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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Feb. 2016 Black History Month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring February 2016, as “Black History Month” in the State of California. Additionally, Brown Jr. gave remarks at the 4th Annual California-Hawaii National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legacy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Feb. 1

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 3, 2016 including to Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Raymond Madden, 50, of Imperial, has been appointed warden at California State Prison, Centinela, where he has been acting warden since 2014 and has served in several positions since 2010, including chief deputy warden and associate warden.

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Announces Legislation to Restructure Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), chairman of the influential Utilities and Commerce Committee, announced a constitutional amendment to restructure and reform the constitutional protections currently given to the scandal-ridden California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Chairman Gatto was joined by his joint authors, Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and

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Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Goes to Bat for California Coastal Commission Executive Director

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in reference to a letter addressed to the Governor signed by the Assemblymember and other legislative leaders regarding Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission, Dr. Charles Lester. “As an Assemblymember representing a coastal district, I am proud

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Calif. Governor Brown Delivers 2016 State of The State Address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Warning of the next inevitable recession and the “zigzag of spend-cut-spend” budgeting, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his annual State of the State address, choosing to lay out a clear, focused case for his top priority – continued fiscal discipline – rather than “talk today about new

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 19-20, 2016 including to Agricultural Associations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: First, Charlene Taylor, 63, of Elk Grove, has been reappointed to the California Veterans Board, where she has served since 2012. Taylor has held several positions at the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan since 1997, including

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Reduce Gun Violence! California Senator Isadore Hall Announces Legislative Package

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) announced a legislative package for 2016 designed to reduce gun violence in California and demand federal action to address the gun violence epidemic plaguing our nation. From 2002 to 2013, 38,576 Californians were killed by gun violence. In 2013 alone,

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Review Immigration Executive Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear an appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that continues to block implementation of the Deferred Action to Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood

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Calif. Parking Bill of Rights proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced a package of reforms that will make parking policy more fair and affordable for California motorists. The California Parking Bill of Rights will change substantially how cities and other local governments manage and enforce parking laws, providing relief from unjust citations. The

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Practices What He Preaches, Signs Easy Estate-Planning Deeds at his Office

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was joined today by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and members of the AARP as he signed two Revocable Transfer on Death (RTOD) deed forms for his houses. This comes just days after his AB 139, a measure which established this new estate-planning tool,

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The DRONE Act of 2016: Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Announces Consumer Aviation Measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto announced a comprehensive solution to the challenges that drones pose, The Drone Registration/Omnibus Negligence-prevention Enactment (DRONE) of 2016. The Act would: · Require registration of, and tiny physical or electronic license plates for, drones. All efforts to hold owners responsible (for example, for interfering with firefighting

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Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation Tackling Port Pollution – AB 1657

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 1657, which dedicates state Cap-and-Trade revenues to projects that make California’s ports greener and more energy efficient. The goal of the legislation is to fund equipment and infrastructure upgrades that help transition the state’s ports to renewable technologies.

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Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Requests LAUSD ‘Teacher Jail’ Audit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The use of “Teacher Jail” by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was the focus of an audit request by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), at a hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 447 of the State

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Aliso Canyon Gas Leak: Calif. Assemblyman Gatto to Hold Hearing in Porter Ranch Jan. 21

PORTER RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Members of the local media are invited to attend hearing by Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) Utilities and Commerce Committee questioning Southern California Gas Company and the California Public Utilities Commission over the Aliso Canyon gas leak. The hearing will feature witness testimony and public comment. Gatto’s committee will

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 6, 2016 including to the Dental Hygiene Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Meredith McKenzie, 44, of Los Gatos, has been reappointed to the Dental Board of California, where she has served since 2013. McKenzie has been a vice president and deputy general counsel at Juniper Networks since 2012. She was

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Jan. 5, 2016 including Health Professions Education Foundation Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a wide variety of new appointments for the first week of 2016, including: Gloria Bell, 60, of Salinas, has been reappointed to the California Employment Training Panel, where she has served since 2013. Bell has been vice president of human resources

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Legislation to Protect Children from Identity Theft – AB 1580

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced legislation that would allow parents to protect their child and family from identity theft. AB 1580 allows a parent to freeze their child’s credit with the three credit bureaus, preventing identity thieves from opening fraudulent credit accounts and ruining their credit at an early age.

