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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

September 04, 2013

Despite attempts by Democratic Senators Rod Wright (D – Inglewood) and Leland Yee (D – San Francisco) to derail the bill, California tenants scored a huge victory yesterday with the passage of AB 1229. The bill seeks to overturn the disastrous Palmer appellate court case which jeopardized local inclusionary housing programs across the state. Over 150 California jurisdictions have inclusionary housing laws, which condition approval of private developments on the provision of affordable housing. These laws are essential to expanding the supply of affordable rental housing in California.

September 04, 2013

Poway residents were outraged last year to find out $100 million the school district borrowed in bonds for construction and repair projects would cost them $1 billion in repayments over 40 years.

Now, a bill introduced by a San Diego legislator to limit this kind of expensive borrowing has passed both the Assembly and the Senate and awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

September 03, 2013

Following complaints from privacy groups, California lawmakers on Friday suspended legislation to embed radio-frequency identification chips, or RFIDs, in its driver’s licenses and state identification cards.