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Sullivan Solar Power Installs First Certified LG Chem Battery In The Continental U.S.

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The local solar firm is slated to lead the state in LG Chem battery installations On Tuesday, the first LG Chem residential energy storage unit in the continental United States went live. It was installed by Sullivan Solar Power at the Keefe residence in Carlsbad. This milestone is a big step toward grid independence for Americans. […]

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Senator Joel Anderson – Free Summer Concerts Across San Diego County

By   /  August 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Dear Friends, The beautiful San Diego summer is in full swing, and one of the best ways to spend it is a free concert! Many people are in search of new and exciting events, so I thought it might be beneficial for you to have a list of free summer concerts happening in your neighborhood. […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Women in Today’s California

By   /  August 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Only 26 of the California Legislature’s 120 members are women — nine Senators and 17 Assemblymembers.  Women serve at all levels of leadership, including my position as Minority Floor Leader and Senator Patricia Bates, the current Senate Minority Leader. Surprisingly, no woman was elected to the State Senate until 1976, and none were elected to […]

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Consumer Groups Praise Covered CA Moves to Limit Health Insurance Hikes

By   /  August 2, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 1.4 million Californians who buy health insurance through the state exchange could see a rate increase of 12.5 percent next year if state regulators approve a proposal released Tuesday by Covered California. The agency also announced that Anthem is pulling out of 16 regions, but added that the change is mostly […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron – San Diego’s Life Sciences

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron …. San Diego County ranks fourth in the nation as a center for the Life Science industry after Boston, North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham region, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  As a member of Assembly Health Committee, I advocate for affordable and accessible life science innovations for patients’ quality of life. The importance of […]

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Assembly Republicans Defend Climate Vote

By   /  July 27, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

California Republicans  breaking with party activists and many of their colleagues in order to support California’s premiere climate change program. “Serving the people and doing our jobs as legislators by rolling back taxes, cutting regulations and protecting Californians from higher costs,” wrote Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside, two of the eight […]

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California Freedom Coalition Initiative

By   /  July 27, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Backers of an initiative that could ultimately make California an independent country were cleared Wednesday to begin gathering signatures. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that backers could begin gathering signatures, and said they would need 585,407 from registered voters — 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the November 2014 general election — to qualify for […]

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Hold On To Your Wallet

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron …. As your Assemblywoman, I oppose tax increases, which is why I voted against extending cap-and-trade, a huge regressive tax on the working men and women of this state. Though cap-and-trade fees generate billions for California’s general fund, there is little evidence of any positive environmental impact. Under the program, caps are placed […]

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Groups Slam Cap-and-Trade Deal as Too Industry-Friendly

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign a package of bills that passed the Legislature on Monday and will extend the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. The cap-and-trade system encourages industry to clean up its act by putting a price on carbon emissions, but environmental groups say Big Oil got too many concessions. […]

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Groups Slam Cap-and-Trade Deal as Too Industry-Friendly

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign a package of bills that passed the Legislature on Monday and will extend the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. The cap-and-trade system encourages industry to clean up its act by putting a price on carbon emissions, but environmental groups say Big Oil got too many concessions. […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Luring People Back To Fishing

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron….  As you know, I am an outdoors enthusiast, and that enthusiasm includes fishing. Anything we can do to get people out of doors, especially our kids, will lure people away from electronic distractions and expose more people to the outdoors. This session I am a very proud co-author of Senate Bill 187 […]

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California Cigarette Sales Drop In Response to $2 Tax Hike

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

Last fall, California voters approved the biggest increase in cigarette taxes since the state first began levying tobacco in the 1950s. Advocates for Proposition 56, which passed with a fairly overwhelming 64 percent of the vote, argued that a $2 per-pack tax hike would hurt pocketbooks enough to nudge millions of California smokers to quit, or […]

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Meeting California Emissions Reduction Goal

By   /  July 13, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Well-Designed Cap-and-Trade Program with Robust Cost Containment. An economy-wide cap-and-trade system will be the least costly and least disruptive approach to meeting the state’s ambitious emissions reduction goal, the California Chamber of Commerce told legislators this week. Last year the Legislature set the goal for 2030 of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California by […]

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Big Changes Ahead For Taxpayers And Businesses

By   /  July 10, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron The California State Board of Equalization is an agency familiar to our small businesses. Known as the BOE, it’s a place businesses file their quarterly sales taxes, fee and tax appeals, including fire fee and property tax appeals. The BOE handles tax fraud, taxpayer rights issues and criminal tax enforcement.  Effective July 1, […]

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Senator Joel Anderson – FREE Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

By   /  July 5, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Joel Anderson and the Contractors State License Board invite you to attend a FREE Senior Scam Stopper seminar. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. San Marcos Senior Activity Center. 111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069 1 in 5 seniors has been a victim of fraud Seniors are the most targeted group New […]

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DMV Continues To Increase Access To Self-service Terminals Outside of DMV Offices

By   /  July 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

This month, DMV unveiled 10 new self-service terminals in retail locations across Southern California, including one on UC Irvine’s campus. These terminals allow customers to instantly renew their vehicle registration without stepping foot into a DMV field office and are located in Albertsons and Vons grocery stores. “We are always looking for options to provide […]

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INSECTS HARM VEGETATION IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By   /  July 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

An invasive beetle that crossed from Mexico into southern San Diego County more than five years ago is continuing to head north, threatening widespread destruction of ornamental palm trees and date palms that could add up to millions of dollars in damage. “It has already killed hundreds of Canary Island date palms in Tijuana and […]

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California’s Native Wildlife

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron… This month, I was excited to join 200 caring people from around the state to advocate for native wildlife at the Capitol for the Humane Society’s annual lobby day.  At the press conference in front of the Capitol, I spoke about my bill, AB 1031, that creates a voluntary donation `check off’ on state […]

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Residents Asked to Conserve: Flex Alert Issued Across California

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

The week’s hot temperatures are expected to drive up people’s use of air conditioners, which can strain the power grid. The California Independent System Operation Corporation (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert on Monday, asking California residents to voluntarily conserve electricity through Wednesday evening as a heat wave sweeps through the state. Cal ISO, the state’s […]

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Recycling Centers Continue To Struggle, Driving California Recycling Rates Down

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In a state that prides itself as a global leader in protecting the environment, recycling rates for beverage containers have dropped to their lowest point in almost a decade amid the continued closing of centers that pay for bottles and cans and the fallout from changes to California’s recycling program. Beyond the environmental concerns, the financial effects […]

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