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Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Scott Wiener and Mayor Darrell Steinberg Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Early Intervention Mental Health Services for Youth to Prevent Long-Term Mental Illness

February 6, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Sacramento Mayor (and former Senate President) Darrell Steinberg announced the introduction of Senate Bill 1004, a bipartisan bill to expand effective early intervention for children, teenagers, college students, and young adults experiencing early signs of mental illness. SB 1004 does so by requiring a much more structured and focused approach on prevention and early intervention mental health programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which administers the millionaires tax (Prop 63).

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Scott Wiener and Steinberg Institute Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Early Intervention Mental Health Services for Youth to Prevent Long-Term Mental Illness

February 6, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and the Steinberg Institute, founded by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 1004, a bipartisan bill to expand effective early intervention for children, teenagers, college students, and young adults experiencing early signs of mental illness. SB 1004 does so by requiring a much more structured and focused approach on prevention and early intervention mental health programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which administers the millionaires tax (Prop 63).

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Anthony Portantino Holds Student Mural Contest for District Conference Room

February 5, 2018

Glendale, CA -Today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino announced that he is holding a mural contest for his Glendale District Office. Senator Portantino drew inspiration for the contest from the mural inside the Burbank City Council chambers.  The contest is open to all public and private high school art classes from the 25th District.  Student teams are encouraged to submit their designs for the mural that will be showcased in his conference room.

Senator Mike McGuire

McGuire Introduces Resolution Opposing Trump’s Offshore Oil Proposal

February 5, 2018

State Senate approves official opposition to dangerous plan that would open up California’s coastline to offshore oil leases

McGuire, North Coast Fishermen, environmental organizations and small business leaders to rally at the capitol Thursday

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Hertzberg Introduces Legislation to Provide Tax Relief to Middle Class Californians

February 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced legislation today to reduce middle class income taxes by expanding California’s modest service taxes to target other high-end services. Taken together, the tax modernization in Hertzberg’s bill will help to counteract the damage done by the Trump tax in Washington.

Senator Jim Beall

Senator Jim Beall's Statement on Homeless Encampment Clean-up

February 5, 2018

SAN JOSE – Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the Caltrans clean-up at the junctions of U.S. 101 and Interstate 680 in San Jose:

“I am committed to working with local governments to examine and invest in creative solutions to safely shelter people who are homeless, such as using vacant, safe, and suitable Caltrans properties as sites for temporary housing.

Senator Ricardo Lara

Statement of Senator Lara on the Need for Action on Super Pollutants in Refrigerants

February 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara released the following statement in response to a federal court decision undermining clean air rules. Senator Lara is the author of proposed legislation, the California Cooling Act, which seeks to reduce super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in refrigerators.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate, Assembly Release Sexual Harassment Documents in Keeping with Transparency Pledge

February 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today as the Legislature made available documents related to all substantiated  allegations of sexual harassment against legislators and supervisory staff from January 1, 2006 until December 31, 2017.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Feb. 2, 2018: Black Quilters Exhibit and welcome reception at Capitol sponsored by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell

February 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Holly J. Mitchell will sponsor the installation of the Black Quilters Exhibit in the Capitol annex next to the governor’s ground floor office as well as a welcome reception for the artists in room 211.

The quilts will be provided by the Sisters Quilting Collective, African American Heritage Legacy, and the Brick House Art Gallery. There will be seven quilts in a range of sizes. Each quilt represents moments and imagery paying homage to the legacy of the Black experience and expression.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Statement on the Release of List of SB 35 Streamlined Cities

February 1, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released the official list of cities that will  have their housing approvals streamlined under Senate Bill 35, which Senator Wiener authored last year. The list is based on whether cities have met their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals, which is the trigger for when streamlining applies under SB 35.