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.

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.