Caucus News

Senator Steven M. Glazer

Pension Reform is Focus at Kickoff to 2018 Bipartisan Speaker Series

January 19, 2018

Sacramento – California’s growing pension liability is threatening California’s economic future, unless elected leaders show the courage to take on needed reforms, according to Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, who will kick off their 2018 Bipartisan Speaker Series on the topic on Monday, January 22.

Senator Scott Wiener

Dr. Richard Pan and Senator Scott Wiener Announce Bill to Officially Recognize Lunar New Year in California

January 19, 2018

San Francisco –  Today Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) along with co-authors Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and supporters announced the introduction of a Senate Bill 892, which will officially recognize Lunar New Year in the state of California. The announcement came at a press conference hosted by the Chinese Cultural Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Senator Henry Stern

New Report Underscores Risks of Underground Gas Storage Facilities

January 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In response the Aliso Canyon blowout in 2015, the largest natural gas disaster in US history, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released a report​ today analyzing the safety, viability and operational risks of the Southern California Gas Company’s controversial storage facilities and the 13 other major gas storage fields located throughout California.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Introduces Bill Allowing Cities to Choose to Extend Alcohol Sales to 4 AM

January 18, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of  Senate Bill 905, which will allow – but not require – cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Joint Oversight Hearing on ARB's Scoping Plan shows need for increased transparency

January 17, 2018

Sacramento – As California embarks on an ambitious attempt to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a level that is 40 percent below 1990 figures by 2030, a transparent, thorough analysis of the state’s Air Resources Board’s (ARB) Scoping Plan is needed to meet the ambitious goals and stay on target, Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) said today during a Senate joint oversight committee hearing.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Leader Kevin de León Responds to Trump Administration Threats of Massive ICE Raids in California and Arrest of Public Officials

January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reportedly amassing agents from across the United States as it prepares to launch the most aggressive deportation raids under the Trump Administration in northern California in the coming weeks.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also confirmed in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that her department is exploring pressing criminal charges against state and local officials who implement “sanctuary” policies.

Senator Jim Beall

Sen. Beall Proposes State Certification of Peer Providers

January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A proposal allowing qualified peer providers – people who have lived experience as clients, family members, or caretakers of individuals recovering from mental illness or addiction – to be certified by the state to deliver services to patients with such disorders was introduced today by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Hertzberg Applauds Groundbreaking of North Hollywood West Groundwater Treatment Project

January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, released the following statement today following the groundbreaking of the North Hollywood West Groundwater Treatment Project:

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Introduces Legislation to Incentivize Purchase of Fresh Produce by Low Income Californians

January 17, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of  his California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot Project bill, which aims to make California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for CalFresh recipients. Senate Bill 900 helps low-income Californians purchase healthier food by allowing CalFresh recipients to earn extra CalFresh funds by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables grown in California.

Senator Bill Dodd

Bill seeks to Reduce Wildfire Risk from Downed Power Lines

January 17, 2018

 

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced a bill to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by downed power lines. The bill requires electric utilities to adopt comprehensive policies and procedures for proactively de-energizing power lines during extreme weather.