ATWATER -- Gov. Jerry Brown's top employment development official made an appearance at the AT&T call center Tuesday to address the looming layoffs of more than 400 workers.
Patrick Henning Jr., director of the state Employment Development Department, said he was contacted by Merced County legislators to meet with some of the more than 400 AT&T employees who will lose their jobs when two call centers close next month.
Friday morning, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1591 by local Assemblyman (R-San Luis Obispo) in to law. Having received unanimous, bipartisan support in the legislature, AB 1591 requires that courts submit reports of Armed Prohibited Persons to the Department of Justice within one court day of making such a determination. Last year, Assemblymen Achadjian and Adam Gray (D-Merced) requested an audit of this reporting system, which ultimately found that most courts did not submit these mandatory reports at all, or often took too long to do so.
“AB 1591 is critical to improving gun safety in California. Especially in light of recent tragedies, any delay in reporting persons who are prohibited by law from owning guns is unacceptable,” said Achadjian. “Timely reporting will help prevent future acts of gun violence and ensure that law-abiding citizens are protected.”
There is only an outside chance for success. But some officials want to make the effort of competing for the Tesla Motors battery factory.
The Northern San Joaquin Valley seems a reasonable location for putting 6,500 people to work making batteries for electric cars. It's obviously closer than out-of-state locations to Tesla's manufacturing facilities in the Bay Area. The Valley has land and sources of renewable energy (solar and wind) that are desired to power the factory.
It’s been 14 years since the United States drought monitor went into effect.
In that time no county in California had ever entered the “exceptional” drought level – the fourth and highest rung of the ladder.
The deep maroon portion of the map that South San Joaquin Irrigation District General Manager Jeff Shields handed out Thursday night at the meeting of the Manteca TEA Party Patriots at Chez Shari showed that more than one-third of California now meets that qualification, and that’s only going to get worse as the exceptionally dry summer drags on.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)'s gigafactry list reportedly has five U.S. states that are competing with each other to get the factory. The competition is very intense, as all the states stand to reap major economic benefits from this factory, which is estimated to be worth $5 billion and to accommodate more than 6,000 employees. Of these five, California is one state that is trying hard to get the factory.
One of the state's assembly members favors a site about 40 miles northwest of Merced, according to a report from ABC30.
California is competing for a massive Tesla battery factory that could create more than 6,000 jobs, and one Valley city is being touted as a prime location.
The competition is heating up to get the $5 billion battery factory, which could have a huge impact on the economy. California is one of five states that's reportedly in the running for the new factory. One state assembly member is pushing to have it built about 40 miles northwest of Merced.
"What I see is a mistrust of the universities to handle the problem," Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) said at a joint hearing on Monday by the Assembly Higher Education and Joint Legislative Audit committees, according to the Sacramento Bee.
A state audit, released last week, concluded that California's universities are not doing enough to ensure that their employees are trained to handle incidents of rape and other forms of sexual violence, writes the Bee. In fact, the punishment facing sexual perpetrators is often minimal, not even resulting in suspension or expulsion, which a growing number of opponents have been countering in an indirect defense of the perpetrators by saying expelling the students could ruin the rest of their lives.
As colleges continue to grapple with the increasingly public issue of campus sexual violence, California lawmakers are weighing how to address a "rape culture" that some say has been overly tolerated by the state's public universities.
During a joint oversight hearing Monday afternoon, members of the Assembly Higher Education and Joint Legislative Audit committees questioned whether schools in the University of California and California State University systems need harsher punishments for perpetrators and greater legislative oversight to ensure they are complying with federal requirements to investigate and report incidents of sexual violence on their campuses.
"What I see is a mistrust of the universities to handle the problem," Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, said following testimony from student representatives. "Without consequences, I don't know that we can fairly expect the sentiment or behavior to change."
LOS BANOS — Cassandra Helmrick wasn’t expecting the welcoming bit of good news that came in the form of a recent phone call from the office of Assemblyman Adam Gray, informing her that she’d been selected as Veteran of the Year for the 21st Assembly District.
Although Helmrick, 45, said she was obviously pleased and honored with the news, her first reaction was to think of her fellow men and women who’d served in the armed forces.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement regarding the closure of AT&T’s call center in Atwater:
“I am disappointed today by the news that AT&T will close its Atwater call center. Unfortunately, the decision to close the call center was not discussed publically. Had I known of the impending closure earlier, I would have moved heaven and earth to protect the families that lost a job today.
I encourage all those left behind by AT&T’s decision to contact my office and we will ensure they receive any and all state aid including unemployment benefits and job training. This is a sobering reminder for us all that the work of promoting, creating, and developing new economic opportunities for our community is never over.”