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In December, residents in Marin, a county in the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area nestled across from the Golden Gate Bridge, woke up to find that some of their roadways, docks and parking lots were underwater.
Unlike in past years, when the king tides—unusually high tides that occur when the sun and moon are closer to the Earth—were accompanied by stormy weather, residents this year were faced with just some minor flooding.
Assemblyman Rich Gordon is alerting his constituents who need help paying for college that a number of local "Cash for College" workshops, conducted by the California Student Aid Commission, will be held in the next several weeks.
Here are early reviews of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego
“The governor has given us a realistic and practical starting point for the budget process. I’m pleased the budget includes several Assembly priorities, including increasing funding for schools and community colleges, keeping UC affordable and focused on California students, increasing workforce development for Californians struggling to make it into the middle class, and restoring the IHSS program that helps keep vulnerable Californians out of institutions. Assembly Budget Chair Shirley Weber and the Assembly Budget Committee will move the process forward and I am confident that by summer we will have a spending plan that balances our resources with California’s needs and aspirations. I have no doubt that we will deliver an on-time, prudent, effective budget just as we have the past four years.”
The governor’s status quo budget for health and social service programs was no surprise to San Mateo County’s legislators in Sacramento who said his commitment to education, unfunded liabilities and the newly created Rainy-Day Fund balances financial stability with solid investments.
“It is a very restrained budget which we expected from the governor,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. “The governor is restrained and he needs to be because until we reform our tax system we have to protect our budget for the eventual downturn.”
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal favored the reserve fund and education the most in his $113.3 billion budget, restoring far less to social services hit with cuts during the last recession.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year:
“In just four years, California eliminated unprecedented budget deficits, achieved financial stability and has prepared for future economic downturns. It is now time to carefully reinvest in education, restore social services funding and address the unfunded liabilities that threaten our long-term fiscal health.
I applaud the Governor’s commitment to paying down our debt and bolstering reserve funds. These responsible budgetary actions will help California remain fiscally sound and prepare for future recessions.
I am thrilled to see that this Budget continues the process of reinvesting in our public education system, which took the largest cuts during the Great Recession. Under the new fairer funding system, this money will be directed to California’s neediest children. While these investments are significant, I caution that we must not stop here. Our schools need continued long-term investments and additional funding commitments to improve educational outcomes.
Like the Governor, I remain deeply concerned that the burden of rising higher education costs is being disproportionately placed on our students. I am pleased to see the Governor’s creation of an advisory committee to avoid potentially significant tuition increases for University of California (UC) students. It is my hope that we can work collaboratively with the UC administration to find areas where cuts can be made, while preserving the quality of a UC education.
I applaud the Governor’s commitment to addressing our unfunded liabilities. These liabilities, including pensions, health care costs and deferred infrastructure maintenance, far exceed our budget surpluses and pose a grave threat to our delicate state of financial health. Addressing this issue will require significant compromise, but is critical to ensuring California can meet its funding obligations in the long-term.
Additionally, I am pleased to see the Governor’s allocation for expanded Medi-Cal coverage, which greatly benefits low-income Californians. However, I am hopeful that we can find additional areas in the Budget where modest restorations of social services cut during the recession can be made without threatening our fiscal stability. Though California has emerged from the depths of the Great Recession, many Californians have yet to feel the benefits of our improving economy and remain in need of vital health and human services programs.
I am especially pleased to see the Governor’s commitment to preparing California for the impacts of climate change, an issue I have consistently advocated for as Chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy. As a member of the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation and Resources, I look forward to seeing more detail on the Governor’s ambitious goals to further reduce California’s carbon emissions and increase investment in renewable energy. While I am pleased to see his commitment to combatting climate change, meeting his bold objectives without harming our economy will require serious effort, innovation and compromise.
As a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to further discussing each of these issues.”
Assemblyman Rich Gordon represents the 24th Assembly District on the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, which includes the communities of: North Fair Oaks, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, a portion of Cupertino, and the San Mateo County Coastside – from El Granada to the Santa Cruz County border. Website of Assemblyman Rich Gordon: www.assembly.ca.gov/Gordon
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) stepped down as Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus yesterday after three years of leadership. Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (Stockton) will assume the position as chair.
“After three terms as LGBT Caucus Chair, I am pleased to announce the election of Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman as the next Caucus Chair,” said Assemblymember Gordon. “Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman has been a strong advocate for the rights of the LGBT community, and I am confident the Caucus will continue to thrive under her leadership.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s State of the State address:
“Today marks a historic occasion as we embark on a record fourth term of leadership under Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Over the past four years, California has made tremendous strides in paying down our debt, creating a much-needed reserve fund, and balancing our budget.
Electrical, gas, water and telephone companies as well as wireless telecommunications service providers in California with annual revenues of more than US$25 million will be required to report how much work they do with LGBT-owned businesses.
Current laws already require public utilities companies to report how many businesses they contract with are owned by designated ethnic minorities, women and disabled veterans under the Supplier Diversity Program which is administered by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Next time you pop open that delivered box of farm-fresh produce, thank Assemblyman Rich Gordon for helping establish standards.
Advanced placement tests coming up and you recall the debacle at Mills High School when scores were tossed due to improper seating arrangements? State Sen. Jerry Hill’s legislation means to prevent a repeat performance.
When voting by mail in San Mateo County, remember Assemblyman Kevin Mullin made it happen. These are just three new laws taking effect in California during the new year — with few exceptions all starting today, Jan. 1 — authored by San Mateo County’s voices in Sacramento and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Taken together, the driving forces behind the legislation are transparency, accountability and public safety.
California is set to see several new LGBT-related laws take effect in 2015.
Because of bills signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, death certificates have to reflect people's lived gender identity, and criminal defendants won't be able to use victims' sexual orientation or gender identity to help fight charges. Most of the new laws are expected to take effect January 1.
One bill Brown signed last year was Assembly Bill 1577. Known as the Respect After Death Act, the law ensures death certificates for transgender people reflect their lived identities.