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Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom

Calif. Gov. Newsom Proposes 2019-20 ‘California For All’ State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Newly elected Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 “California for All” budget proposal to the Legislature this week – a fiscal blueprint that builds a strong financial foundation by investing an unprecedented $13.6B in budget resiliency and paying down unfunded pension liabilities.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Reacts to Gov. Newsom’s 2019 Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement after Gov. Gavin Newsom released his initial budget proposal: “Years of smart budgeting by legislative Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown give us a healthy fiscal picture and the opportunity to expand economic opportunity for all.
Calif. Lt. Governor-elect Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis

Calif. Lt. Governor-elect Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis names Panorea Avdis as her Chief of Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California's 2019 Lieutenant Governor-elect Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis today named Panorea Avdis as her Chief of Staff. Avdis is the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the state’s leading agency for economic development and job creation programs. She was appointed to GO-Biz in 2012 by Governor Brown.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Announces Assembly Leadership and Committee Assignments for 2019-2020 Session

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today announced assignments for the membership of Assembly leadership positions and standing committees for the 2019-2020 legislative session.
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 14, 2018 including to Carcinogen Identification Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Joseph R. Landolph, 70, of Altadena, has been reappointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee, where he has served since 1993. Landolph has been a member of the University of Southern California Free Radical Institute since 2013 and associate professor of pathology, molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine since 1987, where he has been a member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1982.
City of El Monte California

City of El Monte to Provide Over 800 Food and Toy Baskets to Needy Families at 2018 Holiday Event

EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The City of El Monte Police Department will be making holiday dreams come true by providing over 800 food and toy baskets to families in need. Local community members and business leaders have donated thousands in toys and monetary donations. The food basket giveaway will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 7:30 a.m. at the El Monte High School parking lot.
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 5, 2018 including to the California Conservation Corps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Heidi Steinecker, 41, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the Center for Health Care Quality at the California Department of Public Health. Steinecker has been health care executive consultant at Global Health Consulting since 2017.
City of El Monte California

City of El Monte CA Remembers Former Mayor Patricia A. Wallach for Service to the Community

EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The City of El Monte is remembering former Mayor Patricia A. Wallach for her service and dedication to the community, after passing on October 27, 2018. Wallach was 81 years-old.
City of El Monte California

City of El Monte CA Receives $2.3M Grant for Park and Open Space Project

EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- El Monte residents will have access to a new open and green space thanks to a $2 million grant. The California Natural Resources Agency awarded the City of El Monte a $2.3 million grant to develop the Gateway Park and Open Space Project.
News from California Newswire

California Receives Top Grades in Digital Technology for 2018, One of Three States that Won Three Category Awards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California received an overall grade of A- from the Center for Digital Government’s 2018 Digital States Survey. The biannual survey benchmarks government use of digital technologies to improve service delivery, increase capacity and reach policy goals across all 50 states.
City of El Monte California

City of El Monte to Shed Light on Domestic Violence, October 2018 Declared as Awareness Month

EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The City of El Monte and local community leaders will continue supporting families and survivors of domestic violence by declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. As part of the proclamation, the City will light its Statue of Liberty in purple on Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Revamp California Bail System

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ --  Taking action to revamp California’s bail system, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Tuesday (Aug. 28) signed Senate Bill 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, which preserves the rights of the accused, while prioritizing public safety.
Calif Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Aug. 27-28, 2018 including Department of Social Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced the following appointments Aug. 27-28, 2018: First, Todd R. Bland, 56, of Elk Grove, has been appointed assistant director of the Automation, Integrity, and Client Initiatives Branch at the California Department of Social Services, where he has been deputy director of the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division since 2011.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation including AB 2782 California Environmental Quality Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week (Aug. 24), Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills: First,AB 1887 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) – Public education governance: service on boards and commissions.
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown announces Appointments for Aug. 17-21, 2018 including Advisory Commission on Special Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Alexander Pal, 36, of Carmichael, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he has been acting chief counsel since 2018 and served in several positions from 2013 to 2018, including assistant chief counsel and attorney.
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation for Aug. 2018 including Surfing as the Official State Sport

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Gov. Brown signed numerous bills into law on Aug. 20, 2018, including Assembly Bill No. 1782, establishing surfing as the official state sport. List of additional bills signed follows.
City of El Monte California

El Monte CA 2018 Back-to-School Fair Provides School Supplies and More to 1,100 Families

EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Families and children starting a new school year will have a brighter beginning thanks to the 2018 El Monte Back-to-School Resource Fair. Over 1,100 children received much needed school supplies on August 18 at the El Monte Valley Mall.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Legislature Approves McCarty Measure to Ban For-Profit Charter Schools – AB 406

