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Calif. Gov. Brown announces additional appointments for June 21, 2013 including to the 25th District Agricultural Association

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following additional appointments: First, Vanessa Robledo, 36, of Napa, has been appointed to the 25th District Agricultural Association, Napa Town and Country Fair. Robledo has been the owner and chief executive officer at Black Coyote Wines since 2008. She was the [...]

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Cailf. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 21, 2013 including to California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Monica Blanco-Etheridge, 53, of Clovis, has been appointed to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. Blanco-Etheridge has been senior associate at the Rios Company since 2013, where she was a government liaison in 2005. She was [...]

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Largest Dam Removal in California History Breaks Ground with Public-Private Partnerships

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California elected officials, conservation groups and community leaders from across the state gathered in Carmel to celebrate the groundbreaking to tear down San Clemente Dam. The event, hosted by California American Water (NYSE:AWK) in partnership with the California State Coastal Conservancy, NOAA Fisheries and The Nature Conservancy, included [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for June 18, 2013 including to the California Scientific Guidance Panel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: first, Karen Baylor, 57, of Nipomo, has been appointed deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services at the California Department of Health Care Services. Baylor has been behavioral health administrator for the County of San Luis [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 17, 2013 including California Natural Resources Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Fahizah Alim, 63, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of communications for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Alim has been communications director for California State Senator Curren Price since 2009. She served as communications [...]

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SF Mayor Lee and New York City Mayor Bloomberg to Co-Host Second Annual Bloomberg Technology Summit

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that they will co-host the second annual Bloomberg Technology Summit to bring together technology and business leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s top digital cities and examine what other cities [...]

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Calif. Senator Alex Padilla Issues Statement on State Budget: Education Funding and English Learner Accountability Are Key Elements

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee released the following statement regarding the state budget: “Today is an exciting day for California and for millions of K-12 students throughout the state. I commend Governor Brown for his vision in what I [...]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas introduced critical legislation to improve U.S. cybersecurity, amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In Washington, D.C., Thursday evening, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced critical legislation to improve cybersecurity in the United States, which passed the U.S. House unanimously. The three pieces of legislation were amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Cárdenas amendments will ensure the United [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Compact with Ramona Band of Cahuilla

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Ramona Band of Cahuilla. The compact includes provisions to protect employees and patrons as well as measures to protect the environment during the construction and operation of [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown, Business Leaders and Workers Call for Action on Economic Development Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined the region’s business leaders and workers to call for action on his plan to revamp the state’s economic development program and help put Californians back to work. “California’s thirty-year-old Enterprise Zone program is not enterprising, it’s wasteful. It’s inefficient and not giving [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for June 6, 2013 including California Commission on Emergency Medical Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following governmental appointments: First, Dan Burch, 47, of Turlock, has been appointed to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services. Burch has been administrator at the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2005. He was a coordinator at [...]

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California Civil Rights and Education Leaders Join Governor Brown in Final Push for More Equitable School Funding System

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today met with a broad coalition of business, civil rights and education leaders from across California to continue the call for action on his plan to direct additional resources to the state’s neediest students and restore local control over how money is spent in [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 5, 2013 to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, April Lopez, 46, of Yorba Linda, has been reappointed to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, where she has served since 2012. Lopez has been owner at Stadium Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Rehabilitation since 1998. She was [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for June 4, 2013 including to Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Judith Frank, 71, of Los Angeles, was appointed to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority. Frank has been owner and principal at Asset Strategies since 1993. She was a consulting project executive at the California Department of [...]

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Mike Gatto Leads Fight to Protect California’s Children, Calls for Audit of Counties’ Child Protective Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) are calling for an investigation of County Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies in California following recent failures that, in one case, led to the death of a child in Los Angeles County and, in another, caused an infant to [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for June 3, 2013 including to the California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, David Chandler, 50, of Palm Desert, has been appointed to the California Private Security Disciplinary Review Committee, South. Chandler has been owner of Bel-Air Patrol since 2012 and president and chief executive officer at Coachella Valley Security Inc. [...]

