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.


Marc Levine represents the 10th State Assembly District in the State Assembly, a vibrant and beautiful district that encompasses communities in Marin and Southern Sonoma.

He is focused on representing the local interests of Marin and Sonoma, protecting our environment, supporting our schools and universities, and returning California government to long-term health after years of budget problems and government dysfunction.

Marc is part of a new generation of legislators who have worked to change the tone in Sacramento, helping to produce a balanced budget and return much needed funding to our schools. He knows there’s still much more work to do.

Previously, Marc served on the San Rafael City Council, and gained a reputation for innovative environmental policies and pragmatic solutions. He ran for the State Assembly in 2012 to ensure that there was a strong voice for local communities in Sacramento, and has worked to build a more cooperative relationship between state and local government since his election.

Marc’s election to the Assembly in 2012 was a remarkable upset, in which he and his locally-based campaign prevailed, despite being outspent 5-to-1 by Sacramento interest groups supporting another candidate. His victory was hailed by reformers as a positive result of electoral reforms that allowed voters to choose candidates in an open primary.

Previous to serving in public office, Marc developed award-winning technology for human rights organizations that is now in use globally. He 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 promoting the elite graduate school around the world.

While earning his Political Science Degree at Cal State Northridge, Marc was elected Chair of the California State Student Association, to represent over 450,000 students on campuses across California to the State Legislature and Board of Trustees. Marc lives in San Rafael 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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nowadays we document our lives online—sharing everything from a meal at a trendy restaurant to the birth of a new child with a selfie posted to social media. So snapping a quick pic of you and your ballot at the voting booth to show off your civic pride might sound like a fun idea. Doing so, however, could possibly get you in big trouble: laws in many states ban photography at polling places.

What is legal

Laws about photography at polling places vary widely from state to state, and enforcement is spotty everywhere that such laws exist. In Washington State, where most voting is done by mail-in ballot, there are no restrictions at all. Until recently, California law prohibited any voter from showing his or her ballot to another person after marking it, but had never prosecuted anyone for publishing a photo of their marked ballot.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
California National Guard Is Demanding Vets Repay Incentive Bonuses

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) issued the following statement regarding the estimated 6,500 California Veterans who are being asked to repay bonuses.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Donations made to a candidate for the state Assembly or Senate are usually a small part of California’s political money machine, a function of the relatively low limits on the size of contributions.

Friday, October 14, 2016

A proposed settlement gives Volkswagen too much power over how it spends $2 billion to promote electric vehicles, according to California lawmakers, the EV charging industry, states and environmentalists.

They are calling on the court and federal regulators for more transparency, oversight and public input.