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Allan Zaremberg: A remembrance

Photo from Allan Zaremberg's Facebook page.

Allan Zaremberg, who died early Saturday, shaped California’s policy and politics for the better part of four decades on issues ranging from the nation’s first assault weapons ban to who should become Supreme Court chief justice.

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Shoring up support? Porter invites Gonzalez Fletcher to 2023 SOTU

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher

POLITICAL PULSE: Congresswoman Katie Porter, who is seeking Dianne Feinstein’s senate seat, has invited the head of the California Labor Federation – and former legislator – Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, as her guest for President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address tonight.

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Q&A: Paul Mason, Pacific Forest Trust

I spoke with Paul Mason, Vice President, Policy and Incentives at Pacific Forest Trust, to hear what trends and changes he sees in land management, and for insight into how to think about the role and health of California’s forests in the age of climate change.

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Swimming Pools and Wildfires: the John Norwood Story

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: With nearly five decades of advocacy under his belt, there are only a handful of people who have lobbied in Sacramento longer than John Norwood. A lawyer as well as a lobbyist, Norwood has earned a reputation as a hard worker and a straight shooter. We asked him about the changes he’s seen, and the biggest challenges facing California.

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Stem cell agency chooses new board chair amidst funding uncertainty

Come March 28, Vito Imbascani is scheduled to be sworn in as the new chairman of the $12 billion California stem cell agency – an 18-year-old state program to develop revolutionary treatments for such things as brain and blood cancers, heart disease, diabetes, sickle cell disease, spina bifida, incontinence, blindness, arthritis, HIV, stroke, epilepsy and much more.

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Governor to announce new gun safety legislation Wednesday

Gov. Newsom, from his Facebook page.

POLITICAL PULSE: In the wake of two mass shootings that claimed the lives of 18 people and left ten others wounded, Gov. Newsom, along with Attorney General Rob Bonta and other legislative leaders – and gun safety advocates – will announce new efforts to advance gun safety legislation.

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The fall and rise of Roger Niello

Roger Niello in his office. Photo by Scott Duncan, Capitol Weekly

When Roger Niello left the California Assembly in 2010, he figured his time in elected office had run its course. After all, the year before he had committed the most unforgivable of sins for a Republican of the day: He was among six of his fellow GOP colleagues who voted for a budget that included tax hikes, drawing the wrath of his party’s most vocal anti-tax contingent.

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Victim of a violent crime? California may have money for you.

Crime scene photo

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: In the wake of the horrific January 21 shooting that killed 11 people in Monterey Park, Gov. Newsom visited hospitalized survivors.  His conversation with one patient revealed an added stress for survivors of gun violence and other violent crime: the inability to cover expenses incurred or wages lost due to the incident.

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