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  • Fri, July 21, 2017 11:38 AM | Anonymous


    Sacramento Bee: Will Democrats pay a price for Jerry Brown's latest victories?

    After the state legislature narrowly approved an extension of California's controversial cap-and-trade program this week, many observers are wondering if the aggressive agenda of Gov. Brown will one day hit California Democrats hard at the ballot box. While eight Republican voted for cap-and-trade, some believe that it could leave Democrats in more evenly divided districts vulnerable to defeat in next year's elections.

    Sacramento Bee: Six Ways Jerry Brown got Cap-and-Trade Passed


    Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown, Lawmakers Now Look to Housing

    With time running out before lawmakers break for summer recess, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced Monday that they were postponing a vote on a package of bills to address the state’s housing affordability crisis until August. The package of housing bills, the statement said, will include ongoing funding for low-income development, a bond on the 2018 statewide ballot and regulatory changes to make it easier to build housing. Notable is Brown’s support for a bond measure, which he has been resistant to in the past.


    Sacramento Bee: 'Yes in my backyard:' Silicon Valley money fuels fight against state housing crisis

    With financial backing from Silicon Valley tech executives, a new political and housing advocacy venture is gaining traction called California YIMBY – or “Yes in My Back Yard,” a riff on the “not-in-my-backyard” phrase that characterizes neighborhood opposition to development projects.It’s an emerging political movement demanding more housing construction across California, affordable or not. Pro-growth advocacy groups have formed groups from Santa Monica to San Francisco to Sacramento. “We want more housing, and all types of housing. So we advocate for everything from transitional homeless shelters ... to tall, luxury condos and everything in between,” Hanlon said. “We are in a dire housing shortage and we’re not going to get ourselves out of that shortage if we nit-pick every project to death.”


    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Alison Canyon deemed safe to open with limited natural gas injections, state says

    After two years of careful inspection an analysis, state regulators announced on Wednesday that the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility can reopen with limited ability to inject gas into the underground storage basin. With concerns over an especially hot summer affecting the region's ability to generate electricity to deal with high demand, Aliso Canyon's reopening and vast storage capacity should help provide additional gas reserves if needed. The reopening comes after dogged opposition by local residents who were dislocated after a major gas leak at Aliso Canyon some 17 months ago.


    Capitol Weekly: The Staying Power of Nancy Pelosi

    Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House and former speaker, is no stranger to criticism and this year is no different. But this time, the attacks are coming from fellow Democrats who are calling for the longtime House leader, who turned 77 in March and is a California political icon, to step down. So far, she’s not budging.

    The calls for resignation follow a series of Democratic losses in special elections. The most high-profile loss came in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, during which the San Francisco congresswoman figured prominently in Republican-led attack ads. Total spending topped a record-shattering $50 million, most of it by the Democratic contender, who lost handily. But Pelosi is a first-rate fund-raiser and that, perhaps more than anything else, has cemented her hold on power. She also is viewed by most Democrats as important to their efforts to take back the House in 2018 by winning two dozen seats now controlled by Republicans.


  • Fri, July 21, 2017 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    The San Gabriel Valley Tribune published an article yesterday on how Los Angeles County’s 19 community colleges, including Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio College, have agreed to partner in the region’s first center dedicated to training students for today’s highly skilled and technical jobs. 

    The annual $200 million Strong Workforce Program money is making it possible for community colleges to address workforce needs like never before. 

    The Partnership currently has a contract with PCC to support them with their workforce programs. Dr. Scroggins, President of Mt. SAC and Partnership Board Member, is at the helm of the Strong Workforce Program. Many of the other projects and investments will be centered in the San Gabriel Valley. The LA/OC Regional Consortium is also joining the the San Gabriel Valley Partnership and this will give our members a unique opportunity to get involved.

    One of the biggest complaints from Partnership members is finding skilled workers. Community Colleges understand that and are investing into career education, industry-themed, short-term programs that get people to work in short time.

    Are you at a business that needs skilled workers? Contact Dr. Michelle Yanez, Director of Education Pathways, at myanez@sgvpartnership.org.

