Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to fast-track affordable housing projects has drawn criticism from the Petaluma City Council and North Bay lawmakers, who say it removes local control over the approval process for such developments.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Five years after a state parks crisis threatened to shutter open spaces in Marin, a $3.1 billion park bond measure might end up on the November ballot.

The state bond proposal that is now working its way through the Legislature was the subject of a hearing convened by Assemblyman Marc Levine­, D-San Rafael, at the Albert J. Boro Community Center in the Canal neighborhood on Friday.


Mike Lehmkuhl’s descent from businessman and homeowner into insanity, homelessness and death on a chilly January afternoon should shock us all.

Lehmkuhl’s friends and family tried for years to intervene. But Sacramento’s law enforcement and mental health care workers failed to take the steps that might have brought him in from the cold. It’s an all-too-common dereliction.



The U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC opened the floodgates of corporate and special-interest election spending, but at least it underscored and promoted the importance of disclosure and transparency. Knowing the source of campaign money allows voters "to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages," the court wrote.

The ruling could be read as an invitation to Congress to expose political "dark money" to the light with stringent disclosure laws — but it's an invitation that Congress has yet to accept in any meaningful way.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kate Moss has appeared on 34 covers of British Vogue and was recently recognized by the British Fashion Awards for her status as a style icon for young women. But at the peak of her fame, Britain’s wealthiest model registered a body mass index (BMI) of just 15, making her “severely thin” according to World Health Organization standards.

Moss’s low BMI is hardly the exception to the fashion industry rule: the average runway model is twenty percent underweight. Although she once declared that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” the risks associated such low BMIs and associated eating disorders include heart failure, memory loss, and osteoporosis.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

While Caltrans and other transportation officials congratulated themselves while unveiling a plan that would open a third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge by the end of 2017, some are wondering why it will take so long.

“The bridge was built with three lanes,” said Assemblyman Marc Levine. “They could reopen it within a week.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Republican Party Preparing to Endorse Building a Wall Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) released the following statement regarding efforts to include a wall between the U.S. and Mexico in the Republican National Convention Platform:

“This wall is ludicrous, fearful and hate-based. The proposed Republican Party platform sends the world a dangerous message of American isolation and attempts to wall off America from our friends and neighbors,” said Assemblymember Levine. “While the Republican Party pretends to wrap itself in faith, I urge them to read about hospitality in the book of Genesis. Abraham and Sarah’s tent was open on all four sides and all were welcome. The tent of America should be just as open.”


One of the biggest issues facing the 2016 election, aside from immigration reform, fixing the economy, and bringing jobs back to hard-working Americans, is gun control. It's quite the polarizing topic no matter which way you slice it. Do guns fall into the wrongs hands? Yes, and it's a part of life. Do we wish only the right kinds of people had possession of firearms? Absolutely. Nothing would please those in a democratic republic more than those responsibly carrying a weapon and using it when necessary. So, why does it seem that gun control reform is such a hot debate? Leave it to the state of California to show other states, in a sense, how to be a trailblazer.

Governor Jerry Brown took to his desk on Friday, July 1, and signed six new gun-control bills into law, while also vetoing five other bills that were passed by the State Legislature.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Enacting the most significant elements of a sweeping package of gun control bills, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation expanding California’s decades-old ban on assault weapons and regulating ammunition sales.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed six gun-control bills into law, including new restrictions on semiautomatic rifles and a requirement that ammunition purchasers undergo background checks, saying they will help “enhance public safety” in California.