Opinion/Editorials

For Marin motorists stuck in traffic headed for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, reopening the long-closed third eastbound lane is already overdue.

The nightly backup stacks up traffic onto Highway 101, along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and on San Rafael’s streets.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

For three decades, glaucoma has slowly robbed Sandra Angel of her sight, a side effect of taking steroid medication for her asthma for years. Her peripheral vision is all but gone, and at times the things and people directly in front of her appear as if behind parchment paper or a lace veil.

But other times, the world within her field of vision is crystal clear, and the 72-year-old Santa Rosa resident marvels at blue sky and green trees.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

AB 1842 (Levine) Creates A Civil Penalty For Failure to Clean Up Pollution in Waterways

Governor Brown today signed AB 1842 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) to create a civil penalty for gross polluters who refuse to clean up unlawful materials that they have discharged into state waterways.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Two bills designed to restore public confidence in the California Coastal Commission were killed by powerful developer and oil industry lobbyists this legislative session.

Assembly Bill 2002 (AB 2002), by Mark Stone, Toni Atkins, and Marc Levine, would have required consultants who influence the commission to register as lobbyists. Senate Bill 1190 (SB 1190), by Hannah-Beth Jackson, would have ended the practice of ex parte, or private, communications between individuals and commissioners while the commission is presiding over quasi-judicial matters, which are similar to court cases.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

After months of debate, the California legislature finally reversed a decades-old law that prohibited Californians’ constitutionally protected right to the ballot selfie. That is, the right to post online a photo of yourself alongside your completed ballot, marked for the candidates and ballot measures of your choice.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The legislature of California has passed a bill to declare denim as the official fabric of the state. The assembly approved the bill with 59 votes in its favour and 3 against it. According to the bill, the reason behind this proposal is the interwoven history of the fabric and the state. Denim is said to have been a part of California's history since 1850s.

Friday, September 2, 2016

There's a tired sports cliché that goes something like, "You can't stop him; you can only hope to contain him."

That's pretty much the situation when it comes to gridlock on Highway 101 in Marin County. It's not improving anytime soon — those cars aren't going anywhere — so the only thing left to do is try to manage it and make it somewhat less miserable.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) and Marc Levine (D – Marin County) have committed to the California Clean Money Campaign and other political reform advocates that they will reintroduce a new California DISCLOSE Act on the first day of the legislative session to shine a light on Dark Money and require the true funders of political ads to be disclosed on the ads themselves.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Levine Authored AB 761 (2015), AB 2511 (2016), and AB 1092 (2013) To Fight Climate Change

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) released the following statement regarding Legislation to fight climate change:

“The nearly $1 billion in funding and associated policies continue to put California in the lead in the fight against climate change.  This legislative package provides vital funding for climate change priorities I have been pursuing in the last three years,” said Assemblymember Levine.  “Several environmentally beneficial policies I have pursued over the last several years are reflected in this legislative package.  These include policies to improve the health of soils, address massive tree die-off, and provide greater access to electric vehicles.”
Thursday, September 1, 2016

AB 2844 (Bloom) Sent to the Governor with Bipartisan Support from the Legislature

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), vice chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, released the following statement on this week’s passage of AB 2844 (Bloom).  This bill seeks to prevent discriminatory boycotts of Israel such as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.  In doing so, AB 2844 reinforces the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Governor Jerry Brown and Prime Minister Natanyahu in 2014.

“The BDS movement is rooted in anti-Semitism and this legislation assures that such discrimination will not be rewarded with California tax dollars.  California is not a discriminatory state and we are proud of our relationship with Israel.  That relationship has been formalized by an MOU.  Under this MOU, Israeli engineers and scientists can help California solve some of our most pressing problems, especially in how we address California’s historic drought,” said Assemblymember Levine.  “It only makes sense that California should expect our vendors to honor that formal relationship and not discriminate against Israel.”