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California Assembly Colleagues Fight to Provide Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Open access advocates in California celebrated last week as AB 609 passed the Assembly floor by a vote of 71-7. The bill, co-authored by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), would ensure that research conducted using public funds is available to the public, [...]

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Calif. Anti-Gridlock Bill Avoids Legislative Congestion and Clears Assembly without a Jam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California’s legislature took action to ease congestion, and driver frustration, on the Los Angeles freeway system yesterday, by passing AB 405 with a bipartisan vote of 72-0. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, addresses infuriating late-night traffic jams on some of the nation’s most notoriously congested freeways, by permitting [...]

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California Bill to Prevent Child Abuse in Schools Passes Assembly (AB 349)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California State Assembly took action to prevent child abuse in our schools and track those accused of crimes against children, by passing AB 349 with a bipartisan vote of 71-0. The bill creates a landmark, statewide, information system to help prevent repeat offenders from retaining employment at a [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for May 30, 2013 including the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following government appointments: First, Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin, 57, of McKinleyville, has been appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Hostler has been chief executive officer at Cher Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria since 2010 and was director of [...]

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Bill to Protect California Communities from Contaminated Properties Passes Assembly (AB 440)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California communities struggling with decaying and contaminated properties will have new tools available to revitalize these sites now that Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) AB 440 has cleared the Assembly with a bipartisan vote of 75-1. Changes to state law made in 2011 made it unclear whether local governments could [...]

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Assembly Passes California Legislation to Bring Hit-and-Run Offenders to Justice (AB 184)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill to address the epidemic of hit-and-run offenses in Southern California and other parts of the state moved to the Senate today following a unanimous vote of 74-0 of the full Assembly. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for May 29, 2013 including the California Board for Professional Engineers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Laura Alarcon, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief of the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Alarcon has served in multiple positions at the California Department of Insurance since 2008, [...]

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California Bill to Protect Access to Wireless Communication Services Approved by Calif. Senate (SB 380)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved SB 380 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 35 to 2. The bill would set standards to prevent the arbitrary shutdown or interruption of cell phone service. The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration. “SB 380 establishes a [...]

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Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Make California Fuel Policies More Sustainable

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to improve California’s fuel standards passed the Assembly by a vote of 77-0. AB 278 would ensure that so-called “green” fuels do not in fact harm the environment. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) was created to reduce emissions from burning fuels. It [...]

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Spotify Becomes Eleventh Tech Company to Move to the Central Market Neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that four new businesses have signed leases in the Central Market neighborhood, including digital music service Spotify, which has signed a lease for 13,500 square feet of office space in the Warfield Building on Market Street. Three other businesses are joining Spotify [...]

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces New QB3 Biotech Incubator in Central San Francisco Waterfront

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) announced that QB3 will develop a new biotech incubator at 953 Indiana Street in San Francisco’s Central Waterfront area. The incubator will be called “QB3@953”and will advance QB3’s work to support life science companies [...]

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Save the Oranges! California Legislature Takes Step to Save Iconic California Citrus Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ –A tiny bug that causes huge problems is one step closer to being eradicated, says Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, infects citrus trees and destroys them. There is no known cure. The disease has almost destroyed China’s citrus industry, and Florida has [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 24, 2013 including California F.A.I.R. Plan Governing Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Stephanie Shimazu, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Shimazu has been an attorney at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs since 2013. She [...]

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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 Comprehensive Anti-SWATting Legislation Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to criminalize the dangerous and increasingly prevalent crime known as “swatting”, was approved by the California State Assembly today by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 76-0. The bill, AB 47, is the legislature’s most comprehensive legislation to address the issue, and the only [...]

