Caucus News

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Ben Allen Honored with Seven Seals Award

March 3, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with the prestigious Seven Seals Award for his commitment to members of the National Guard and CA State Military Reserve. The ESGR and Seven Seals Award represents the United States Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

March 3, 2017: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell to chair examination of implicit bias and its impact on women

March 3, 2017

Capitol convening Wednesday launches first ‘inequality’ discussion of the year

SACRAMENTO – Implicit bias and its impact on women and the work place and in life will be highlighted Wednesday when Sen. Holly J. Mitchell convenes researchers, impacted individuals and social-change makers to study gender inequality.

The convening is jointly hosted by the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Introduces Bill to Protect California Waterways from Dangerous Spills of Tar Sands Oil

March 3, 2017

Sacramento -- Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a bill to protect California’s waterways from dangerous spills of tar sands oil. California has laws to prevent and prepare for “conventional” oil spills that can be cleaned up from the surface of the water. These laws do not take into account oils like those derived from tar sands that will sink to the bottom of waterways and contaminate entire aquatic ecosystems. These oils are hard, if not impossible, to clean up after a spill.

Senator Ben Hueso

Senator Hueso Announces 2017 Women of the Year Award Honorees

March 2, 2017

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) will be honoring outstanding women in celebration of the 2017 Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to exceptional women from his district, on Friday, March 3, 2017.    

The honorees are as follows: (1) Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy; (2) Kathleen Harmon, Community Organizer, Southeast San Diego; (3) Louise Torio, Historical Preservationist for the Villa Montezuma; and (4) Yulil Alonso-Garza, founder of Mothers and Men Against Gangs Coalition in Imperial County.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate President Pro Tempore de León Announces Appointment

March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO- California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following Rules Committee Appointment:


Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino to Chair Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange

March 2, 2017

Sacramento, CA – At the request of State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, the California State Senate Rules Committee approved a historic Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange. The aim of the Committee is to expand business opportunities through trade, economic development, cultural awareness and education between California, Armenia and Artsakh.  Portantino will Chair the committee.

Senator Henry Stern

SB 807 Elevates Teaching Profession in California

March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO - State Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) announced he and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) jointly introduced Senate Bill 807, the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, which helps new teachers afford required training and exempts teaching income from California income tax for those who teach in public school classrooms beyond five years.  California would become the first state in the nation that excludes teaching income from state income taxes.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Bill Would Protect Victims of Human Trafficking by Expanding State’s ‘Safe at Home’ Program

March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) and Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 597, which would make victims of human trafficking eligible for the state’s Safe at Home confidential address program. Safe at Home services are currently offered to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Ben Allen Condemns Threats to Jewish Community Centers

March 1, 2017


SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) released the following statement in response to 31 bomb threats received by Jewish community centers (JCC) and schools on Monday, including at the Westside JCC in his district:

Senator Jerry Hill

Senator Hill Releases Staff Report on PG&E Bill Spikes, Calls on PG&E and Utilities Regulator to Lower Bills in Coldest Winter Months and Improve Customer Empowerment

March 1, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill is calling on the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California Public Utilities Commission to fix the utility company’s rate structure, which heightens the increase that many customers see in their bills during the coldest winter months. Hill also is recommending that PG&E and the CPUC review the effectiveness of efforts to help customers understand when their usage climbs, so they can adapt before their billing cycle ends.