SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed two bills that would require extra training for coroners and mental health professionals.
The Democratic governor announced Thursday that he rejected AB2029 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, which was intended to help parents investigate their children's death.
Today Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed critical legislation to promote California’s film and television industry. Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) released the following statement about today’s action.
“California’s story has been told in pictures since the dawn of silent films. This legislation will help a treasured California industry to continue to thrive in California,” said Levine. “Some of Hollywood’s finest work was done right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. AB 1839 will bring additional funding to Northern California film and television. I applaud the Governor for his leadership and I am proud to coauthor this legislation.”
To celebrate passage of AB 2488 which allows wine tasting at farmers’ markets, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) attended a wine tasting last weekend at Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market with Navarro Winery (California State Fair’s Golden State Winery of the Year).
“The response to this legislation has been tremendous,” said Levine. “Farmers’ markets all over California are taking advantage of the opportunity to allow local wineries to pour and sell their wines. Shoppers have responded with increased interest in local agriculture. I thank Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market and Navarro Winery for inviting me.”
"Cowardly." "A heathen." "Selfish."
Those are the words some used to describe Robin Williams after he tragically took his own life this past August.
These insults demonstrate that even after millions of dollars spent by the federal government on anti-stigma and public awareness campaigns, there remains significant ignorance and misunderstanding about the causes of suicide.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) released the following statement regarding the Governor’s signature today on critical legislation to manage California’s groundwater.
“Today Governor Brown signed into law the most important water rights legislation of the last 100 years. Management of California’s groundwater is long overdue,” said Levine. “Groundwater makes up 40% to 60% of California’s annual water use. There is no question that we need a plan to make sure that this critical resource is available for future generations. This legislation will help California communities better manage our limited supply of water.”
Assemblymember Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin County and southern Sonoma County.
Earlier this week, we highlighted just a few of the bills that we think Gov. Jerry Brown ought to remove from the stack on his desk and drop into the trash. Much drivel remains, but there are prizes, as well.
Below are six worthy of his signature:
1. The EpiPen bill, as Senate Bill 1266 by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar has become to be known, would require public schools to stock easy-to-use, single-use epinephrine autoinjectors and train staff how to use them in the case of an emergency. This is the medicine that can counter the sometimes fatal anaphylactic shock that comes from food or bee allergies.
The death of Robin Williams still haunts us. It brought heightened awareness of bipolar disorder, a disease that can drive victims to oblivion, even if they're beloved and getting the best medical care. It crystallized the tragedy of suicide, which claims so many lives among the young -- people who, with the right kind of help, might be able to overcome the demons they battle.
We hope that awareness grips Gov. Jerry Brown when AB 2198 crosses his desk this month. If it does, he will sign it.
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of the organization Restore the Delta, scoffed at a declaration made by Gov. Jerry Brown in the days after the South Napa Earthquake. He told KGO radio that the 6.0 quake was nothing compared to what scientists say is in store for Californians. He said global warming and the threat of the Big One should motivate wary citizens to support his twin Delta Tunnels, part of Brown's ambitious, $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
"That's a continuation of the Brown propaganda machine for the Delta Tunnels," Barrigan-Parrilla says with a sharp, short laugh.
The debate over housing in Marin continues as the county Planning Commission readies a housing element to submit for state approval. Entrenched positions have failed to crack, with housing advocates pushing for more supply and slow/no growth advocates digging in their heels.
The debate encapsulates diametrically opposed philosophical positions about the future of the county, positions that result in an entrenched oppositional presentation. But one organization that has participated in the debate seeks a third way, its members say, can yield a positive outcome through a strategy of compromise. It's a cooperative approach that has brought together housing advocates and environmental activists.
It may be the best sign of not only change coming to the center of California government, but also the clearest sign of just how bad things have been.
It happened, says Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), during a heated debate over one of his pieces of legislation. Levine, a member of the freshman class that just finished its first two-year term in the Assembly, was approached by fellow freshmen from the Republican side of the aisle.