Testimony from Local Residents and Public Safety Experts Results in 7-2 Vote in Favor

February 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee today voted 7-2 in favor of Senate Bill 57, an urgency measure by State Senator Henry Stern to stop the reopening of the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility until state regulators have completed an investigation to determine the root cause of the massive methane leak which took four months to plug and displaced more than 8,000 families from their homes.

Legislation Would Put Hotline Info in Hotels and Allow Victims and Witnesses to Text for Assistance

February 6, 2017

(Sacramento) – In the wake of a major human trafficking sweep in Los Angelesyielding474 arrests and identifying at least 55 survivors, State Senator Henry Stern introduced legislation supported by a coalition of human trafficking groups, to expand access to hotline services.

By: Henry Stern and Kathryn Barger

January 31, 2017

What caused the blowout at Aliso Canyon discovered in October 2015? Fifteen months later, we still don’t know.

And yet, without any answers as to why that well failed, state regulators and the Southern California Gas Co. are poised to re-open the natural-gas storage field in February, with the tired threat of blackouts hanging over our heads.

The Signal - Santa Clarita Valley

January 30, 2017

State Sen. Henry Stern on Monday announced a proposal to “double down” on clean-energy storage in Southern California, a move he said would be a step toward limiting reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels, and toward safeguarding ratepayers.

Sen. Henry Stern touts efforts today as a "boost for ratepayer protection and grid reliability" in the wake of the Porter Ranch gas leak

January 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES - Today, State Senator Henry Stern announced a legislative proposal to accelerate a new round of clean energy storage projects in Southern California.

In response to the Aliso Canyon gas blowout in Porter Ranch, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expedited the approval and construction of about 100 MW of clean energy storage projects in Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric territories.

January 26, 2017

(Sacramento)- The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns President Trump’s reported orders to build a wall on the Mexican-American border and plan to block refugees from entering the United States.

First Bill by State Senator Henry Stern to Require Full Investigation of Porter Ranch Gas Leak before Re-Opening

January 17, 2017

(Sacramento) – Freshman State Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) introduced his first bill today. SB 146 will stop the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) from re-opening the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility before the Brown administration completes its investigation of the “root cause” of the largest methane gas leak in United States’ history.
 

Capitol Public Radio

January 10, 2017

Some of the newest members of the California Legislature are inheriting seats that come with long-established roles. Two new senators aim to build on the work of their predecessors.

As California senators go, Henry Stern of Los Angeles is young, at age 34. But he knows a lot about the job from the woman he was elected to succeed – his former boss, Senator Fran Pavley.

"In many ways, I am trying to fill some very big shoes here," says Stern.

The Signal - Santa Clarita Valley

January 3, 2017

It’s Opening Day in Sacramento.

While the official start of the state Senate and Assembly 2017-18 session was on Dec. 5, when lawmakers were sworn in, today marks the real beginning of the political season in the state capital – though, as with all marathons, it’s expected to get off to a slow start.

“First and foremost, it’s a lot of members walking around meeting each other, lots of associations and advocacy groups coming in and introducing themselves,’’ said Curtis Raulinaitis, chief of staff for newly elected Sen. Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita’s 21st District.

Sacramento Bee

December 21, 2016

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León released committee assignments and floor leadership posts for the upcoming session Wednesday, shuffling the chairmanships of some influential panels.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D- Los Angeles, will lead the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, taking over the Senate budget-writing panel from longtime chair state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who was termed out. Mitchell previously led the budget subcommittee that oversees health and social service programs.