  • Fri, July 14, 2017 1:31 PM | Anonymous


    Dr. Yanez attended the NAF Next 2017 Conference in Dallas, Texas this week with Partnership school district members Azusa, Monrovia, Duarte and Charter Oak. The NAF Organization helps high schools develop industry-validated, career-themed academies. The goal is to connect school curriculum to real-life work to foster a skilled and responsive workforce. NAF has major partners such as Capital One Bank, Lenovo and Johnson & Johnson and engages with a very impressive number of corporations. To see the list please visit http://naf.org/about/our-partners

    For more information, contact Michelle Yanez at myanez@sgvpartnership.org.

     
  • Fri, July 14, 2017 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    Who wears the most best hat in the San Gabriel Valley? You will find out at this year's SGV Awards Gala at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, September 9. Throw on your best hat and attend the 14th Annual Awards Gala to win a prize and celebrate the achievements on those who have made significant contributions to the SGV! 

    To purchase a ticket, a table, or sponsor the 14th Annual SGV Awards Gala, visit: https://sgvpartnership.org/SGV-Awards-Gala

     


  • Fri, July 14, 2017 11:48 AM | Anonymous


    At the June Legislative Action Committee meeting, Dan Geiger, the Co-Director of the Business Alliance for a Healthy California gave an extensive presentation to the Committee on enacting a single-payer health care system. Single-payer refers to having all medical expenses paid for by a single government agency. This would effectively mean the abolition of private health insurance and expand medical insurance to all Californians. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated the cost of enacting single-payer in California would roughly be $400 billion – over twice the current state budget. Although the legislation for single-payer has stopped for the year, the issue will persist in the state for many years to come. Committee members asked sharp questions of Mr. Geiger, inquiring about phasing in single-payer over time, how single-payer in California would or would not conform with federal medical funding, and how to contain costs for such a system over the long term.

  • Fri, July 14, 2017 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park cordially invites you to the groundbreaking celebration of our new Irwindale Medical Offices, scheduled to open in 2019. 

    Date: 3:30 - 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 17

    Address: 12761 Schabaram Avenue, Irwindale, CA 91706

    RSVP: by August 7 to maria.t.lengerke@kp.org

     




  • Fri, July 14, 2017 10:48 AM | Anonymous


    This week, the Partnership took positions on eight pieces of legislation, notably backing an extension of California's cap-and-trade program and supporting the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

    Cap-and-Trade: The Partnership supported AB 398, a bill extending California's landmark cap-and-trade program - a market-based mechanism that caps the amount of greenhouse gas emissions allowed in the state and steadily lowers that cap year after year. Businesses and entities that emit greenhouse gases must calculate how much they plan to emit during the year and purchase permits to do so. The system is designed to encourage the move towards cleaner burning and more efficient equipment while providing funds to the state to reduce air pollution. Although cap-and-trade has been functioning since 2013, the system had come under legal scrutiny over questions of whether it was properly authorized by the legislature as a tax.

    The Partnership believes cap-and-trade is much better than a draconian command-and-control regulatory system which would likely be put in place, effectively empowering the state to order businesses to cease their operations due to air quality concerns. Cap-and-trade funding is also critical to the completion of the Foothill Gold Line Extension which is short of funding to complete the light rail line from Azusa out to Claremont.

    Internet regulation: The Partnership opposed AB 375, a bill that places strict regulations on internet service providers due to concerns over privacy. This bill is a late gut-and-amend that reacts to the Trump Administration's decision to abandon controversial privacy rules. Current law already provides strong privacy protections in the state and AB 375 needlessly hamstrings internet providers with unreasonable regulations that may have little to no effect in safeguarding privacy.

    San Gabriel Mountains National Monument: As approved by the Partnership's Legislative Action Committee, supportive comments were submitted to the Department of the Interior on behalf of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The national monument covers a section of the San Gabriel Mountains and was approved by President Obama in 2014. The Trump Administration had ordered a review of some 30 national monuments dating back 20 years to see if they had been properly designated. The Partnership believes that the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument has encouraged private donations and attracted additional federal funding to improve access, services, signage and many other key factors for visitors to the mountains.

