Caucus News

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

SAVE THE DATE - Meet Bob, tour your "new" community space

February 25, 2015

Please join us for an open house Saturday, March 21, at your newly updated Senate District 18 District Office so you can conduct your own first-hand tour of what we sincerely hope will be a popular, open-to-the-public community space for San Fernando Valley residents.By attending, you will have an opportunity to:

Senator Henry Stern

Senate policy hearing to review innovative ways to harness stormwater and help solve California’s drought and reduce water costs

February 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Stakeholders in the management of stormwater and urban runoff will consider emerging approaches to paying for stormwater projects during a public hearing in Sacramento convened by Sens. Bob Hertzberg and Fran Pavley on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m.Joining Sen. Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, and Sen. Pavley, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, will be several stormwater policy experts. 

Jerry Hill

Senator Jerry Hill Introduces Legislation to Combat 'Nightmare Bacteria'

February 24, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, today introduced legislation to ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics in California nursing homes, which can serve as reservoirs of antibiotic resistance.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Leno Introduces New Effort to Close Ellis Act Loophole for San Francisco

February 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno has introduced new legislation that would help mitigate the negative impacts of Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. Senate Bill 364 closes a loophole in the Ellis Act that allows speculators to buy rent-controlled buildings in San Francisco and immediately begin the process of evicting long-term renters. The new bill mirrors SB 1439, which was approved by the Senate last year but fell one vote short in the Assembly Housing Committee.

Bill Monning

Senator Monning Introduces Commercial Driving Safety Bill

February 24, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation to improve road safety by strengthening training requirements for commercial drivers.

“Commercial drivers who lack adequate training put everyone on the road at risk,” Senator Monning said. “Requiring more rigorous training for drivers of big rigs and other large commercial vehicles is a common sense safety measure.  This bill will help prevent accidents and…most importantly…save lives.”

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Basic needs of working families during recessions would be better met under new bill

February 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In May 1961, Chloe and Alderson Muncy of Paynesville, West Virginia were the first recipients of modern food assistance, granted through an executive order by President Kennedy.
Three years later, on Aug. 31, 1964, then-President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964, permanently cementing one of the centerpiece initiatives from the War on Poverty. As Johnson said at the time, this program applies “the power of America’s … abundance to the task of building a better life for every American.”

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva: "Safe Drinking Water in Schools Act" Critical Step to Protecting Children's Health

February 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) recently introduced legislation that will require yearly testing of drinking water at schools in California to ensure water quality and safety.
Currently, the extent of ongoing water quality issues at school sites throughout the Inland Empire and California remains largely unknown and unaddressed.  SB 334 requires that, where schools find that their water is not clean, school districts must provide alternative sources of clean water.  

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire introduces bill to protect redwood trees from burl poachers

February 23, 2015

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Mike McGuire introduced legislation this week to protect old growth redwoods -- the tallest trees on the planet – and put a stop to the devastating  practice of burl theft  from our state and national parks and California’s forests. Burls – the dormant, knobby material that grows at the base of redwood trees – are the primary method of redwood tree regeneration.

Senator Henry Stern

Senator Pavley Calls for More Scrutiny of Oil and Gas Injection Wells

February 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) introduced legislation this week that calls for more comprehensive and transparent reporting of oil and gas well drilling activity. This is the first step in addressing the serious deficiencies identified in how, for example, post-drilling wastewater is disposed of in underground wells.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Senate policy hearing to review innovative ways to harness stormwater and help solve California’s drought and reduce water costs

February 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Stakeholders in the management of stormwater and urban runoff will consider emerging approaches to paying for stormwater projects during a public hearing in Sacramento convened by Sens. Bob Hertzberg and Fran Pavley on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m.
Joining Sen. Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, and Sen. Pavley, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, will be several stormwater policy experts.