Press Release

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Assemblymembers Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to phase out the sale of new gas-powered small off-road engines (SORE), which are primarily used in lawn and garden equipment, including leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and other outdoor power equipment. AB 1346 would require new sales of SORE to be zero-emission by 2024 or whenever the California Air Resources Board (CARB) determines is feasible, whichever is later.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, and the Campaign for College Opportunity announced the introduction of AB 928, critical legislation to significantly increase the number of students transferring from California Community Colleges to four-year universities.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) introduced AB 1091, legislation to reform the governance structure of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Consistent with the findings of a 2019 Civil Grand Jury Report, AB 1091 would reduce the size of the VTA Board and replace the elected Board of Directors with appointed members of the public.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), along with joint author Assemblymember James C. Ramos and coauthors Senators Susan Talamantes Eggman and Henry Stern, introduced Assembly Bill 563, which would, by July 1, 2022, establish a new office within the California Department of Education to ensure greater access to health care services at schools and draw down more federal funds.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, convened a virtual conversation on the college transfer process with higher education system leaders.

Speakers included:
-- Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
-- Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Chancellor, California State University
-- Dr. Michael V. Drake, President, University of California
-- Kristen Soares, President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Thursday, January 14, 2021

California’s legislative and higher education leaders on Wednesday committed to increase the number of students who can transfer from the state’s community colleges to universities this year.

Thousands of college students each year aim to make that leap to enter the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California, the 23 campuses of California State University or private universities each year, but many don’t make it.

Only 19% of community college students who intend to transfer reach that goal within four years, and 28% do so within six years, according to a September 2020 report from the Public Policy Institute of California. The study is a snapshot of 2019 based on students who started in 2014-15.