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Local South Bay Schools to Receive $2 million in Calif. School Construction Grants

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi congratulated schools on successful applications. The State Allocation Board has approved nearly $2 million in grant funding for four school construction projects in the 66th Assembly District. The projects are shovel-ready and include facility improvements to modernize the campuses, improve security, address accessibility shortcomings or [...]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect Small Businesses Unanimously Passes California Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Prop. 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits passed the Assembly today with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 71-0, well in excess of the 2/3 threshold necessary to amend the proposition. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Joins Global Scientists to Call for Action on Climate Change

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Warning that Earth is rapidly approaching a “tipping point” at which human impacts are causing alarming levels of harm to our planet, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined more than 500 world-renowned researchers and scientists to release a groundbreaking call to action on climate change and other [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown announces appointments to California Superior Courts for May 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced various court appointments throughout the State of California, including San Diego County Superior Court, the San Bernardino County Superior Court, San Francisco County Superior Court, and others. Governor Brown Appoints Two to San Diego County Superior Court Patricia Guerrero, 41, of San [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 21, 2013 to 30th District Agricultural Association

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Andrew Alejandre, 25, of Corning, has been appointed to the 30th District Agricultural Association, Tehama District Fair Board. Alejandre has been the creative director for Cave Clothing Brand since 2010. He was a graphic designer at Native Threads [...]

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Bill to Protect Local Calif. Governments from Dog Park Liability Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his bill to help local governments create dog parks for their residents, passed the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote of 75-0. The idea for the bill came from Glendale City Councilmember Laura Friedman, who told Gatto that liability concerns were preventing [...]

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Ten-Year Capital Improvement Plan announced by SF Mayor Lee

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced a $4.1 billion capital improvement plan for San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The long-term infrastructure plan provides funding for terminal improvements, facility enhancements, and the creation of an on-site luxury hotel, pending environmental approval. The plan is expected to create more than [...]

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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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Los Angeles Leaders and Calif. Gov. Brown Call for Action on Plan to Improve School Funding System and Restore Local Control

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined with education and business leaders and elected officials at Humphreys Avenue Elementary School in East Los Angeles to call for action on his plan to direct additional resources to the state’s neediest students and restore local control over how money [...]

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San Francisco Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.4 Percent in April 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued the following statement on San Francisco’s unemployment rate dropping to 5.4 percent in April from an adjusted 6.1 percent in March, based on preliminary unemployment numbers released by the California Employment Development Department (EDD): “San Francisco’s steady economic recovery is the result [...]

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Bill to Allow Out-of-State Voting for California’s Emergency Workers approved by Calif. Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Calif. State Senate has approved SB 362 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill was passed with a bipartisan vote of 30 to 7. The bill would empower the Governor and the Secretary of State to establish alternative means for emergency personnel to obtain a ballot and vote [...]

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Parking Meter Justice Bill Passes California State Assembly – legislation prohibiting local governments from fleecing motorists who park at broken meters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his legislation prohibiting local governments from fleecing motorists who park at broken parking meters moved one step closer to becoming a reality. The California State Assembly approved the bill by a vote of 71-0. The bill, AB 61, seeks to stop the [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for May 15, 2013 including State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Max Duley, 45, of Fairfield, has been appointed to Area Board IV of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and as representative of Area Board IV to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Duley has served on Area [...]

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California and Nevada Renew Partnership to Preserve Lake Tahoe Region

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced an agreement that renews Nevada and California’s bi-state partnership to help preserve and enhance the Lake Tahoe region. Under the agreement, developed with legislative leadership from both states, amendments will be introduced to bills in the Nevada [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Boosts Investment in Schools, and Calls for ‘Fiscal Restraint’ in Revised State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised and balanced state budget that strengthens California’s fiscal integrity by investing in California’s schools, chipping away billions from the “Wall of Debt” and maintaining a prudent reserve. When Governor Brown took office, the state faced a $26.6 billion budget deficit, [...]

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Kicking off San Francisco’s Small Business Week, SF Mayor Lee Announces New Loans to Boost Small Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the launch of the “Emerging Business Loan Fund” which will make $12 million in affordable loans available to support small business, boost the local economy and create jobs. The Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) program expands accessible financing to businesses that cannot [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring May 2013 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring May 2013 as “Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month” in the State of California. In an ongoing effort to strengthen California’s economic and cultural ties to Asia and the Pacific Rim, Governor Brown met with President Park Geun-hye of the [...]

