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July 09, 2011

SANTA CRUZ - Soquel resident Jack Roberts, a 74-year-old retiree, wouldn't discuss what he did during his professional career, but whatever it was, it "trained me to be skeptical" and to "question everything."

That attitude would serve well the entire population, but specifically senior citizens, a segment of the population that's increasingly being targeted by the pervasive scams circulating on the Internet and snail mail by those intent on separating their trusting souls from the nest eggs it took them years to accumulate - but can take just moments to lose.

June 28, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A bill that would make it illegal to rent you a car that is under recall and not yet fixed is a major step closer to becoming law.

This bill is the result of one mother's crusade to right what she sees as the wrong that left her two daughters dead. In Sacramento, however, the opposition remains strong.

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June 21, 2011

State Democratic legislators are still working to get the necessary Republican votes needed to pass the budget. What is the current status of the budget?

Last week the governor vetoed the majority vote budget passed by Legislative Democrats. The governor’s veto message states that he still wants a vote by Californians on the question of whether to extend existing revenues in order to balance the state budget.

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June 19, 2011

Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, has selected Heller Estate Organic Vineyard of Carmel Valley, to be honored at the California Small Business Day luncheon on June 6 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

"I selected Heller Estate as the 27th Assembly District's Small Business of the Year because of its long term commitment to making environmentally friendly wines and to creating a safe work environment," Monning said. "I have had the opportunity to visit Heller Estate and was impressed by what the Hellers have done to implement these best management practices."

June 03, 2011

There otter be a law. And there is.

Legislation to keep a voluntary tax check-off program to help fund research on the threatened California sea otter sailed through the state Assembly this week as easily as an otter knifes through the waves.

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June 03, 2011

Democrats in the California Assembly on Thursday narrowly approved giving state regulators the power to reject rate hikes proposed by health insurers, voting after Republican lawmakers walked out of the chamber in protest.

The Assembly voted 42-1 to approve the measure, with one Democrat voting no and others speaking against it. The bill, which needed 41 votes for approval, now goes to the Senate.

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June 02, 2011

Facing today's deadline, California lawmakers moved a host of bills out of both the Senate and Assembly Thursday, including a groundbreaking measure that would give domestic workers the same labor protections benefiting most other employees in the state.

May 29, 2011

CAPITOLA - When the state declared a disaster after the March tsunami battered the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor and other parts of the coast, it invoked the California Disaster Assistance Act, which triggers state aid once the federal government provides disaster relief funding.

May 20, 2011

The next time you're at a car rental counter, will you know whether the vehicle you're getting has recently been subject to a safety recall? Likely not.

While you might assume car rental companies make sure every car under a recall is fixed before it's rented, some consumer groups say that's not the case. They're now pushing to change California law to prohibit those companies from renting or selling any vehicles that are subject to a federal safety recall.

May 15, 2011

Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Carmel) is delaying his Assembly Bill 579 (AB 579) in order to gain time in what could easily become a protracted legislative battle. With park owners’ associations poised to fight, putting the legislation on a "two-year bill" track seems prudent. Responding at the week’s end Monning explains, "The decision to make AB 579 a two year bill will give me more time to negotiate language that will establish greater protections for mobilehome residents and local governments."

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