Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) honored Elece Hempel as the Woman of the Year from the 10th Assembly District (Marin County and southern Sonoma County). Elece Hempel serves as executive director of Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC). Ms. Hempel was presented with a resolution today on the floor of the Assembly as part of a ceremony declaring March as “Woman’s History Month.”
“It was my privilege to honor Ms. Hempel,” said Levine. “Elece’s work deserves this recognition and highlights outstanding women’s leadership in our communities. The North Bay is incredibly fortunate to have such an active, dedicated, and passionate public servant in our community.”
In 1886, then Senator Leland Stanford introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to authorize the formation of cooperative worker associations in the District of Columbia. In an interview with the New York Tribune shortly thereafter, he asserted “I have always been fully persuaded that, through co-operation, labor could become its own employer.” Co-operation of Labor, Leland Stanford (May 4, 1887) at 2. Senator Stanford’s vision may soon be realized if two members of of the California Assembly have their legislative way.
Timothy P. White had a fairly uneventful first year settling in as the chancellor of the California State University system. He began his new job in late 2012, not long after the passage of Proposition 30, the governor’s tax hike measure that promised to, among other things, stop a 5 percent tuition increase.
Since then, no strikes, no scandals, no embarrassing incidents.
Assemblyman Marc Levine has introduced legislation, AB2071, to clarify rules regulating the use of treated wastewater for pasture animals. Dairy farmers are expressing concern that treated wastewater could be unsafe for consumers. Levine promised to continue studying the issue as the bill moves through the legislative process.
California drivers who hit and injure cyclists or other “vulnerable road users” could be slapped with fines of up to $1,000 under legislation proposed this week by a North Coast lawmaker.
The fines would represent as much as a 10-fold increase over current penalties, and according to Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, would lead to fewer collisions between bikes and vehicles.
California's drought is prompting a statewide push to let ranchers use treated wastewater for slaking the thirst of livestock, sparking health concerns and widespread confusion over whether current regulations already allow the practice.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced legislation that he said would allow ranchers to legally use treated wastewater as drinking water for cows, horses, sheep and other farm animals for the first time in California.
Assembly Bill 2398 (Levine) Stiffens Fines for Careless Motorists
Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced that he has authored AB 2398 to protect "vulnerable road users" on California roads. Vulnerable road users include bicyclists, pedestrians, highway workers, skaters, and people using farm equipment or on horseback.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most recent data shows that traffic fatalities are up for the first time in the last seven years. This includes 726 bicyclists who lost their lives in 2012 (a 6.5% increase) and 49,000 injured. Pedestrians and cyclists represented 17% of traffic deaths in 2012, compared to 13% in 2003.
Committee will Discuss Using Recycled Water for Livestock
Tomorrow, the Assembly Select Committee on Agriculture and the Environment (Assemblymember Marc Levine, Chair) will hold a public hearing on the potential use of highly treated recycled water for livestock.
The hearing will take place on Thursday February 27, at 2:00PM at the Petaluma City Council Chambers, 11 English Street Petaluma, CA 94952.
The following people are scheduled to testify at the hearing:
The public is invited to attend and participate.
Levine is the author of AB 2071 which would allow for the use of highly treated recycled water as drinking water for livestock.
Assembly Bill 2042 (Levine) Keeps Leased ZEVs on the Road Longer
Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced that he has introduced AB 2042 to allow motorists the option of purchasing their leased zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) when the lease runs out. Currently under California clean car requirements established and enforced by the California Air Resources Board, less than 1% of new vehicles sold in the California market place must be ZEVs. Manufacturers lease out ZEVs and take credit for compliance with state law by putting the leased cars on the road. However some manufacturers are then skirting the law by requiring the motorists to return the ZEV to the manufacturer at the end of the lease.
The Sonoma County Office of Education and state Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, will hold a community forum Thursday on the new Common Core educational curriculum.
A panel discussion including Nancy Brownell, senior fellow of the state Board of Education; Josh Deis, mathematics program coordinator with the county office of education; Kathy Harris, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; Chuck Wade, career technical education coordinator with the county office of education; and others will address how the new standards will affect schools in Sonoma County. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions.