There’s something positive to be found in the fact that the Sonoma Developmental Center still has a license to operate. But it’s anybody’s guess how long that will last.
The need for concrete decision-making about the future of the Sonoma Valley-based center and its 443 residents is reaching a critical stage.
Vigil to Take Place Saturday at 2:00PM in Petaluma
Today, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced that when the Legislature reconvenes on August 4th, he will pursue legislation to provide support for the undocumented immigrant children in California. This legislation calls on the federal government to allow these children to stay and that there be resources made available for them here in California.
There will be a vigil at 2:00 PM on Saturday July 26th at St. Vincent DePaul Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma. The North Bay Organizing Project will host the vigil in support of the detained Central American refugee minors fleeing violence and economic devastation. They will be sending supplies to organizations in Southern California working in support of these children. They will be collecting items such as diapers, socks, underwear, crayons, and toys.
AB 2098 (Levine) Signed Into Law Today
Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law AB 2098 (Levine) to require that courts consider service induced mental illness when sentencing Veterans.
“I thank Governor Brown for his support of our Veterans,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). “Veterans dealing with PTSD deserve much more support and care than they are currently receiving. When they go without needed mental health treatment and then commit a crime, the courts must consider this fact prior to sentencing.”
Governor Brown signs AB 1163 (Levine)
Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law AB 1163 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to bring financial expertise to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) into law. The bill will require CalPERS board members to receive 24 hours of financial training every two years.
“The CalPERS board currently oversees nearly $300 billion in assets and serves 1.68 million public employees and retirees. These workers, retirees and the public need a board with the expertise to make sound financial decisions that protect pensions and the taxpayers’ investment,” said Levine. “I thank Governor Brown for his ongoing leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing the work of improving the financial standing of CalPERS.”
AB 1163 (Chapter 140, Statutes 2014) requires CalPERS board members to receive specified financial education. Additionally the bill requires board member compliance to be made publicly available on the CalPERS website.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.
AB1163 by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, originally was introduced as a way to meet Brown's request to "bring financial sophistication" to the California Public Employees' Retirement System's 13-member board, which is dominated by public employees and labor union representatives.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney declared today that the state's capital punishment law is unconstitutional.
“I do not entirely agree with the reasoning of this ruling, but I do agree that the death penalty is a failed system that must be scrapped. The death penalty is the most expensive and ineffective system of justice imaginable. I believe we need life imprisonment for these criminals with no opportunity for parole. This is a penalty that is final and certain.”
Vinos rejoice ... sort of. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on July 8 allowing patrons to participate in wine tastings at farmers markets offered by winemakers who bottle their own product. Both houses of the Legislature approved the bill without dissent and the bill will be put into effect immediately.
But this doesn't mean you'll be getting drunk on your grocery run. AB-2488, written by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, states there is a daily 3-ounce limit per person. It also states that the tasting areas are to be roped off to a separate part of the market and that only one winery can conduct a tasting at a time. A winery is also allowed to offer tastings only one day a week at a farmers market.
In a decision that could wipe California's death penalty off the books, a Los Angeles federal judge has declared the state's capital punishment law unconstitutional because of the decades death row inmates must inevitably wait before execution.
Calling the state's death penalty system "dysfunctional" and beyond repair, U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney concluded that death sentences in California have been transformed into "life in prison, with the remote possibility of death."
Law Allowing Wine and Cider Tasting at Certified Farmers’ Markets Takes Effect Immediately
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed into law AB 2488 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). The bill immediately allows limited wine and cider tasting at certified farmers’ markets.
“I thank Governor Brown for his signature on this legislation,” Levine said. “The farmers’ market shopping experience involves tasting the products. AB 2488 is a common sense solution that simply allows tastings at certified farmers’ markets where winemakers are already allowed to sell their products.”
Have the desire to taste wine at a farmers market?
Now you can, after Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed legislation by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, allowing wine and cider tasting at certified farmers markets.