Lt. Gov. Kounalakis & CA Lawmakers Back New Bill to Ban Store Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

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By National Herald Staff / The National Herald

SACRAMENTO, CA – Amid mounting concerns for the health and safety of young people, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, 30 state lawmakers, and a strong coalition of health, youth and community advocates are backing a tough new bill [to be] introduced today to ban sales of any flavored tobacco product in California stores.

Pleasanton Council talks state legislation with Bauer-Kahan

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by Jeremy Walsh / Pleasanton Weekly

The State Legislature is set to reconvene after the winter recess on Monday, and the Pleasanton City Council recently received a recap of relevant legislative work in Sacramento from city staff and the Tri-Valley's Assembly member, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

State lawmaker proposing bill to guarantee cell tower power during PG&E shutoffs

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By Phillipe Djegal / Kron 4

ORINDA (KRON) — The loss of cell phone service during public safety power shutoffs is unacceptable.

That’s the word from East Bay State Senator Steve Glazer.

During a news conference in Orinda Wednesday, Glazer announced proposed legislation to keep cell towers powered up when PG&E pulls the plug.

Depending on your cell phone carrier, in Orinda during last months PG&E public safety power shutoffs, you either got lucky and did not lose reception.

“We did not — but we had Verizon,” said resident Taylor Hurt. 

County, state officials announce plan to combat illegal dumping locally

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Pleasanton Weekly

$750,000 in state funds acquired to create one-year pilot program

Top prosecutors and elected officials in Alameda and Contra Costa counties joined together Wednesday to announce new funding and strategies aimed at preventing illegal dumping and waste.

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, Pleasanton's representative whose district also includes parts of Oakland that are affected by the problem, said something must be done because illegal dumping is "a plague on our society" and affects residents' quality of life.

Culverts will come off for East Bay creek’s restoration to natural state

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By Annie Sciacca / East Bay Times 

More than 2,000 feet of McCosker Creek in the Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve is covered by a failing metal culvert that’s 60 years old. Giant sinkholes have opened up and dissolved the metal, allowing sediment to seep in, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

But an influx of $4 million in state funding — secured by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, working with park district officials — should help save the day and provide new opportunities for viewing wildlife, recreation and even camping at the site.

Town Hall Meeting with Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

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By Bruce Gach / Livermore Independent

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan could not believe the huge number of bills she would be reviewing in the State Assembly after being elected to represent the 16th district, encompassing the Tri-Valley and LaMorinda. At a Community Town Hall meeting Oct. 23 in Pleasanton, she noted that most of her bills had bipartisan support. She took a variety of questions from the audience of about 70 people, who asked about the environment, homelessness and the future of Prop. 13.