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Due to its close proximity to the San Bruno neighborhood that was destroyed by the 2010 PG&E natural-gas pipeline explosion, John Muir Elementary School always receives a "heads up" from the utility company whenever it's doing work in the area or releasing gas into the air from its nearby Skyline Boulevard facility, according to Principal Frances Dunleavy.
But thanks to new legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, all schools across California will now receive similar consideration. Assembly Bill 1937 requires utility companies to provide three days' notice prior to performing nonemergency pipeline maintenance within 500 feet of any school or hospital.
SACRAMENTO – Bi-partisan legislation that would reinstate a property tax relief program for seniors and disabled people was approved on the Assembly floor and will now be considered by Governor Jerry Brown.
Assemblymembers Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced AB 2231 to reinstate the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property-Tax Postponement (PTP) Program which was eliminated from the budget in 2009. The program helped nearly 6,000 California seniors and disabled citizens to stay in their homes even when they couldn’t pay their property taxes, while generating significant revenue for the state.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Two bills authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) passed the Legislature and are now headed to Governor Brown. AB 496 aims to provide quality healthcare for LGBT communities by expanding cultural competency training for health care providers. AB 1678 seeks to provide equitable economic growth opportunities for certified LGBT business owners.
“As Chair of the Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, I am proud to announce the passage of AB 496 and AB 1678,” said Assemblyman Gordon. “Together, these bills bring improved economic and health care opportunities to the LGBT community, reducing disparities and removing barriers that have adversely impacted this community for far too long.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed a pipeline safety bill authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) into law. AB 1937 aims to prevent gas pipeline accidents and ensure public safety by requiring timely public noticing of gas pipeline maintenance, testing, and construction to nearby schools and hospitals.
“I authored AB 1937 to improve the safety of Californians and prevent avoidable gas pipeline accidents” said Assemblyman Gordon. “As a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors during the devastating 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, I witnessed the tragic consequences associated with pipeline disasters. Providing ample notice of pipeline maintenance and testing projects is an essential public safety measure that will prevent unnecessary tragedies.”
California is “woefully unprepared” for the challenge of accelerating sea-level rise and could potentially lose billions of dollars in revenue due to related impacts, according to a final report recently issued by the Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy.
Chaired by state Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, the Select Committee held a series of hearings around the state featuring testimony from scientists and industry leaders about potential impacts to the state’s economy and infrastructure.
“The sea is rising.”
So begins a 90-page report from the California Legislature that was a year in the making and included a hearing in Half Moon Bay in 2013. If that first line doesn’t grab readers, consider some of the key findings of the report issued last week that reads, in some sections, like a Hollywood disaster movie rather than a government document.
With the Legislature narrowly making its Wednesday night deadline to approve a water bond that voters will consider in November, San Mateo County legislators are satisfied with compromises met in the $7.5 billion bipartisan bill.
Assemblymen Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, both represented the Bay Area on the Assembly’s water bond working group and said the diverse bill will benefit their districts.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – After a year of testimony from constituencies across the state, Assemblyman Gordon, Chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy, announced the release of a report detailing steps to address the coming threat of sea-level rise.
The report, entitled “Sea-Level Rise: a Slow-Moving Emergency”, vividly describes the significant and serious impacts sea-level rise will have on the state. At its core, the report details how vast sectors of the California economy will be disrupted and impacted.
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) celebrates LGBT Pride month.
This week’s English radio address is 2:09.
San Mateo County supervisors have created what is believed to be the first LGBT County Commission in California.
At their meeting Tuesday, June 3 the five-member board voted unanimously to create the advisory panel. The supervisors will now be tasked with appointing nine members to the commission, whose terms will begin on or sometime after July 1.
"There was not a single dissenting voice that was raised today, which we are really proud to hear," gay college student Jason Galisatus, who grew up in Redwood City and pushed for the LGBT commission's creation, told the Bay Area Reporter in a phone interview shortly after the vote.