Posts Tagged ‘senate’

See the RAND Corporation’s PowerPoint about Post-Prop 19 Marijuana Pricing and Usage in CA

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Here’s a short report for you to read from the RAND Corporation

It’s exactly what’s being  presented at the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee and California State Senate Public Safety Committee right now this A.M.

“Insights on the Effects of Marijuana Legalization on Prices and Consumption
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What’s it going to be like when you can get some quality bud for $38 an ounce? Will ganga use double, getting back to the rates we saw last in the 1970′s? Will we start exporting mary jane to other states? Will growers get pissed off about a $50 an ounce tax?

Get some predictions from the report.  

And here’s an MSM version of the info in the recent RAND study

Courage.

Barbara Boxer Replaced by Cardboard Box at Today’s Debate with BlogFather Mickey Kaus

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

[UPDATE: Turns out that this stentorial senatorial debate wasn’t the only fuss about town on May 25, 2010. Richard Parks has the deets of protestors “greeting” President Barack Obama high atop Nob Hill yesterday.]

Contrarian BlogFather Mickey Kaus brought his windmill-tilting campaign for the U.S. Senate to San Francisco today. But the problem was that, as expected, Senator Barbara Boxer didn’t show up to debate him at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness this afternoon.

So Mickey propped a box up on an empty lectern and referred to it as “ma’am.” At which point, a mop-topped college-boy aide used a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook to play the audio track of the now-famous “Could You Say Senator Instead of Ma’am?” bit .

Senator Box (D-CA ) collapsing under cross this afternoon:

Via the generous Stephen Kaus at the aptly-named stephen kaus weblog out of Berkeley, CA.

The mise-en-scene:

In other news, Barack Obama is coming to town this afternoon to host a fundraiser for Senator Boxer. Oh well.

What’s the point of Mickey’s run?

Find out here, if you want.

OneBayArea Meets in Oakland Today – Four Bay Area Regional Agencies + 350 Pols

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Did you know that “The Future Begins Today?” Well it does, according to the four Bay Area regional agencies meeting right now in Oaktown.

That’s right, it’s Alphabet Soupalooza 2010 and it’s going off at the Marriott City Center in the 510. All your faves are there:

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Put them all together and you get ABAGMTCBAAQMDBCDC! (Or OneBayArea.org, take your pick.)

All the deets:

Region Celebrates Earth Day With Launch of ‘One Bay Area’ Collaborative Effort at ABAG General Assembly and Summit

Regional Agencies and Local Governments Join Together to Chart Course to Meet Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

OAKLAND, Calif., April 22 — Four Bay Area regional agencies today are launching a major outreach initiative, One Bay Area, at a regional assembly bringing together 350 Bay Area city and county elected officials, regional leaders and community stakeholders at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The regional agency partners — the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) — are coming together in a joint General Assembly and summit to mark the beginning of development of the SB 375 Sustainable Communities Strategy for the Bay Area. SB 375 refers to landmark legislation (authored by Daryl Steinberg and passed by the California Legislature in 2008) requiring regions in California to develop strategies for combating climate change and promoting sustainable communities.

“One Bay Area” harnesses the resources of regional agencies, local governments, county congestion management agencies, local planning and public works directors, city and county managers, public transit agencies, community members and stakeholder groups. These agencies must work together to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by cars and light trucks in the region over the next 10-25 years. These efforts will be showcased on a new website launched today, located at www.OneBayArea.org.

“One Bay Area underscores the simple and fragile fact that there is only one Bay Area to pass on to our children and grandchildren,” said Scott Haggerty, chair of MTC and Alameda County supervisor, who will be one of the speakers at the Summit.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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San Francisco Democrats Boo Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at Gala – How Wude!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Pity poor Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – tonight he crashed the annual San Francisco Democratic Party Fundraising Gala and Auction at the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill and he was rewarded with a loud round of booing.

Poor guy. Did Assemblymember Tom Ammiano spontaneously yell, “You lie” at Arnold, ala Congressman Joe Wilson? Haha!

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The evening captured via Francis Tsang’s BlackBerry

Per SF FYI Net:

San Francisco Democratic Party – Onward to Victory Gala 2009
When: October 7, 2009 – Wednesday
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Where: The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Democratic Party’s Annual Gala Fund Raiser. Many voices – one vision. Funds raised at the gala will directly support voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities to ensure that we elect a Democratic governor in 2010. $150.

Everyone Agrees: Dave Jones for Insurance Commish Rally is a Big Dis for Michela Alioto Pier

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

This was the scene yesterday on the steps of San Francisco City Hall yesterday. What did people make of this Assemblymember Dave Jones for State Insurance Commissioner rally? Read on.

A friendly knuckle knock (“or a fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab?“) from Supervisor Chris Daly amuses both Dave Jones and Julian Davis. Click to expand:

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Luke Thomas interrogates Candidate Jones as Aaron Peskin and the Chronicle’s Marisa Lagos listen in:

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First of all, who showed up? San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisors  Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, John Avalos, David Campos, and Eric Mar, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Assessor Phil Ting, Board of Education President Kim-Shree Maufas, Democratic County Central Committee Chairman Aaron Peskin, as well representatives from the offices of Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano. Add those people to the list of endorsers, which also includes State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and State Controller John Chiang.

