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San Diego City Council Votes for Plastic Bag Ban to Start In 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the San Diego Council City voted 6-3 to become the 150th community in the state to ban “single-use plastic bags” from grocery stores and convenience stores, joining the state’s other major cities in enacting a ban.

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BAAQMD Awards $78,000 to Millbrae, Calif. for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

MILLBRAE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Last week, Millbrae Mayor Anne Oliva announced that the City has been awarded $78,000 by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to purchase and install eight electric vehicle charging stations. “More than a grant, this is an investment by the BAAQMD and City to proactively help clean our

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Strongest Gun Violence Prevention Legislation in Nation by Calif. Senator Isadore Hall Signed Into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (D – California) on Friday signed a package of bills creating the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation including SB 880 by Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) and Senator Steve Glazer (D – Orinda), which closes the bullet button loophole

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California Legislature Passes Nation’s Strongest Gun-Violence Prevention Measures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today released the following statements on the Legislature’s passage of the nation’s strongest gun-violence prevention measures. Senate Leader de León: “As is often the case, California leads the nation in progressive, sensible legislation. Today

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto’s Legislation to Increase Drone Safety, including for Firefighters, Passes Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Drone Registration/Omnibus Negligence-prevention Enactment (DRONE) of 2016, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 5 to 2 vote. The bill’s passage couldn’t have been more timely. Yesterday, drones interfered with firefighting efforts in the Trailhead Fire, delaying water drop and causing the fire to

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2016 Veteran of the Year: Calif. Asm. O’Donnell Honors Lt. Commander Terry Geiling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) recognized Lieutenant Commander Terry Geiling for his outstanding service in the U.S. Navy and his admirable work on behalf of the local community. Geiling was honored as the 70th Assembly District’s 2016 Veteran of the Year as part of the 9th Annual Veterans

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Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Parking Bill of Rights Passes Senate Committee – AB 2586

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) fight for a more fair and affordable parking policy for California motorists received the approval of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee by a 7-1 vote. The California Parking Bill of Rights will substantially reform how cities and other local governments manage and enforce

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Governor Brown Signs 2016-2017 California State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a balanced, on-time 2016-2017 state budget that doubles California’s Rainy Day Fund, pays down debt, increases school funding and boosts programs to combat poverty and homelessness. “This solid budget makes responsible investments in California and sets aside billions of dollars to prepare

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Calif. Gov. Brown, Legislators Announce Sweeping Reforms to Public Utilities Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Senators Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) today announced a sweeping package of reforms to bolster governance, accountability, transparency and oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). “These reforms will change how this commission does

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 24-27, 2016 including Office of Emergency Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, David Fukutomi, 51, of Camarillo, has been appointed deputy director for response and recovery operations in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he has been assistant director and superintendent of the California Specialized Training Institute since 2012.

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Calif. State Assembly Approves Senator Mendoza Legislation to Prevent Wage Theft from California Workers – SB 1342

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 State Assembly today on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 78 to 0. The bill

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Speaker Rendon, Budget Chair Ting on the Assembly Passing the California 2016-17 State Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) issued the following statements Wednesday after the Assembly passed the 2016-17 state budget: Speaker Rendon: “This budget is both responsible and visionary. We lift families out of poverty, increase access to Early Childhood Education, and make

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Calif. Asm. O’Donnell Declares Budget Agreement a Win for the California College Promise and Fiscal Responsibility

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued this statement following the passage of the 2016-2017 budget agreement: “Today’s budget agreement reflects the Legislature’s commitment to live within our means and provide Californians with access to high-quality public education. As a teacher during the recession, I witnessed firsthand the devastating

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New Data Shows California Ahead of Schedule in Meeting Governor Brown’s Green Goals for 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — New data released today shows California is shrinking its environmental footprint and is ahead of schedule in meeting Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr’s, ambitious goals for reducing energy and water use at state owned-facilities. A revamped website launched today by the Department of General Services (DGS), Government Operations Agency and

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Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law Approved by Calif. State Assembly Transportation Committee – SB 1072

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law” authored by Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) was approved today by the State Assembly Transportation Committee on a bipartisan vote. The bill now goes to the Assembly Education Committee for consideration. SB 1072, named for a Whittier student who tragically passed away last

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Nine Millbrae California Residents Honored for 130 Years of Service

MILLBRAE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, June 14, nine Millbrae residents will be recognized for their 130 years of combined service to the City. Starting at 6:30 pm at City Hall, Vice Mayor Reuben Holober will present service recognition pins to Millbrae commissioners and committee members who have served the city for five, 10,

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for June 9, 2016 including Contractors State License Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Peter Cervinka, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Social Services, where he has served as program deputy director for benefits and services since 2009. Cervinka served in several positions

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Calif. ‘Teacher Bill of Rights’ Bill by Senator Tony Mendoza Approved by State Senate – SB1225

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill 1225, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), was approved by the State Senate this week. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration. The bill will establish a “Teacher Bill of Rights” to ensure that California’s 300,000 teachers are made aware of their fundamental rights

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Calif. Asm. O’Donnell Bill to Help Foster Youth Achieve Academic Success Passes Assembly – AB 2656

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation by Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) ensuring foster youth can attain their educational and economic goals passed the Assembly today. AB 2656 waives the high school proficiency exam fee for students currently or formerly within the foster system. The American Civil Liberties Union, the California Teachers Association and

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U.S. African American Buffalo Soldiers to Be Honored by Calif. State Senate at Capitol Ceremony

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers, an historic group of African American service members, Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) and Senator Isadore Hall (D–South Bay), Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, will host a reception and present Senate Concurrent Resolution 128 on Monday, June 6, 2016. See

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California Legislation Supporting Arts Education Sails Through Assembly – AB 2862

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — AB 2862, by Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), promoting visual and performing arts education won Assembly approval today. The bill updates California’s academic standards to ensure students have access to modern curriculum and instructional materials in the arts. “As a classroom teacher, I have seen firsthand how arts education

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Calif. Asm. Hall Legislation to Create Nation’s Strongest Wage Equality Law Approved by State Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Senate this week approved SB 1063 by Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay), which will create the strongest wage equality law in the nation by prohibiting employers from paying a worker less than their co-worker based upon their race or ethnicity. The measure was approved

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Calif. Speaker Rendon Announces Assemblymembers to Serve on Budget Conference Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week, Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) appointed the following members of the Assembly to serve on the Budget Conference Committee: Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Co-Chair Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) Conference Agenda

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for May 31, 2016 including State 9-1-1 Advisory Board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: First, Amy Miller, 42, of Folsom, has been appointed associate director of female offender programs and services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has served as associate director of reception center institutions since 2014. Miller

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Calif. Senator Mendoza Calls for Review of State Workers’ Compensation Anti-Fraud Efforts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A series of news stories highlighting billions of dollars in workers’ compensation fraud in California over the last several years has prompted Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, to call for a comprehensive review of what the state is doing to combat

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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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