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Yee bill in response to Richmond rape moves forward

State Sen. Leland Yee’s bill stemming from the infamous Richmond gang rape case has moved out of the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 6-0 vote.

The bill would require those who have witnessed someone under the age of 18 being raped, murdered or sexually molested to report it to authorities. This requirement currently extends only to victims under the age of 14.

“Ironically, California statute currently requires any person who, while hunting, kills or wounds a domestic animal to report the incident to authorities; yet all children are not provided the same protection,” Yee, D-San Francisoc, said in a statement.  “While SB 840 will not solve all of our problems regarding violent crime, it is certainly another important tool in the tool box for law enforcement and prosecutors.”

The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Under: Crime, Democratic Party, Leland Yee, San Mateo County | No Comments »

Speier announces appropriations requests

Rep. Jackie Speier has released the 15 projects she will submit for appropriations requests in the coming fiscal year.

Speier, a critic of the congressional earmark process, came up with the list of public and nonprofit projects courtesy of a Citizens Oversight Panel  she convened to review 43 requests that came to her office.

Speier’s office touts the panel as a model of transparency and the only one of its kind in the nation. According to a press release, the panel was chaired by former Peninsula Assemblyman Gene Mullin.  The other members were: Don Griffin, chancellor of City College of San Francisco; Marland Townsend, a former Foster City councilman; Louise Renne, former SF City Attorney; Harry Low, a retired judge; Rose Guilbault of the California State Automobile Association; Bill Nack of the San Mateo Building Trades Council; Dr. Sandra Hernandez of the San Francisco Foundation and Carl Guardino of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Here, pulled directly from the release, are the projects, only some of which will receive funding(Last year’s panel recommended 9 projects, and four were funded): 

 –$200,000 for Shelter Network of San Mateo County’s Maple Street Shelter Program to support a short-term emergency shelter and mid-term transitional housing for homeless adults.  In the past year, more than 550 people found support at the Maple Street Shelter and 80% of those completing the transitional program succeeded in securing permanent housing.

–$1,675,000 for the San Mateo County Flood Control District to repair the Colma Creek Flood Control Channel.

 –$2,000,000 for the U.S. Highway 101/Broadway Interchange reconstruction project.

 –$3,000,000 for the City and County of San Francisco to help find a long-term solution, supported by the community, to erosion issues on Ocean Beach along the Great Highway.

 $181,440 for the Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County’s SaMCARES program that encourages quality and permanence in the child care workforce and rewards achievement in continuing education.

 –$975,000 for the Pacifica Police Department to enhance the delivery of police services among participating agencies with a goal of consolidating four or five north San Mateo County departments into a combined dispatch center.

 –$6,100,000 for the City of San Mateo to equip the Poplar Avenue storm water pump station with automatic emergency power to prevent flooding in the event of a power outage.

 –$500,000 for Caltrain to repair existing, and install new, fencing and signage along the Caltrain tracks to improve safety and security.

 –$250,000 for HIP Housing to expand education and outreach of their unique and successful home sharing program to people in the 12th and 14th Congressional Districts.

 –$1,200,000 for the San Mateo County Medical Center renovation to help upgrade the ground floor to bring it up to licensing standards and to offset transition costs.

 –$3,000,000 for the Peninsula Open Space Trust for the final installment to purchase Rancho Corral de Tierra east of Highway 1 near Montara and Moss Beach. 

 –$1,000,000 for Sojourn to the Past to enable a minimum of 1000 economically disadvantaged students in the district to experience a hands-on lesson on the history of Civil Rights in America.

 –$805,000 (total over 5 years) for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s women’s transitional facility to establish a program to transition female inmates from a locked and secure environment to one with more freedoms and education to prepare for successful release back into the community.

 –$73,000 for Samaritan House to provide a third vehicle to pick up food donations for residents in need.

 –$600,000 for San Francisco General Hospital’s Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) to help the hospital meet criteria for Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to make it eligible for maximum incentive payments.

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Under: Democratic Party, Hillsborough, Jackie Speier, San Mateo, San Mateo County | No Comments »

Hill gets leadership post

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has been named Democratic Caucus chair by new Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles.

“It’s a good position and I’m looking forward to it,” Hill said Thursday.

Hill’s position will entail heading up caucus meetings and trying to forge agreement among Assembly Democrats on key issues, among other duties.

The assemblyman will be in town for two events Saturday. 

First up is “Java with Jerry” from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. . at Il Piccolo Caffe, located at 1219 Broadway in Burlingame. It’s an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues of concern with their state rep in an informal setting. 

And from 10 a.m. to noon, Hill will help out at a free child car seat safety check at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center at 725 Monte Diablo Ave. in  San Mateo.

Posted on Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Under: Burlingame, Democratic Party, Jerry Hill, San Mateo | 1 Comment »

Jackie Speier on Facebook

With health care reform coming down to the wire, Jackie Speier is knocking out updates on her Facebook page, with links to two brief but fiery speeches this week on the House floor.

Posted on Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Under: Democratic Party, Health care, Hillsborough, Jackie Speier, San Mateo County | No Comments »