Monday, February 24 2014
Perea: Listening to the People of the Central Valley
(Fresno) – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) recently hosted a hearing of the Assembly committee working to craft a water bond measure for the November ballot at Fresno City College to learn what the top water priorities are for Central Valley residents. The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewodd), has been holding water bond hearings up and down California. Assemblymember Perea said, “We need to make sure that we have a water bond that reflects the needs of all of our communities across the state.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.Continue reading...
Friday, February 21 2014
Perea Introduces Bipartisan Water Bond Bill Proposal
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and joint authors Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) along with co-author Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) introduced a comprehensive water bond proposal. Because Assembly Bill (AB) 2686 is the water bond proposal that provides enough funding to complete the water infrastructure investments California needs, it is supported by a bipartisan coalition of legislators and various stakeholders with diverse interests. “Amongst the various water bond proposals, AB 2686 is the only proposal that offers a framework with the funding and priorities to properly plan for California’s water future,” said Assemblymember Perea. …Continue reading...
Friday, February 21 2014
Perea Bill Gives State Hospitals Doctors Access to Patient Criminal Records
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1960 to ensure that clinicians at State Hospitals have access to the criminal records of patients committed through the criminal justice system to assist them in the placement and treatment of patients. “Doctors at Coalinga State Hospital in my district and in other State Hospitals are lacking the information they need to create a safer environment for both patients and employees,” said Assemblymember Perea. “With all the relevant information, doctors will be able to provide patients with the best and most individualized treatments plans.” “We are pleased to be…Continue reading...
Thursday, February 20 2014
Perea Bill to Help San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC) Protect Their Land
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1506 was endorsed by the San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC) Governing Board. AB 1506 would allow California peace officers to cite violators of SJRC regulations. SJRC was created by the legislature to preserve land around the San Joaquin River for the enjoyment of future generations and was given the authority to make regulations to protect their land. Unfortunately, the legislation that established the SJRC did not include a way to penalize violators of SJRC regulations. “The Conservancy must be granted the right to enforce regulations in order to keep…Continue reading...
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Perea Introduces Bill to Help Small Rural Telephone Companies
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1693 to require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to perform its rate setting responsibility for small rural telephone companies in a timely manner. AB 1693 will ensure that rate setting is a core function of the CPUC, and delaying a request negatively impacts rural communities by depriving them of upgrades to local telephone networks and access to high-quality telephone service. “Rural communities in my district deserve access to the same kind of telephone services that urban areas enjoy,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Small telephone companies, like Sebastian in Kerman,…Continue reading...
Friday, February 07 2014
Perea Responds to Governor Brown’s Plan for Unemployment Insurance Program
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Brown Administration of major new proposals to improve the delivery of unemployment benefits to eligible Californians: “Governor Brown and his team should be applauded for taking major steps to shore up efforts of the Employment Development Department (EDD). EDD has struggled under record workload and diminishing resources, and unemployed Californians have called for improved services.” The Administration’s plan includes hiring new staff and implementing new technologies in their phone system. “I want to thank the Governor for…Continue reading...
Thursday, January 30 2014
Perea Responds to Congressional Concern Over Unemployment Insurance Woes
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, made the following statement in response to Congresswoman Matsui’s letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez raising concerns over California’s delayed unemployment insurance benefits issue: “Thank you to Congresswoman Matsui and the other members of the California Congressional delegation for their willingness to contribute to our efforts to improve California's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program. Matsui's letter to the federal Department of Labor seeking additional federal financial support hit the mark. The federal government has been starving our UI program of the financial support needed to provide jobless…Continue reading...
Monday, January 27 2014
Perea Addresses Issues to Alleviate Unemployment Woes
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), unveiled his package of initiatives to improve the unemployment insurance (UI) program. For months, the Employment Development Department (EDD), and specifically the UI program, has been plagued by system errors and backlogs leaving thousands who lost their job through no fault of their own without a way to pay their bills or put food on the table. Assemblymember Perea’s three part package includes: A budget request to provide funding for 200 additional staffers to answer phone calls at EDD A request to have the State Auditor identify problems in UI…Continue reading...
Thursday, January 23 2014
Perea Touts Strong Public Support for Water Bond
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) three principles for a water bond are surface storage, clean drinking water, and protecting the delta, which resonates well with California voters. As the state endures a record drought, it is clear protecting our water supply is an issue that Californians are following. According to a survey conducted by J. Moore Methods for the California Issues Forum, 58 % of likely voters would approve an $11 billion dollar state bond measure to increase and protect state and local water supplies. “Clearly the majority of Californians support a water bond,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Water…Continue reading...
Thursday, January 23 2014
Assembly Democrats Hopeful Following Governor’s State of the State
(Sacramento) – Following Governor Brown’s 2014 State of the State address, Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) said he’s pleased the Governor is focused on the water crisis facing the state. Assemblymember Perea said, “The drought has had a huge economic impact in the Central Valley. Hundreds of thousands of acres are being fallowed. That is why we need conveyance. That is why we need storage.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.Continue reading...
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