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California Supreme Court nomination a 'statement' to U.S.

July 22, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle
By Bob Egelko

As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court.

If confirmed, he will be the court's first Latino justice since 2011 and its first Latino immigrant.

Sacramento County angling for more mental health crisis care

July 21, 2014

Sacramento Business Journal
By Kathy Robertson

Sacramento County is putting the pieces in place to get $3 to 4 million in state funding for a 15-bed mental health crisis residential treatment program.

State funds site for Sacramento courthouse

July 21, 2014

Sacramento Business Journal
By Allen Young

The State Public Works Board approved funding Friday to purchase land for a new Sacramento County Superior Court building, authorizing $10 million for a site in the downtown railyard.

Editorial: While D.C. While D.C. dawdles, locals step up on border crisis

July 20, 2014

Sacramento Bee

When California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg planned a trip for a legislative delegation to El Salvador and Guatemala months ago, he had no idea he’d be stepping into an international crisis.

Cap-and-trade could aid preservation of California farmland

July 19, 2014

Sacramento Bee
By Jeremy B. White

In signing this year’s budget, Gov. Jerry Brown dedicated $832 million from California’s burgeoning cap-and-trade program to affordable housing and mass transit, including his embattled high-speed rail project.

State Lawmakers Visit Central America Amid Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors

July 18, 2014

California Report

While the state legislature is taking a summer break, some Democratic lawmakers are in Central America on a 10 day visit to El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. They planned the trip months ago, but now their timing couldn't seem more relevant as the national conversation about illegal immigration has taken on new urgency. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is leading the trip, and he talked with us from El Salvador.

Lawmakers travel to Central America, express concern on immigration

July 17, 2014

Los Angeles Times
By Patrick McGreevy

group of California legislators has conveyed concern in person to the president of El Salvador about the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America who are traveling illegally to the United States, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday.

KCBS Interview: State Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg Says Investment In Central America Would Stem Border Crisis

July 17, 2014

CBS San Francisco

A delegation of California state lawmakers are in Central America this week to meet with leaders from El Salvador and Guatemala.

While the trip had been planned for some time, it comes as the border crisis continues to intensify with tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America arriving at the southern U.S. border.

California Lawmakers Travel To Central America

July 14, 2014

Capital Public Radio
By Marianne Russ

Several California lawmakers, including Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg are headed to Central America later this morning to talk about immigration.

Editorial: How California can best fight climate change

July 14, 2014

Los Angeles Times

California's landmark climate change law, AB 32, has created a promising cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases that has put the state on track to meet its emissions goals for 2020, kick-started the state's green technology industry and generated hundreds of millions of dollars for mass transit and other projects that will further reduce reliance on fossil fuels.