Eggman finds some success helping seniors

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STOCKTON — Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, is one-for-two this legislative session getting bills passed to increase transparency and control at assisted-living facilities in the state.

The two bills were part of a pack of proposed reform legislation after widespread outrage when residents at an assisted living facility in Castro Valley were all but abandoned by staff when the operation was shut down in 2013.

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Eggman voice for Valley as Brown visits Mexico City

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STOCKTON - With Gov. Jerry Brown leading the way, a 100-strong delegation of elected officials, public officials and business leaders will embark Sunday on a four-day trade and investment mission to Mexico City.

Among the group will be Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, who chairs the state Assembly's agriculture committee and will be the sole elected official on the trip who is from the Central Valley.

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National Guard-themed school may have funding

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STOCKTON - Stockton Assemblywoman Susan Eggman's 18-month plan to help bring a National Guard military-themed school to San Joaquin County looks to have cleared its final hurdle - state funding.

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Eggman refocuses on saving farmland

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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.

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Stockton groups ask people to donate to other organizations

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STOCKTON - Stockton's Little Manila Foundation and the American Legion-Manuel Roxas Post 798 are no longer working to collect food and medical supplies for shipment to Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines and are instead asking the community to donate to other organizations.

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Studying Stockton's crime fight

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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.

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Bill gives veterans more job hopes

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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.

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A voice for San Joaquin

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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.

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Tweaking realignment

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Court's order can't be used as excuse not to fix policy

Excerpted from The Record, (Stockton, Calif.)

“State lawmakers have offered several bills to tweak realignment, including one by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman. The Stockton Democrat's proposal would give judges discretion to send some who violate their parole back to state prison for up to a year rather than to county jail for a maximum of 180 days.

Unfortunately, the Assembly Public Safety Committee last week held Eggman's proposal for further study after hearing CDCR officials testify about prison overcrowding. They fear proposals to modify realignment will increase the state prison population, making it even harder to comply with the court's order.

Fine, as long as this bill and the others are actually studied and not simply shelved. Prison realignment, which became the law in October 2011, was the state's hurry-up approach to the federal order to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated. Nobody claimed the approach was perfect and indeed it has been demonstrated to be anything but.”

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Eggman targets parole violators

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SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers in the Assembly Safety Committee are considering a bill today that would send high-risk parolees back to state prisons instead of overcrowded county jails when they violate parole.

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, co-authored the proposed amendment to the realignment law, that would give judges the discretion to return parole violators to prison for up to one year, rather than the current 180-day maximum jail stay.

"A return to state prison has to be an option," Eggman said Monday at a news conference in the Capitol, pressing on a need to address the problem of parolees revolving in and out of county jails.

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