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(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has already started tackling issues and challenges for the new legislative session which has recently gotten underway. Assemblymember Levine starts 2015 as the new Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear about Assemblymember Levine’s priorities for the new session and his thoughts on Governor Brown’s newly unveiled budget proposal.
IN THE 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a naïve young man is sent to the nation’s capital, where scheming politicians hope to take advantage of him. If Marin has a sequel to that movie, its title would be Mr. Levine Goes to Sacramento.
But don’t let California Assemblyman Marc Levine’s looks fool you. If he appears young, it’s because he is. He’s only 40, but naïveté does not appear to be part of his makeup. In fact, the opposite may be the case. In his first two-year term in Sacramento, the San Rafael Democrat authored 23 bills that passed both houses of the state Legislature and were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
Legislation introduced Tuesday aims to fast-track opening a third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to help ease evening commute congestion on Highway 101 and Interstate 580 in Marin.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced urgency legislation AB 157, which would require that a design to open a third lane get started while the project is undergoing environmental review. That could speed up the project by as much as 18 months, Levine said. The two processes typically are separated.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) today introduced urgency legislation (Assembly Bill 157) to speed up the restoration of the third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
“The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is one of the worst bottlenecks in the North Bay evening commute,” said Levine. “This bridge was built and designed almost 60 years ago to have three lanes in each direction. Restoring the third eastbound lane will relieve a great deal of congestion. There is no doubt that the lane is needed and it is prudent to do the design work immediately to speed up the process.”
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, on Tuesday introduced a bill that would speed up the project to add a third eastbound lane to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, one of the North Bay's most congested commutes.
The bill would require design work on the project to begin immediately while the project is going through an environmental review. Levine's office said in a statement that it could speed up the project by as much as 18 months.
Environmental work on the project is already underway.
Given the glacial progress involved in any government endeavor, it's startling to see any agency moving at warp speed. That just happened with the Point Reyes National Seashore's almost instant eradication of the Drakes Bay oyster farm.
Just 20 days after the Lunny family operation closed on New Year's Eve, the farm and all of its facilities are gone.
Not just closed, but almost any evidence that it ever existed has disappeared.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) stood on the Floor of the Assembly to strongly support Assembly Concurrent Resolution 5, which honors the slain civil rights hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assemblymember Levine reminded us of Dr. King’s words that humankind, “must evolve for all human conflict, a method of which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Assemblymember Levine’s floor presentation.
California government’s policy decisions and lawmaking are often a necessary response to a crisis. Last year, the Legislature addressed California’s drought by regulating groundwater management, putting a water bond on the ballot and appropriating funds for water conservation. However, once legislation is signed into law and policy decisions are made, the work is far from over.
It is important that the Legislature embrace its role of oversight and review the implementation of new laws. Far too often, laws are passed in haste without consideration of unintended consequences. Legislative oversight is essential to create accountability and make sure that government meets the needs of its citizens. That’s why the Legislature needs to hear from Californians like you about what you expect from your government.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s proposed 2015-16 state budget:
“This proposed budget is a good place to start the dialogue about funding California’s priorities,” said Levine. “I am pleased to see that the budget invests in water, flood protection and efforts to combat climate change. We also continue paying down the wall of debt while increasing funding for K-12 public schools and protecting against tuition increases at the University of California. I look forward to working on this in the months ahead.”
Assemblymember Marc Levine is the Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee and represents the 10th Assembly District which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Gov. Jerry Brown's $113.3 billion general fund budget includes welcome news for local government, the courts and schools, although Marin officials stopped short of embracing the record spending program before analysts sort through details.
"This carefully balanced budget builds for the future by saving money, paying down debt and investing in our state's core needs," Brown said in a budget message that drew applause from Marin Civic Center officials.