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Calif. Assembly Bill to Help Open More California Dog Parks Passes Assembly Local Government Committee (AB 265)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that his bill to “help local governments create dog parks for their residents” passed the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 8-0. The idea for the bill came from Laura Friedman, a Glendale City Councilmember, who [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring May 9 as Korea-California Friendship Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in a meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. presented a proclamation declaring May 9, 2013 as “Korea-California Friendship Day” in the State of California. The full text of the proclamation follows: PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WHEREAS, California [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Reform California’s Health Insurance Market

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, helping put an end to the practice of denying health care coverage to Californians with pre-existing conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to protect consumers and reform California’s private health insurance market as required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). “This legislation helps [...]

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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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Calif. Gov. Brown, Obama Administration Commit to Oct. 1 Deadline for Draft Water Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the State of California and the Obama Administration agreed to a formal deadline of October 1, 2013 for the release of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and accompanying environmental documents for public review and comment. The BDCP will enable the state to make significant progress toward achieving [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 8, 2013 including California Native American Heritage Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Grace Arupo Rodriguez, 35, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed deputy director of legal affairs at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Arupo Rodriguez has been senior deputy city attorney for the City of Sacramento since [...]

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SF Mayor Lee Announces Recipients of 2013 Mayor’s Teacher of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced five recipients of the 2012-2013 Mayor’s Teacher of the Year Award. The award recipients will be recognized this evening during a San Francisco Giants’ home plate ceremony at AT&T Park. “Our public school teachers are true champions in San Francisco,” said [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Proposes to Reform Prop 65 – get back on track to protect Californians from harmful chemicals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Yesterday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed reforms to strengthen and restore the intent of Proposition 65, a three decade old law enacted to protect Californians from harmful chemicals, that has been abused by some unscrupulous lawyers driven by profit rather than public health. “Proposition 65 is a good [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 7, 2013 including California Air Resources Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, John Gioia, 55, of Richmond, has been appointed to the California Air Resources Board. Gioia has been a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors since 1999, where he served as chair in 2002, 2006 [...]

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California Senate Approves Stable Funding for State-wide Pediatric Trauma Care Centers (SB 191)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, the State Senate approved a bill that will provide stable funding for pediatric trauma care centers throughout the state. The bipartisan vote was 33 to 1. SB 191 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) will allow counties to continue to collect funds for local emergency medical services, including pediatric [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Announces Appointments for May 6, 2013 including the California Fair Employment and Housing Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Dale Brodsky, 62, of Orinda, has been appointed to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. Brodsky is a partner at Beeson Tayer and Bodine, where she served as an attorney since 2002. She was associate editor for [...]

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Wildfire Awareness Week for Californians

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in response to the recent fires in Southern California at the start of the “annual fire season,” Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued a proclamation declaring May 5-11, 2013 as “Wildfire Awareness Week” in the State of California. Text follows: “With one of the state’s earliest fire [...]

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SF Mayor Lee Launches Summer Jobs + 2013 Initiative to Create Unprecedented 6,000 Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Way of the Bay Area – along with City Departments and private sector employers – announced the launch of Summer Jobs+ 2013, challenging employers this summer to create 6,000 jobs and paid internships for San Francisco youth. Mayor Lee’s Summer [...]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Prevent Child Abuse in Schools Passes Key Committee Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to help prevent child abuse in our schools and more closely monitor those accused of the crime passed a key legislative hurdle yesterday, clearing the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 6-0, with 1 abstention. The bill, AB 349, requires the [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Help Businesses Get Started, Hire More Quickly in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Moving to help California businesses get started and hire more quickly, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday signed AB 113 (Assembly Budget Committee), which directs additional funds to the Secretary of State’s Office to accelerate the state’s business filing process and eliminate a massive backlog of filings. “The sooner [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 1, 2013 including Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Sid Voorakkara, 42, of San Diego, has been appointed senior business development specialist at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Voorakkara has been a partner at Ten Page Memo LLC since 2012. Voorakkara was statewide [...]

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Drone Privacy Bill Clears California Assembly Policy Committees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, legislation to protect the privacy rights of Californians passed out of the Assembly Committee on Local Government overwhelmingly on a bipartisan vote. AB 1327, jointly authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) protects the privacy rights of Californians by establishing restrictions on governmental and private [...]

