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Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Appointed to The Joint Legislative Audit Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León today appointed Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). The Senate Rules Committee confirmed the appointment Wednesday afternoon.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Appointments for Feb. 21, 2017 include California Earthquake Authority Advisory Panel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Christiana Tiedemann, 59, of Berkeley, has been appointed deputy secretary for law enforcement and counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Appoints Bell Mayor Saleh to Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) this week announced the appointment of Mayor Ali Saleh of the City of Bell to serve on the board of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
SF Mayor Edwin Lee

SF Mayor and City Administrator Appoints Carrie Bishop as City’s First Chief Digital Services Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Friday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly today announced the appointment of Carrie Bishop to serve as San Francisco’s first Chief Digital Services Officer.
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Will Host a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar in Lakewood, CA

LAKEWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a free Senior Scam Stoppers seminar. A panel of experts will provide information to seniors about scams and how they can protect themselves from becoming victims.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Asm. Kevin McCarty Introduces Legislation to Give Californians a Fair Chance at Employment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento), introduced AB 1008, known as the Fair Chance Act, which will eliminate employment barriers for individuals formerly convicted of a crime. Historically known as, “Ban the Box,” this bill would prohibit a prospective public or private employer from asking a prospective employee if they had been convicted of a crime on an initial application for employment.
Tony Cardenas

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas hosts an Affordable Care Act Town Hall meeting in San Fernando, CA

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tues., Feb. 21, 2017, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) will host an Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") Town Hall meeting in San Fernando.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Assemblymember McCarty Introduces Legislation to Close California Gun Free School Zones Loophole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) today introduced Assembly Bill 424 (AB 424), which will close a loophole in California’s Gun Free School Zones law. While civilian possession of a gun on a school campus is prohibited, a school district can currently authorize an armed civilian with a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit to enter a school campus.
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Asm. Bocanegra California Film Tax Credit is Box Office Success for Hollywood Jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, the California Film Commission announced the second round of recipients for feature films and independent projects, bringing back jobs and revenue to California as promised under AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and former Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) authored the legislation in 2014, and 2015 marked the first year of credit distribution.
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Statement on Immigration & Customs Enforcement Raids in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On February 9, 2017, several urgent reports of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency launching raids in Downey, Van Nuys, San Bernardino, and Santa Paula reached Senator Mendoza’s Capitol and District Offices. “It is important that the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency publicly address the nature of these raids,” Senator Mendoza said.
SF Mayor Edwin Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee and Supervisor Kim Announce Plan to Provide Access to City College for Calif. Residents

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim and City College Acting Chancellor Susan Lamb announced this week that starting next school year City College will be accessible for all California residents living in San Francisco and taking courses for credit.
S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

S.F. Mayor Lee Signs Historic Legislation for Mixed-Income Development in Sunnydale

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee last week (Feb. 1) signed historic legislation to authorize the phased redevelopment of the Potrero Terrace and Annex and Sunnydale public housing sites, both part of the City’s HOPE SF neighborhood transformation initiative.
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown announces Appointments for Feb. 8, 2017 including State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Sid Voorakkara, 46, of San Diego, has been appointed deputy director of external affairs at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he has served as senior business development specialist since 2013.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Assemblymembers McCarty, Gonzalez Fletcher and Nazarian to Introduce ‘California Welcomes Refugees’ Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento), Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D – San Diego) and Adrin Nazarian (D- Sherman Oaks) will introduce a legislative package that builds upon California’s efforts to welcome and successfully integrate refugees from around the world.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 7, 2017, including to California Department of Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments for Feb. 7 -- first, Cindy Messer, 48, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources, where she has served as assistant chief deputy director since 2016. She was deputy director of the Planning, Performance and Technology Division at the Delta Stewardship Council from 2012 to 2016.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Leads the Charge to Deliver Academic Equality for Students with Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 312, which strengthens California’s support for students with disabilities by creating a state funding source for special education preschool services and addressing long-standing special education funding inequities.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Statement on Trump’s ‘Out of Control’ Comment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s Super Bowl interview: “California has the most manufacturing jobs in the nation. Our state grows a quarter of the nation’s food. Our minimum wage increase has not only helped our poorest workers, it has boosted the economy while unemployment continues to drop.
Under2 Climate Coalition

Calif. Governor Brown Welcomes Australian and Mexican States to Under2 Climate Coalition

