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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bay City News Service


San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said today that the city will join a lawsuit filed Monday against the Federal Communications Commission by Santa Clara County, its fire department and over two dozen other parties supporting Net Neutrality after Verizon allegedly cut internet speeds for firefighters battling the Mendocino Complex fire. 

The California State Assembly's Select Committee on Natural Disaster, Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Friday over the alleged actions by Verizon, according to the office of Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, the select committee co-chair. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sacramento Bee


By Bryan Anderson

TWEET OF THE DAY

Assemblyman Marc Levine (@MarcLevine) — “When journalists are called the enemy, we must take the side of the free press. Here’s my proposal to bolster local news: 1. Eliminate the sales tax on newspapers 2. Counter Trump’s tariffs on newsprint 3. Freeze layoffs before and after the sale of newspapers.”


Sunday, August 19, 2018

CALmatters


By Antoinette Siu

Jen Burt lives with her husband and two kids in the woods not far from Grass Valley, in a four-bedroom foothill house in a stand of black oak and cedar trees. Tucked away on a private road, the five-acre spread is a hallmark California dream—and a potential California nightmare: It’s in wildfire country. Last February, Burt’s insurer of six years canceled her fire insurance. The scramble for new coverage was pricey and harrowing.

Now, like a lot of rural homeowners, Burt is hoping for a solution in the form of wildfire legislation. Of the more than 13.6 million homes in the state, about a third are in or near areas vulnerable to wildfire, and many homeowners are having trouble finding or keeping their fire insurance.

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

KPCC


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?

GUESTS:

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