And what did the media have to say?

Latest Alioto-Pier Rumor Triggers Rally for Dave Jones 

Fog City Journal - Luke Thomas - ‎6 hours ago‎

“Assemblymember Jones’ candidacy for Insurance Commissioner has been endorsed by a wide spectrum of San Francisco elected officials,” Peskin said,

Supervisors back Pier’s potential opponent

San Francisco Chronicle - Marisa LagosHeather Knight - ‎11 hours ago‎

Wednesday to endorse Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento, who announced last fall he would seek the seat. Former board President Aaron Peskin,

SF leaders back Jones and snub Alioto-Pier

San Francisco Bay Guardian - Nellie NelsonSteven T. Jones - ‎16 hours ago‎

Numerous city officials gathered this morning on the steps of City Hall to endorse Assembly member Dave Jones in his run for state

Not a lot of Alioto-Pier support

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎19 hours ago‎

At a hastily thrown together press conference Wednesday — hosted by former board president Aaron Peskin, who is now chairman of the San Francisco

Alioto-Pier’s future under attack

The San Francisco Examiner - Joshua Sabatini - ‎19 hours ago‎

Dave Jones, D-Sacramento. One couldn’t help but think it was a rally against possible opponent Alioto-Pier. Peskin had long battled against her when he

It’s not often you find such unanimity.

Panda Pledge Not Enough – Panda Express Booted From UC Berkeley

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

All you have to do is scan the excellent live blog transcript from Katie Baker here to see how and why the Panda Express proposal over at UC Berkeley got kicked to the curb. For a shorter take, this detailed PANDA conspiracy chart explains everything. It all fits together, man!

Baffled Panda Express Panda, getting kicked to the curb:

The kids at UCSF don’t seem to mind the P.E. they have up atop foggy Parnassus:

Raise your left paw and recite The Pledge:

We never, ever add MSG

We cook only in 100% soybean oil

We chop our veggies fresh every day

We prepare our unique sauces in-house 

When, Oh When, Will the East Bay Area Get Its Giant Pandas?

Senator Leland Yee Pancake Breakfast and Town Hall Meeting a Huge Success

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

There was a good turnout at yesterday’s free pancake breakfast put on by Senator Leland Yee on Brotherhood Way yesterday. (I had spent the early morning “recycling” copper from some empty apartments in ParkMerced, so it was nice to have a little break.) Senator Yee talked about upcoming developments in Sacramento, including the May 30, 2009 deadline for getting proposed laws out of the Senate.

There were elected representatives like San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu and people from state agencies like CalTrans on hand as well. It was Democracy in Action. Read all about it.

Hungry constituents:

Catch up with your Senator here.

See you next year!

Speaking English: White Trash Los Angeles vs. San Francisco Senator Leland Yee, PhD

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

O.K. first of all, get up to speed on Senate Bill 242 from Leland Yee, PhD,the State Senate’s Assistant President pro Tempore, representing areas of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. This whole issue of language discrimination got kicked into high gear last year with some idiotic move from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), which apparently isn’t a pure sport – it’s “sports entertainment,” so there’s a high premium on having stars that speak English.

Anywho, Senator Yee’s bill to prevent language discrimination made it out of committee, so that put into the news, so that got some people down south a little riled up.

Listen for yourself (you might need to right click and then Save As…) to the message a caller left at Leland’s office:

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“Hi. I just read an article, here in L.A. about Mr. Leland Lee (sic), about the English (sic) and all the language (sic). You know what? This is United States of America. If he don’t (sic) like it, tell him to go back to China. He’s an immigrant. This is the United States, we speak English.

“I had an emergency the other night. I use a radio. And the illegal immigrants kept talking, talking, and talking in Spanish and it was a serious emergency I had.

“English is our language – don’t like it, leave our country. Nobody’s begging you to stay. Stop coming to our country and try (sic) to change eveything to fit what YOU want. We created it, we like it the way it is, if you don’t like, YOU pack your bags and YOU go home.

Have a great day, Loo-eee…, Leland, which is a white name.”

So there you have it.

See the deets of SB 242 after the jump.

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Seantor Leland Yee Reforms Criminal Background Check Policy for Youth Organizations

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Over in Sacramento, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties’ very own Senator Leland Yee, PhD is still busy, busy, busy with new bills.

Senate Bill SB447 is no-brainer about reforming criminal background check policies for California youth organizations. It’s only a matter of time before this one becomes law. Read on below and after the jump. 

Bill would Reform Criminal Background Check Policy for Youth Organizations
Yee’s legislation would help protect children in youth programs from predators, violent criminals

SACRAMENTO – Last week, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced legislation to help protect children involved in youth organizations from sexual predators and other violent criminals.  Senate Bill 447 would reform the criminal background check policy at the approximately 36,000 youth organizations and human resource agencies across the state that work with children and vulnerable populations. 
 