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. welcomed the states of Aguascalientes, Mexico and Victoria, Australia to the Under2 Coalition - the global pact among cities, states and countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences.
City of Paramount

City of Paramount Continues Aggressive Response to SCAQMD Air Quality Findings

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On January 24, the Paramount City Council unanimously voted to extend the moratorium on all metal-related businesses within the City for an additional six months. The original moratorium was established on December 13, 2016 to prohibit businesses that manufacture or process metal from opening or expanding within the City.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Asm. Speaker Rendon Launches Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced the launch of the Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education. The commission’s goal is to develop solutions to improve results for California’s youngest learners and their families.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Asm. Kevin McCarty Releases Statement in Response to Legislative Analyst Office Report on Debt Free College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance released the following statement in response to the Legislative Analyst Office’s (LAO) report, “Creating a Debt Free College Program.”
California State Assembly

Calif. State Assembly Elects Dr. Bryon G. Gustafson as Chief Sergeant-at-Arms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The California State Assembly today unanimously elected Bryon G. Gustafson, Ph.D., to serve as the Assembly’s chief sergeant-at-arms. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) administered the oath of office to Dr. Gustafson shortly after the vote.
Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes

Calif. Asm. Cervantes Introduces Bill to Expedite Teacher Credentialing for Military Spouses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) introduced a bill to help military families. The bill, Assembly Bill 226, would require the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing to give priority to applicants who are spouses of active United States Military service members.
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Introduces Resolution 5 Honoring India Republic Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On January 26, 2017, Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 which observes January 26, 2017 as India Republic Day and also marks the 68th Anniversary of the day the Constitution of India was adopted.
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Calif. Asm. Bocanegra Introduces Legislation to Bring Equity for Immigrants to California Criminal Justice Laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) introduced legislation to bring equity to our criminal justice laws, by ensuring that use of false immigration documents carries the same penalties as use of a fake driver’s license. AB 222 would amend Section 114 of the California Penal Code, a provision enacted in 1994 as part of Proposition 187, a largely unconstitutional attempt to fight the perceived ills of illegal immigration and punish undocumented immigrants in California.
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Puts the New D.C. ‘Swamp’ on Notice with 2017 State of the State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his State of the State address for 2017, departing with the traditional practice of listing every issue and restating every priority to focus on the "broader context of our country and its challenges."
Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes

Assemblymember Cervantes Introduces Bill to Restructure California Transportation Commission – AB179

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) has introduced a bill to restructure the California Transportation Commission. The bill, Assembly Bill 179, would impose certain additional expertise requirements on future appointments to the Commission.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Assembly Speaker Rendon Announces 2017 Assembly Committee Assignments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) announced the members of Assembly committees. Among the changes this year, the number of women committee chairs has doubled under Speaker Rendon, and women hold membership on every committee.
California State Assembly

California Assembly Democrats Issue #DearCalifornians Inauguration Day Letter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Members of the Calif. Assembly Democratic Caucus today issued a letter and video addressed to all Californians, pledging to continue California’s history of leading the nation in producing policy that benefits all people.
U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas Joins Calif. Lawmakers Not Attending Trump Inauguration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement on his decision not to attend the inauguration: “My humble and loving parents taught me to live by this saying, ‘Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.’ It means tell me who you hang out with, and I'll tell you who you are. My wife and I have lived this truth, and we have taught it to our children.
Millbrae California

City of Millbrae California Awarded $200K for Millbrae Station Comprehensive Access Plan

MILLBRAE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, the City of Millbrae announced that it has been awarded $200,000 from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to support the development of a comprehensive, multi-agency, multi-modal access plan to the Millbrae Intermodal Transit Station.
News from California Newswire

Calif. Assembly Special Committee Recommends Becerra Confirmation with Floor Vote Friday (with Audio)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calif. Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General today voted 6-3 to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Rep. Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Democratic Assemblymembers Respond to Gov. Brown 2017 California State Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Brown released his proposal for the 2017-18 budget. Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra, Sabrina Cervantes, and Kevin McCarty issued statements. As anticipated, the governor introduced a fiscally-conservative budget that forecasts lower revenues due to uncertainty at the national level.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Statement on Governor’s 2017 Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today released the following statement after Gov. Jerry Brown released his initial budget proposal: “The Governor’s opening budget proposal is typically cautious, with some expected issues and also some areas of concern."
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Calif. Democratic Majority Whip Announces Support for Rep. Xavier Becerra Attorney General Appointment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Los Angeles), the Assembly’s Democratic Majority Whip, announced his full-fledged support for Rep. Xavier Becerra’s (D-Los Angeles) appointment as California’s next Attorney General.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

