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The Governor Has Decided

By   /  October 25, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

According to statistics from the Governor’s office, this year Governor Brown signed 808 bills and vetoed 133, for a total of 941 bills. With over 2,300 new bills introduced, that’s a veto rate of about 14%. Among the bills signed and vetoed, there were a number of surprises, and some that weren’t so surprising. Among […]

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Assemblywoman Waldron Calls for State Investigation into Allegations of Politicized Water Limits

By   /  October 22, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  According to a recent investigation by the Hews Media Group-Community News, the California State Water Resources Control Board has allegedly manipulated state water allocations and imposed stronger water restrictions on certain regions based on political reasons (table linked here:  http://bit.ly/1jU77rH). Assemblywoman Marie Waldron stated that, if these allegations are true, the Inspector General should […]

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Keeping Kids Off Drugs

By   /  October 15, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The costs associated with drug abuse are incalculable. Broken families, homelessness, rising dropout rates, increasing crime, the costs of law enforcement and incarceration, all factor into the massive drain drug abuse is inflicting on our nation.  Drug abuse is a serious threat to our children. Unfortunately, according to statistics from the National Institute on Drug […]

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Research Animals Might Get Another Chance

By   /  October 1, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Most of us love Beagles. Their eager-to-please, calm personalities make them the perfect pet. This trait also makes them perfect for research purposes. But what happens after these animals are no longer needed for research?   As a dog owner and animal lover, I am interested in protecting animals that have been used for research in […]

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Without Action, El Niño Won’t Solve The Drought

By   /  September 25, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

We’ve all seen reports predicting a wet winter with a strong El Niño, though it’s still unlikely that the end of the drought may be at hand. Unfortunately, massive rains in Southern California may not add to the Sierra snowpack, California’s main water supply.  And the lack of necessary storage facilities locally means that any extra […]

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End of Session Report

By   /  September 14, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In 1966, voters decided that the state’s part-time Legislature should be transformed into a full-time body. California’s tremendous growth during the 50s and 60s, along with our increasing economic clout, convinced voters we needed full-time law-makers. The result is probably not what voters intended. This year, 2,767 bills were introduced, with some of the most […]

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Old California Coffee House and Reliable Contact

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

If it’s true that facial features reveal certain characteristics of people, then San Marcos business owner Craig Garcia has success written all over his face.  His smile extends ear to ear and his outgoing personality is overshadowed only by his infectious energy. Professionally, Craig is involved in a variety of small business enterprises and in […]

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Schools Gain More Budget Flexibility

By   /  August 24, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In 2014 voters passed Proposition 2, a measure creating a `rainy day fund’ to provide a financial reserve that would help stabilize state finances and avoid future multi-billion dollar deficits that plagued California in recent years. The proposition had wide, bi-partisan support and was widely hailed as a small, prudent step toward financial stability in […]

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Assemblymember Chávez Responds to Donald Trump’s Recent Immigration Comments

By   /  August 17, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO– Assemblymember Chávez issued the following statement today in response to the mean-spirited comments made by Donald Trump. “California is a world leader in many categories, and it is crucial that we solidify our State as a leader in comprehensive immigration reform; it is clear to me that the ideologies of Mr. Trump will set […]

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The Summer Break Is Over

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

After four weeks of summer break, the Assembly reconvenes August 17. We will have a month before final adjournment to vote on hundreds of Senate bills, along with two special sessions dealing with healthcare and transportation.   Though getting my son ready to start high school as a freshman and catching up on work at our […]

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Fire season is Upon Us

By   /  August 7, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Fires in Northern California are clear evidence that fire season has arrived and will likely be with us for months to come. Fortunately, most of this region has been spared a major disaster so far, but our luck may not hold.   We need to be prepared, to have a plan for fires or any disaster […]

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Waldron Signs Letter Urging Planned Parenthood Audit

By   /  August 3, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron signed a letter along with her colleagues, urging an audit of Planned Parenthood in light of the recent allegations of the organization profiting from the sale of human tissues.    “I stand with my colleagues in requesting an audit of Planned Parenthood in light of the recent findings that have […]

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July Recess: Taking Stock

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  State and National  /  2 Comments

The Legislature is now in summer recess. Though there is still a lot to accomplish before final adjournment in September, this is a good time to take stock. This session a balanced general fund budget was passed, though spending priorities remained skewed. Major issues including Medi-Cal and rebuilding California’s crumbling highways were pushed off into […]

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Senator Bates Proposes Amendment to Allow Schools to Save For Rainy Day

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced an amendment to Assembly Bill 531 that, if approved, will repeal the cap on public school reserves. The Senate could debate AB 531 as early as this Thursday, at which time Bates will ask that her amendment be incorporated. “Parents, local school officials and newspaper editorial […]

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It’s Time To Stop Slaughtering Elephants

By   /  February 8, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As many of you know, the slaughter of elephants in Africa is continuing. An estimated 96 elephants are killed each day for their ivory. In addition, the world’s rhinoceros population has been decimated by poachers who hunt them only for their horns. As a result, one of the world’s oldest and most unusual animals may […]

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A New Spending Spree?

By   /  February 1, 2015  /  North County  /  No Comments

The fact that California is no longer running $20 billion annual deficits is a major improvement over recent years. Creation of a small rainy day fund to help carry us through hard times is further evidence that the state’s financial prospects have brightened. However, an improving budget situation and the establishment of a small reserve […]

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Assemblymember Chávez Appointed to State Allocation Board

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Chávez Issues Statement on Appointment to the State Allocation Board SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) issued a statement today in response to his recent appointment to the State Allocation Board by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. “I am very thankful to be appointed to this committee. School maintenance and construction is pivotal to local […]

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Back to Work in the Capitol

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Back to work in the Capitol Hundreds of bills have been introduced since the Legislature convened for the 2015-2016 session January 5th. Bills must be delivered to the Legislative Counsel’s office by the end of January so that final bill language can be developed by the February 27 deadline. Though my legislative package is incomplete, […]

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A “Hidden” Gas Tax to Welcome in the New Year

By   /  January 11, 2015  /  North County  /  No Comments

  A “hidden” gas tax to welcome in the New Year As you all know, California’s gasoline prices are among the highest in the United States. Fortunately, as a result of a number of factors including increased drilling nationwide, gasoline prices have been falling significantly over the last few months. Gasoline taxes are a big […]

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Assemblymember Rocky Chavez Attends PPIC Conference

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 SACRAMENTO- Today, Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) spoke on a legislative panel at the California – State of Change Conference hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Assemblymember Chávez discussed the changing demographics of the population in California during a panel titled “California’s New Leadership”. On the subject of Assemblymembers under the new 12 […]

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