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Legislature Wades into Access Fight

August 20, 2014

Sacramento Bee: The state Assembly approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to negotiate public access to a secluded beach south of Half Moon Bay that requires going through a billionaire's private waterfront property.

California Lawmakers Pass 3 Campaign Reform Bills

August 18, 2014

Sacramento Bee: Questionable campaign practices at the state and local level prompted state lawmakers to approve three reform bills Monday, including one adopted after a lobbyist was fined for hosting fundraisers at his home.

Governor Brown Signs Takedown on Mugshot ‘Shakedowns’

August 15, 2014 A law banning the practice of charging people for the removal of their mugshots from the internet was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Friday.

Open Access Bill Heading to Assembly: Legislation to Reopen Martin’s Beach Passes Committee, Moves to Floor Vote

August 15, 2014

Daily Journal: Legislation aimed at reopening Martin’s Beach has traveled a rocky path the last few months, but it jumped another hurdle Thursday after being taken out of suspense and will now make its way to the Assembly floor.

Gov. Brown Signs Bills on Transit Projects, Bribery, Tax Breaks

August 15, 2014

Los Angeles Times: Governor Jerry Brown signed bills Friday to shine more sunlight on Los Angeles County transportation projects, extend the time for prosecuting bribery cases and authorize a possible tax break for a major aerospace company in California.

Martins Beach Access Bill Moves Closer to Victory

August 15, 2014

San Mateo County Times: A proposed law to allow public access to Martins Beach passed one of its last major obstacles Thursday in the state Legislature, overcoming intense lobbying by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, the property's owner.

Editorial: It’s Time for State’s Top Utilities Regulator to Move On

August 14, 2014

Merced Sun-Star: It’s an enduring mystery how Michael Peevey manages to keep his job as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC is supposed to be a watchdog over companies and agencies that operate as monopolies.

2 Bills by Senator Hill to Combat Antibiotic Resistance Head to Governor's Desk

August 14, 2014

Patch: With unanimous support, the California Legislature sent to the governor two first-in-the-nation bills by Senator Jerry Hill on Wednesday that will prohibit the use of antibiotics in farm animals as growth enhancers and will establish hospital programs to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in humans.

Legislators: Bond to Benefit County

August 14, 2014

Daily Journal: With the Legislature narrowly making its Wednesday night deadline to approve a water bond that voters will consider in November, San Mateo County legislators are satisfied with compromises met in the $7.5 billion bipartisan bill.

Proposed Law Aims to Restrict Antibiotic Use on Farms

August 13, 2014

The Scientist: California lawmakers this week (August 11) approved a bill restricting the use of antibiotics in farm animals to cases substantiated by prescriptions and requiring that drugmakers label antibiotics as prescription-only.