California Governor Brown Announces Proposed 2017-18 State Balanced Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed a balanced state budget that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and bolsters the state's Rainy Day Fund while continuing to invest in education, health care expansion and other core programs.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown announces Appointments for Jan. 9, 2017 including to Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Michelle Baass, 42, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy secretary of the Office of Program and Fiscal Affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes

Cervantes Introduces California Bill to Make Riverside County Carpool Lanes More Flexible

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Calif. Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) introduced her first bill at the State Capitol. The bill, Assembly Bill 91, would help ease late-night traffic jams in Riverside County by allowing single-occupancy vehicles to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, commonly known as “carpool lanes,” during non-peak traffic hours.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Legislative Leaders on Hiring Former U.S. Attorney General to deal with challenges from incoming Trump Administration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement to announce they have hired outside legal counsel to deal with potential challenges from the incoming Trump Administration ....
U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas

Calif. Rep. Cardenas Won’t Back Down in New 2017 Congress

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas (CA-29), released the following statement to mark the beginning of the 115th Congress: "At the outset of this Congress, we are faced with more uncertainty than ever."
Calif. Assemblymember Ash Kalra

Calif. Assemblymember Ash Kalra Named Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra has been named Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging & Long-Term Care by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. It is relatively rare for a newly elected Assemblymember to be appointed as Chair and Kalra is one of only four newly elected legislators in the Assembly to be appointed Chair of a Standing Committee and one of only two who have never previously served in the Assembly to be appointed as a Committee Chair.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty Named Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D – Paramount) today named Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. The Chairmanship oversees the largest component of California’s multi-billion dollar annual budget, which in 2016 spent $88.3 billion on K-12 education programs and $30 billion supporting California’s Community College, CSU and UC systems. McCarty previously served as Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance in the 2015-16 legislative session.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Reappointed to Lead 2017 Assembly Education Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) was renamed as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee by Speaker Anthony Rendon. The committee is instrumental in shaping state policy impacting schools, students and teachers in California. Assemblymember O’Donnell issued the following statement on the appointment....
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Calif. Assemblymember McCarty Applauds $20M in Grants to Help Classified School Workers Become Credentialed Teachers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty’s (D –Sacramento) efforts to diversify and increase the number of credentialed K-12 teachers in California received a multi-million dollar boost when the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recently awarded $20 million (twenty million dollars) in grants to help 1,000 classified school employees become credentialed teachers.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

California Speaker Rendon Announces 2017 State Leadership Team, Committee Chairs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) announced committee chair and Democratic leadership appointments. The appointments are effective immediately.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Reappoints Paul Fearer to Covered California Board, Reaffirms Commitment to Health Exchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) announced the reappointment of Paul E. Fearer to the board of the California Health Benefit Exchange. More than 2.8 million Californians have purchased health insurance through Covered California since the exchange opened its doors in 2014.
News from California Newswire

A Voice For Choice, Inc. Statement On New Lawsuit Filed to Challenge California’s Extensive Vaccine Mandates

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A group of California plaintiffs, led by A Voice for Choice, Inc., have filed suit challenging California’s extensive vaccine mandates, one of the broadest in the nation. With the passage of Senate Bill 277 in 2015, California now requires kindergartners to get twenty-five doses of vaccines – including for a sexually transmitted disease – before they can attend school. Unlike previous suits, this lawsuit eschews much medical or scientific discussion, and focuses instead on constitutional rights.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Appoints Assembly Committee on the Office of the Attorney General

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As part of the confirmation process for California Attorney General-designate Xavier Becerra, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced he has appointed a Special committee on the Office of the Attorney General.
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Introduces ‘California Rebuild’ Infrastructure Proposal with SB4

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On December 5, 2016, Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza introduced Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), which would allocate $1.2 billion dollars to reduce emissions, health risks, and also to redevelop the infrastructure of California’s goods movement network. This measure would improve goods movement corridors which are vital to the state’s economy.
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Legislation to Help Calif. Children Suffering from Trauma and Toxic Stress introduced by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Shortly after being sworn in to his second term in the California State Assembly, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) this week introduced Assembly Bill 11 (AB 11), which will create a child care early intervention partnership to help California infants and young children suffering from toxic stress.

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