• Press Conference: End of Life Options Act

    Press Conference: End of Life Options Act

    Video Courtesy of California Senate Majority Caucus The End of Life Option Act will establish criteria for a patient who has been diagnosed as terminally ill that must be met prior to being prescribed the medication. SB 128 is modeled on legislation in Oregon and other states where aid-in-dying has been proven to be effective and [...]

    March 25, 2015
  • Women’s Caucus Announces Legislation and Budget Action To Strengthen Women’s Economic Future

    Women’s Caucus Announces Legislation and Budget Action To Strengthen Women’s Economic Future

    Video Courtesy of California Senate Majority Caucus Women’s Caucus priority legislation and budget action: Equal Pay and Job Opportunities · California Fair Pay Act – SB 358 (Senator Jackson) California women working full time make an average of only 84 cents to every dollar earned by men, and women of color, especially Latinas, face an [...]

    March 25, 2015
  • Policy Insights 2015

    Policy Insights 2015

      Celebrating 20 Years of Analysis and Impact Paul Rosenstiel, managing director, public finance department, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company and board chair, California Budget & Policy Center Jean Ross, program officer, Ford Foundation and former executive director, California Budget & Policy Center California Prospects, Act II: Big Challenges, Big Ideas Three of our state’s foremost [...]

    March 25, 2015
  • Capitol Weekly and UC Center Present: Water 2015

    Capitol Weekly and UC Center Present: Water 2015

    WATER 2015 features two dozen water experts and decision makers looking at water policy in California. Panelists discussed The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the impact of the Water Bond, new groundwater legislation and conservation of the state’s most precious resource.   The Money: Who Pays, and How Much? Welcoming remarks, Tim Foster, Open California; A.G. Block, UC Center [...]

    March 20, 2015
  • Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen addresses the Sacramento Press Club

    Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen addresses the Sacramento Press Club

    (Photo Credit: Katie Orr) Kristin Olsen became the Assembly Republican leader in 2015 after her peers elected her to the post the previous year. In four years in the Assembly before that, Olsen has pursued legislation on environmental and veterans policies and worked with Democrats on education reforms. Olsen has also been a leader in [...]

    March 20, 2015

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UCGHI Policy Briefing on California’s Farm Workers

UCGHI Policy Briefing on California’s Farm Workers

March 25, 2015

Agriculture is a major driver of California’s economy, worth tens of billions of dollars. Yet, most farm workers are immigrants with low levels of education and socioeconomic status, live in poor housing conditions, and have less access to health care, fewer legal protections, and higher rates of occupational injuries and chronic diseases than workers in [...]

Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce $1 Billion Emergency Drought Package

Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce $1 Billion Emergency Drought Package

March 19, 2015

(Photo Credit: Randy Pench) Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. [...]

Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Poetry Out Loud State Finals

March 17, 2015

Levi Lowe, a sophomore at Sonora Union High School in Tuolumne County, took first place in the 2015 California state finals of Poetry Out Loud and will represent the Golden State in Washington, D.C. at the national finals next month. Levi recited A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown by Walt Whitman, The Nail by C. [...]

Honoring the Women Senators of the California State Senate

Honoring the Women Senators of the California State Senate

March 17, 2015

Courtesy of  The Senate Democratic Caucus  Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León rededicates the Rose Ann Vuich Hearing Room, and unveils portraits in honor of the 42 trailblazing women Senators who have served in the California State Senate. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Protecting California from Future Budget Crises

Protecting California from Future Budget Crises

March 10, 2015

UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents David Gamage Assistant Professor of Law University of California Berkeley California has mostly recovered from its last budget crisis, but the state remains vulnerable to future fiscal storms. This talk will discuss the cyclical nature of California’s tax and budget policies and how these policies might be reformed so as [...]

State Legislators Announce Legislation that Prohibits State Funded Colleges from Banning the US Flag

State Legislators Announce Legislation that Prohibits State Funded Colleges from Banning the US Flag

March 10, 2015

On Monday afternoon, Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) and several of her colleagues jointly announced that they will introduce a Senate Constitutional Amendment on Wednesday that prohibits state funded colleges and universities from banning the flag of the United States of America on school property. Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, [...]

Formal versus Informal Prekindergarten and School Readiness for Children of Immigrant Families: A Review of Evidence from the U.S.

Formal versus Informal Prekindergarten and School Readiness for Children of Immigrant Families: A Review of Evidence from the U.S.

March 9, 2015

UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents Dr. Michael Gottfried, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara Given that many children from immigrant families start school at a disadvantage relative to native-born children, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners have inquired into which prekindergarten alternatives might be most effective at boosting school readiness for this group [...]

Future of California Elections 2015 Conference

Future of California Elections 2015 Conference

March 5, 2015

The 2015 Conference theme is “Working Together for a More Inclusive Democracy.” The conference program reflects this theme as it showcases the successes and innovations that have resulted from collaborations in the field of elections in California and across the nation. The Future of California Elections (FOCE) is a collaboration between election officials, civil rights [...]