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Senator Bates Announces Additional State Funding to Address Homelessnes

By   /  October 17, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 SACRAMENTO, CA — To help address homelessness, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded $2.5 million to Orange and San Diego counties to fund various programs. “Homelessness is a growing problem in many communities that demands attention and action from our state government,” said […]

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Governor Signs Bipartisan Bill to Evaluate School Lockdown Drills

By   /  October 14, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Patricia Bates, 36th DistrictSenator Anthony Portantino, 25th District Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 541 into law by Senators Patricia Bates (R–Laguna Niguel) and Anthony Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge). As amended, SB 541 will require the California Department of Education to report on the use of existing lockdown drills in K-12 public schools. Senator Bates […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Broken Promises

By   /  October 14, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –Assemblymember Marie Waldron — The Senate Bill 1 gas tax increase promised to fix our crumbling highways and roads.  That promise was short-lived. Last month, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order redirecting the state’s $5 billion annual transportation funds from highway/road repairs toward reducing congestion via “strategies designed to encourage people to shift […]

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SEIU Workers Applaud Governor Signature To “Keep Families Home”

By   /  October 11, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement upon Governor Gavin Newsom signing AB 1482 (Chiu) into law. This crucial legislation will help protect California’s renters by preventing landlords from rent gouging and requiring landlords to have just cause to evict their tenants. The following may be attributed to […]

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Governor Signs Waldron Bill to Strengthen Local Mental Health Boards

By   /  October 10, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) announced her bill to improve California’s community mental health system (AB 1352) was signed by Governor Newsom. Now, local mental health boards can better support patients by voicing concerns about county decisions and independently evaluating their community’s mental health needs, services and facilities. “California has a […]

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Senator Jones Asks Governor to Sign Measure Increasing Available DMV Appointment Times

By   /  October 10, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

“DMV appointments are clearly being held hostage by entities that don’t even need an appointment” El Cajon – Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) today sent the following letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting that he sign Assembly Bill 317, a measure by Assemblymember Tyler Diep (R-Westminster), which would end the practice of private entities booking, blocking […]

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Governor Signs Bill – Protect Students with Disabilities in Non-public Schools

By   /  October 8, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1172 last Wednesday authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier. In 2018, a student in El Dorado Hills died after he reportedly stopped breathing after being placed in a prone restraint for over an hour. The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities was pleased to testify in support of the bill […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Environmental and Business Benefits

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — Synchronizing traffic lights will not only reduce the time we sit at traffic lights, but will also reduce tons of emissions with benefits to business and our economy.  In response to a study conducted in Salinas, CA, 5 intersections on their main street had installed traffic signal synchronization and saved 15.8 TONS […]

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Assemblymember Waldron: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

MARIE WALDRON, State Assemblymember    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second deadliest. Everyone knows someone who has been affected. Although breast cancer cannot be prevented, early detection can help stop the cancer before it spreads. Early detection […]

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Senator Jones asks Governor to Veto Measure That Would Abolish the American Independent Party

By   /  October 3, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SB 696 would force the third party’s leaders to change its name in less than 28 days or get kicked off the ballot El Cajon, CA – Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) today sent the following letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting a veto of Senate Bill 696, a measure by Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana), […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Mental Illness Awareness

By   /  October 3, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember   …Every day, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, often in silence and without the necessary support.   This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. It is a reminder to all to educate, fight stigma, and support people affected by mental illness. As a member of […]

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Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez “Person of the Year”

By   /  October 3, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

UFCW Western States Council Names Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez “Person of the Year” Sacramento, CA – UFCW Western States Council today announced it has named California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) as Person of the Year. Assemblymember Gonzalez, chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and author of AB 5, was instrumental in passing this year’s historic […]

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Governor Approves Sen. Bates’ License Portability Bill

By   /  September 30, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SB 679 Will Provide California with More Qualified ProfessionalsSacramento. CA — Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that Governor Gavin Newsom has signed her Senate Bill 679 that would streamline the process for licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs), marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), and clinical social workers (LCSWs) in other states to become licensed in California. “This […]

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Senator Jones Asks Governor to Veto Measure

By   /  September 30, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Jones Asks Governor to Veto Measure that Withholds Funds Owed to Homeowners. SB 113 would continue former Governor Brown’s six-year effort to stiff homeowners on mortgage crisis settlement money El Cajon, CA – – Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) today sent the following letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting a veto on Senate Bill 113, […]

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Gov. Newsom Signs Law Allowing Child Care Providers Have Union Formally Recognized

By   /  September 30, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Push by 40,000 California Child Care Providers Upends Outdated, Broken Labor Laws Workers Organized 16 Years for This Moment SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act (AB 378) by Assemblymember Monique Limón into law today, setting the stage for California’s largest union election in decades. Approximately 40,000 […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – “Be Prepared”

By   /  September 27, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

MARIE WALDRON, State Assemblymember   September is National Preparedness Month. While California has some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes, it is also prone to a number of natural disasters. Check out these resources to help prepare for future events and keep your family safe. – Earthquakes– Landslides– Wildfires– Severe Storms– Extreme Heat  Be sure to also visit Ready San Diego and RivCoReady for the latest […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – California’s First Constitution

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — One-hundred, forty-seven years ago this month, 48 delegates at Colton Hall in Monterrey worked to draft California’s first Constitution.  This past week, visitors to the California Museum were treated to a rare public display of both the English and Spanish versions of the original 1849 California Constitution as these documents are […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Not Forgotten

By   /  September 20, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

MARIE WALDRON, State Assemblymember    –During several decades of varying conflicts, many of our brave service members suffered as prisoners of war. While some of them made it home, tens of thousands more never did. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September to pay tribute to those who were prisoners of war, and […]

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New Labor Law Will Impact Independent Contractors

By   /  September 20, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the governor signed Assembly Bill 5 into law. AB 5 will threaten the livelihoods of many independent contractors in California because it only covers certain industries that were fortunate enough to get a carve-out from Legislative Democrats. Senate Republicans offered 12 sets […]

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CalMatters’ Dan Walters: “Housing Action Just Half-a-Loaf”

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Dan Walters — September, 2019 – Gavin Newsom’s first legislative session as governor began with promises to vigorously confront California’s huge and ever-growing housing shortage.“If we want a California for All, we have to build housing for all,” Newsom told legislators in his State of the State address in January, pledging to crack down on cities that […]

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