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Calif. Joint Legislative Audit Committee Approves Audit of Alliance College-Ready Public Charter Schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit request by Cailf. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a vote of 8 to 3. The audit will review whether Alliance College-Ready Public Charter Schools in Los Angeles used public money for purposes unrelated to student support and learning. “Alliance receives

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Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Continues to Press Frontier for Answers in Sacramento Hearing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) questioned Frontier and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) representatives in Sacramento about their strategy to prevent future service disruptions. Following Saturday’s town hall to resolve individual issues of customers impacted by the recent Verizon to Frontier transition, the Assemblymember sought to identify the

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Speaker Rendon, Calif. Assembly Colleagues Launch Resolution Recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) joined Assembly colleagues today to introduce House Resolution 52 to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, 2016. “None of us are immune from the tragedies that guns deliver every day in communities throughout our state,” Speaker Rendon said. “We as policymakers have

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The California Legislative Black Caucus Releases 2016-17 State Budget Priorities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today announced their 2016-17 budget priorities with a clear emphasis on issues that will provide the most direct positive impact on the lives of African Americans throughout California. The CLBC’s budget priorities range from new investments in education and infrastructure to workforce development and

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto to Question Frontier Communications Over Outages

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Members of the local media are invited to attend a hearing held by Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Utilities and Commerce Committee to discuss the severe internet, telephone, and cable outages Frontier Communications customers are enduring across California. The hearing will be live-streamed at the following link: http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/ Assemblyman

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Frontier FAIL: Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell to Host Town Hall Confronting Troubled Transition from Verizon to Frontier

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell invites residents to a town hall for customers impacted by the switch from Verizon to Frontier Communications. The public will have the opportunity to resolve service issues with representatives from Frontier Communications and the California Public Utilities Commission. WHO: Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell California Public Utilities

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Calif. Asm. Mike Gatto’s Legislation to Protect Children From Identity Theft Clears Privacy Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calilf. Assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee passed legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) to protect children from identity theft, by an 11-0 vote. AB 1580 will allow parents to freeze their children’s credit with the three credit bureaus, to prevent identity

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Senator Mendoza Legislation to Prevent Wage Theft from California Workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A measure, SB 1342, authored by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) that would protect workers by paving the way for a statewide mechanism at the local level to fight wage theft, was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan 6 to 0 vote. The bill now goes

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Calif. Legislative Black Caucus Issues Statement Praising New $20 Bill Featuring Harriet Tubman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today praised the United States Treasury Department for its announcement that Harriet Tubman, an African American abolitionist and humanitarian, will appear on a new version of the twenty dollar bill. “Harriet Tubman is a national shero and a reflection of the millions of women

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Bill to Increase Representation on L.A. County Metro Transportation Authority Board

SACRAMENTO, Cailf. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved SB 1472 authored by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), on a bipartisan vote of 6 to 3. The bill will increase the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors from 14 to 16 members. The bill now goes

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Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law Approved by Calif. Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — After hearing testimony from the parents of Paul Lee, a special needs student from Whittier, who tragically passed away last year after being left unattended on school bus for many hours, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved SB 1072, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza on a unanimous bipartisan vote

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Landmark Agreement to Raise California Minimum Wage Starting in 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined legislators and labor leaders to announce a landmark agreement that makes California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. The Governor was joined at today’s announcement by: Senate President pro

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Calif. Legislative Black Caucus Issues Statement in Support of $15 Minimum Wage Legislation – SB 3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today announced its support for SB 3 (Leno), landmark legislation that would increase California’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour by 2022. In announcing the CLBC’s support, Caucus Chairman, Senator Isadore Hall, III released the following statement: “The California Legislative Black Caucus

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S.F. Mayor Lee Statement on State Legislature Approving Bill to Raise California Minimum Wage

SAN FRANCISO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding both State Senate and State Assembly in approving Senate Bill 3, authored by Senator Mark Leno, to raise California’s minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2017 and increase it to $15 an hour by 2022: “California is

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Mar. 29, 2016 including the California Natural Resources Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Jemahl Amen, 45, of Sacramento has been appointed deputy director of facility management at the California Department of General Services, where he has served as acting deputy director of facility management since 2015 and was acting deputy

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Bill to Combat Government Corruption Approved by Key Committee: SB 1011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill that strengthens California’s conflict of interest laws and restores public trust and accountability was approved today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 7 to 0. According to Senator Mendoza, “SB 1011 will help prevent unethical personal enrichment in government contracting.” SB

