In the News

January 04, 2017

By Jeff Jardine- Modesto Bee

Just 18 months ago, about two dozen people stood on the Capitol steps and implored Gov. Jerry Brown to keep a killer in prison.

Now, Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Beth DeJong said, it’s “time to roll up our sleeves and fight again at the Capitol.”

December 21, 2016

Rich Ibarra-Capitol Public Radio

On Tuesday in Modesto, it was standing-room only at a State Water Resources Control Board hearing for a plan that could cut irrigation water for farmers and drinking water for cities.

Many people showed up at the meeting to protest the plan, while others came to show their support. 

October 03, 2016

Another bill championed by a local legislator to address predatory lawsuits was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown just before Friday’s deadline.

October 03, 2016

Late last week, California Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. signed into law a bill that protects widowed spouses and other heirs from foreclosures.

Through the legislation (SB 1150), when the sole borrower listed on a mortgage passes away, it entitles widows, widowers, domestic partners, heirs, siblings and other survivors to information and communication from the mortgage servicer.

The legislation also provides these surviving persons the right to seek a loan assumption and modification, if needed.

September 30, 2016

In a rare move, Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday he was allowing a bill increasing penalties for possession of date-rape drugs to become law without his signature.

Brown normally signs bills he supports or vetoes them if he doesn't, but bills can become law if the governor fails to act by Friday’s midnight deadline. The governor's representatives declined to explain his decision, but Brown has in the past been reluctant to approve bills that added to prison overcrowding.

September 30, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that’s designed to give widows and widowers a better shot at saving their homes when they fall behind on mortgage payments.

Senate Bill 1150 boosts protections against foreclosure for surviving spouses who own their home but are not on its mortgage note.

September 30, 2016

California offenders will no longer be eligible for early release if they have been convicted of murder in the death of a police officer.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that exempts offenders from consideration for compassionate or medical release. 

Currently under the law, the secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Board of Parole Hearings determine whether a prisoner meets those provisions.

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills:

AB 685 by Assemblymember Jacqui V. Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Real Estate Law.


AB 920 by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) – Jails: county inmate welfare funds.

AB 1779 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) – Nonprobate transfers: revocable transfer on death deed.

AB 1784 by Assemblymember Matthew M. Dababneh (D-Encino) – State banks.

August 24, 2016

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) announced that efforts are under way to access over half a million dollars in state funds she was able to secure for Micke Grove Zoo in the recently passed 2016-17 State Budget.

Galgiani noted that Micke Grove Zoo was the only zoo in the entire state to receive a direct appropriation in the state budget. Galgiani personally intervened with budget writers to secure the $500,000 to fund key retrofits to the zoo facility.

August 24, 2016

A bill that would grant California widows and widowers greater protections against foreclosure heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after passing the state Senate on Wednesday.

The proposal is geared at giving surviving spouses who own their home but are not on its mortgage note a better shot at obtaining a loan modification.

Consumer groups say survivors — including those who inherit property after a death — face considerable resistance from loan servicers when trying to obtain modifications.