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September 09, 2011

Among the raft of bills that floated through the Legislature in the final days of session were two big health-related ones:

• The Assembly, after trying and failing by one vote to pass ABX1 21 by Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), yesterday took up the measure again and this time passed it, 61-9; and

September 07, 2011

MARINA - A military cemetery at Fort Ord is one step closer to reality after a state bill that could make it easier for the long-sought project to get built was signed into law.

The 14,000-grave state cemetery would give local veterans a chance to be buried closer to home. Authored by Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, the bill makes it possible for the Fort Ord Reuse Authority to take over management of the project, a potential cost-saving move that would lower the fundraising bar for cemetery supporters.

September 07, 2011

MARINA - A military cemetery at Fort Ord is one step closer to reality after a state bill that could make it easier for the long-sought project to get built was signed into law.

The 14,000-grave state cemetery would give local veterans a chance to be buried closer to home. Authored by Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, the bill makes it possible for the Fort Ord Reuse Authority to take over management of the project, a potential cost-saving move that would lower the fundraising bar for cemetery supporters.

August 25, 2011

A state bill that ensures residents in elderly homes will get enough notice when their facility may close is on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

Assembly Bill 313, authored by Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, was approved 65-0 by the Assembly.

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August 24, 2011

Shouting "Sí se puede," or "yes, we can," on the steps of the Capitol, a group of environmental and farmworker activists this week again called on Gov. Jerry Brown to stop the use of what they believe is a cancer-causing chemical on fields used to grow strawberries and other high-value crops.

"What is the human toll that would be acceptable?" asked Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Monterey, one of the speakers at the rally Tuesday.

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August 05, 2011

SANTA CRUZ - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has upheld its initial decision to deny disaster relief funding to California for damage from strong March storms, rejecting an appeal filed by Gov. Jerry Brown last month.

FEMA issued a two-paragraph letter Thursday addressed to Brown that said "after a thorough review" FEMA reaffirmed its "original findings that the damage to the infrastructure from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the combined capabilities of the state and affected local governments."

August 04, 2011

WATSONVILLE - State Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, joined members of the Pajaro Valley School District and the California School Health Centers Association to tour the health clinic at Cesar Chavez Middle School on Thursday.

More than 1.5 million California students lack health insurance and one in five lacks dental insurance, according to Monning's release announcing the tour.

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July 15, 2011

SCOTTS VALLEY -- California's top emergency official visited Santa Cruz County on Thursday with good news, tempered by a dose of caution.

The state on Thursday appealed the federal government's denial of relief funding for March storms that caused widespread damage in the area, including a massive rockslide in Scotts Valley. But acting California Emergency Management Agency Secretary Mike Dayton warned that the appeal is no sure thing.

July 14, 2011

The state Employment Development Department, which had planned to close employment services from the Salinas One Stop Center, reversed its position in the face of bipartisan pressure for area legislators.

The decision came in response to a letter protesting the action by California State Sens. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, and Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Assemblymen Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, and Bill Monning, D-Monterey.

July 10, 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 the entire population well, 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.

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