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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.


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