Tuesday, November 22, 2016

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, held an informational hearing regarding the water storage investment program qualification regulations of voter approved Proposition 1. Proposition 1 was approved by voters in 2014 and is also referred to as the “Water Bond”. The Committee was joined by a panel of experts who included: Taryn Ravazzini, Acting Executive Officer of the California Water Commission and Dave Gutierrez, Chief of the Division of Safety of Dams, Department of Water Resources. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear from Assemblymember Levine and to view the hearing in its entirety.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Marin lawmakers Jared Huffman and Marc Levine on Wednesday harshly criticized President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, calling him a supporter of white nationalism.

Rep. Huffman, D-San Rafael, joined 169 Democratic members of the House in a letter to Trump demanding that he rescind the appointment of Bannon. The letter described Bannon as a man who has helped lead a white nationalist, anti-Semitic and sexist movement as chairman of Breitbart Media.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Immigrant Groups Join Levine & Call For California To Continue To Lead On Protecting Immigrants

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) released a statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement of the appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. 

A national immigration policy staked in deporting millions of Latinos has a name.  Ethnic cleansing.  Six months ago I saw Trump for the xenophobe he truly is and introduced two resolutions condemning Trump’s racist and discriminatory immigration policies.  I took Trump seriously 180 days ago when I introduced these resolutions because I took his words at face value,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine.  “With Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon he has moved with deliberate speed to implement an agenda of ethnic cleansing through deportation.  We must reject a propaganda minister inside the White House masterminding ethnic cleansing in America.
Monday, November 7, 2016

Justin Timberlake hopped a flight from Los Angeles to Memphis last month to vote early, capping the moment by snapping a selfie in front of his voting machine.

The picture — posted on Twitter and Instagram before it was quickly removed — was supposedly under investigation for violating a Tennessee law banning "ballot selfies." Reports suggested the pop star faced a fine or even jail time.

Friday, October 28, 2016

California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Bringing Productions Back To Northern California

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) issued the following statement regarding the California Film Commission’s recent progress report on the Film and Television Tax Credit.  The report estimates that 55 film and TV productions received the tax credit last year and pumped $1.5 billion into the state economy, including $600 million in wages.  This includes a Paramount television production that brought $37 million in local spending to Marin and Sonoma Counties this summer.

“I am encouraged to see film and television productions returning to the Bay Area.  We need to increase film and television production beyond Hollywood and to communities across California,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine.  “With this new tax credit approach we are creating film and television production jobs for Californians across the state.”

Friday, October 28, 2016

Marin veterans expressed relief Thursday upon hearing the Pentagon suspended efforts to force California National Guard troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to repay enlistment bonuses that may have been improperly awarded.

Friday, October 28, 2016

After years of planning, donations from dozens of organizations and a little help from the local, state and federal governments, a 14-unit apartment complex for homeless families made its debut in Novato last week.

Biography

Assemblymember Marc Levine was elected in November 2012 to represent the 10th Assembly District, comprised of Marin County and Southern Sonoma County. This includes the North Bay communities of Corte Madera, Cotati, Fairfax, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Sebastopol, Tiburon, Penngrove, Petaluma, Sonoma, West Marin, and parts of the City of Santa Rosa.

His priorities include funding higher education & K-12 and improving the quality of public education, protecting California’s precious water supply, and improving our transportation infrastructure. Additionally, he supports efforts to pay down California’s wall of debt and control spending in order to continue funding for vital public services.

A former San Rafael City Councilmember, Levine has held leadership posts throughout his career helping to develop innovative solutions at the local, state, national and international levels. He currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. This committee is responsible for overseeing Water Bond expenditures, implementation of a long-term plan to protect our beautiful parks, and protecting endangered species, migratory birds, and other wildlife.

The first year of the 2015-2016 Session has been a successful one for Levine. Governor Brown has signed into law 19 bills authored by Levine. These bills include traffic congestion reduction in the North Bay, wildlife corridor conservation, immigrant juvenile refugee protection, expand markets for local businesses, water conservation and improvements to State Parks.

In his first term in the Assembly, Levine was the vice-chair of the Local Government Committee and chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Agriculture and the Environment. In 2013-14, Governor Brown signed into law 23 bills authored by Levine including historic Marin County housing legislation. Other laws written by Levine support online education at CSU campuses, increase use of recycled water, increase access to the California Coastal Commission meetings, create new charging stations for electric vehicles, expand markets for local businesses, and protect victims of violent crime.

Levine earned his Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and was recognized with a Special Act Award for his work to promote the elite graduate school around the world. While earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Cal State Northridge, he was elected Chair of the California State Student Association representing over 400,000 students to the State Legislature and Board of Trustees.

Some of Levine’s past activities include: Vice Chair, Marin Telecommunications Agency; Governance Committee, MarinKids; Alternate Commissioner of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Alternate Director of the San Rafael Sanitation District and Central Marin Sanitation Agency; Member of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party; Vice Chair of California Democratic Party Business and Professional Caucus; and Fellow of the ZeroDivide Foundation.

Assemblymember Levine lives in Marin County with his wife Wendy and their two children.

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), in reaction to the recent news that the Pentagon has asked an estimated 6,500 California National Guard veterans to repay enlistment bonuses they mistakenly received, is calling on the U.S. Congress to fix the situation.

“The repayment of bonuses is ridiculous. I call on Congress to fix this miscarriage of justice immediately,” Levine, the former mayor of San Rafael, said in a prepared statement. “Americans are appalled by this disrespectful demand on veterans who served our country during a time of great need. These veterans served their country with honor. We need Congress to provide services to our veterans now that they are home.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Say goodbye to scenery selfies or selfies with your food or drinks and say hello to taking ballot selfies.  California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last month that allows Californians to legally take pictures with their marked ballots after the California Assembly voted 57-11 to send the legislation to the governor.

The so-called "ballot selfies bill" was created and presented by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) as an attempt to help increase the state’s poor voter turnout.