Caucus News

Senator Scott Wiener

Leno Bill Gives Homeless Youth Access to High School Equivalency Exams

March 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Homeless youth across California would have greater access to the high school proficiency and equivalency exams under new legislation introduced by Senator Mark Leno. Senate Bill 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing companies from charging an exam fee to young people who are homeless.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

San Fernando Valley residents can meet Sen. Bob Hertzberg, tour updated district office

March 12, 2015

VAN NUYS – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, invites constituents to an open house Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their newly updated Senate District 18 District Office so they can conduct first-hand tours of what he hopes will be a community space for San Fernando Valley residents.
By attending, constituents will have an opportunity to:

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire urges state to get directly involved and assist Upper Lake in potential bank closure

March 12, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire today advanced an appeal to the California Department of Business Oversight to directly insert the Department in the issue of Westamerica bank closing in Upper Lake.
Westamerica Bank’s proposed Upper Lake branch closure - the only bank in the community - was initially approved by the Department of Business Oversight, however, after residents and business owners rallied to raise awareness of the impact the closure would have on the larger community, the Department re-opened its case.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Leno and Advocates to Announce Legislation for Homeless Youth

March 12, 2015

Press Conference: Friday, March 13
10 a.m. – Larkin Street Youth Services
SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will join homeless youth advocates and other elected officials in San Francisco on Friday to announce important new legislation that gives homeless youth greater access to high school proficiency and equivalency exams. SB 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing companies from charging an exam fee to young people in California who are homeless.

Kevin de León

RELEASE: Legislators React to Exide Vernon Plant Shut Down Announcement

March 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Legislators React to Exide Vernon Plant shut down announcement:

Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Roth to Chair Oversight Hearing on Department of Consumer Affairs’ BrEZe IT Project

March 10, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will chair an Oversight Hearing of the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on Thursday, March 12, 2015, on the Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) BrEZe IT project.

In addition to items proposed by the Governor, the subcommittee will review DCA’s efforts to implement a department-wide automated licensing and enforcement platform known as BreEZe.  The cost of implementing BreEZe has increased by over 300% since it began in 2009, and will now take nearly three years longer to implement than originally planned.

Bill Monning

Watch the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking Ceremony live online

March 10, 2015

Senator Bill Monning invites you to join him at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking Celebration. If you are unable to attend, the Celebration will be live-streamed on Senator Monning's website:

DATE: Friday, March 13, 2015

TIME:10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: General Stilwell Community Center
4260 Gigling Road
Seaside, CA 93955

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate environmental committee chairs blast lax oversight of state's oil and gas waste disposal wells

March 10, 2015

Sacramento – The chairs of the state Senate’s Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and Water committees said lax oversight by the state division in charge of overseeing the Underground  Injection Control Program has unnecessarily jeopardized the public’s health and safety by increasing the risk of groundwater contamination from oil and gas waste disposal wells.

Senator Scott Wiener

Leno Bill Requires Disclosure of Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products

March 10, 2015

SB 763 Informs Consumers about Flame Retardant Chemicals in High Chairs, Changing Pads, Baby Carriers, Nap Mats and Other Popular Products

Cathleen Galgiani

Federal Court motion filed to allow Senator Galgiani Access to Sealed Documents regarding Missing Persons Records in the Speed Freak Killers Case

March 9, 2015

“It has come to my attention that missing persons records from the related Speed Freak Killers case were deleted by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.  This means the ability to identify victims was removed from State and Federal databases, making it impossible for families of missing loved ones to ever have answers.  I have serious questions about why the records were deleted.  I have always believed that the role of law enforcement is to protect and serve, not to remove and destroy evidence.