In the News

March 21, 2013
By Michael Gardner

— It is now officially Senator Ben Hueso.

The San Diego Democrat was formally sworn into his new post Thursday, giving Senate Democrats the two-thirds super-majority required to raise taxes or place measures on the ballot without Republican support.

Gov. Jerry Brown now has 14 days to call a special election to fill Hueso’s Assembly seat. The vote must be held between 126 days and 140 days after Brown’s announcement.

September 27, 2012

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A new law allows judges to protect domestic violence victims by ordering violent offenders to wear GPS anklets in conjunction with their restraining orders.

Kathy's Law, named after Kathy Scharbarth, who was murdered in November, was signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown.


September 26, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Hunters in California will no longer be able to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Wednesday that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.

Another changes the composition of the California Fish and Game Commission in the wake of a controversy over the former commission president's killing of a mountain lion in Idaho. A third bill lets the department contract with nonprofit conservation groups to manage state-owned lands.

September 26, 2012

Advocates for animal welfare came out ahead of California hunters Wednesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a hard-fought bill banning the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats.

Both sides had lobbied lawmakers and the governor tirelessly over SB1221 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), which will take effect Jan. 1. While there are exceptions for aggressive animals and research, the bill makes it illegal in most cases to use packs of dogs to chase bears and bobcats into trees, where hunters shoot them.

September 20, 2012

“Our staff is very proud of our graduates,” said Sally Cohenour, principal for the School for Integrated Academics and Technologies (SIATech), located at the San Diego Job Corps Center. SIATech, a public charter high school is located at 15 Job Corps Centers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, and Arkansas. Sixty Job Corps students received their SIATech Diplomas at the semiannual graduation held at the Mendoza Elementary School in Imperial Beach on Friday, August 17.

September 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego assemblyman today announced plans to introduce legislation to place restrictions on the terms of school district construction bonds.

The bill by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, stems from a furor over a capital appreciation bond issued by the Poway Unified School District that leaves taxpayers in that area on the hook for paying back $981 million over 40 years, in exchange for borrowing $105 million to construct school facilities.

September 12, 2012

A Carlsbad mother is seeking the public's help in urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill into law that she believes would have prevented her daughter's death.

"She filed a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after he stalked her and sent threatening emails. Seven days after she filed the restraining order, she was dead," said Ginny Scharbarth. She is the mother of 34-year-old Kathy Scharbarth, who was strangled in her home last year on the night before Thanksgiving.

August 08, 2012

Assemblyman Ben Hueso is seeking a state probe into a San Diego city permit for a Walmart neighborhood grocery at the old Farmer's Market east of downtown.

Hueso sent a confidential memo to a legislative audit committee on June 6, three days after The Watchdog reported about two five-figure political contributions given by Walmart to Mayor Jerry Sanders' pension ballot measure — one at the beginning of the market approval process and one at the end.


August 07, 2012

The San Diego CITD at Southwestern College signed a ceremonial strategic alliance memorandum with the Camara de Negocios Mexico-Americana (CANEMEXA) on July 18.

CANEMEXA, a local chamber of commerce, provides support for Mexican-American businesses in the South Bay region of San Diego County. The ceremonial strategic alliance memorandum, signed by San Diego CITD Director Victor Castillo, and CANEMEXA Founder and Board of Directors President Hector Molina formalizes support for business owners in the region that are looking to expand into the international marketplace.

May 31, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers who have carved billions from programs serving students, the poor and disabled will also have to get by on less.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission Thursday voted 5-1 to cut the annual pay of the governor, lawmakers and constitutional officers by 5 percent starting Dec. 3. Brown has proposed an equivalent cut for state workers.