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Friday, October 6, 2017

As excerpted from Voice of San Diego:

Assemblyman Todd Gloria hailed the 15 housing bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last week as “a magnificent achievement,” but he warned that it’s “not mission accomplished” when it comes to addressing the state’s housing shortage. Gloria’s remarks came at the beginning of the first meeting of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Housing Affordability for Middle & Working Class, which he chairs.

Gloria, who sat on the board of the San Diego Housing Commission for three years prior to being elected to the City Council in 2008, was appointed in April to head the committee. Its goal, he said Monday, is to identify areas of housing policy where there’s room for improvement, with the focus being on boosting the production of units affordable to middle-income earners.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Union Tribune:

Paramedics are the newest troops in the fight against San Diego’s ever-growing hepatitis A outbreak.

A letter signed this week by the director of the state Emergency Medical Services Authority temporarily expands state laws that govern paramedics, granting them emergency powers to “vaccinate at-risk populations in response to the outbreak.”

Dr. Kristi Koenig, director of the San Diego County Emergency Medical Service, requested the temporary scope of practice expansion on Sept. 20 and said Wednesday night that she received approval in the mail Tuesday.

Friday, September 29, 2017

As excerpted from KGTV 10 News:

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGTV) - Governor Jerry Brown Jr. signed legislation Friday to increase the supply and affordability of housing in California.

The laws provide funding for affordable housing, reduce regulations, boost construction and strengthen existing housing laws.

"These new laws will help cut red tape and encourage more and affordable housing, including shelter for the growing number of homeless in California," said Governor Brown.

Friday, August 18, 2017

OP-ED BY: TONI ATKINS and TODD GLORIA

Last month, we cut ribbons on Talmadge Gateway and Cypress Apartments — two affordable-housing projects that will provide a combined 122 new homes in San Diego for struggling seniors and people who have been chronically homeless. At Talmadge Gateway, we met Marvina and Michael — two local seniors who expressed profound relief to finally have roofs over their heads and the chance to lead a stable life after years of instability.

Projects like these are critical as housing has become increasingly unaffordable. Virtually every Californian can attest to the increased cost of living we have seen in recent years.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

As excerpted from the Coronado Times:

Mayor Richard Bailey stood in front of rows of crosses planted in the grass outside the Coronado Library’s Winn Room. Each cross represented one of the 400 people who have committed suicide by leaping off the San Diego-Coronado bridge since it opened in 1969. The number per year has been rising and is expected to rise more. There have been 16 suicides this year already. There were 17 last year. The loss of life and related bridge closings have taken their toll.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

As excerpted from San Diego LGBT Weekly:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – An ordinance by San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) establishing Equal Pay standards for city contractors was approved Monday on a unanimous 9-0 vote. The Equal Pay Ordinance will build upon and strengthen the State Fair Pay Act by requiring that city contractors certify that they will provide equal pay to employees regardless of their gender or ethnicity. It establishes structures for more effective, proactive local enforcement, and better empowers employees to discuss pay without fear of retaliation.

“The message is simple: equal pay for equal work. Time and time again, San Diego has demonstrated that we are an inclusive city and that we value the hard work of our residents,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Today, we have an opportunity to reinforce that commitment, achieve pay equity, and ensure that economic opportunity is equally available regardless of gender or ethnicity. I urge the San Diego City Council to adopt this ordinance and for the Mayor to sign it into law.”

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

As excerpted from Times of San Diego:

After negotiating an agreement with legislative leaders earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a $125 billion state budget that he said maintains fiscal prudence in uncertain times.

“California is taking decisive action by enacting a balanced state budget,” said Brown. “This budget provides money to repair our roads and bridges, pay down debt, invest in schools, fund the earned income tax credit and provide Medi-Cal health care for millions of Californians.”

The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 also saves the Middle Class Scholarship and imposes tighter oversight over the University of California’s central administration. The money for Medi-Cal came from divvying up $1 billion in tobacco tax revenues.

Assemblymember Todd Gloria, who represents much of San Diego, noted the budget was passed with bipartisan support and will benefit all Californians.