McClellan Business Park and a Roseville health care firm are seeking late-session legislative help to convert two former Air Force barracks into a $10 million live-in care facility for up to 72 seriously ill or injured patients.
The business park and Innovations Health Systems of Roseville want to build six separate care units for 12 patients each. They would be situated in a pair of three-story barracks at the former McClellan Air Force Base.
(CN) - California may lose millions of federal dollars for trying to reform its chronically underfunded pension system, so Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed legislation to ensure that $1.6 billion continues to flow to the Golden State.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday told the Sacramento Regional Transit District that millions of dollars in transit grants will be withheld because parts of the California Public Employee Pension Reform Act provisions (PEPRA) conflict with federal labor law.
The office of Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he’s supporting a move to exempt transportation workers from California’s recent reforms to public employee pensions, which threatened to cost the state $1.6 billion in federal transportation grants.
In the Coachella Valley alone, the conflict between state and federal laws would cost SunLine Transit Agency an estimated $2 million in annual operating revenue plus additional money for capital projects. SunLine Interim Manager Roger Snoble said last month the transportation agency would “have a hard time getting through the year” without the federal grants. At the time, a Brown spokesman said the governor’s office was continuing to work with the Labor Department, but he did not say whether the governor would support an exemption for transportation workers.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement after a party-line vote today on AB 84 in the Senate Budget Committee:
“The plan approved by the Senate Budget Committee is an inmate release plan by another name, totally dependent on an illusory legal settlement.
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed legislation that might help transit districts such as the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District get back federal funding.
The funding delay is the result of the Pension Reform Act of 2013. Transit workers were included and unions don’t agree with that, so several California unions objected to federal transportation grants. That stalled the grants until the Department of Labor decides whether the Pension Reform Act infringes on a union’s right to collectively bargain.
This week Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills into law that bolstered the state government’s transparency and accountability to its constituents.
Two came from Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), one from Assembly Speaker Perez (D-Los Angeles), and one from Assemblyman Adam Grey (D-Merced).
“These bills taken together represent a small but meaningful step toward a more accountable government. Collectively, they provide more tools to the state as far as the roles of the State Auditor and the State Controller and they increase transparency by requiring state agencies to place their reports online,” said Lenny Mendonca, senior partner at McKinsey & Company and co-chair of the California Forward leadership council. - See more at: http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2013/09/gov-brown-signs-four-new-transparency-bills-law/#sthash.6vAB3TDV.dpuf
SACRAMENTO – Wednesday, August 28, Assemblyman Ken Cooley chaired the first hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Community and Neighborhood Development. The ten member, bi-partisan committee heard from policy and administrative experts who spoke about the impacts of suburban sprawl on our metropolitan areas, and funding needs to help revitalize our aging communities.
“As metropolitan areas grow, it’s important that we do not forget about the needs of our older communities, and help keep them desirable places to live that can attract jobs and private sector investment,” said Cooley. “We moved to our neighborhood because we liked what was there. Now, some of our older areas are faced with quality of life challenges that stand as barriers to community revitalization.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that could prevent local governments from falling into bankruptcy.
Under Assembly Bill 1248, authored by Rancho Cordova Democrat Ken Cooley, the state controller would develop new guidelines to detect accounting errors and fraud at local agencies. Those guidelines would come from standards from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and also input from advocacy groups representing a smattering of local governments.
SACRAMENTO — Improved government accountability and transparency were the focus of several bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday.
One directs the Department of Finance to guide monitors of state agencies to ensure they are independent and objective in scrutinizing agency operations. State agencies have been required to have independent monitors keeping an eye on accounting and administrative practices since 2011.
Assembly member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) said his bill, AB 117, would help flesh out the role such monitors play.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblyman Ken Cooley announced that Governor Jerry Brown, in one day, signed into law five bills he authored this year: AB 117, AB 918, AB 1030, AB 1248 and AB 1289. “My bill package this year has focused on a variety of issues that make government more accountable, relieve some of the bureaucracy, and focus on the quality of life policies that matter to my constituents,” said Cooley.
"We have a great system, but we all know it needs improvements. Really, I have focused on making what we have better," Cooley added.