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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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – On Saturday, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 868 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), which will make it easier for nonprofit community-based organizations to provide critically needed job-training services to those most in need. 

“Nonprofit community-based organizations, such as JobTrain in Menlo Park, provide essential job-skills training that grow the workforce and strengthen the economy,” said Berman. “AB 868 creates a more straightforward path for these organizations to continue serving their communities.”

Monday, September 25, 2017

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.

That’s just one of the smaller scams that over 100 seniors who attended a seminar designed to help seniors spot, avoid and report scams sponsored by Assemblyman Marc Berman at the East Palo Alto Senior Center the morning of 9/25/17 heard about. Featured speakers were Jane Kreidler from the State Contractors Licensing Board (800-321-2752), and Bill Zemblidge an inspector with the US Postal Inspection Service (877-876-2455.) Nicole Fernandez from San Mateo County Aging & Adult Services (800-675-8437.) also spoke about senior abuse.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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: 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

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.