Governor’s revise sparks calls for more spending

San Mateo County lawmakers were left wondering how a larger portion of the unanticipated revenue padding California’s budget can be dedicated toward homelessness and education after Gov. Jerry Brown included upticks in the state revenue and surplus in his revised state budget Friday.


California Prepares For Challenging Census Count

California officials are trying to prevent a possible undercount of the state’s population in the next census. They worry that fear in immigrant communities will depress response rates, which could cost California federal funding and Congressional representation.

Trump Census Puts California at Risk

SACRAMENTO – At a special event held by the Public Policy Institute of California, and attended by hundreds of non-profits and foundation leaders from across California, Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Census, emphasized why it is imperative that every Californian is counted in the 2020 Census.

Around Town: paper or plastic; a family legacy

In this week's Around Town column, a Girl Scout troop persuades the City Council to take action against plastic straws, the family of Frank Greene Jr. reacts to news of a school getting named after him and a Holocaust survivor from Palo Alto gets recognized at a state ceremony.

Palo Alto Resident Honored at Assembly’s Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) honored Judith Rabbie at the California State Assembly’s 13th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 207, which passed unanimously today, proclaims April 16, 2018, as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Census Citizenship Question Must Be Rejected

SACRAMENTO —  Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Assembly Elections and Redistricting Chair Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Commerce Department seeking to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census questionnaire:

Around Town

STATE HONORS ... Luisa Buada has seen Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto grow from 13 employees to more than 200, transform from a modular building into a 38,300-square-foot facility on Bay Road and see an expansion of medical services for the undocumented, uninsured and low-income residents in East Palo Alto and neighboring communities. Her past 15 years as the medical center's CEO caught the eye of Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, who recognized her with the 24th Assembly District's Woman of the Year award on Monday. 

Luisa Buada Named Woman of the Year by Assemblymember Berman

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) presented Luisa Buada with the Woman of the Year award in recognition of her public service to the 24th Assembly District. Since 1980, Buada has been instrumental in providing health care to the neediest residents of in San Mateo County and the larger Bay Area region.