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December 30, 2009

IN THESE closing days of 2009, Sierra Club California director Bill Magavern is pretty happy with Santa Cruz's taste in politicians.

"[Assemblymember] Bill Monning has been a star in his freshman year," he says. "He has an absolutely stellar record." Monning took home perfect marks from the club's California Legislative 2009 Report Card, which tracks how closely state lawmakers' votes matched the club's position on a slate of 15 environmental bills. Monning batted a perfect 15, one of only two assemblymembers to do so.

December 30, 2009

No longer will you be able to get a credit card while anethesized, you'll pay a higher fine for using that handicapped parking pass beloning to your friend's great aunt and allegedly, you will be protected from unscrupulous loan sharks who want to sell you the latest version of a dangerous, but enticing mortgage.

Despite budget woes that led to more than one Sacramento all-nighter in those red and green leather chairs, your elected officials got several bills passed and signed by the governor that will be going into effect Friday morning.

December 17, 2009

Sierra Club California has published its 2009 Legislative Report Card, exposing a significant deterioration in the performance of Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature.

Billionaire developers and fossil-fuel polluters cynically manipulated California’s economic distress to weaken protections for our air, water, and wild places, and our elected officials too often went along.


December 16, 2009

T’was the morning of Christmas when all through the house,
Every creature was stirring, most especially the mouse,
As Mom clicked on links that said “tourniquet” with care,
With the hopes that the EMTs soon would be there.

The children just wanted their toys to be freed
From the plastic, not knowing this would inevitably lead
To Dad grabbing a ‘kerchief and starting to yell
After slicing off a digit with the plastic clamshell.

December 15, 2009

SACRAMENTO -- Farmworkers and activists rallied in Sacramento Monday, Dec. 14, against California's pending registration of the fumigant methyl iodide.

State officials are considering methyl iodide to replace methyl bromide, which has been phased out since the early 1990s under international agreement due to its ozone-depleting properties.


December 03, 2009

The Scotts Valley City Council has established an ad hoc subcommittee to analyze a bill that would make it possible to form an open-space district in Santa Cruz County.

Senate Bill 211, authored by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, and co-authored by Assembly members Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, would allow Santa Cruz County residents to vote to establish an open-space district.

November 26, 2009

Assemblyman now on media committee Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, was appointed last week to a committee on arts, entertainment, sports, tourism and Internet media by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles.

“The travel and tourism industry is the second biggest employer in the 27th Assembly District,” Monning said in a prepared statement, “and I am pleased that the speaker believes I can make a contribution to the policy decisions and legislation that will be heard by the committee.”

November 13, 2009

Dear Editor,

What's going on at Morgan Hill's Live Oak High School, where gang thugs have been allowed to take over while school officials wring their hands and deny there is a problem? Our children are frightened and intimidated by these junior criminals who really have little interest in learning in the first place but are allowed to run wild and play gangster.


November 12, 2009

SANTA CRUZ -- For the past two months, Margaret Dampier has been swallowing samples from her doctor's office to treat her Parkinson's disease.

Medi-Cal dropped the 67-year-old after a modest increase in workers compensation, and now she can't afford the $400 prescription each month, Dampier said.


October 30, 2009

A state budget cleanup bill that would have saved Morgan Hill's redevelopment agency $2 million will likely not be reintroduced during the California State Assembly's special session next week.

Redevelopment officials from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Richmond are urging legislators to let the bill, which would have updated the data used to calculate state RDA takeaways, unceremoniously fail. The change would cost their agencies more than $22 million.