The Sacramento Bee

State legislators to honor homeless man who tidied up Capitol Park

February 22, 2017

By Cynthia Hubert

California legislators on Thursday will honor a homeless man who for more than 20 years quietly and voluntarily worked to keep Capitol Park tidy.

Randall Koroush, 56, who slept under a bridge at night and spent his days cleaning fallen branches, leaves and debris from the park that surrounds the historic statehouse, died mysteriously earlier this month. The Bee on Sunday told his story, describing the void his death has left for grounds crews and others who work in the park.

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, said he frequently saw Koroush during his way to and from the Capitol building. Upon learning of his death, Pan said, he decided to recognize Koroush’s contributions by adjourning the Senate on Thursday in Koroush’s honor.

Such honors often are reserved for “people who are more well known,” Pan said in an interview. “But this is a moment to recognize that we represent all of California, people with all kinds of different stories.”

“Randall was part of the Capitol community,” Pan said. “He found meaning in helping maintain the Capitol grounds. He was a special person in his own way, and we want to remember him.”

The recognition will take place after the Senate finishes taking up bills, resolutions and other matters, likely around 10 a.m., Pan said.


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Senate Bill 267 to foster public trust in our political system by providing cost-effective oversight

February 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region, announced today that he and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty have introduced a measure to allow the City of Sacramento to contract with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to investigate and enforce the City’s campaign finance ordinance. 

SB 947 will focus staff time on moving families into the workforce and cut transportation expenses

September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 947 to reduce red tape in the application process for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program was signed by the Governor today. 

Since 2009, applicants for the CalFresh program, which offers food to families in need, have had the opportunity to be interviewed over the telephone.  Conversely, applicants for the CalWORKs program must be interviewed in-person, even in counties that would rather conduct interviews over the phone to improve efficiencies and better utilize limited staff time.