    Additional positions taken:

    AB 170 (O'Donnell) - Support - Allows teachers to major in education

    AB 1654 (Rubio) - Support - Enhances urban water management plans

    AB 168 (Eggman) - Oppose - Limits employers from asking potential employees about prior compensation

    AB 1000 (Friedman) - Oppose - Anti-conveyance water regulations

    H.R. 806 - Support - Ozone Implementation Standards Act of 2017

  • Fri, July 14, 2017 9:59 AM | Anonymous


    Sacramento Bee: "Most important vote of your life" coming on climate, Gov. Brown tells state lawmakers

    Gov. Jerry Brown, pressing for support of a climate package slated for votes next week, held up the state’s cap-and-trade program as the most efficient and elegant way to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases, warning legislators Thursday that the alternative would be significantly more burdensome and massively expensive. "Don’t throw this thing out,” Brown said during a rare appearance at a legislative committee. “Don’t put us under the Air Resources Board for an intrusive command-and-control. Cap and trade is the way forward.”

    More from the Sacramento Bee: Tax cuts for power companies offered in Gov. Brown's cap-and-trade bill

    Would Gov. Brown's climate change go easy on Big Oil?


    Politico: California Democrats plunge into 'civil war'

    Long-standing tensions between the Democratic Party’s moderate and liberal wings have ignited in California, where progressive activists are redirecting their anger over Donald Trump and congressional Republicans toward Democratic leaders at home. Stoked by a contested race for state Democratic Party chair and the failure of a single-payer health care bill, activists are staging protests at the capitol. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon reported receiving death threats after shelving the health care legislation late last month, and security was tightened at the statehouse after activists disrupted a floor session last week. The rancor, a spillover from the contentious Democratic presidential primary last year, is aggravating divisions in a state regarded nationally as a lodestar for the liberal cause. Establishment Democrats fear the rhetoric and appetite for new spending could go too far, jeopardizing the party’s across-the-board dominance of state politics. All of it has taken on new significance as California embraces its role as the focal point of the anti-Trump resistance.


    The Hill: Progressives see Dems in danger of perennial election defeats

    Democrats risk losing election after election if they focus too much on winning back white blue-collar voters from President Trump, according to progressives worried that young minorities are abandoning the party. “We are not going to get back to national majorities again without these voters,” said Cornell Belcher, the top pollster who worked on both for former President Barack Obama’s campaigns. Belcher recently conducted focus groups in Florida and Wisconsin for the Civic Engagement Fund that point to the problems Democrats have with millennials of color. Millennial voters of color interviewed in the focus groups felt “undervalued, ignored, and taken for granted,” according to the research obtained by The Hill. This is a huge problem, Belcher and others argue, since millennials of color are a growing part of the electorate.


    Politico: Senate Republicans one vote away from Obamacare repeal failure

    Senate Republican leaders are praying that their fragile whip count holds over the weekend, as just one more "no" vote would doom the party's Obamacare repeal effort from even coming up for debate. Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, said Thursday afternoon they will oppose a procedural vote next week to bring the bill to the floor. GOP leaders are putting immense pressure on about half a dozen other Republican senators not to join them and topple the entire effort. Another "no" is enough to kill the bill, and would also likely lead to mass defections.


    Los Angeles Times: California water bill passes the House, but Democrats vow to fight it in the Senate

    Some California water decisions would be delegated to federal authorities under a bill passed in the House this week. Republicans say the bill will bring more water to the parched Central Valley. California's Democratic senators have promised to fight the bill in the Senate because it weakens California’s ability to manage its own resources. The Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, sponsored by Central Valley Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford), was approved in the House by a 230-190 vote largely along party lines.

    Republicans say the bill would streamline dam construction and other water storage projects, and allow more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to be used in the Central Valley rather than flowing out to sea.“This is a reasonable approach, we’re trying to fix some real problems that need to be adjusted,” Valadao said. Democrats say it would preempt California water laws and impede the Endangered Species Act by waiving some of the most stringent environmental reviews required by the law.


    Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Is the top of the California ticket finally out of reach for Republicans?

    In the 2018 election for governor of California, surprised voters might well find only two Democrats to choose from in the general election – which would be a historical first in a governor’s race. Why? Because the sorely depleted California Republican Party may not be able to come up with a candidate who can make the runoff in the state’s top-two primary process. Since the voter-approved top-two primary went into effect in 2012, one governor’s race and two U.S. Senate races have been put through that sieve. The raw numbers tell a story that should not be comforting for even the most avid GOP cheerleader.


    CALMatters: California's budget in a detailed visualization

    Click through the link to explore the vast California state budget. Use the search tool (just for fun, enter the word "horse") to find a host of funds and monies directed at state programs.


