In the News

Op-Ed: Career Technical Education: In California It's an Endangered Species

March 03, 2015

Mercury News: As superintendent of MetroED and the largest Career Technical Education center in Northern California, I often visit with legislators in Sacramento to discuss the future of these programs. Last year, I was disappointed that many CTE programs were in danger of closing at the end of the school year due to the new Local Control Funding Formula and a lack of dedicated funds.

Proposed Bill Takes on Cellphone Tracking

March 02, 2015

Palo Alto Weekly: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County, has introduced a bill that would require local governments to take public comment before implementing cellphone intercept technology, according to a Feb. 27 announcement.

Legislators in Favor of Affordable Housing Fee

February 27, 2015

Daily Journal: With Californians reportedly spending disproportionate amounts of their income on housing and a growing scarcity of affordable places to live in the Bay Area, local legislators are cautiously optimistic about a package of legislation proposed to address the statewide crisis.

California Bill Seeks to Curb Antibiotic Resistance in Nursing Homes

February 27, 2015

Inquirer.Net: A bill to ensure the proper use of antibiotics in California nursing homes has been introduced in the State Legislature, following the recent disclosure that drug-resistant bacteria may have infected as many as 179 patients at a Southern California medical center and is suspected in at least two deaths at the facility.

Dinner for Ex-PUC Chief Peevey Nets $55,000 in Gifts for UC Berkeley

February 25, 2015

Los Angeles Times: More than $55,000 was donated to UC Berkeley in honor of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey, who stepped down in December amid scandal.

San Mateo Officials Against Using Recycled Tires for Park

February 23, 2015

Daily Journal: As questions surrounding the impacts using of recycled tires on synthetic turf fields surface, the San Mateo City Council is treading carefully as it plans a multi-million dollar revamp of Los Prados Park.

Critics Say EPA Played Dual Role in Recycled Tire Controversy

February 21, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has terminated its longtime campaign to promote the use of recycled tires on artificial turf fields and playgrounds, amid growing concern from critics in California and elsewhere who fear the material poses a health risk to people.

Time to Do More Than Be Afraid of Nightmare Bacteria

February 21, 2015

Sacramento Bee Editorial: Less than 100 years have passed since the discovery of antibiotics, and it’s probably the understatement of the century to say that without them our lives wouldn’t be the same.

San Francisco Archbishop Tries to Explain — But Only Fans the Flames

February 20, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle/ San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone should remember the first rule of public controversy — when you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Utility Agency Taps $882-an-Hour Lawyer

February 19, 2015

U-T San Diego: The California Public Utilities Commission has hired one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state to respond to investigations of improper contact between regulators and the utility companies they oversee.