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Legislature today approved AB 406 by Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), which would prohibit for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools in the Golden State. This bipartisan measure was approved by the State Senate on a 28 to 7 vote and by the State Assembly on a 49 to 15 vote.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Aug. 10-13, 2018 including to Community Colleges Board of Governors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Monday (Aug. 13), Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Tamma Adamek, 53, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of external affairs and media relations for the Complete Count Census. Adamek has been deputy director of communications at the Financial Information System for California since 2016.
Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cardenas Legislation to Increase High School Computer Coding Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ -- Last week, key priorities in the High School CODES Act were signed into law. The effort, led by Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Pete Olson (R-TX) and Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), will help high schools throughout the country encourage computer coding education, establishing a pipeline between students and jobs that will strengthen America’s economy.
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Aug. 1-6, 2018 including University of California Board of Regents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments on Aug. 6: First, Laphonza Butler, 39, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Butler has been president of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers Union since 2010.
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Calif. Governor Brown Signs 2018 Tribal Compacts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. this past week (Aug. 2) announced that he has signed a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, as well as amendments to the current tribal-state gaming compacts with the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians, the Karuk Tribe and the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.
Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas statement on the end of the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ -- The merger should have been a spike in the end zone for Sinclair, but the refs stopped them at the 1st yard line for unfair play, says Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas (29th District of Calif.). It must have been a real upset for Sinclair.  But not for the American public.
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for July 18, 2018 including to Medical Board of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Claire Tauriainen, 46, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed general counsel at the California Housing Finance Agency, where she has been an assistant general counsel and single family team lead since 2007.
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Legislative Update for July 16-18, 2018 – New Bills Signed for California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills on July 18: AB 216 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) – Vote by mail ballots: identification envelopes: prepaid postage. (continued)
Calif. Brown Signs Final 2018-19 State Budget

Calif. Brown Signs Final 2018-19 State Budget with Record Rainy Day Fund, School Funding

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, seven and a half years after taking office and inheriting a $27 billion budget deficit, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed his final state budget, which fills the Rainy Day Fund to the brim and sends record funding to California’s classrooms.
California State Assembly

California’s 2018-19 Budget Act Includes Big Wins for Sacramento and West Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed the 2018-19 Budget Act into law, enacting a responsible, balanced, and on-time budget that includes historic reserves for a rainy day and makes critical investments in the people of California. Working closely with the Legislature, this budget brings together shared priorities of the Assembly, the Senate, and the Governor.
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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 28, 2018 including to California Ocean Protection Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Carlie Jackson, 38, of Elk Grove, has been appointed administrative assistant at the California Natural Resources Agency, where she served as an administrative assistant from 2012 to 2014.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown appoints 10 California superior court judges for June 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of 10 California superior court judges, which include: One in Calaveras County; 4 in Los Angeles County; one in Orange County; one in San Francisco County; one in Santa Barbara County; one in Santa Clara County; and one in Sonoma County.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley

California Joint Committee on Rules Approves Landmark Sexual Harassment Policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Joint Committee on Rules today approved a landmark overhaul of the Legislature’s policies on sexual harassment with an aim of transforming the workplace culture in California. The comprehensive policy revision attempts to promote a workplace culture of respect, civility and diversity, using a range of tools.
California State Assembly

Calif. Legislature Sexual Harassment Prevention Subcommittee Releases Draft Recommendations for Transforming Capitol Culture

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), chair of the Joint Committee on Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), vice chair of the subcommittee, today released draft recommendations to overhaul the Legislature’s policies on sexual harassment and to transform the workplace culture.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 22-31 2018 including to Health and Human Services Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Thursday announced the following appointments: First, Diana Dooley, 67, of Sacramento, has been appointed Executive Secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Dooley has served as Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency since 2011.
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation Establishing Statewide Water Efficiency Goals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 606 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and AB 1668 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) to help the state better prepare for droughts and climate change by establishing statewide water efficiency standards.
Millbrae California

LOCAL: Millbrae City Council Reviews Draft Short-Term Residential Rental Ordinance

MILLBRAE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Short-term residential rentals have been a hot topic for Millbrae residents since a house party last month went out of control, putting the surrounding neighborhood on guard. Because of this, the Millbrae City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance that could give both law and code enforcement officials more power to stop unruly short-term renters, and give the City tools and additional power to better regulate the industry locally.
CA Senator Josh Newman

Measure to Prohibit Bounty Signature Gathering, Passes California State Senate – SB 1394