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Calif. Asm. Mike Gatto Introduces Bill to Give Consumers the Power to Cancel from Services with a Simple Click

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — You’ve seen the ads from companies that advertise the ease of signing up for their cable or internet service over the web, says Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). However, if individuals decide to cancel those same services, they’re often forced to suffer through infuriating, time-consuming phone calls, often spending hours

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California Legislature Declares March 2016 as Brain Injury Awareness Month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, the California State Senate approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 110 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous bipartisan vote. The resolution designates March of 2016 and each year thereafter as Brain Injury Awareness Treatment and Prevention Month in order to promote public awareness on the extent, causes,

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Introduces Legislation to Curb Fraudulent Disability Placard Use – AB 2602

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to address the illegal use of disabled parking placards in cities across California. According to Gatto, there are approximately three million disabled parking placards in use in California – in other words, one in every eight drivers has one. While placards

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for March 10-14, 2016 including California Volunteers Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Sandra Alfaro, 50, of Hanford, has been appointed associate director of high security institutions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has served as acting associate director of high security institutions since 2015. Alfaro

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Calif. Legislature Honors Contributions of Pakistani-American Community, Declares March 23 Pakistani American Day 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Calif. State Senate today recognized the contributions of California’s Pakistani-American community by adopting Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 105 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), declaring March 23rd, 2016 as “Pakistani American Day.” A special ceremony held on the Senate floor following the vote featured the Consul General of Pakistan, Abdul

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S.F. Mayor Lee Swears in New Appointments and Reappointments to City Boards

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Last week, March 7, San Franciso Mayor Edwin M. Lee swore in the following new appointments and reappointments to San Francisco’s Boards and Commissions at a ceremony in City Hall: Arts Commission Simon Frankel Roberto Ordenana Environment Commission Elmy Bermejo Lisa Hoyos Jackie Omotalade Film Commission Jim Beaumonte General

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Calif. Asm. Mike Gatto Introduces Legislation Giving Law Enforcement Vital Resources to Investigate Cold Cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to investigate cold cases in which DNA evidence is present. The legislation, AB 2440, provides needed funding for law enforcement agencies that will be used to help link stored DNA samples to biological evidence from cold

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto Releases CPUC Reform Initiative, as Proposal Gains Steam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) released the text of his proposed constitutional amendment, ACA 11, to reconfigure California’s regulatory agencies. The ACA contains a strict mandate that the newly configured regulatory regime maximize consumer protection, public health, public safety, environmental protection, increased transparency, public access, and the ability

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Calif. Congressman Cardenas Statement on Effects of AT&T – Univision Dispute

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Congressman Cárdenas released the following statement in response to the ongoing dispute between Univision and AT&T. “I feel a responsibility to express my serious concern for the constituents in my district and all over the country whose access to information has been negatively impacted by this

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Calif. Nursing Home Quality, Staffing Still Falls Short, AB 2079 to Improve Patient Safety, Protect Taxpayers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) today joined more than one hundred nursing home workers to unveil AB 2079, a bill that improves nursing home patient and worker safety and protects taxpayers. Their effort comes a decade after California undertook an ambitious initiative to improve nursing home quality. Despite billions of

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Feb. 22, 2016 including Park and Recreation Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Steven Cliff, 46, of Sacramento, has been appointed senior advisor to the chair at the California Air Resources Board. Cliff has served as assistant director of sustainability at the California Department of Transportation since 2014. He served

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Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation to Drive Down Suicide Rates – AB 2246

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 2246 requiring local school districts to adopt a suicide prevention plan. The bill is supported by Equality California and The Trevor Project, organizations dedicated to achieving equality, acceptance, and social justice. “Our kids spend so much of their day

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S.F. Mayor Lee Launches Innovative Emergency Medical Response Team to Reduce 911 Calls

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This past week, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the launch of the “Homeless Emergency Assessment & Response Team”(HEART), a partnership between the San Francisco Fire Department and the Department of Public Health that dedicates emergency and public health experts to respond to 911 calls from people in the

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Calif. Gov. Brown Proposes $176.6 Million Exide Cleanup Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed a $176.6 million spending plan to fund expedited and expanded testing and cleanup of residential properties, schools, daycare centers and parks around the former Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, California. “This Exide battery recycling facility has been a problem for a very

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