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LA Times: Gov. Brown signs controversial water bills, including Maywood plan

October 08, 2013

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a flood of bills aimed at improving water quality and reliability in California, including a controversial measure introduced in the middle of a dispute between water agencies in Los Angeles County.

The governor signed AB 240, which requires three mutual water companies in Maywood, and others elsewhere, to comply with open-meeting and record rules that apply to public agencies. The bill also states the Legislature's intent "to create a public agency that can consolidate drinking water services" in Maywood.

UT San Diego: Brown Signs Poway-Inspired Bill to Cap Costly Bonds

October 03, 2013

$16 BILLION Interest amount required for capital appreciation bond packages in state

Sacramento

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation to rein in a type of financing tool that critics say saddles taxpayers for decades with huge interest costs that far exceed the original amount raised for school construction projects.

The legislation was sparked by reports that Poway Unified School District used capital appreciation bonds to raise $105 million, but its taxpayers will have to repay about 10 times that much when the interest is added in.

KVYE TV: Energia renovable Salton Sea

October 02, 2013


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El senador estatal Ben Hueso y el asambleista Manuel Perez encabezaron una comitiva procedente de Sacramento la cual realizo una gira por diversas plantas de energia renovable en el Valle Imperial, asi como el area de Salton Sea

MyDesert.Com: Salton Sea renewable energy tour draws lawmakers to lake

October 02, 2013

California should bring all its resources to bear to support renewable energy development and restoration efforts at the Salton Sea, said a top state lawmaker while touring the area Tuesday.

Voice of San Diego: Governor Signs Bill Cracking Down on School Bond Deals

October 02, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation that radically curbs school bond practices that have come under criticism for the last year or so.

Brown signed AB 182, jointly sponsored by local state Sen. Ben Hueso and Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, which places far stricter limits on the type of bond sales school and community college districts can engage in.

Imperial Valley Press - State representatives discuss renewable energy development on visit to Salton Sea

October 01, 2013

State legislators toured renewable energy facilities at the Salton Sea on Tuesday to see firsthand renewable energy investments in the area.

It was the third visit to the Salton Sea by lawmakers in less than a year. Whereas the previous two stakeholder meetings focused on environmental restoration of the Salton Sea, the focus Tuesday was on the Salton Sea’s renewable energy resources as potential economic and environmental solutions while helping California meet its renewable energy requirements.

MyDesert.Com: Valley Voice: We must not allow vets to go hungry

September 28, 2013

Hunger is a serious problem in America today. Because of the Great Recession, and slower-than-expected economic recovery, approximately 50 million people nationwide — including one in five children — regularly struggle against hunger.

Voice of San Diego: No Hunger for California Heroes

September 20, 2013

by Ben Hueso

Hunger is a serious problem in America today.

Due to the Great Recession, and slower-than-expected economic recovery, approximately 50 million people nationwide – including one in five children – regularly struggle against hunger.

San Diego UT: Prison plan invests in treatment, job training

September 13, 2013

by Ben Hueso and Marty Block

A federal court order has created a crisis in California prisons. While the clock is ticking, Democratic and Republican legislative leaders and the governor now stand together behind a long-term solution to chronic overcrowding in our prisons.

TIME.com: The Latest Tech Frontier - Electronic License Plates

September 10, 2013

Fast-moving technology and slow-moving bureaucracies may stop them from ever becoming widely adopted, but electronic license plates aren't as far-fetched as they might sound