate “personhood” for federal corporate campaign contributions overcame its first major legislative hurdle today, passing the Assembly Judiciary Committee by a vote of 7-2. The legislation, AJR 1, employs an exceedingly rare procedure outlined in Article V of the United States […]

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GROW Elect welcomes Josh Valdez, DBA to Board, will help to Ensure California Latino Republican Voices Are Heard

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Josh Valdez, DBA, the former Regional Director for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has accepted an appointment to the Board of GROW Elect, Latino Consultants announced today. GROW Elect is a political organization founded in 2011 for the purpose of electing Latino Republicans to local office in California.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Special Election for 80th Assembly District

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring a special election for the 80th Assembly District of the State of California on July 30, 2013. The primary for this special election will be held on May 21, 2013. Text of the Proclamation: SPECIAL ELECTION PROCLAMATION BY […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Special Election for California 16th Senate District

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring a special election for the 16th Senate District of the State of California on July 23, 2013. The primary for this special election will be held on May 21, 2013. (Text follows.) Text of the Proclamation: SPECIAL ELECTION PROCLAMATION […]

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TechAmerica Recognizes Calif. Senator Alex Padilla as California ‘Legislator of the Year’ for 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) was recognized this week by TechAmerica, as the “California Legislator of the Year” for 2012. TechAmerica is the top bipartisan political network whose members represent some of the world’s leading technology companies including Google, Cisco, Facebook, Intel, Oracle, eBay and Microsoft. Senator Padilla was chosen […]

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LegalizeFerrets.org announces new White House petition to help legalize ferrets in California

LA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legalize Ferrets announces new White House petition to help legalize ferrets in California. Over the past 25 years California ferret lovers have worked diligently to catch up to the rest of the 48 continental states to have our right for legal ferret ownership.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamations Declaring Special Elections for 32nd and 40th Senate Districts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued proclamations declaring special elections for the 32nd and 40th Senate Districts of the State of California on May 14, 2013. The primary for these special elections will be held on March 12, 2013.

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Receives Legislator of the Year Award From the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) will be presented with the Legislator of the Year Award tonight from the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (CRNG), a not-for-profit group that represents renewable natural-gas producers throughout the country. Renewable natural gas is an alternative, renewable energy, derived from the natural decomposition of waste from landfills and organic sources and is used to generate green electricity and clean transportation fuel.

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Initiates Federal Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 1, a measure that begins the process to amend the United States Constitution to nullify the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In Citizens United, a deeply divided Supreme Court held that corporations are due the same free-speech rights enjoyed by natural persons.

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Michael Gallo and Joseph Williams appointed to California Workforce Investment Board by Gov. Brown

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed two of its members to the California Workforce Investment Board. They are Michael Gallo, 54 of San Bernardino and Joseph Williams, 36, of Redlands.

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Romney Campaign Expands Latino Focus: Names Josh Valdez, DBA, Chairman of Campaign’s Health Care Insurance Industry Group

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Latino Consultants, LLC today announced that Josh Valdez, DBA, the former Regional Director for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has been named the Chair of Health Care Insurance Industry Group by the Romney for President campaign.

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Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla Elected President, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has been elected President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Padilla was elected during the group’s 29th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida this past weekend. NALEO represents more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials throughout the United States. […]

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Catholic Online announces their adoption of the new Mobile Politics application for the iPhone

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Catholic Online is announcing their adoption of the new Mobile Politics application for the iPhone to share the social message of the Church. Mobile Politics is being touted as ‘the most powerful tool in politics since the invention of the ballot.’

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Mark Takano Endorsed by Senator Dianne Feinstein for Senate in New California 41st District

RIVERSIDE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — United States Senator Dianne Feinstein today announced her support of Mark Takano, a public school teacher and candidate for the United States House from the new 41st District. ‘Mark Takano will work in Congress to help bring jobs to Riverside County, improve public schools and expand job training programs to secure a prosperous future for local families,’ said Feinstein.

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California Professional Firefighters Association Endorses Tom Calderon for Calif. State Assembly

MONTEBELLO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Tom Calderon’s campaign for Calif. State Assembly announced the endorsement of the California Professional Firefighters Association today. Calderon’s public safety endorsements also include the Los Angeles County Firefighters (IAFF Local 1014), Montebello Firefighters Local 3821, the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.

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NWPC, PODER PAC, WIL, WPC Women’s Organizations Unite Behind Michele Martinez for California State Assembly

SANTA ANA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Michele Martinez’s Campaign for California State Assembly announced the endorsements of the California Branch of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), PODER PAC, Women in Leadership (WIL) and the Women’s Political Committee.

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Hearing to Focus on California’s 1.4 Million English Learner Students and Impacts of Governor Brown’s Proposed ‘Weighted Student Formula’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Senate Select Committee on English Learners, Chaired by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) will hold a hearing on how the Governor’s proposed weighted student formula will impact California’s English Learners. The hearing will take place Monday, March 26, 2012, at 3 p.m. in Room 112 in the State Capitol. The hearing will be webcast live at the California Channel.

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for March 21, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments. First, George Alexeeff, 57, of Walnut Creek, has been appointed director of the Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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Three California Assemblymembers Initiate Federal Constitutional Amendment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Sonoma County), Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), and Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) have introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 32, a measure that begins the process to amend the United States Constitution to nullify the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs Endorses Tom Calderon for Calif. State Assembly

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Tom Calderon’s campaign for State Assembly announced the endorsement of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs today. Calderon is running in California’s 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Artesia, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera and portions of Norwalk. He represented the 58th […]

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