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California Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Protect Genetic Privacy – no unauthorized DNA testing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved SB 222 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The bill would establish the California Genetic Information Privacy Act, which would prohibit the unauthorized collection, analysis, transfer or storage of an individual’s genetic information. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. “Presently [...]

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to protect Small Businesses Clears Assembly Judiciary Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s legislation to protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits took a huge step forward yesterday by clearing its final policy hurdle, the Assembly Judiciary committee, by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 10-0. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive notice of a technical-signage violation of [...]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 30, 2013 including the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Linda Broyles, 57, of Coronado, has been appointed to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services. Broyles has been continuous quality improvement coordinator at the Regional Cooperative Care Program since 2006 and clinical coordinator at American Medical Response [...]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas Sponsors Legislation to Give Veterans Better Mental Health Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — This week, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) signed on as an original co-sponsor to the bipartisan Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, which is intended to allow veterans better access to mental health care. Currently, veterans face a five-year window in which they must seek treatment for mental illnesses [...]

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California Bill to Require Condoms in Adult Films Approved by Assembly Labor and Employment Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, legislation by Assemblymember Isasdore Hall, III (D – Compton) to require frequent testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and condom use in all adult films made in California, has cleared the state Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee with a bipartisan five (5) to zero (0) vote; with Republican Assemblymember [...]

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Calif. School Superintendents and Governor Brown Call for Action on Plan to Improve School Funding System

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined 20 local school superintendents from across California to call for action on his plan to direct additional resources to the state’s neediest students and restore local control over how money is spent in schools. “This is not an ordinary legislative measure, this [...]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas Holds Congressional Forum on School Safety Improvement

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In the wake of several horrible incidents of violence by young people perpetrated throughout the United States, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) will hold a Congressional Forum Sat. April 27, to discuss community-based solutions for improving school safety in Los Angeles and nationwide. The Congressional Forum will [...]

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Bill to End California State Worker ‘Moonlighting’ Passes Legislative Policy Committee with Bi-Partisan Support

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Budget committee, announced his bill, Assembly Bill 208, which will prohibit state employees from receiving a full-time state salary while also concurrently accepting hourly employment positions within the same department for the same work, passed Assembly Committee on Public Employees [...]

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Calif. Senate Natural Resources Committee approves California Earthquake Early Warning Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Senate Natural Resources Committee today approved SB 135 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The vote was 9–0. The bill would require the development of a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system in California. The measure now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. About 90% of the [...]

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SF Mayor Lee & Supervisors Sign Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for City’s Soft Story Buildings

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the Board of Supervisors and City Officials to mark the 107th anniversary of the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire at the yearly commemoration at Lotta’s Fountain in downtown San Francisco, and signed into law the Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Soft Story [...]

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas and Schiff Call on Senate to Focus on Juvenile Justice Efforts

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling on the Senate to recognize the critical importance of juvenile mental health in preventing violence, including [...]

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Regulating Drones in California: State Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Padilla Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 15 by California Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). SB 15 would establish standards for the domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as “drones.” The federal government has taken action to accelerate both the public and commercial deployment of drones in [...]

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Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Makes Groundbreaking Efforts to Change the Way Citizens Vote in L.A. County

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) is kicking off the design phase of the Voting Systems Assessment Project (VSAP) — an unprecedented endeavor to modernize and streamline the voting system for the largest electoral jurisdiction in the United States. In collaboration with IDEO, a global design and [...]

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California Anti-Swatting Legislation AB 47 Passes Public Safety Committee

SACRANENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to criminalize the dangerous and increasingly prevalent crime known as “swatting” cleared a major legislative hurdle; passing the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a unanimous vote of 7-0. Swatting is a perilous prank by anonymous mischief-makers who alert police to a bogus [...]

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas Demands Comprehensive Immigration Reform Protect Farm Workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) issued a statement regarding the announcement of a deal on farm worker policies present in the comprehensive immigration reform legislation currently progressing through the U.S. Senate. “I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate understand the essential need [...]

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