Friday, December 7, 2018

Opinion: Paul Ryan’s criticism of California elections is unjustified
Unlike other states, Golden State is a model for expanding voters’ rights

Marc Berman
The Mercury News
December 7, 2018

Outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently cast doubt on California’s election results, calling our state’s election system “bizarre” and saying that it “just defies logic” to him.

As chair of the state Assembly committee that oversees our elections, I wanted to take this opportunity to enlighten the Wisconsin congressman. The results of the Nov. 6 election are what happens when a state takes the power away from politicians and puts it in the hands of the people, where it belongs, by making it easier to vote and ensuring that all votes are counted.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Jana Bergevin’s dream was as elusive as it is common: a career in Hollywood. Growing up near Sacramento, she didn’t imagine herself in front of a camera or even behind one. She wanted to be an animator, able to turn her imagination into stories for screens big and small.

Admissions officers at The Art Institute of San Francisco convinced her the for-profit college could all but guarantee her a job in the industry if she graduated from its expensive program. They talked about their connections to studios such as Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


The 2017-2018 legislative session is effectively over and focus has shifted to the November election. With a new governor coming to power in the coming months, it’s worth examining which lawmakers have had the most success implementing their agenda. Paul Payne of Sen. Bill Dodd’s office crunched the numbers.

Over the last two years, 1,875 bills have cleared Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Here are the lawmakers who have authored the most laws:

T-1 — Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (34 bills)

T-1 — Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell (34)

T-3 — Dodd, D-Napa (31)

T-3 — Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo (31)

T-5 — Assemblywoman Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters (29)

T-5 — Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles (29)

7 — Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica (27)

T-8 — Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara (26)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Adult sexual assault victims in California now have up to 10 years to seek civil damages under a new bill, authored by Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday.

Assembly Bill 1619 is a marked difference from the state's previous three-year statute of limitations. Under the new law, people over 18 years old who have been sexually assaulted will have 10 years from the date of the assault or three years from the date of discovery of an illness or injury that resulted from the assault, whichever is later, to start a civil case.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-24th District, apologized if he repeated points during last week’s “Keeping Up with the Community” event at Enchanté Boutique Hotel in downtown Los Altos.

By the time he arrived Sept. 18, Berman had already appeared at the Clocktower Coffee Roasting Company in Mountain View for another community coffee and attended a meeting that day.

He had also, based on observation at Enchanté, spent all day referring questions about hot-button topics to respective city council members. He acknowledged Mayor Jean Mordo, councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Lynette Lee Eng and council candidates Nancy Bremeau and Neysa Fligor at the gathering, noting that he knows how much work it is serving on the council; he previously sat on the Palo Alto City Council.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, will address the perceived gap between the increasing availability of jobs in technology and skills taught at California public schools at an event in East Palo Alto on Monday.

He will join a panel of local employers, as well as military and educational leaders, who will discuss the addition of computer science to the curriculum of California public schools with hopes of preparing children earlier for tech jobs that are on the rise.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several pieces of legislation this month aimed at fixing or improving access to mental health services in California, while vetoing one bill that promised to reimburse student loans for mental health professionals working in "shortage areas."

Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign bills passed by the Legislature last month.