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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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

As excerpted from SFGate:

State lawmakers have exempted bookstores from a requirement that sellers of items that carry their creator’s autograph include a certificate guaranteeing that the signature is authentic.

Legislation excluding bookstores from the certification requirement followed a lawsuit by a Bay Area bookseller. AB228 by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, passed both houses without a dissenting vote and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it Thursday. The law takes effect immediately.

Monday, October 16, 2017

As excerpted from San Diego LGBT Weekly:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A 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 Gov. Jerry Brown. AB 1637, authored by Assemblymember Todd Gloria(D-San Diego), 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

As excerpted from Healthline:

California becomes the 15th state to approve the process, which advocates say is better for the environment than fire-based cremation.

“A final spa treatment” is how one person described it to Barbara Kemmis. But instead of melting away stress and worries, this treatment dissolves human remains.

This so-called “water cremation process” is gaining in popularity. It offers people the option of having their remains dissolved in a hot chemical liquid bath.

Advocates say it’s a more environmentally friendly option than burial or fire cremation.

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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

As excerpted from NBC 7 San Diego:

San Diego County is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of hepatitis A in the state

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday over a widespread Hepatitis A outbreak, citing a need to increase the current adult vaccine supply. San Diego County is currently experiencing the worst outbreak in the state, with 490 reported cases, 342 hospitalizations and 18 deaths, according to the CDPH's website. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

As excerpted from Times of San Diego:

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation authored by San Diego lawmakers Shirley Weber and Todd Gloria that paves the way for general election runoffs in all San Diego County elections. Assembly Bill 901 permits the county charter to be amended by ballot proposition to require candidates for countywide offices be elected in November.

“For too long, the County of San Diego has employed a fast track to county-elected office by allowing candidates to be elected in June with only a fraction of eligible voters participating. We now have an opportunity to close that fast track,” said Gloria.