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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Brown has signed a bill providing veterans with increased access to home-based assisted living care. Authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park), AB 1821 creates a three-year Medical Foster Home Pilot Program in California, which provides veterans the option to choose to live and receive care in a private home.
Many California veterans increasingly seek home-based care options rather than institutionalization. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created the Medical Foster Home program to meet this need.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Seniors and disabled individuals in California will soon be eligible for property tax relief under a measure signed by Governor Brown. AB 2231, co-authored by Assemblymembers Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), reinstates the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property-Tax Postponement (PTP) program.
Many of California’s seniors and disabled citizens living on fixed incomes are faced with property tax bills they cannot afford. To assist, California established a PTP program in 1983, which helped nearly 6,000 seniors and disabled Californians stay in their homes even when they couldn’t pay their property taxes. Unfortunately, after 32 years of successful operation, the PTP program was eliminated by the budget in 2009, rendering many of those who depended on the program unable to stay in their homes.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Brown signed two bills expanding and protecting the rights of California’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community into law. Both bills, authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park), are believed to be the first of their kind in the country, representing a momentous victory for California. AB 1678 encourages public utilities to contract with LGBT-owned businesses. AB 496 provides quality health care for the LGBT community by expanding cultural competency training for medical providers.
“As Chair of the Legislative LGBT Caucus, I am honored to announce that California’s LGBT community will receive improved economic and health care opportunities with the signing of AB 1678 and AB 496,” said Assemblyman Gordon. “Together, these measures address inequities and remove long-standing barriers, providing the LGBT community with deserved opportunities and demonstrating California’s leadership in establishing equality and equity for the LGBT community.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – As “Farm-to-Fork Week” comes to a close in Sacramento, Governor Brown signed a measure bringing Californians closer to the food they consume. Authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park), AB 1990 establishes both definitions of and a framework for “community food producers” to safely market their produce to the public.
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.