Governor Brown Signs Bill to Preserve the Sea Level Rise Database

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.

Here’s a bill that will help you figure out who’s trying to buy your vote

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.

Senior Scam Stopper Seminar at EPA Senior Center Recap

Here’s a nifty little scam for you: Someone knocks on the door after turning your water main off. He says he was just checking your neighbor’s water pressure and was wondering if you would like yours checked. You let him in, he “checks” it and it’s quite low. He offers to fix it for $200. You agree, he turns it back on, checks it again, you pay him and he’s on his way.

Berman Responds to Assembly Passage of Housing Package

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement in response to the passage of legislation in the California State Assembly aimed at tackling California’s housing crisis: 

State lawmakers advance major housing bills, including a $75 fee on refinancing

California lawmakers advanced key housing legislation late Thursday, clearing the most substantial hurdle for a package of bills aimed at addressing the state’s housing affordability crisis.

Legislators in the Assembly passed Senate Bill 2, a $75 fee on mortgage refinances and other real estate transactions except for home and commercial property sales. The measure is expected to raise $250 million a year to help finance new and rehabilitated developments for low-income residents — a key step, lawmakers said, in beginning to get housing costs under control.

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Awaits Action from Governor

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Legislature voted unanimously to adopt a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. Assembly Bill 1312, joint authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), now awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.