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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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

As excerpted from Times of San Diego:

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation Friday that allows the state to increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the outbreak that began in San Diego.

“Today’s proclamation gives the California Department of Public Health authority to immediately purchase vaccines directly from manufacturers and distribute them to impacted communities,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

So far there have been ​576 cases and 18 deaths reported, with the vast majority in San Diego County, though Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties have also reported cases.

The majority of patients are homelessness or using illicit drugs, according to the state Department of Health.

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.

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 Los Angeles Times:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed off Thursday on a legislative fix to the state’s law regulating autographed memorabilia. AB 228 will require dealers who sell signed sports and entertainment collectibles for more than $50 to provide an express warranty starting in January 2018. 

The measure, proposed by Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), aimed to address some unintended consequences that arose from a bill passed during the previous legislative session.

That law required all signed collectibles sold for more than $5 to come with certificates verifying their authenticity.

 

 

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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Union Tribune:

The effort to prevent sewage from flowing from Tijuana into San Diego County got a small boost Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide about $2.1 million in funds for the effort. Senate Bill 507, authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and Assembly member Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, reallocates one-time funds previously designated for use by San Diego County under the Wildlife, Coastal and Park Land Conservation Act.

Under the legislation, up to $500,000 of the money will help pay for updating a recovery plan for the Tijuana River Valley, while the remainder of the funds can be used for rehabilitation of the impacted area and an envisioned park.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As excerpted from KPBS:

On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to try to help restore the Tijuana River Valley, an area inundated by sewage spills over the last year. Senate Bill 507 authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso D-Chula Vista and co-authored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria D-San Diego, is one of several efforts being made to solve the problem, as South Bay communities and residents are increasingly losing patience.

“The contamination of the Tijuana River Valley has plagued this region for decades and it's negatively impacted the health and quality-of-life for Coronado and Imperial Beach residents,” Gloria said in a press release. “SB 507 starts us on a path toward a permanent solution. I remain committed to working with local and federal partners to ensure our beaches and waterways are clean and safe for all San Diegans.”