Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) released the following statement on the Legislature’s passage of the 2013-14 State Budget.
“This budget is unwavering in its commitment to pay down debt incurred during the recession and to reverse some of the painful cuts in core programs,” said Assemblymember Levine. “Restoring funding for education is the highest priority in this budget as it delivers new dollars to every segment of public education in California. The budget ensures that nearly every K-12 school district receives more funding than last year and places every school district on a path to meet pre-recession funding levels.”
“We have replaced an impossibly complex statewide school funding method with a local control funding formula that empowers our schools. This approach places trust and responsibility in local school boards rather than Sacramento bureaucrats.”
Legislators want to know financial incentives in place relative to opening date of Bay Bridge
Members of the San Francisco Bay Area delegation have requested information from the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee relative to the financial incentives that exist for the Labor Day 2013 opening of the new east span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. This includes information about which companies benefit from incentives, a timeline of dates, amounts, and work completed that are tied to these incentives, as well as the reasons for the incentives and when the incentives were offered.
The request came in the form of a formal letter sent on June 10th to Steve Heminger, Chair, Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee. The letter was circulated by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord).
10th Assembly District Small Business of the Year
Today, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) recognized Weaver’s Coffee & Tea of Wild Card Roasters as the Small Business of the Year in the 10th Assembly District.
“Weaver’s has won legions of fans throughout the Bay Area and beyond,” said Levine. “It is my pleasure to present this year’s Business of the Year award to Weaver’s Coffee & Tea of Wild Card Roasters.”
(Salinas)—Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) today partnered with Western Growers to provide an opportunity for California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross to visit and meet with local agricultural growers and other elected leaders. Karen Ross was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown.
“A healthy agricultural industry and safe agriculture-related jobs are critical to California’s economic well-being. This tour is a great opportunity for our local leaders and state officials to learn about Salinas Valley agriculture and resources that can help insure that agriculture can thrive and grow,” says Alejo.
The Assembly approved AB 1171 to create a pilot project giving foster children access to records
Yesterday, the Assembly with a 76-0 vote, approved Assembly Bill 1171 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). This bill will make it easier for foster children to access their medical records and other information documents they need.
"Without access to these documents, foster youth can have a hard time applying for jobs, receiving heath care services, and securing housing," said Levine. "Currently, foster youth are only provided with paper copies of these important records. Unfortunately, these documents can often get lost or stolen."
The Assembly approved AB 386 to improve access and accountability for CSU online education
Today, the Assembly with a 68-0 vote, approved Assembly Bill 386 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). This measure is aimed at expanding access and improving accountability for online education at the California State University (CSU).
Governor Brown calls for an Independent System-wide Review of Caltrans
Today Governor Brown ordered an independent, system-wide review of Caltrans. Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) issued the following statement on the pending review:
“Caltrans is deserving of this independent review,” said Levine. “Caltrans is responsible for maintaining the nation’s busiest highway system. It is critical that Caltrans operates efficiently and effectively, maintains safe roadways, and has the trust of the communities it serves.”
Assembly Bill 1200 (Levine) would Expand use of Recycled Water in Sonoma and Napa Counties
The Assembly passed AB 1200 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D- San Rafael) with a vote of 72-0 last week. This bill will study the effects, if any, of storage of recycled water in irrigation ponds in the Los Carneros grape growing region.
“The Los Carneros region is a perfect test case for additional storage of recycled water,” said Levine. “The same recycled water, that this bill would allow to be stored, is already being used for irrigation, frost protection, and habitat restoration. Alternatively, it is a terrible waste to discharge this highly treated recycled water into San Francisco Bay.”
Assembly Bill 1092 Seeks to Update Building Standards for Vehicle Charging Stations
By a 46-20 vote, the Assembly today approved legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to provide the needed infrastructure in the future for plug-in electric vehicles.
“Accelerating the market for zero emission vehicles is a cornerstone of California’s long term transportation strategy,” said Levine. “It is imperative that we come up with mandatory standards that enable facilities to be readily available to provide convenient charging stations for electric vehicles.”
Assembly Bill 253 Allows Owners of Richardson Bay Floating Homes to Purchase Marina
The Assembly today unanimously approved legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to allow the residents of a floating home marina to create a condominium association for the purpose of purchasing their marina.
“When a floating home marina is up for sale, those with the most at stake are those who call the marina home,” said Levine. “AB 253 is straightforward legislation that simply allows owners of floating homes to come together to protect their residences. I am glad that this legislation has thus far met with bipartisan and unanimous support.”