Such organizations, including the Boy Scouts and youth soccer leagues, are currently required to conduct criminal background checks of their staff and members.  Each group appoints a “Custodian of Records” to review the background checks for their organization and assess if a person’s criminal history poses a potential danger to the population the agency or organization serves.
 
However, there is a dangerous loophole in the law.  The Custodian of Records also reviews his or her own criminal record that is sent to the group by the California Department of Justice (DOJ).  This loophole may result in an individual who has been convicted of a violent crime or crimes against children serving as the Custodian of Records without others in the agency being aware of his/her criminal history.
 
“SB 447 will help protect children from predators and other violent criminals by closing an obvious loophole in the law,” said Yee.  “Those determining who can work with children should not be reviewing their own records and determining if they are fit to serve.  Parents deserve assurance that their kids are safe when they are dropped off at a soccer practice or scouts meeting.”
 
Specifically, SB 447 will close this loophole by creating a program in which the DOJ will review the criminal record information for Custodian of Records applicants and confirm if they are suited for the position. The DOJ will ensure that the people appointed to this position do not have a felony or any offense involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or fraud. The program will be funded by a $30 fee for all Custodian of Records applicants.
 
In 1997, a student at Rio Linda High School was raped and murdered by a temporary janitor with a previous criminal record, including two strikes for voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery.  At the time, another loophole in state law existed that did not require temporary or substitute employees to go through criminal background checks.  The brutal murder of Michelle Montoya prompted the Legislature to change state law – banning the hiring of felons and requiring complete background checks of all school employees, including temporary and substitute workers.
 
“Unfortunately, it took the loss of an innocent life for the law to change regarding temporary school employees,” said Yee.  “It is vital that we are proactive and close the loophole regarding Custodians of Records before we have another unnecessary tragedy.”

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Engage in Human Trafficking, Lose Your House Under Leland Yee’s New Bill

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Over in Sacramento, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties’ very own Senator Leland Yee, PhD has been busy, busy, busy getting new bills in before deadline. SB 557 is today’s effort, below.

If we can get this into law, will this take some of the fight out of human traffickers in California? Doing a little stretch in the hoosegow is one thing, but losing a house or the rolling stock – well, that’s a whole ‘nother ball game.

The California Senate’s Assistant President pro Tempore:

Here’s the new bill:

Yee Introduces Bill to Seize Property of Criminals Convicted of Human Trafficking
Funds would be used to assist law enforcement and victims

 
Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today introduced legislation to assist victims of human trafficking and support law enforcement by allowing courts to seize any personal property, such as house or automobile, of a person convicted of human trafficking.
 
SB 557 will bring much-needed resources to help fight human trafficking, while also ensuring victims receive the services they need to recover from this horrific crime,” said Yee.  Between 14,500 and 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States each year and enslaved for purposes of sexual or labor exploitation, and unfortunately many of the cases occur here in California.  Our state has led the way in combating human trafficking and exploitation, but we should not stop our efforts until all women, men, and children are free and safe from such an appalling offense.”
 
Under Yee’s legislation, funds accumulated from all property seized from those convicted of human trafficking will be split between funds to assist law enforcement in cracking down on the crime and funds dedicated to groups who work with victims.
 
Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders worldwide, according to the US Department of State. Victims are generally trafficked into the US from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. Many human trafficking victims do not understand English and are therefore isolated and often unable to communicate with service providers, law enforcement and others who might be able to help them.
 
Research by the Human Rights Center at the University of California found 57 forced labor operations between 1998 and 2003 throughout California.  These operations – mostly in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose – involved more than 500 victims from 18 countries. 
 
The US Department of Justice recently announced that in the first 21 months of operation, the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) recorded information on more than 1,200 alleged incidents of human trafficking.
 
According to the Justice Department, over 90 percent of victims in both alleged and confirmed human trafficking incidents were female. Nearly 60 percent of victims in labor trafficking cases were female and almost all (99%) victims in sex trafficking cases were female. 
 
Hispanic victims comprised the largest share (37 percent) of alleged sex trafficking victims and more than half (56 percent) of alleged labor trafficking victims.  Asians made up 10 percent of alleged sex trafficking victims, compared to 31 percent of labor trafficking victims.  Approximately two-thirds of victims in alleged human trafficking incidents were age 17 or younger (27 percent) or age 18 to 24 (38 percent).  Sex trafficking victims tended to be younger (71 percent were under age 25) and labor trafficking victims tended to be older (almost 70 percent were age 25 or older).
 
Nearly eight in 10 human trafficking suspects were male. US citizens accounted for 66 percent of suspects in alleged incidents.
 
If you are a victim of trafficking or an organization needing assistance, please contact the Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
 
In 2004, Senator Yee also passed legislation to combat human trafficking.  Yee’s AB 3042 increased penalties to those who solicit children through prostitution.