SACRAMENTO—Today Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced three of five Hiring Credit pilot areas as part of the Governor’s Economic Development Initiative which was designed to help bolster California’s business climate and put Californians to work.
The three announced pilot areas are: the geographic boundaries of the former Enterprise Zone area in the City of Merced; the geographic boundaries of the former Enterprise Zone area in the City of Fresno; and the numerous census tracts in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County that have high unemployment and high poverty rates.
SACRAMENTO—The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a bill by Speaker John A. Pérez that takes aim at a little-known clause in commonly used contracts that strips consumers of their right to say what they think of the good or service they bought.
As businesses look for ways to protect their online reputation, many are resorting to contractual clauses that essentially gag their review-posting customers. In some cases, corporations take the legal position that a consumer can give up their right to an opinion simply by logging onto a commercial site, or “liking” a business’ Facebook page. Assembly Bill 2365 would make what are known as non-disparagement clauses unenforceable unless the consumer knowingly and voluntarily agrees to relinquish his or her rights.
SACRAMENTO—Welcoming the governor’s call for a special session today, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said it was an important step toward ending California’s budgetary rollercoaster ride, and issued the following statement:
“This is a welcome and helpful development,” said Speaker Pérez (D-Los Angeles). “Assembly Democrats first proposed a permanent rainy day fund last May, and we look forward to working with our Republican and Senate colleagues to build a reliable system that handles short-term revenue spikes differently than ongoing, stable revenue streams. We need to establish a solid system for saving money in good years, so that we can better weather the bad years. We need a mechanism that not only strengthens our constitutional reserve, but also gets us off the rollercoaster ride of revenue spikes and dips that has caused so much trouble in recent years.”
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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today announced the creation of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace and named Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez as its chair.
“I have formed the Select Committee on Women in the Workplace with the expectation that it will address the whole range of issues from wages to working conditions and everything in between,” said Speaker Pérez (D-Los Angeles). “I have asked Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez to lead this important effort. She is a talented and thoughtful advocate for California’s women, and I am confident she will put forward innovative and insightful suggestions on ways we can close the gap and ensure every woman in California earns a fair wage for the work she does.”
(Sacramento) – Speaker of the California State Assembly John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) spoke at length recently during a special ceremony in the State Assembly to commemorate the genocide of more than 1.5-million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the early years of the 20th century and declare the week of April 20th as “Armenian Genocide Remembrance Week”. The Speaker said, “Remembering and condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, and honoring the survivors as well as other victims of similar heinous conduct, we guard against repetition of such acts of genocide in the future.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 125 to designate April 2014 as DMV/Donate Life Month in California and encourage Californians to become organ donors. During his remarks on the Assembly floor as the lawmakers took up the measure, Speaker Pérez said, “Tragically, because there are not enough organ donors to meet the ongoing needs for transplants, one-third of the patients on the California’s waiting list will not receive a lifesaving transplant.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO—Today Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced the following changes to committee membership for the 2013-2014 Regular Session:
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) will replace Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz) on the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released a joint statement regarding the return of Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5 to its house of origin at the request of the author, and the creation of a bicameral commission on issues surrounding recruitment, admissions, and retention in California’s systems of higher education:
“The overwhelming majority of the Legislature in both houses believes that we have an obligation to provide the broadest access to our three higher education institutions: community colleges, CSUs and UCs. We will be convening a bicameral commission to further this important conversation. Our expectation is that this Commission will engage students, faculty, administration, parents and community leaders in an ongoing discussion about ways to ensure that our campuses can recruit, admit and retain student bodies that reflect all of California. This is a crucial issue for California and this is a conversation we need to have now. Our campuses should be given the tools they need to prepare all segments of our society to succeed in the 21st century economy.
FRESNO –Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez met with Central Valley leaders Friday to discuss immediate drought-relief measures as well as the need for a comprehensive solution to California’s complex water needs.
“California’s water crisis is among the worst in over a century, and no place in our state is feeling the effects of the drought as severely as the Central Valley,” said Speaker Pérez (D-Los Angeles).
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement on today’s disclosure that the Department of Toxic Substance Control has ordered Exide Technologies to conduct broader and more stringent soils testing in the neighborhoods that surround the Vernon battery recycler.
“The soils tests examined by the Department of Toxic Substance Control verify what we’ve believed for a long time: Exide’s operations pose a threat to the health and well-being of their workers, the people who live in surrounding communities, and the children who attend school nearby. Regulators are right to demand expanded testing, and I would advise Exide to cooperate fully and in a timely manner. This situation has already gone on much too long.”