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California innovation contest offering $25,000 awards
Got an idea that would make California's freeways better? Perhaps you're an app developer who has thought about a tool to help government operate in a more environmentally-sustainable way. Or maybe you have an inspiration that would discourage teen drinking.
If so, the state wants to hear from you – and maybe even hand you a check.
The heads of Caltrans and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control this week announced two contests offering $25,000 each for the top innovative ideas that improve state transportation or combat underage drinking. The deadline for submissions to both departments is Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.
Op Image: Here are ways to fix a broken Legislature
When the new Legislature took office last December, I was sworn in as the "dean" of the Assembly, a silly title that just reflects that I now have the most seniority in the lower house.
While I always enjoy a chuckle at the notion of being the most experienced Assembly member, I would be remiss not to pass along whatever knowledge I've gained. In certain ways, I am a bridge between two eras – the only current Assembly member to have served under a Republican governor and before super-majority budget rules.
Bill That Would Save Millions of Households from Probate and Attorney’s Fees Awaits Governor’s Signature
SACRAMENTO, CA – In California, to pass the contents almost any asset—a bank account, a multi-million-dollar stock account, a car of any value—upon death, all an individual needs to do is fill out a simple “Payable On Death” form. However, for most middle-class Californians, there is no easy way to transfer the title for a house. Homeowners currently face two costly options: hire an attorney to draft a trust (which typically costs homeowners between $2,000 and $6,000) or force surviving loved ones to weather the probate process (with an average cost of $26,000).
Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) legislation to create a “Revocable Transfer on Death Deed” was approved by the Assembly with a vote of 67-0. AB 139 simplifies the way Californians transfer real-property assets upon death through use of a simple form. If enacted, it will be the most affordable alternative available to hiring an estate-planning attorney or facing the daunting and bureaucratic probate process.
Caltrans, ABC and DGS are holding "$25K Find a New Way" Innovation Contests to improve government operations, as a result of Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Assembly Bill 2138, which was signed into law in September 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The intent of AB 2138 is to provide an opportunity for everyday Californians to identify areas of improvement within the state government and share their untapped expertise to create solutions. Each department has $25,000 to award. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2015.
The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written 15 years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells—a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California.
As I reported last month, oil companies last year supplied half the water that went to the 45,000 acres of farmland in Kern County's Cawelo Water District, farmland that is owned, in part, by Sunview, a company that sells certified organic raisins and grapes. Food watchdog groups are concerned that the state hasn't required oil companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in oil drilling and fracking operations, much less set safety limits for all those chemicals in irrigation water.
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Film Commission announced the first round of recipients for feature films and independent projects, bringing back jobs and revenue to California as promised by AB 1839, known as the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014. The film tax credit program was spearheaded by Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima).
"We worked tirelessly to create an expanded and improved program that would deliver for California. Today's news is exactly what we hoped for — good, middle class jobs returning to the Golden State," said Gatto.
A new bill proposed in California would require all produce irrigated with fracking wastewater to come with warning labels.
The bill, which Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) introduced on Monday, would require any crops grown with water that had previously been injected into rock formations to free oil and gas reserves and sold to consumers in the state to be labeled. The warning would read, "Produced using recycled or treated oil-field wastewater."
Eleven projects have been conditionally approved for the first round of California's new tax incentives for feature films and independent projects.
"I'm happy," state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), joint author of the legislation that created the $330 million-per-year program, said Tuesday. "We always had a sense that California could make a statement with this legislation to really prioritize this industry and make sure that these good jobs come home. Today's allocation shows that there are an awful lot of those good jobs that are coming home."
Today, the California Film Commission announced the first round of recipients for feature films and independent projects, bringing back jobs and revenue to California as promised by AB 1839, known as the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014. The film tax credit program was spearheaded by Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima).
The legislation, introduced by Gatto and Bocanegra in January 2014, was co-authored by more than sixty-five legislators, and received bipartisan support. The bill also had the support of the business and labor community across California because of its focus on high-wage jobs for below-the-line workers.
SACRAMENTO – Some crops are being irrigated with oil-field wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, (otherwise known as “fracking”). It is being done under the banner of water conservation, but few consumers are aware of the potential health issues from consuming produce irrigated by contaminated water. Today, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced legislation to require food produced with recycled fracking water to be labeled. The new legislation (which is not a "gut and amend) will be considered as part of the Legislature’s Special Session on health.
ABX2-14 would require the simple label “Produced using recycled or treated oil-field wastewater,” where applicable. Alternatively, retailers of produce that is not separately packaged would need to place a conspicuous label where the food is displayed for sale
We've had our battles over the labeling of genetically modified food. In 2012 California voters rejected an initiative that would have mandated such warnings.
Now an L.A. area state lawmaker wants to require that food irrigated with wastewater from hydraulic fracturing be labeled. Assemblyman Mike Gatto has introduced a bill that will be considered as part of the Legislature's Special Session on health.