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September 21, 2009

San Mateo County Times

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — California should explore tax incentives and other measures to keep biotechnology companies like Genentech from moving parts of their operations to other states or countries, those in the industry and lawmakers said Monday.

September 04, 2009

The Daily Journal

By Michelle Durand

Thousands of San Mateo County children — and hundreds of thousands statewide — had their health insurance saved yesterday by bipartisan legislation raising revenue by taxing companies that manage Medi-Cal plans.

Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, a nonprofit that advocates for California children, praised politicians’ ability to set aside partisanship in favor of children’s best interest.

December 24, 2008

The Daily Journal

By Heather Murtagh

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Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, gives a duck away at Samaritan House yesterday.

Ensuring each child had a gift to open this holiday was an uphill battle for many nonprofits that experienced a recent outpouring of donations which means the goal will be met.

December 04, 2008

Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

(12-04) 04:00 PST Sacramento --

Democratic lawmakers, who hold a majority in the state Legislature, introduced a bill Wednesday to change the two-thirds requirement for approving state budgets to a simple majority vote.

The move, which would allow Democrats to approve a spending plan without Republicans' support, came as members of both parties were locked in battle in a special session to solve the state's growing budget deficit.

December 04, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Sacramento - Democratic lawmakers, who hold a majority in the state Legislature, introduced a bill Wednesday to change the two-thirds requirement for approving state budgets to a simple majority vote.

The move, which would allow Democrats to approve a spending plan without Republicans' support, came as members of both parties were locked in battle in a special session to solve the state's growing budget deficit.

December 02, 2008

State Assemblyman Jerry Hill was sworn in only yesterday, but he’s quickly moving to tackle the state’s budget woes, submitting legislation that could save the state $300 million this year and planning to introduce a constitutional amendment today that could radically change how lawmakers pass the budget.

Today, Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, will introduce a constitutional amendment that would allow a simple majority to pass the budget, rather than the currently required two-thirds of legislators.

December 02, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Sacramento - Amid a deepening budget crisis, state lawmakers celebrated Monday as members of the Assembly and the state Senate were sworn in for new terms in office.

Several former members of the Assembly moved across the Capitol to the Senate, while a few moved the other way, and about two dozen lawmakers took their seats for the first time.

December 01, 2008

There are 15 Democrats brand new to the Legislature being sworn in today. That doesn't include former Sen. Tom Torlakson, who previously served eight years in the Senate and four years in the Assembly, or former Sen. Wes Chesbro, who served eight years in the Senate.

Capitol Alert offers a brief introduction to the Democratic freshman class:

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San Mateo County supervisor.Replaces Gene Mullin, D-South San Francisco

December 01, 2008

The Sacramento Bee

There are 15 Democrats brand new to the Legislature being sworn in today. That doesn't include former Sen. Tom Torlakson, who previously served eight years in the Senate and four years in the Assembly, or former Sen. Wes Chesbro, who served eight years in the Senate.

Capitol Alert offers a brief introduction to the Democratic freshman class: