Wednesday, August 15, 2018

J Weekly

By Elissa Einhorn

Protests over a controversial new nation-state law. The denial of surrogacy rights to same-sex couples. Firebomb kites from Gaza. The shooting down of a Syrian jet.

Just another week in Israel.

However, all of the above happened to occur when nine California lawmakers — most of them first-time visitors — toured the Jewish state as part of a special delegation led by Assemblymember Marc Levine of San Rafael.

Funded by the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange, the legislators traveled the country from north to the south from July 21 to 27. Stops included Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Herzliya.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

KTVU Fox 2

The California State Assembly approved a bill Thursday to combat "underinsurance" issues revealed by the devastating 2017 wine country wildfires. The bill will move on to the governor's desk.

AB 1797, introduced by Assemblymember Marc Levine, would create a requirement for insurers writing residential property policies to conduct a replacement-cost estimate every other year.

"We heard from wildfire survivors about the devastating realization of being underinsured due to inaccurate or outdated replacement-cost models used by insurers," Levine said in a statement. After a fire, "Californians should not have to begin the recovery process underinsured," he said.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Capital Public Radio

By Chris Nichols

California’s wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes in recent years. But in an awful shock after the fact, many homeowners find their insurance doesn’t come close to covering the full cost of replacing their home.

Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of Marin County said his bill, AB 1797, could take away some of that secondary shock.

The legislation, now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, would better inform homeowners about the full replacement costs they face following a wildfire or other disaster.

“What we’re asking insurance companies to do is to provide replacement cost estimates for the full coverage of a home to make sure policyholders are informed of any gaps in insurance that they may have,” Levine said.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


By Larry Mantle

Assemblyman Marc Levine is looking at state tax relief for papers, and bans on layoffs. But does a state government intervention compromise journalistic independence?


Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), California state assemblyman representing the 10th State Assembly District, which encompasses the communities of Marin and Southern Sonoma

Monday, August 6, 2018

Sacramento Bee

By Bryan Anderson


Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, is floating an idea he says will support local journalism — next year.

He wants to provide newspapers with tariff relief and protect journalists by instituting freezes on newsroom layoffs before the sale or purchase of a news outlet. He said taxpayers would have little or no financial burden to pay for the plan. He noted that the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian paper has forced newsprint costs to rise as much as 30 percent.

Beyond that, Levine was short on specifics, explaining that he wants to meet with media companies and industry groups over the next few months before formally introducing a bill next year.

“You don’t always get all the stories you want, right?” Levine said of the relationship between the government and the media. “But it’s nonetheless a necessary part of a democratic society, and we are all so much better for it. Our democracy thrives on the free press.”

Friday, August 3, 2018

Jewish Journal

By Ryan Torok

A bipartisan delegation of California state legislators visited Israel the week of July 24 to explore bilateral collaboration opportunities. 

The group, chaired by Assemblyman Marc Levine, participated in dialogues and briefings organized by the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Project Interchange. 

“I hope to share the connection the Jewish people have with Israel, the innovation and entrepreneurship Israelis bring to the world, including water conservation and technology, and the collaborative partnership Israel and California share,” Levine, a Democratic leader in Marin County and chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, said in a statement before the meetings.


Thursday, August 2, 2018


By Dan Morain

​​​​​Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Marin County Democrat, today will propose several steps intended to help struggling newspapers.

Among his suggestions: an exemption of sales taxes on newspaper sales; a tax break to counter tariffs imposed by President Trump on Canadian newsprint; and labor rules that would provide some protection for reporters from layoffs in ownership changes.

Levine: “Trump calls journalists the enemy and his trade policies actively undermine local news by artificially inflating newsprint costs. We need to take the side of our constitutionally protected free press.”