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‘Nanny state?’ Brown vetoes diaper changing bills

So much for the “nanny state” – Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a pair of bills Friday that would’ve required more diaper changing stations across California.

SB 1350 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would have required the California Building Standards Commission to adopt building standards governing the installation of baby diaper changing stations in places of public accommodation for equal use by men and women. The Senate had passed it 32-0, the Assembly 67-8.

diaper changing stationAnd SB 1358 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would have required buildings owned or partially owned by state or local governments, as well as certain other private buildings open to the public, to maintain at least one safe, sanitary, and convenient baby diaper changing station accessible to women and men. The Senate had passed it 29-1, the Assembly passed it 66-11, and the Senate concurred in Assembly amendments 31-2.

Brown nixed them both Friday, issuing a joint veto message.

“At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper changing stations to the private sector,” he wrote. “Already many businesses have taken steps to accommodate their customers in this regard.”

“This may be a good business practice, but not one that I am inclined to legislate,” he concluded.

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014
Under: California State Senate, Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown, Lois Wolk | No Comments »

Lois Wolk hopes to represent Contra Costa cities

State Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, confirmed today that she’ll seek a second four-year term in the newly drawn 3rd State Senate District, including much of her current 5th District in Yolo and Solano Counties but grabbing Napa County, parts of Sonoma and several Contra Costa County communities.

She issued a news release applauding the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s work, and saying it “correctly recognized these counties and cities have a great deal in common. It may not be perfect, but it makes sense. The new 3rd District is a natural fit with the communities I currently represent and the issues that have been my primary focus while in the Legislature. I would be honored to represent every one of these constituents, new and old.”

Wolk gains the Contra Costa County communities of Crockett, Port Costa, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill; they used to be part of the 7th State Senate District, now represented by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord.

“The only downside of the new plan is that I will no longer get to represent San Joaquin County, including the City of Stockton, where I have worked hard to build partnerships with local elected officials and constituents,” she said. “Those constituents can rest assured I will continue to represent them vigorously until they elect my replacement, who I hope will be Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, who has declared her intentions to seek the seat.”

“I will also make efforts to get to know the new communities, meet everyone I can and listen to their issues,” Wolk said.

Wolk also announced early endorsements from Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez; Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena; and state Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa.

“It’s been my privilege to work with Senator Lois Wolk on Delta and statewide water issues,” Miller said in Wolk’s release. “I know when the people of northern Contra Costa County get to know Lois, they will join me in supporting her to represent us in the State Senate.”

Wolk won her current 5th District seat in 2008 by defeating Republican nominee Greg Aghazarian, 65 percent to 35 percent; she now chairs the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Earlier, she represented the 8th Assembly District from 2002 to 2008.

I don’t see that any other person living within the bounds of the new 3rd District has filed a statement of intention to seek the seat next year, but of course, that could change.

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Under: 2012 State Senate election, California State Senate, Lois Wolk, redistricting | 3 Comments »

State Senators honor slain Oakland Police

These floor speeches were made Monday, but the videos just became available today.

From state Sen. Mike DeSaulnier, D-Concord (reading from our article in Monday’s editions):

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Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
Under: California State Senate, Ellen Corbett, Lois Wolk, Loni Hancock, Mark DeSaulnier, Oakland | No Comments »