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Calif. Bill to Protect California Kids in Day Camps Approved by State Senate – SB476

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved SB 476 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 39 to 0. The bill will protect the well-being of California’s children by ensuring that day camps in the state are held to the same high standards as resident camps

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Calif. Bill to Keep Strangers from Using TV to Record Conversations Passes State Assembly – AB1116

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Imagine a television that records and transmits conversations in the privacy of your bedroom, asks Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale). Then imagine words meant to be heard only by your spouse being reviewed by strangers, to discern your personal tastes. This scenario sounds like something straight out of 1984, but

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Calif. Vaccinations Required for Day Care Center Workers Under Bill Approved by State Senate – SB792

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today approved SB 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 3. The bill will protect California children in day care from contracting serious diseases by requiring family day care home and day care center workers to be vaccinated against

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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. Congressional Leaders Urge Gov. Brown, Legislative Leaders to Boost Denti-Cal in State Budget for 5 Million Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Led by Calif. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) and Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), 16 members of California’s delegation today urged Governor Jerry Brown and the state’s legislative leaders to “prioritize improvements to the Denti-Cal program in this year’s budget.” “For Denti-Cal to be a meaningful benefit, enrollees must have access

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Gatto Introduces Bill to Cut California Bureaucracy and Protect Water-Conscious Residents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — When Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California water bond and numerous water-efficiency bills, heard from KABC’s Elex Michaelson, and other news outlets, that cities in his district were fining his constituents for replacing water-intensive lawns with expensive and realistic looking synthetic grass, he decided

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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. Congressman Cardenas announces winner of 29th Congressional District Art Contest for 2015

PANORAMA CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) on Tuesday announced the winner of the 29th Congressional District Art Contest for 2015. Kristina Andrada from Panorama City, who attends the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences, took first prize at the first annual Congressional Art Show held last week.

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Calif. Senator Isadore Hall, III Names Compton Native Kendrick Lamar ‘California Senate Generational Icon’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) has bestowed fellow Compton, California native and two time Grammy® award winning recording artist Kendrick Lamar the California State Senate’s Generational Icon award for his professional accomplishments, charitable work and commitment to the community. (Photo of Senator Isadore Hall,

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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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L.A. County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Votes to Support L.A. River Legislation – AB 530

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last Tuesday to support Assembly Bill 530, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon’s (D-Lakewood) proposal that spurs much-needed revitalization of the entire L.A. River. “The L.A. River is a natural resource that all communities in our region should have access to,” Rendon said.

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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. STEAM Proposal for a ‘UC-Tech’ Gets Passing Grade from Higher Education Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The University of California system is overcrowded, with slots increasingly scarce for California’s growing population. California industries, from animation to aviation to app-design, are finding it difficult to find the specialized graduates they need, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale). To solve these two problems, Gatto introduced AB 1483, legislation that […]

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Calif. Unscrupulous Elder Care Referral Agencies Bill Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 648 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza was approved on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will protect seniors and their families from elder care referral agencies that engage in unscrupulous business practices by strengthening their licensing and financial disclosure requirements. The bill now goes to […]

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Calif. L.A. River Restoration Proposal Clears Assembly Committee by a unanimous 15-0 vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon’s (D-Lakewood) legislation (Assembly Bill 530) that spurs much-needed revitalization of the Lower L.A. River passed the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee by a unanimous 15-0 vote. “After decades of neglect, it’s time to focus attention and resources on the Lower L.A. River and […]

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U.S. State Dept. Partners with California Highway Patrol, Providing Expertise to Ukraine’s New Patrol Police Force

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week the U.S. State Dept. announced that marking the first overseas deployment by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) under formal partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the CHP recently collaborated with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI) on a four-week training session for 30 Ukrainian law enforcement […]

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Calif. ‘Crowdsourced’ Bill to Combat Data Breaches Approved by Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee – AB 83

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) continues to innovate the way laws are made in Sacramento by harnessing the power of the Internet to engage all Californians in the legislative process, according to a press release his office issued today. Earlier this year, Gatto invited the public, for a second-year in […]

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Calif. Bill to Create Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System Safely Passes Committee – AB 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) fight to reduce hit-and-run crimes continued when the Assembly Public Safety

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Calif. Senator Hall and Certified Nursing Assistants Demand Quality Assurance at Skilled Nursing Facilities – SB 779

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Senate Bill (SB) 779 authored by Calif .Senator Isadore Hall, III (D-South Bay), and sponsored by SEIU-United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), would address understaffing that currently places the lives of nursing home residents at risk.

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House Passes Calif. Congressman Cardenas’ Amendment to Protect Small Business From Cyberattack

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.), a member

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Calif. Bill to Prevent Child Hunger Approved by Key Senate Committee – SB 708

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to address childhood hunger in California and improve

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Calif. Assemblyman Rendon Seeks Day in Court For Public Utilities Commission – Legislation Creates New Transparency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) on Tuesday expanded his legislation to reform the California Public Utilities Commission

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Calif. Bill to Keep Strangers from Using Your TV to Record Private Conversations Approved by Privacy Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Imagine a television that records and transmits conversations in the privacy of your bedroom. Then imagine words

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Hundreds of Calif. Nursing Home Workers to Rally in Support of Senate Bill 779 on April 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, nursing home workers from throughout L.A. County will rally in support of Calif. Senate

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Calif. Bill to Make Voting Materials More Comprehensible Approved by Senate Elections Committee – SB 505

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today approved SB 505 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza

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Calif. Unscrupulous Elder Care Referral Agencies Bill Approved by Senate Committee – SB 648

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Senate Bill 648, authored by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza, was approved this week by the Senate Health Committee. The bill will protect seniors and their families from elder care referral agencies that engage in unscrupulous business practices by strengthening their licensing and financial disclosure requirements. The bill now goes to […]

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Calif. Legislation to Overhaul DNA Testing Regime Approved by Public Safety Committee – AB 84

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Could thousands of rapes and murders go unsolved in California because of problems with a ballot initiative? asks Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Unfortunately, yes. If the California Supreme Court upholds a lower court decision, California’s DNA testing law could be thrown out. The Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 6 to 1 […]

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Calif. Conflict of Interest in Govt. Contracting Bill Approved by Senate Committee – SB 330

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to restore public trust and accountability in government by strengthening California’s conflict of interest laws was approved today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 6 to 0. SB 330 authored by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) would define what family relationships […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for April 16, 2015 including to Department of Human Resources

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jim Zamora, 56, of Davis, has been appointed deputy director of communications at the California Department of Human Resources. Zamora has been senior communications specialist for the Service Employees International Union, Local 1000 since 2008. He was a […]

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