Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The California Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960 is a testament to California’s commitment to accessible, affordable, high quality higher education. However, much has changed in California since the state detailed its vision for higher education 57 years ago. Population growth, increased diversity, technological advancement, and the rise of new industries have altered student needs and boosted demand for higher education.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Amidst all the dreary news of sexual harassment and assault coming out of Hollywood, the Golden State got some good news. On Thursday, Oct. 12, California became the latest state to pass the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, giving much-needed protections to survivors of sexual assault. The bill provides a number of provisions that are designed to make the process of reporting an assault to authorities and pursuing criminal cases easier.

Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), one of the bill's joint authors, tells Elite Daily, "Now, when people go through this experience, they’re going to be supported a lot more, and it’s going to be clear for them what their rights are."

Monday, October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – On Sunday night, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) to curb deceptive signature-gathering practices. Assembly Bill 1367 extends criminal penalties to any individual, company, or organization that directs or allows a signature gatherer to misrepresent an initiative, referenda, or recall petition.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Brown signed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, joint authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto).

“I am proud to be a joint author of AB 1312, the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights,” said Assemblymember Berman. “By enacting this critical legislation, our state has made a commitment to support and protect survivors first and foremost.”​

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Berman (D-Palo Alto) that provides communities with a financing tool to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change. Assembly Bill 733 allows local governments to fund climate change adaptation efforts using Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs).

Thursday, October 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) that will allow for continued testing of green trucking technologies. Assembly Bill 669 reauthorizes the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in coordination with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), to test Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) technologies, including Driver Assistive Truck Platooning.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Assemblymember Berman attends momentous bill singing ceremony for 15 bills intended to spur housing development, ease regulatory burdens, and improve housing affordability. 


Friday, September 29, 2017

(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), several other Assembly Democrats, housing advocates, as well as labor and business leaders joined Governor Brown in San Francisco as he signed a comprehensive package of bills to help address the supply and affordability of housing in California. “The cost of housing is the first thing on everybody’s mind,” said Assemblymember Berman. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Berman (D-Palo Alto) that reaffirms California’s commitment to preparing for and adapting to sea level rise. Assembly Bill 184 extends the Planning for Sea Level Rise Database to January 1, 2023.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Knowledge is power. When a person meets with us, argues for or against legislation, and asks for our votes, we and our legislative colleagues insist on knowing who they are representing, because that’s critical in helping us assess the credibility of the arguments.

But when voters do the same thing we do – vote to make laws through ballot measures – it's not always clear who’s asking for their votes. Special interests often hide on campaign ads behind happy-sounding committee names that leave voters in the dark about their real agendas.