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November 12, 2021

GLASGOW – As the international climate conference wraps up in Scotland, California leaders are taking action to stop the “silent killer” of extreme heat waves intensified by climate change back home. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will sponsor legislation jointly authored by Assembly Members Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley) and Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) to establish the nation’s first ranking system for heat waves, a critical step toward preventing heat-related deaths and injuries.

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November 5, 2021

Los Angeles – The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted 4-0 to increase the natural storage capacity of the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility by over 20 percent.  Currently, the facility is capped at 34 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas storage, but the new decision will raise this to 41.16 bcf.  Citing the possibility of an exceptionally cold winter season in Southern California, the PUC stated that natural gas demand could constrain supply, despite the state’s aggressive climate and energy goals.

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October 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO –  In the past week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 790, SB 406 and SB 317  by Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) into law. Governor Newsom had previously signed all 4 other Stern bills passed to his desk. Stern's new laws aim to improve conditions for nursing home patients, help those in need of mental health assistance, promote wildlife corridors, and tackle wildfire prevention, power shut offs, and oil pollution to the Governor’s desk. 

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October 6, 2021

MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE, LOS ANGELES - Governor Newsom announced today a historic $40 million investment to combat rising anti-Semitism and other acts of hate, with a particular emphasis on the public school system, in light of new evidence showing a lack of knowledge about the Holocaust and other recent genocides among California students.  

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October 5, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The most vulnerable part of anyone’s life is often the beginning and the end. At the end of life, some of our most vulnerable members of society live in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).  At the beginning, low income moms and babies need more healthcare coverage.  Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed two bills authored and co-authored by Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles).   Stern’s legislation mirrors life, with bills on more just beginnings and ends of life for the most vulnerable.

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September 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO – SB 63, The Wildfire Resilience through Community and Ecology Act, by Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles), has been signed into law and will take effect on January 1.  SB 63 establishes a Fire Resiliency Corps at the state and neighborhood levels designed to link with the President’s Civilian Climate Corps proposal, among other things.  

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September 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO –  As the Legislature recessed for the remainder of the year, Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) was able to move bills to improve conditions for nursing home patients,  help those in need of mental health assistance, promote wildlife corridors, and tackle wildfire prevention, power shut offs, and oil pollution to the Governor’s desk.  To date, Governor Newsom has signed two of those bills regarding public safety power shutoff and electric grid resilience, and the Governor has until October 10, 2021, to sign, veto, or allow Stern’s other measures to become law w