Press Release

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Point Reyes Light


By Jordan Bowen

After a year of calamitous wildfires that capped four years of historic drought, Governor Jerry Brown is ordering additional resources and prioritization toward managing the health of the state’s ailing forests. 

In an executive order issued this month, the governor directed the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Natural Resources Agency and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to tackle the serious threats facing the state’s 33 million acres of forests and nearly 1,300 square miles of urban forest canopy. 

The order could help public and private landowners in West Marin receive state assistance and regulatory relief to help manage dead and dying trees, and directs state agencies to increase cooperation with federal parks.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

J Weekly


By Rob Gloster

The California State Assembly approved a resolution urging Polish lawmakers to reverse or revise their new Holocaust speech law, which has been condemned by Israeli leaders and by global organizations such as the World Jewish Congress.

The Polish law, which went into effect March 1 but hasn’t been implemented pending a court review, makes it a crime — punishable by up to three years in prison — to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust.

Friday, May 25, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle


By Michelle Robertson

A sign of rejuvenation has sprung up in Coffey Park. It is brown and green and new, with gleaming windows and freshly polished doorknobs. It is the first home to be rebuilt after the North Bay fires devastated the Santa Rosa neighborhood last year.

The city of Santa Rosa celebrated the completed Kerry Lane house with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. Its owner, Dan Bradford, moved in that morning.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Assemblyman Levine meeting Gov. Brown at Jewish Caucus
Assemblyman Levine meeting Gov. Brown at Jewish Caucus
Assemblyman Levine meeting Gov. Brown at Jewish Caucus
Assemblyman Levine meeting Gov. Brown at Jewish Caucus
Assemblyman Levine meeting Gov. Brown at Jewish Caucus
Monday, May 21, 2018

The Jewish News of Northern California


By Rob Gloster

Darrell Steinberg has been a politician for most of his adult life, including 16 years in the California Legislature and the past 18 months as mayor of Sacramento.

But he says some issues, such as immigration, transcend politics and go to his essence as a person — and as a Jew.

Steinberg and other Northern California public officials, including Oakland City Council members Dan Kalb and Rebecca Kaplan, and San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Aaron Peskin, cite their Jewish roots and values as foundational principles in their fight for the rights of refugees and undocumented immigrants.

Friday, May 18, 2018

KPBS


By Claire Trageser

Voters are now free to take a photo of their ballot from the voting booth, due to a change in state law.

In past elections, some voters have wanted to take "ballot selfies"— pictures of their ballots to post on social media. But that social sharing had been illegal in California to prevent vote buying and voter coercion.

But after the 2016 California primary, the California legislature voted to change the law. That change went into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Monday, May 14, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Local government representatives and labor and building leaders joined Assemblymembers Marc Levine and Monique Limón for the first Assembly Select Committee Hearing on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding on Monday afternoon.

Two panels of experts discussed ongoing recovery efforts in Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties during an early afternoon hearing in the State Capitol. The select committee is co-chaired by Assemblymembers Marc Levine (D-Marin County) and Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara).