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2018 Lyft Economic Impact Report

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Finds Lyft Passengers Generated $73 Million in Additional Spending for San Diego’s Local Businesses New Lyft Report Sheds Light on Local Consumer Spending, Travel Patterns and the Driver Community  SAN DIEGO (Jan. 16, 2018) – The 2018 Economic Impact Report released today by Lyft highlights that the San Diego economy saw an additional $73 million in […]

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Senator Anderson – Federal Assistance Available for the Lilac Fire Victims

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Dear Friends, I just wanted to make sure you are aware that President Trump’s major disaster declaration has resulted in Federal resources being made available to victims of the Lilac Fire, and as I receive information I will share it with you to assist those who are recovering from the Lilac Fire. Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

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Senator Patricia Bates To Host Housing Crisis Discussion January 26th In Carlsbad

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) in partnership with the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, will host a discussion on California’s housing crisis on Friday, January 26, in Carlsbad. The discussion is open to the public, but people are asked to RSVP to Senator.Bates@senate.ca.gov or call 760.642.0809 as space is limited. WHO: Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) […]

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Assemblymember Waldron “Rising From The Ashes”

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron …The Lilac fire burned 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures in the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas. Among these were 75 homes located in Rancho Monserate, a close-knit community that saw almost one-third of its homes destroyed. As a result of the Lilac, Thomas and other recent fires, new legislation is being introduced […]

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Senator Bates: A Discussion on California’s Housing Crisis

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Save the Date! How Can California Lower Housing Costs? A Discussion on California’s Housing Crisis Friday, January 26, 2018 – 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sheraton Carlsbad – 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad

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Children’s Advocates Praise Brown’s Proposed Budget

By   /  January 11, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown’s new $131.7 billion budget is earning praise from children’s advocates because of the investments it makes in supporting health and combating poverty. The budget includes $26.7 million for a voluntary pilot program to send community health workers to visit struggling families. Kelly Hardy, senior managing director of health policy at […]

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Assemblymember Waldron “Protecting Prop 13”

By   /  January 11, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron …As your Assemblymember, I work hard in Sacramento to fight taxes, fees and overreaching regulations. During my 14-years on the Escondido City Council, I never supported a tax increase and continue to support hardworking families and businesses. Fortunately, Proposition 13, which limits yearly property tax increases to 2% for every property owner, […]

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Chavez Announces Congressional Run As Issa Retires

By   /  January 11, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

OCEANSIDE — Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, a retired Marine Corps Colonel, today said he is entering the race to succeed Congressman Darrel Issa, who has announced his retirement. Issa has represented the 49th Congressional District since 2003, which includes portions of both San Diego and Orange Counties. “It’s time we come together and focus on progress, not partisan politics […]

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Assemblyman Chavez Responds to Governor’s Initial Budget

By   /  January 11, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) issued the following statement in response to the release of Governor Brown’s initial 2018-2019 budget proposal: “Even in good times, California must be thoughtful in our priorities and plan for the future.  I am pleased with the Governor’s proposal to fully fund the rainy-day reserve and putting $5 billion toward […]

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No Drugged Driving Allowed

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron… California’s new law legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect January 1st. Hopefully, the negative impacts on highway safety experienced in some other states with similar laws will not be repeated here. Using marijuana while driving remains strictly prohibited in California. The law prohibits smoking or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while […]

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Senator Bates Encourages College Seniors and Grads to Apply for Senate Fellowships

By   /  January 4, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2018-19 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials.  “The Senate Fellows program is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to gain experience in public policy and influence the […]

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Opinion: Will California Spend Its Surplus, or Save It?

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In November, the Legislature’s budget analyst, Mac Taylor, issued his annual “fiscal outlook” that sets the stage for the next state budget cycle. In early January, Gov. Jerry Brown will offer his own fiscal outlook as he proposes a 2018-19 budget, his last. Chances are, Brown’s take will not vary much from Taylor’s — that in the […]

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Recreational Pot Sales Start Monday; High Prices Predicted at First

By   /  December 30, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Starting next week, Californians aged 21 and older will legally be able to buy marijuana for recreational purposes – no medical marijuana card required. The state will begin licensing the producers, distributors and storefronts – but there won’t be a pot shop on every block because cities and counties will have their own […]

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San Francisco Sues Feds Over Faulty Gun Background-Check System

By   /  December 28, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  Gun safety groups say they’re turning to the courts after Congress has failed to respond to an epidemic of mass shootings. (Ultra1s/iStockphoto) SAN FRANCISCO — The City of San Francisco has joined New York City and Philadelphia in a lawsuit to force the Defense Department to improve its system for reporting military service members with […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Back To Session 2018

By   /  December 28, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron…  On January 3rd, 120 California Legislators will reconvene to begin the second half of the 2017-2018 session.  Over 2,000 bills are likely to be introduced in the next few weeks.  Some bills will be controversial, though many will pass with wide bi-partisan support. Bills that didn’t pass their house of origin, either Assembly […]

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The Impact That California’s $15 Minimum Wage

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

California’s plan to raise its statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour will have devastating effects on the Golden State, according to a new study. What did the study find? A new study from the Employment Policies Institute found that a $15 minimum wage in California could trigger the loss of more than 400,000 private-sector jobs, decimating […]

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Special Committees at Work

By   /  December 21, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron … The Legislature is half-way through its 2017-2018 session.  But work has continued since recess began in September. I am a member of 11 select committees, and most have continued to meet and hold hearings. Important issues that are sometimes put on the back burner during the regular session can be discussed in […]

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Post Net Neutrality, Can Municipal ISPs Free the Internet

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After the Federal Communications Commission voted to kill net neutrality on Thursday, some California cities are looking to create or expand municipal internet service to preserve open, fair and affordable online access. Manhattan Beach is exploring the possibility, and Santa Monica, Burbank, Beverly Hills and Long Beach already have small, publicly-owned broadband networks. Christopher […]

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High Diesel Taxes Hurt Us All

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron…When the new 12 cent per gallon gas tax increase went into effect November 1st, hardworking Californians took an immediate hit.  The tax on diesel fuel also increased by 20 cents a gallon, but we have seen that increase spike to 30 cents at the pump.  Vehicle registration fees are also going up […]

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Assembly Minority Floor Leader Waldron Statement on Local Firefighter’s Ultimate Sacrifice

By   /  December 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Escondido – Today, Assembly Republican Floor Leader Marie Waldron released the following statement regarding the death of Cory Iverson of Escondido, who died yesterday fighting the Thomas Fire: “We lost a hero yesterday in CalFire Engineer Cory Iverson of Escondido, who died defending the lives of others in the aggressive Thomas Fire.   We can […]

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