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Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of State: ‘California is not turning back. Not now, not ever’

January 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Just four days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday delivered a rousing State of the State speech that asked Californians to persevere through uncertain times.

“California is not turning back. Not now, not ever,” he said to a standing ovation of lawmakers gathered in the Assembly chambers. “His truth is marching on.”

Monning, Cunningham ask state to fund wastewater plant for Paso Robles

December 25, 2016

More than a year after the city of Paso Robles applied for state funding to break ground on its proposed $18 million tertiary sewage treatment plant, San Luis Obispo County’s two state representatives have stepped in to nudge water officials to sign the check.

Last week, second-term Democratic state Sen. Bill Monning of Carmel and newly elected Republican Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham of Templeton sent a joint letter to the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Financial Assistance, urging the agency to move the city’s funding application to the top of its list.

California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery opens

October 12, 2016

The opening ceremony for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) drew a crowd of over 500 to the cemetery’s site at Seaside on Tuesday morning. The cemetery, located on 78 acres on the former Fort Ord Army Post, and is the state’s third Veterans cemetery.

California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery dedicated

October 11, 2016

The California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery was dedicated Tuesday in a solemn, yet celebratory, ceremony with hundreds in attendance including veterans, their families, dignitaries and the public.

“It’s something you do your best to express in words,” said Jimmy Panetta, master of ceremonies and capital campaign co-chair, about what he was feeling. “This is for all of us. It took everybody coming together to get this done and not just the community, but the entire Central Coast.”

Governor Brown signs bill to help with eelgrass restoration in Morro Bay

September 29, 2016

Scientists are worried about the health of the Morro Bay Estuary because of a rapid decline in a plant considered to be at the base of the system's food chain.

Years ago there were hundreds of acres of healthy eelgrass and now there are fewer than 15.

Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill designed to help restore the eelgrass in Morro Bay and other coastal waters of the state.

Pet boarding legislation signed by governor

September 16, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a Senate Bill that ensures that pet boarding facilities are safer for animals.

On Wednesday, Brown signed SB 945, a bill proposed by State Sen. Bill Monning that “provides pet boarding operators with clear guidance about the health and safety standards needed at their facilities, and provides consumers with protections against faulty and/or dangerous practices that may threaten their animals at these facilities.”

Governor Brown signs bill for Interlake Tunnel Project to connect Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio

September 13, 2016

A plan to build an interlake tunnel to connect Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties will get $10 million from the State of California General Fund.

Governor Jerry Brown signed Central Coast State Senator Bill Monning's legislation on Tuesday, allocating those funds.

Pet boarding bill passes legislature, awaits governor’s action

August 24, 2016

 A bill that establishes care and safety standards at pet boarding facilities has passed the Legislature and is awaiting action from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Senate Bill 945, which establishes minimum standards of care and safety at pet boarding facilities, passed through the House and Assembly on Wednesday and is now on the governor’s desk.

Two California bills to protect foster youth pass Assembly

August 18, 2016

Two pieces of legislation that would address solutions to California's foster care system's reliance on psychiatric medications easily passed the Assembly floor Thursday, while a third bill that would complete the package will be voted on next week.

Senate Bill 253, by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, would create a more rigorous process for the prescribing of psychotropic drugs to foster children.

Senate Bill 1291, by state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would require better transparency and tracking of mental health services for foster kids in every California county.

Pet boarding facilities care, safety guidelines bill moves to Assembly

August 04, 2016

A bill establishing care and safety standards at pet boarding facilities, prompted by incidents such as the July 2015 fire in Monterey that killed 15 dogs, moved to the Assembly floor and closer to becoming law on Wednesday.

“Passage of SB 945 by the Assembly Appropriations Committee means that we are one step closer to establishing minimum standards of care and safety at pet boarding facilities in California,” said state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, in a press release.