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Calif. Gov. Brown and Assemblyman Gatto Announce Participating California Agencies in Innovation Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today Calif. Governor Brown and Assemblyman Gatto (D-Glendale) announced the participating agencies of the California Innovation Award, established by Gatto’s AB 2138 in 2014, which awards a prize of up to $25,000 for Californians who provide intellectual property that solves a specific problem, innovates a process, or streamlines a system

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Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Appointed to California Commission on Economic Development

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California State Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee announced today his appointment by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon to the California Commission on Economic Development. “I am honored Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon appointed me to the California Commission on

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Calif. Governor Brown Signs Legislation on Aug. 11, 2015 including AB 143, SB 227

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed the following bills, including: AB 143 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) – Food facilities. ADDITIONAL BILLS SIGNED: • AB 220 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Pupil instruction: mathematics: algebra. • AB 223 by Assemblymember Brian Dahle

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SF Mayor Lee Announces $8.2 Million Federal Grant for Fire Department Hiring

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee recently announced the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) was awarded an $8.2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 36 additional firefighters. “This new Federal funding invests in the growth and success

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Remove the Term ‘Alien’ from California Labor Code : SB432

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown today signed SB 432 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. The bill modernizes outdated law by deleting the term “alien” from the California Labor Code, as a definition for an immigrant individual. The new law goes into effect

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SB212: Gov. Brown Signs Calif. Butane Hash Oil and Meth Manufacturing Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — SB 212 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill addresses the proliferation of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) and methamphetamine manufacturing in residential neighborhoods by making it an aggravated felony to manufacture the drugs within close proximity to occupied residences and structures. The

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas – Resolution: Stop Locking Kids In Cages to Die

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) introduced a Congressional Resolution, calling on the United States to completely eliminate life sentences without the possibility of parole in juvenile cases. The resolution is a legislative companion to an opinion column authored by Cárdenas that will be published in

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Congressman Cardenas calls on Calif. Reps to Push for Covered California Security in light of Anthem Breach

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, following his work in the San Fernando Valley that saw more than 1,000 area families enrolled in health insurance, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) called on the State of California to ensure those families’ identities are protected. Cárdenas, a member of the Health Subcommittee of the

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for July 16, 2015 including to Dept. of Resources Recycling and Recovery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jorge Jaramillo, 43, of San Francisco, has been appointed chief of the Office of Public Sector Non-Governmental Organization Coordination at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Jaramillo has served as deputy director of external affairs at

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cardenas Applauds SCOTUS Ruling on Affordable Care Act Subsidies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Following the 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, supporting the use of Affordable Care Act subsidies for insurance customers throughout the United States, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.), a member of the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, issued this

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Humane Cosmetics Act to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — This week, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) joined Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Dr. Joe Heck (R-NV) to introduce the “Humane Cosmetics Act” to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing. “Subjecting animals to painful and inhumane testing is not who we are

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Gatto Bill to Open-Up Calif. Carpool Lanes and Reduce Traffic Approved by Senate Transportation Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation designed to help reduce traffic and increase the efficiency of Los Angeles County’s freeway system passed the Senate Transportation Committee by a vote of 11-0. The bill, AB 210, will create a pilot project to help ease traffic congestion during non-traditional commutes by permitting single-occupancy

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Calif. Jobs on the Rise: $1 Million Tax Credit Awarded to Paramount’s Weber Metals to Grow Staff

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced the award of a $1 million tax credit to Paramount-based Weber Metals, Inc. With the support of the tax credit, Weber Metals will add 26 new full-time employees through the California Competes Tax Credit program. “It is critical that California stay competitive in

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Calif. Black License Plates Return: DMV Now Processing Iconic Plates for Legacy Plate Program Created by Assemblyman Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced AB 1658 to create the California Legacy License Plate Program, he wanted to do something nice for those who preserve California’s classic-car heritage. Such enthusiasts often view Sacramento as the source of pesky regulations. But even peskier is the fact that after

