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Monday, October 23, 2017

As excerpted from NBC 7 San Diego:

The new law aims to alleviate the severe lack of housing for middle-income families in California

Middle-income families in San Diego will soon have a better chance of owning a home thanks to a new state bill signed by the Governor last week. AB 1637 aims to spur construction of middle-income housing, which could help alleviate the severe lack of housing for middle-income families in San Diego. Assemblymember Todd Gloria authored the bill and calls the housing crisis his central preoccupation.

“I do not believe that the Golden State can be a great state if we’re not building housing for the middle class,” Gloria said. “The numbers show that we simply aren’t.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

As excerpted from the New York Times:

What do you want done with your body after you die? It is an unnerving but important question, and for most Americans there have long been only two obvious choices: burial or cremation. But a third option, a liquefaction process called by a variety of names — flameless cremation, green cremation or the “Fire to Water” method — is starting to gain popularity throughout the United States.

This week, California became the 15th state to outline commercial regulations for the disposal of human remains through the method, chemically known as alkaline hydrolysis.

Monday, October 16, 2017

San Diego Housing Commission to Have Authority to Develop & Finance Mixed-Income Projects under Bill by Assemblymember Gloria

SACRAMENTO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that his bill to produce  more units of affordable housing for middle-income earners in the City of San Diego as well as Santa Clara County has been signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1637, authored by Assemblymember Gloria, grants new authority to the San Diego Housing Commission and its counterpart in Santa Clara County to develop and finance mixed-income housing projects.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Governor Brown Signs AB 967 by Assemblymember Gloria, Gives Californians Environmentally-Friendly Alternative to Fire Cremation

SACRAMENTO, CA – After three previous attempts in the Legislature, water cremation rose from the dead during the 2017-2018 legislative session and was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. AB 967, authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), permits the use of alkaline hydrolysis – also known as “water cremation” – for the disposal of human remains in California.

Friday, October 13, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Union Tribune:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that could make a major change to the mechanics of San Diego County elections. Currently candidates for county office can be named the winner after a primary election, if they win more than half of the votes. That eliminates the need for a runoff election in November.

If the charter is changed, the top two finishers would both advance to the general election — even if one of them won a majority in the primary.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

AB 901 by Assemblymembers Gloria and Weber Signed into Law, Bill to Allow More Voters to Decide County Elections

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation authored by California State Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that will allow races for County of San Diego offices to be decided in November as opposed to June and ensure the voices of more voters are heard in county elections.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Reader:

With the governor’s signature late Monday (October 9th), $2.1 million in state funding is on its way to the Tijuana River Valley — some of it earmarked to deal with the sewage, trash, and sediment that enters the U.S. along the border.

Senate Bill 507 allocates $500,000 to update the feasibility study for capturing, controlling, and treating the waste and water that currently enters the river valley from Mexico. State senator Ben Hueso and assemblyman Todd Gloria promised to seek the funding in May.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

After passing an historic package of legislation to address the state's housing crisis, lawmakers continued their work to make California a more affordable place to live with an informational hearing of the Select Committee On Housing Affordability For The Middle And Working Class.

Monday, October 9, 2017

SB 507 by Senator Hueso & Assemblymember Gloria Signed into Law, Bill Provides State Funding to Help Address Sewage Spills 

SACRAMENTO, CA – With sewage spills and contamination continuing to occur in the Tijuana River Valley, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will start to bring some relief. SB 507, authored by California State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and principally co-authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), will provide $2.1 million in state funding for improvement efforts in the Tijuana River Valley.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Gloria Bill to Safeguard Low-Income, Elderly, and Disabled During and After States of Emergency to Become Law in 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that will protect California’s most vulnerable during and after declared states of emergency. AB 607, known as the Community Resiliency and Disaster Preparedness Act of 2017, takes steps to ensure that Californians who receive public assistance can continue to access their benefits both during and after declared states of emergencies.