Tag: State Assembly

Assemblymember Obernolte Seeks Nominations for Veteran of the Year

Big Bear, CA, May 11, 2016 – Every year, Assembly Members select a veteran in their District to be recognized as the Veteran of the Year. Assemblymember Jay Obernolte invites residents to nominate a veteran who has gone above and beyond to serve our country, defend our freedom, and help better our community. The Veteran of the Year will be honored in Sacramento with a ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Please submit nominations detailing why you think a local veteran should be nominated. Your submission should include information about the veteran’s military history, examples of the veteran’s...

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Assembly Approves New Minimum Smoking Age

Sacramento, CA, March 7th, 2016 – The California Assembly approved a bill that would raise the minimum smoking age in California from 18 to 21.  Senate Bill (SB) 2X-7 is part of the Second Extraordinary Session called by the Governor in June 2015 and represents a merger of Assemblyman Jim Wood’s Assembly Bill and Senator Ed Hernández’s.  Assemblyman Wood is now the principle co-author of the bill that will head to the Governor’s desk. Assemblyman Wood said, “It’s estimated that 90% of all smokers start before the age of 21. Fewer smokers means healthier people, healthier people means we spend...

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Assemblymember Jay Obernolte Picked to be Part of Historic Tech Caucus

Big Bear, CA, January 27, 2016 – Former Big Bear Lake Mayor and current 33rd District Assemblymember, Jay Obernolte, has been tapped to be part of the new California Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus. Assemblymembers Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) co-chair the Tech Caucus and according to Calderon, “Innovation plays a critical role in advanced economies and is necessary for long-term, sustained growth. As the 8th largest economy in the world, investing in technology and fostering innovation remains critical to California’s economic prosperity. Our Caucus is committed to supporting policies that strike a balance between keeping the tech economy...

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Continuing CA Drought Prompts Action

  Big Bear, CA, April 2, 2015 – California is drawing national attention as it enters into a fourth year of devastating drought. The state’s record low snowpack, diminishing reservoir levels and high temperatures have pushed the state into uncharted territory, with worsening impacts on water quality, agriculture, fire response, habitat, and fish and wildlife. As the state braces for a hot and dry summer, top state, federal and local officials will meet Thursday, April 9, to discuss drought response actions, impacts and steps underway to stretch California’s depleted water reserves this year. Among the topics to be covered at the 2015 Drought Briefing will be an overview of  the extended drought conditions in California, State and Federal response efforts, impacts on farms and fish, as well as the 2015 Save Our Water Campaign. Late last month, the California Assembly, Senate, and Governor announced emergency drought legislation that included one billion dollars in funds that could aid current drought efforts as well as proposed augmentations for emergency food assistance, emergency drinking water, and conservation actions. In an historic move, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order yesterday ordering water use to be slashed by 25 percent across the state. That could mean a savings of 1.5 million acre-feet of water over nine months. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” Brown said in a statement. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive...

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Open Primary California and Some Confusion

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