Monday, October 3, 2016

It is apparent that Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t always listen to the advice I offer freely through commentaries on this page. With the governor finishing the Herculean task of deciding on over 1000 bills, I looked over past articles I wrote for this site on specific bills to see if my suggestions were followed. Of nine bills, the governor and I were on the same side only three times.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Next time you pull on a pair of jeans, you won’t just be embracing casual fashion. You’ll also be honoring California.

Denim has officially entered the pantheon of official state symbols, with Gov. Jerry Brown signing legislation declaring the material the California state fabric.

Friday, September 30, 2016

(San Rafael, CA) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee convened an informational hearing entitled, “Investing in California’s Future:  Facilitating Parks and Outdoor Access for All.”  Joined by Assemblymember Edward Garcia (D-Coachella) and a host of park, facility and outdoor experts and advocates, to discuss investing in California’s parks, waterways and open spaces.  Assembly Bill 2444 (E.Garcia), the California Water, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2016 was discussed at length as a means to invest bond money into California’s natural and recreational resources.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear from Assemblymember Levine and the other speakers.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ballot Selfie

AB 1494 (Levine) Protects Political Speech

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO — California will overhaul its election system beginning in 2018 so that voters have more options on when and where to cast their ballots in future elections, under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday.

SB450 by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, allows counties to opt into the new system, and if they do, those counties would be required to mail all voters a ballot that can be cast at voting centers up to 10 days before election day. The ballots can also be returned by mail.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ballot booth selfies will soon be legal in California – although not in time for the November elections.

Governor Jerry Brown today signed off on an exception to a law prohibiting voters to show marked ballots, which is meant to discourage vote-selling.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

There is no longer any doubt: Ballot selfies are now legal in California.

Assembly Bill 1494, written by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, making it indisputably legal for California voters to take ballot selfies and post them on social media.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Legislation Would Have Provided Up To $300 Billion For California Infrastructure

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) released the following statement today after the Governor vetoed AB 2348 (Levine):

Monday, September 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In 2011, the City of Hayward was awarded $460,000 through a Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) grant. HCD’s grant money was part of the Building Equity and Growth Neighborhood (BEGIN) program that was created to provide financial assistance for the development of affordable housing. Hayward partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley to develop Sequoia Grove, a 10-unit homeownership development.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Methane emissions from cow manure came under state regulation for the first time Monday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s latest effort to combat climate change by targeting so-called “super pollutants” that contribute to global warming.

The legislation requires reductions of three pollutants — methane from manure and landfills; soot, known as black carbon; and hydrofluorocarbon gases used in refrigeration, air conditioning and aerosol products — from 2013 levels by 2030.