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Press Conference: End of Life Options Act

Press Conference: End of Life Options Act

March 25, 2015

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 [...]

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

March 25, 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

Policy Insights 2015

Policy Insights 2015

March 25, 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 [...]

Capitol Weekly and UC Center Present: Water 2015

Capitol Weekly and UC Center Present: Water 2015

March 20, 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 [...]

Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen addresses the Sacramento Press Club

Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen addresses the Sacramento Press Club

March 20, 2015

(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 [...]

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. [...]