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December 22, 2014

A controversial way of catching swordfish that often snags other marine life needs to end, said five politicians in a letter sent Monday to federal fishery managers.

State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, signed the letter that called for an end to drift gill nets, known for snagging everything from dolphins to sea otters.

“While progress has been made, the amount of bycatch caught in drift gill nets used to capture swordfish remains unacceptable,” the letter read.

October 02, 2014

On Sept. 28, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1087 into law. The bill seeks to curb what some say is an epidemic of sexual harassment and violence among the state’s field workers.

September 29, 2014

Supporters of a planned Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord have been patient, to say the least. They've waited decades— through permitting hurdles, land-use battles and funding shortfalls.

Now they're finally seeing this thing happen.


August 30, 2014

Last week, the Legislature united to pass a water bond, which Gov. Brown signed, to guarantee its placement on the November ballot. While the legislation had bipartisan and near unanimous support, the pathway to the final agreement was fraught with uncertainty. Fortunately, the will to advance solutions to better manage California's precious water resources amidst the continuing drought outweighed partisan or regional posturing.

August 20, 2014

SACRAMENTO >> State legislation aimed at saving Monterey Peninsula water ratepayers millions in desalination project financing costs is headed to the Governor's desk.

Senate Bill 936, backed by State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and other Central Coast lawmakers, was approved by the State Senate on Wednesday. State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), and State Assemblymen Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) and Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) also backed the bill.

August 19, 2014

A state bill to help form the Paso Robles Basin Water District has cleared both the California Senate and Assembly and now awaits the governor’s signature. AB 2453 passed the Assembly yesterday.

The final version of the bill allows a petition to create the district be filed with the Local Agency Formation Commission if 10 percent of the landowners sign the petition. Formation of a district would require a vote of the majority of landowners, 50 percent plus one, based on vote for each landowner.

August 19, 2014

A bill that would require sexual harassment prevention training for agriculture workers is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Bill Monning, a Carmel Democrat, authored the measure, which would address numerous reports of sexual harassment, including rape, against female farmworkers.

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.



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.

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.