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Named Chair of Utilities & Commerce Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Earlier today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) was appointed chairman of the Assembly’s formidable Utilities and Commerce Committee, overseeing legislation that regulates public utilities, natural gas, energy (including renewable energy), common carriers, entities like Uber/Lyft, and general commerce in the state. He replaces Assembly Speaker designee Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). “I

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Reminds on New Laws for Californians Jan. 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — While everyone is out celebrating New Year’s Day, Californians should take note of new laws that will take effect as of January 1, 2016, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale). In an email to the media, he highlights the following new laws for 2016: AB 8 (Yellow Alert) — Local law-enforcement

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Calif. Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency in San Bernardino County to Help with Recovery from Shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for San Bernardino County to help the community as it recovers from the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack. The full text of the proclamation is below: PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY WHEREAS on December 2, 2015, a

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Dec. 18, 2015 including to Department of Toxic Substances Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: Russell Atterberry, 39, of Folsom, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Atterberry has been executive officer at the Navy Operational Support Center, Sacramento since 2014. He was department head student at the Surface

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Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza and CHP Hosted a Holiday Traffic Safety Event Dec. 11, 2015

CERRITOS, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Office of Traffic Safety, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s Office, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a drunk driving victim and emergency room physicians held a Holiday Traffic Safety DUI Prevention

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas Introduces Manufacturing Jobs Bill, inspired by ‘Race to the Top’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week in Washington, D.C., U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) and Brad Ashford (D-Omaha, Neb.) today introduced legislation creating a $100 million in competitive grants that will promote reforms in workforce education and skills training for manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Skills Act was also introduced in the

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Calif. Senator Isadore Hall Receives 100-percent Approval Rating from Planned Parenthood

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) recognized Calif. Senator Isadore Hall’s (D – South Bay) unwavering commitment to reproductive health and women’s rights with an approval rating of 100% in their 2015 State Senate Legislative Scorecard. Every year PPAC releases a legislative scorecard intended to quickly and clearly

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas Introduces Law to Inform Consumers About Veterans Hiring – H.R. 3919

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In Washington, D.C., as part of his commitment to find ways to employ our nation’s brave Veterans, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that will allow American consumers to have a better understanding of which companies are most effective at hiring Veterans. The

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California Congressman Cardenas says Stop Putting Kids In Jail For Skipping School – H.R. 3782

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In Washington, D.C., as part of the President’s recognition of Youth Justice Awareness Month, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and long-time juvenile justice reform advocate, yesterday introduced legislation to stop the barbaric practice of putting kids

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Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Legislative Update – Bills Signed into Law Oct. 10 and 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This weekend Calif. Gov. Brown signed a wide variety of senate and assembly bills into law, including: AB 169 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Local government: public records: Internet. Also, AB 187 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Medi-Cal: managed care: California Children’s Services program. Signed into law

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Calif. Legislation to Modernize and Diversify Development at the Port of LA Signed into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Jerry Brown (D – California) has signed a package of bills into law by Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay), which will modernize and diversify development at the Port of Los Angeles and surrounding communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. California’s ports and harbors are major

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Gov. Brown Signs California Day Care Center Worker Vaccination Bill – SB792

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Brown today signed SB 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). The bill will protect California children in day care from contracting serious, potentially fatal diseases by requiring family day care home and day care center workers and volunteers to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis, and influenza. SB

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Gov. Brown Signs Gatto’s Bill to Protect Calif. Water-Conscious Residents from Govt. Fines

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Brown signed AB 1164, legislation that will prohibit local governments from banning water-conscious landscaping at private residences while preserving the ability of cities and counties to set aesthetic and environmental standards. As California enters its fourth consecutive drought year, Assemblyman Gatto wants to protect homeowners who install

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