    Los Angeles Times: Emily's List endorses Democratic candidate to challenge Rep. Ed Royce

    Emily's List, the national abortion-rights advocacy group focused on electing women, is backing Orange County pediatrician Mai Khanh Tran in her race against Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton). Royce represents one of several Republican-held districts where Hillary Clinton outperformed Donald Trump in last year's elections, and which Democrats have made priority targets for 2018. Tran, an immigrant who fled Vietnam as a child, spent summers picking strawberries in Oregon and later supported herself through college in part by doing janitorial work. A political neophyte, Tran told The Times last month that she was inspired to run because of Royce's vote for the GOP healthcare plan.


    Orange County Register: Joel Kotkin: Is California Anti-Family?

    In recent years, notably since the Great Recession and the weak recovery that followed, America’s birthrate has continued to drop, and is now at a record low. Nowhere is this decline more marked than here in California. Once a state known for rapid population growth, and above-average fecundity, the state’s birthrate is also at a historic low. The results are particularly dismal in coastal Southern California. Los Angeles’ population of people under 17 already has dropped a precipitous 13.6 percent, with drops even among Latinos and Asians, while Orange County has fallen by 6 percent since 2000. The national growth, in contrast, was up 2.2 percent. Despite claims that people leaving California are old and poor, the two most recent years of data from the IRS show larger net losses from people in the 35 to 54 age group. Net out-migration is also larger among those making between $100,000 and $200,000 annually. This is your basic child-bearing middle class.

    Why is this shift to an increasingly child-free population occurring more in Southern California than elsewhere? One logical source may be housing prices, particularly near the coast, which present a particular problem for middle-class, middle-aged families. In contrast, the growth in the number of children under 17 is much higher in more affordable metropolitan areas such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina.

    Housing affordability certainly drives migration. Major metropolitan areas where the cost of housing is at least four times that of annual incomes have seen a net out-migration of 900,000 since 2010. This compares to a net gain of 1.1 million in the more affordable areas. Hardest hit of all are the groups who will dominate our future — young people, minorities and immigrants.

  • Fri, June 30, 2017 12:23 PM | Anonymous


    Features of the new sgvpartnership.org:

    1. Access the online member directory ( a separate email will be sent to our members with instructions)
    2. Register for events
    3. Pay invoices
    4. Access the SGV PowerSite: sgvpowersite.com for up-to-date demographic, commercial real estate, and business data
  • Fri, June 30, 2017 11:15 AM | Anonymous


    OC Register: Gas tax increase triggers 85,000 signatures to recall Sen. Josh Newman

    Over 85,000 people have signed petitions to recall Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), over his vote to approve an increase in the state's gas tax to fund road repairs in California. Only 63,000 signatures were required however election officials must still certify these signatures in order to trigger a recall. In a narrowly divided 29th Senate District, which covers parts of Orange, San Bernardino and L.A. Counties, the movement to recall a moderate Democrat like Newman is seen as a referendum on the controversial gas increase.


    Associated Press: Lawsuits challenge ambitious California water tunnels

    Several notable environmental groups have filed lawsuits challenging the California Water Fix, a 25-mile long tunnel project designed to pass underneath the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta and transport a reliable supply of fresh water to southern California. The lawsuits assert that the project would endanger the fragile ecosystem of the Delta. They come as federal wildlife officials declared this week that the tunnel project would not significantly harm fish populations.


    Washington Post: How the push for a Senate health-care vote fell apart amid GOP tensions

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) released the revised GOP health-care bill last week and has struggled to find support in his own caucus for its provisions from both conservatives and moderates. A vote on the bill was planned before the 4th of July recess but was postponed due to ongoing dissension among Republicans.


    Politico: How the Right Gets Reagan Wrong

    Noted political analyst Henry Olsen's new book on Ronald Reagan asserts that the conservative intellectual movement and Republican Party have long misunderstood and misinterpreted Ronald Reagan's essential governing philosophy. Reagan was an avid New Dealer who voted for Roosevelt four times, supporting the proposition that while individual responsibility is critical, the government should assist people who need it most. Olsen's arguments come at a critical juncture when the election of Donald Trump showed that future electoral success for Republicans will depend on their appeal to working class voters.

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