Governor Jerry Brown

GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

East County News Service

Photo:  City of Poway tweeted this image of a boulder that shut down Poway Road

January 24, 2017 (Sacramento) — Governor Jerry Brown today issued an emergency declaration for San Diego County and 56 other California counties hard-hit by the recent winter storms. 

ATKINS, VOEPEL SHARE REACTIONS TO GOVERNOR’S STATE OF STATE

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) – State Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and East County’s new Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee) today shared their reactions to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address

GOVERNOR BROWN’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS: "CALIFORNIA IS NOT TURNING BACK, NOT NOW, NOT EVER"

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

Photo credit:  Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his State of the State address, departing with the traditional practice of listing every issue and priority to instead address the "broader context of our country and its challenges."



The Governor vowed to "defend everybody - every man, woman and child - who has come here...and has contributed to the well-being of our state" and committed to protecting the state's gains on immigration, health care and climate change, guided by the principles that make California "the Great Exception" - truth, civility and perseverance.

GOVERNOR CRAFTS DEAL WITH UNIONS FOR $15 MINIMUM WAGE—WITHOUT A BALLOT MEASURE

 

Update March 31:  Both houses osf the Legislature have passed this measure, which is now on the Governor's desk for signature and is expected to be signed into law.

East County News Service

March 29, 2016 (Sacramento) -- A deal hammered out by labor leaders and Governor Jerry Brown would raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour without the need for a ballot initiative, if it is approved by the Legislature.

Under the agreement, most businesses would phase in the increase in wages gradually over several years, starting at $10.50 in January 2017, $11 in January 2018, then rising $1 a year until January 2022, when it would reach $15 an hour.  Businesses with less than 25 workers would have an extra year to meet the new wage requirements. (View full details here.)

CONSUMER GROUP COMPLAINT ALLEGES GOVERNOR’S TOP AIDE ILLEGALLY HELPED PG&E, HER EX-EMPLOYER, AFTER SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION

 

Nancy McFadden benefitted financially from her decisions through PG&E stocks she held, complaint contends

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Youtube screenshot

March 15, 2016 (Santa Monica) – Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization, has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission contending that Governor Jerry Brown’s top aide, Nancy McFadden, broke state law by owning up to $1 million in stock in her former employer, Pacific Gas & Electric, and using her official position for personal financial benefit by intervening to inflate the company’s stock price.  She also reportedly failed to appropriately disclose the timing of her PG&E stock sales.

GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILL TELLING MLB PLAYERS TO STOP CHEWING TOBACCO

 

By Liz Alper

Photo: Creative Commons by GamblinMan22

October 13, 2015 (Sacramento) - We see it every time we watch baseball: bored players in their team sweatshirts chewing tobacco during an at-bat or sitting in the dugout.  Even managers are caught on camera spitting out tobacco juice, providing far-from-exemplary role models to youthful fans.

ACLU APPLAUDS PRIVACY BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2015 (Sacramento)—In a win for privacy advocates, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits law enforcement from accessing people’s private personal electronic data in most circumstances unless they first obtain a warrant or a court order.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FIORINA, GOVERNOR BROWN, TRADE BARBS OVER WILDFIRES, DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE ON "MEET THE PRESS"

 

East County News Service, courtesy of NBC News “Meet the Press”

August 24, 2015 (San Diego)--Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina spoke with “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on a variety of issues, including the California drought.  Below is an excerpt of her remarks, including her response to criticisms of her stance raised by Governor Jerry Brown.

LEGISLATURE APPROVES BUDGET - FOR MORE MONEY THAN GOVERNOR REQUESTED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 15,2015 (Sacramento)—California’s Legislature has approved a $117.5 billion budget -- $2 billion more than Governor Jerry Brown had requested, including $749 in new spending with the rest to pay down debts or be deposited in the state’s  rainy day fund.  New expenditures include higher payments for doctors serving poor patients, extra money for state universities and community colleges, and expanded child care.

WATER CUTS HIT HARD IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

May 25, 2015 (Borrego Springs)--An emergency order issued by Governor Jerry Brown is having a harsher impact on some communities than others, since the slash-water-use requirements make no distinction between northern forested communities and places like Borrego Springs, which is located in the Anza-Borrego desert.

CRACKING DOWN ON WATER HOGS

 

April 29, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Watch out, water hogs. Governor Jerry Brown announced plans Tuesday to give local governments the power to levy fines of up to $10,000 for those who violate rules on water limits amid a fourth year of drought.   That’s a big jump from $500 a day in the past. The highest fines would apply only to the “worst offenders,” said Brown.

UC POSTPONES TUITION HIKES

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that UC will postpone a planned 5 percent tuition hike from the summer quarter until fall.  The decision comes after Governor Jerry Brown proposed an extra $119 million for UC funding in 2016, still $100 short of what regents have said is needed to cancel the rate hikes of 5 percent a year for the next five years that are set to kick in this year.

