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Steve Emerson: Time to stop fighting over Fort Ord veterans cemetery

July 18, 2014

We had the opportunity to spend a few minutes this week with Congressman Sam Farr and state Sen. Bill Monning at an open forum updating everyone on the status of the veterans cemetery on Fort Ord. It was a fairly well-attended event with parties from both sides of the issue.



Mandatory soda warnings closer to becoming law

May 29, 2014

A first-of-its-kind bill to warn consumers that soda and other sweetened beverages are dangerous survived a nail-biting vote in the state Legislature Thursday.

With the tone of a prosecutor and the fervor of a public health nurse, Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, made the case to fellow senators that sugary drinks were a pernicious threat to the public health, pointing to numerous studies blaming them for a variety of ailments, including childhood diabetes.

Bill Would Impose Sanctions for Sexually Harassing Farmworkers

May 23, 2014

It’s an open secret in California’s agricultural fields and packing houses: Female farmworkers often endure sexual harassment, or even sexual assault. The perpetrators are usually crew bosses who threaten to fire the women if they speak up. Now, a bill making its way through the California Legislature tries to address the problem by cracking down on employers.

Soda warnings clear legislative test

April 10, 2014

Sen. Bill Monning's efforts to slap a warning label on soft drinks and other sugary beverages cleared its first legislative test Wednesday.

Borrowing a tactic used on alcohol and cigarettes, the Carmel Democrat wants Californians to see a safety warning when they pick up a soda pop telling them sweetened beverages can lead to a variety of diseases.

"The status quo is unacceptable," Monning said. "There is a public health epidemic in this state."

Vietnam Veterans of America CA State Council Announces Sen. Monning as Legislator of the Year, 2013

February 07, 2014
The Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council (VVA-CSC) has named Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) as their Legislators of the Year for 2013. The VVA-CSC Legislator of the Year award is bestowed upon legislators who have supported California’s veterans and their families during their service as California legislators.

Bill would allow water bonds to finance portion of Monterey Peninsula desal project

February 04, 2014

Central Coast lawmakers said Monday they have introduced a bill that would allow for public financing of a portion of the Monterey Peninsula water project proposed by California American Water.

The measure, Senate Bill 936, was introduced by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Assemblymen Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, and Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville.


California Landscape Contractors Association Names Monning 2013 Legislator Of The Year

January 30, 2014

CLCA presented its Legislator of the Year Award to state Senator William Monning (D-Carmel) at its annual convention in Carmel Valley in November. According to Michael Martin, the chair of the association’s Legislation Committee, CLCA selected Monning in recognition of the senator’s collaborative work in aggressively combating the underground economy and other illegal practices that have adversely affected the state’s construction industry.


Mary Lou Goeke: Soda tax makes great sense

January 11, 2014

I wholeheartedly disagree with the editorial you reprinted Jan. 8 from the Bay Area News Group on Sen. Bill Monning's 2014 efforts to revive the soda tax, "Soda Tax Misses Point."

The evidence they cite is that the state of Arkansas instituted a soda tax in 1992 and 20 years later their adult obesity rate has increased. In fact, the tax in Arkansas is a sales tax and the consumer has no way of knowing by looking at their sales receipt that the tax is levied on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Veterans cemetery in the works at Ford Ord

October 21, 2013

MARINA — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation earlier this month authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) that will appropriate $1 million toward the non-reimbursed costs to construct the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ord.

The appropriation in SB 232 will supplement the funds already raised by the community and provide the financial assurance needed for the California Department of Veterans Affairs to formally respond to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ grant offer announced earlier in October.

Fort Ord veterans cemetery gets an extra $1 million from California

October 11, 2013

The proposed Fort Ord veterans cemetery got the extra $1 million organizers had hoped for Thursday.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, that changed money pegged as a loan for the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery into an allocation.

The money is coming in the nick of time. There is a state deadline Tuesday for organizers to raise $2.6 million or risk losing a federal grant.

"As you can imagine," Monning said by phone, "we're thrilled."