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A measure by that would prohibit the practice of paying signature gatherers on a per-signature basis, was approved by the California State Senate today. Senate Bill (SB) 1394, authored by Fullerton Democrat Josh Newman, passed the Senate on a x-x vote.
California State Assembly

Calif. Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Provides Progress Report

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), chair of the Joint Committee on Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), vice chair of the Subcommittee, released the following statement to provide an update on the progress of the subcommittee’s work:
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Assembly Approves McCarty Legislation Promoting STEM Education Through After School Coding Courses for Kids

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Assembly has approved AB 2098 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento), which would establish the After School Kids Code Grant Pilot Program to provide funding for after school programs that promote STEM education and focus on computer coding as part of their curriculum. The measure was approved on a 65 to 0 vote.
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Executive Order to Protect Communities from Wildfire, Climate Impacts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In the face of the worst wildfires in California’s history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Thursday issued an executive order to combat dangerous tree mortality, increase the ability of our forests to capture carbon and systematically improve forest management.
CA Senator Josh Newman

SB1030: Measure to Make Distracted Driving a Moving Violation Passes California State Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Senate this past week voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill (SB) 1030 by Fullerton Senator Josh Newman. The measure aims to further deter distracted driving by making the offense a moving violation, which would add a point to a driver’s record.
California State Assembly

Calif. Assemblymembers McCarty and Gonzalez Fletcher Will Continue Push to Make Youth Football Safer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D – San Diego) this past week reaffirmed their commitment to pursuing legislation that will make youth football as safe as possible through the “Safe Youth Football Act,” which will protect children from brain injury by establishing a minimum age of 12 to play in organized tackle football programs.
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 13-19, 2018 including to Veterans Home of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, on April 19, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Frederick J. Just, 60, of Riverside, has been appointed administrator of the Veterans Home of California, Yountville. Just held several positions at Kaiser Permanente from 2005 to 2017, including assistant hospital administrator.
CA Senator Josh Newman

Measure to Reduce Distracted Driving in California Passes Senate Appropriations – SB1030

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Senate Bill (SB) 1030, authored by Fullerton Senator Josh Newman, passed out of the Senate Appropriations committee today on a 7-0 vote. The measure would add a point to a driver’s record if the driver is caught driving while handling a mobile device.
City of El Monte California

California Park and Recreation Society Recognizes El Monte with Prestigious Award

EL MONTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) recognized the City of El Monte as the 2017 Award of Excellence recipient for the City’s Fall programming brochure “Capture the Spirit.”
CA Senator Josh Newman

CA Senate Bill to Create More Earning Opportunities for Military Families in Transportation Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senate Bill (SB) 1080 passed out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday on a 13-0 vote. The measure would allow active duty military and their spouses and family members to drive for transportation network companies (TNC) immediately upon their relocation to California, with a valid out-of-state driver’s license.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

CA Assemblymembers Weber and McCarty Announce Landmark Policy to Address Deadly Use of Force

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Assemblymembers Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. (D-San Diego) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) were joined by a representative of Stephon Clark’s family, community members and activists to announce legislation aimed at making significant changes to how law enforcement deploys lethal force against civilians.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

CA Assembly Speaker Rendon Statement on Inauguration of Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today released the following statement on the inauguration of Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for March 13-16, 2018 including to California Department of Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, on March 16, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.announced the following appointments: First, Susan Fanelli, 55, of Orangevale, has been appointed chief deputy director of policy and programs at the California Department of Public Health, where she has been assistant director since 2015 .
Speaker Anthony Rendon

CA Gov. Brown and Legislative Leaders Partner to Bolster Climate Resilience, Improve Disaster Planning, Management and Response

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Following a year of devastating floods, fires, mudslides and other extreme weather, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.this week joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle and Senate President pro Tempore-designee Toni Atkins in partnering on solutions this year that will make California more resilient against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change.
Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas and Co-Sponsors Praise Passage of SOAR Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), bill sponsor Steve Cohen and co-sponsors Ann Wagner and Adam Kinzinger praised passage of the Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Training Program (H.R. 767), a measure aimed at detecting ongoing human trafficking activity. Congressman Cárdenas is a co-lead of the bill.
CA Senator Josh Newman

New Bill: Calif. Drivers able to Choose their License Photo under SB 1407 by CA Senator Newman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) this week introduced SB 1407 to allow drivers to choose the photo which goes on their California state driver’s license. SB 1407 would allow drivers to take more than one photo when they are at the Department of Motor Vehicles with an additional fee assessed for each additional photo taken.

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