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Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas introduces Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), who co-author of the landmark Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act of 2000 in California, introduced the “Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act,” to reform the incarceration and confinement of juveniles in the United States. The Protecting Youth from

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Calif. Gov. Brown Reaches 2015-16 Budget Agreement with Legislative Leaders, Calls Special Sessions to Fix HealthCare Financing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a budget agreement with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, consistent with prudent May Revision revenue estimates, that saves billions of dollars and pays down debt, while directing more resources to schools and low-income Californians. Governor

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Calif. Gov. Brown, Top U.N. Official Call for Action at Every Level on Climate Change

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. welcomed the United Nations’ top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, to Los Angeles, where they convened half a dozen leading scientists to discuss climate impacts in the Golden State – and beyond – and the need for swift, decisive action at

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Issues Statement on Passage of 2015-16 State Budget Today

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Legislature’s approval of the 2015-16 state budget today: “I am pleased that the Legislature met its constitutional deadline approving and sending to the Governor a balanced 2015-16 state budget for

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 8-12, 2015 including Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a wide range of appointments for June 8-12, including: Kelly Harrington, 51, of Roseville, has been appointed director of the Division of Adult Institutions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been acting director since 2014

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 3, 2015 including to California Native American Heritage Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jacque Roberts, 35, of West Sacramento, has been appointed senior advisor at the California Department of General Services. Roberts has served as a deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since 2011.

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Californians for Retirement Security calls on former San Jose Mayor Reed not to accept a $106K payment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Californians for Retirement Security, a 1.6 million member coalition of teachers, firefighters, police officers, school employees, and public employee retirees, called on former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed not to accept a $106,173.50 payment approved by the Legislature to settle a lawsuit with the state. The payment is included

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Calif. Conflict of Interest Bill Approved by State Senate to Help Prevent Corruption in Government Contracting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to restore public trust and accountability in government by strengthening California’s conflict of interest laws was approved this week by the State Senate on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 37 to 0. SB 330 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), would define what family relationships would constitute a

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21st Century Cures: 50 Percent of Californians Will Get Cancer, This Legislation Could Help Them Survive

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) voted as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to approve “21st Century Cures,” legislation that will improve medical research and better target National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The bill will help focus the use of

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Calif. Bill SB 505 Clears State Senate – Requires Voter Bill of Rights to be Written in Plain Language

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate this week approved SB 505 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote. The bill will ensure that California’s Voter Bill of Rights and other election materials are provided to voters in plain, accessible and easily understandable language. The bill now goes to the

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Historic Investment in Schools, Rainy Day Fund, New Earned Income Tax Credit in Revised Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised state budget that prudently pays down debt and saves billions of dollars, while carefully directing funding where it’s needed most – to improve schools, help low-income Californians, prevent tuition increases and respond to drought and climate change. “Another recession is

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Senate Constitutional Amendment 8 to Increase Representation in California’s Largest Counties Introduced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bipartisan measure to increase the number of elected supervisors from 5 to 7 members in California counties that have more than two million residents was introduced today by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). Senate Constitutional Amendment 8 will have to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the legislature, and

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 7-8, 2015 including to Department of Consumer Affairs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Edgar L. Gill Jr, 50, of Elk Grove, has been appointed senior deputy commissioner of the Division of Corporations at the California Department of Business Oversight. Gill has been a senior vice president team lead at U.S.

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S.F. Mayor Lee Announces Increased Funding to Strengthen San Francisco Immigrant Community

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced $10 million in total budget funding over two years to support San Francisco’s immigrant community, including additional legal services, financial education, support of the opening of the new labor center for immigrants, and funding to strengthen Citywide efforts including San

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 6, 2015 including to California Citizens Compensation Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Matina Kolokotronis, 50, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Citizens Compensation Commission. Kolokotronis has been president of business operations for the Sacramento Kings since 2010 and director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation since 2004, where

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San Diego Unified Port District partners with U.S. Dept. of State for Maritime Security

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of San Diego to launch a partnership that will enhance the Department’s maritime security assistance to Asia and Latin America. Under

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