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(MENLO PARK, CA) – Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee, released the following statement regarding today’s vote by the University of California Board of Regents:
“I disagree with the decision made today by the University of California (UC) Board of Regents allowing the UC system to raise tuition by up to 5% annually over the next five years. I am deeply concerned about the impact this tuition increase will have on our students and their families, especially as many Californians are still struggling to recover from the recent economic downturn. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has outlined several alternative methods that would provide the UC system with the funding it needs without raising tuition for California’s families such as increasing state funding and raising tuition for out-of-state students. I also encourage the UC system to thoroughly examine its expenses and evaluate areas where cuts can be made. We need to find a solution that puts our students first, preserves access to higher education in California, and protects the quality of a UC education.”
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) - Today Assemblymember Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) and nineteen bipartisan legislators delivered a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on the role of utilities in deploying electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Recently, both San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison have submitted filings to support nearly half a billion dollars in EV charging infrastructure.
The sun was shining in the hills above the Peninsula, illuminating a sublime view of Silicon Valley. The first pitch at the San Francisco Giants' home opener for the World Series was only a few hours away.
Two bills by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, to improve healthcare and economic opportunities for the LGBT community have been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
In the past several years, California has garnered a reputation for passing progressive LGBT protections. It’s one of only two states that ban conversion or reparative therapy for minors. Likewise, the state has pushed broad protections for transgender students. With a recent bill now being implemented, California seeks to extend protections to hospitals and emergency rooms.
When KCET launched this government policy blog in the summer, a point was made to look at the intersection of policy and diversity. After all, California is one of the most diverse states in the country and has traditionally been a bellwether for LGBT issues.
(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.
Seton Medical Center in Daly City and its sister facility in Moss Beach will be sold to Prime Healthcare, a controversial Southern California hospital chain that some unions decry as prioritizing profits over patient care.
Less than two months after the Half Moon Bay City Council urged the state to create a plan for the failed Pilarcitos Creek Bridge, California State Parks announced Tuesday night it is working to give the city $1 million to fix the key connection along the coastal trail.
A wellness study with data drawn from 5,000 San Mateo County students revealed some startling statistics about suicidal thoughts, gender bias, sexual orientation discrimination and overall mental health but also provided solutions and ways for the community to engage in addressing the issues.