(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) joined other lawmakers for a state capitol news conference recently to highlight legislation by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) which would bring the state's birth certificates in line with today's California families. Assembly Bill 1951 would modernize California's birth certificate system by ensuring LGBT parents can accurately record their relationships to their children.. Assemblymember Eggman said, "We've come a long way, especially in California, on determining and establishing and recognizing LGBT rights."
Stocktonian Bonnie Lew was honored Monday afternoon on the floor of the California State Assembly as the 13th Assembly District’s 2014 Woman of the Year.
Born in San Francisco in 1946, Bonnie moved to the Mississippi Delta with her parents when she was eight years old. There, her family opened a grocery store in an African-American neighborhood in Clarksdale. The family lived behind their store, serving those who were not welcome to shop in the supermarkets on the “white” side of town. Navigating between two worlds, Bonnie’s time was spent in school or working in the grocery store. Her one outlet was her weekly trip to the city library, so it is not surprising that she became a librarian.
SACRAMENTO - A year ago this month, Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, was still settling into her seat in the Legislature.
She had just been named chairwoman of the Assembly Agriculture Committee and had introduced a farmland-preservation bill, AB823, hoping it would force a minimum mitigation standard for urban development projects statewide.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman has introduced legislation to improve oversight and standard of care at residential elder care facilities.
Eggman is among a coalition of state legislators who have authored a package of bills known together as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act, announced in mid-January.
The bills followed revelations of severe lapses in care and oversight at residential care facilities in Castro Valley and San Diego County. Eggman is a social worker by background, and brought with her to the legislature a commitment to improving end-of-life care and care for the elderly.
The bills introduced, ABs 1571 and 1572, would establish an online database with readily available information about a given facility’s history and quality of care, and would empower a facility’s residents, as well as their families, to establish representative councils to hold facilities accountable.
A hearing date for Eggman’s bills has not yet been set.
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman introduced legislation today to establish a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy in San Joaquin County.
Eggman was joined at her Thursday announcement by State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D – Stockton, and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R – Modesto, the bill’s principal co-authors.
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.