Thursday, November 2, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Union Tribune:

San Diegans who make too much to qualify for traditional affordable housing but not enough to rent in many places will get some help next year through a new pilot program. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill introduced by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, that authorizes the San Diego Housing Commission to work with developers and property owners to include middle-income earners in projects that also include low-income housing.

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

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.

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 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.

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.