GOVERNOR BROWN'S BUDGET BOOSTS EDUCATION FUNDING, AIMS TO STOP TUITION HIKES, BUT FAILS TO RESTORE DEEP CUTS IN SERVICES FOR THE POOR

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2015 (Sacramento)—Governor Jerry Brown has unveiled his proposed $164.7 billion budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year(including $113.3 billion in general funds), drawing mixed reactions from around the state following several months of healthy revenue growth.   Seeking a fiscally prudent path, the Governor aims to pay down long-term debts and boost California’s rainy day fund for budget reserves by $2.8 billion.

DINING WITH YOUR DOG NOW LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 3, 2015 (Sacramento)—“I wish everyone bone-appetit,” quipped Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, author of a bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that now makes it legal for restaurants to allow patrons to bring their dogs for dining on outdoor patios, effective January 1st of this year.

PLASTIC INDUSTRY TRIES TO BAG THE BAN, PUT PETITION ON BALLOT TO REVERSE BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS

 

East County News Service

November 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – California’s Legislature recently passed a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown to ban plastic grocery bags starting next year. But now out-of-state plastic manufacturing companies are trying to block that ban with a ballot initiative.

STUDENTS DECRY "RAPE CULTURE" AT SDSU AFTER NUMEROUS RAPES THIS YEAR; CALL FOR FRATERNITIES TO BE CLOSED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2014  (San Diego) Updated November 25, 2014—A group calling itself “Concerned students of San Diego State University” has sent a letter to SDSU’s president, state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown urging an end to “rape culture.”

There have been at least seven reported rapes on campus in the fall 2014 semester, including five at fraternities, but no one has been arrested in any of those cases.

CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE PROJECT CLIENT RELEASED AFTER 28 YEARS

 

Roeling Adams released from San Quentin State Prison after wrongful conviction, with help from California Western School of Law in San Diego

October 12, 2014 (San Francisco)-- Roeling Adams walked out of San Quentin State Prison a free man on October 10th after he spent 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

AMID STORM OF CONTROVERSY, PEEVEY TO RESIGN AS CPUC CHAIR

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – With consumer activists clamoring for his impeachment, California Public Utilities Chairman Michael Peevey has announced he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at year’s end.   His replacement will be appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.

GOVERNOR VETOES FUNDS FOR UC AND CSU CAMPUSES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2014 (Sacramento)—Governor Jerry Brown earlier pledged to sign a $100 million funding bill for the University of California and California State University systems ($50 mlilion each)—but only if property tax revenues met or exceeded projections.

GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON GUN BILLS

 

October 1, 2014 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills to regulate firearms, but vetoed a third.

Family members can now seek a temporarily restraining order in court to block gun use and purchase, short-term, by a person showing signs of mental instability.  Assembly Bill 1014 was prompted by the deadly shootings in Isla Vista near U.C. Santa Barbara, where family members had warned law enforcement that they feared the suspect was planning violence.

CALAWARE TO GOVERNOR: BILL TO ALLOW OIL COMPANIES TO SUE PEOPLE SEEKING PUBLIC RECORDS VIOLATES STATE LAW

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Donna Frye presenting Sunshine Award to CALAWARE’s Terry Francke

September 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Californians Aware, or CALAWARE, a nonprofit group that protects the rights of citizens and journalists to access public information, has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to veto Senate Bill 1300.

ACLU URGES CALIFORNIANS TO ASK GOVERNOR TO SIGN BILL TO PROTECT PRIVACY, RESTRICT POLICE USE OF DRONES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego is asking the public to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 1327, which passed the Legislature with bipartisan support.  The measure would require police to get a warrant before using drones to conduct surveillance on you, your family, or others in your community.

BILL TO BAN DRONE WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE IN CA ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2014 (Sacramento)--A bill to restrict law enforcement and other government agencies from using drones to spy on Californians without a warrant has passed the State Senate with overwhelming support.  Senators voted 25 to 8 in favor of AB 1327, which now returns to the full Assembly for a concurrence vote on amendments made in the Senate. If approved there, it will advance to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature.

STATE CONSIDERS MANDATORY WATER USE RESTRICTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

July 9, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The state of California is considering making water conservation mandatory – with penalties for those who fail to comply.

CHEERS! BROWN SIGNS BILL TO ALLOW WINE TASTING AT FARMER'S MARKETS

 

 

July 8, 2014 (Sacramento)—Now you can sip a chardonnay or sample a sangiovese while perusing produce and other food items at your local farmer’s market.  Starting immediately, a new bill signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown legalizes wine tasting at farmer’s markets for winemakers.

MARK TWAIN'S JUMPING FROG NAMED STATE AMPHIBIAN

 

Lori Abbott, California News Service

July 8, 2014 (Sacramento)-- Mark Twain made it famous, and now the California red-legged frog is about to become the state's official amphibian.

STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES BUDGET

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 16, 2014 (Sacramento)—The California Legislature approved a $58.3 billion budget shortly before the constitution deadline Sunday night. The measure was a compromise between Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

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