SACRAMENTO – Following the release on Monday of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman registered her staunch opposition to the plan, which calls for building two massive tunnels under the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta to divert water for export.
“It doesn’t matter how you dress it up. Californians are being asked to spend tens of billions on a project that does nothing to improve regional self-sufficiency, provides no new water to the state’s residents, and isn’t supported by the science. This project promises to do little but wreck the Delta’s ecosystem, economy and way-of-life. We should spend no more money or time on this without considering alternatives.”
Sacramento – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) convened a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture to examine the loss of agricultural land and potential solutions. California farmland is a scarce, valuable and largely irreplaceable resource that is being permanently converted to other uses at the rate of 30,000 to 50,000 acres per year.
“Agriculture is by far the most important industry in San Joaquin County, and the loss of farmland threatens our way of life, our prosperity and the food security of the whole country,” Eggman said. “We have a responsibility to find a balanced solution that protects farmland without stifling other growth.”
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed two more bills authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman.
The first Eggman bill signed by the governor on Monday was AB 748, which modifies the judgment interest rate charged against public entities in tax- and fee-related claims, a potentially significant savings to local governments and the state. The other was AB 865, a reform of fees charged under the Yacht and Ship Brokers Act, and supported by the recreational boating and marina community.
STOCKTON - Twelve months ago, it was abundantly clear Stockton was on its way to shattering the record for homicides in a single year.
2012 ended with the violent deaths of 71 people - one killing almost every four days - the third-highest homicide rate in American large cities, behind only Detroit and Oakland.
But homicides in 2013 are down 60 percent and nonfatal injury shootings are down 50 percent.
What's happening here now, considered a multifaceted success story, was the focus Friday of a unique hearing in Stockton convened by the California Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay.
The strong similarities between the violence occurring in Oakland and Stockton prompted the committee's chairman, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, to invite Stockton's Democratic assemblywoman, Susan Talamantes Eggman, to join the committee. But she said she would accept only if Bonta agreed to hold a hearing in Stockton.
Eggman, a city councilwoman before she was elected to the Assembly in November, felt that perhaps Stockton's efforts at reducing violence - especially in light of its severe financial constraints - should be shared with the East Bay Area and the rest of California.
Stockton's freshman Democratic assemblywoman, Susan Talamantes Eggman, had her first piece of legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.
Assembly Bill 372 improves opportunities for military veterans seeking jobs with the state by eliminating a Vietnam-era policy that prevented them from earning preference for civil service positions requiring a bachelor's degree and two years of experience. It also ensures that every veteran who earns a qualifying score on an open, nonpromotional state civil service exam gets placed on the hiring list.
The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature with bipartisan support and no organized opposition.
"In general, it's good policy. As our world has changed, our laws should change too," Eggman said.
"During the Vietnam War, the state excluded veterans on the justification that granting them preference for service undermined the principle of merit. Service is merit," she said.
(Sacramento) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) which would prohibit law enforcement agencies from requiring crime victims to prove they are in the country legally in order for them to get information on crime incidents, is moving through the capitol process. The bill would also require a state or local law enforcement agency, if it requires identification, to accept certain forms of identification from the victim of an incident to obtain that information. Assembly Bill 11-95 puts Assemblymember Eggman in the forefront of advocating for undocumented immigrants, who often are reluctant to come forward when they are crime victims. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman’s first bill – improving opportunities for veterans in state civil service – was signed into law Monday by the governor.
The first bill Eggman introduced, AB 372 eliminates a Vietnam-era policy that prevented veterans from earning preference for state civil service positions requiring a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience. The bill also ensures that every veteran who achieves a qualifying score on an open, non-promotional state civil service exam is placed on the hiring list.
Excerpted from The Record, (Stockton, Calif.)
STOCKTON - Susan Eggman is having the time of her life and working hard at it.
Not since former state Sen. Patrick Johnston, D-Stockton, left office 13 years ago has San Joaquin County had such an outspoken advocate in the California Legislature.
(Stockton, CA) -- Several hundred people attended a special town hall meeting, hosted by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), to explain how Covered California will be implementing the Affordable Care Act here in the Golden State. Assemblymember Eggman said there is a huge need for the ACA in the Central Valley. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – Following the announcement that Caltrans would cease the controversial removal of signs demonstrating opposition to the “Twin Tunnels” plan, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman released the following statement:
“I am encouraged that Caltrans seems to be doing the right thing. It was very concerning not only that the law was not being correctly applied, but also that there was a glaring inequity created by the removal, given the well-known and extremely high profile signs calling for increased water exports along Interstate 5 and Highway 99 near Bakersfield.”