Salton Sea Bill Signed By Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO–Governor Jerry Brown, on Friday, signed Senate Bill 1416 by Senator Jeff Stone (R-LaQuinta), that will allow Californians to help restore the Salton Sea. The bill passed the State Senate last week by a 37-0 vote. The new law will allow Californians to make a voluntarily contribution to the “Revive the Salton Sea Fund” by […]

Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Government Funds

WASHINGTON–A Crystal Lake, Illinois, woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $197,000 from the United States, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, said Wednesday. According to the plea agreement, Nellyvette Mojica, 34, admitted that from February 2012 to July 2015, she participated in a scheme to […]

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Cedar Fire

OAKLAND–The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Cedar Fire burning in Kern and Tulare Counties. On August 22, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declaration for the […]

Former Kentucky Substitute Teacher Sentenced To Prison For Possessing, Distributing Child Pornography

Bowling Green, KY–A former substitute teacher in the Bowling Green School system was sentenced August 19 to 10 years in federal prison for possessing and distributing child pornography. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr., Western District of Kentucky.  This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations […]

CA Senate Approves Farmworker Overtime Bill

SACRAMENTO–Legislation by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to establish equitable overtime standards for farmworkers in line with other Californians was approved on a 21-14 vote by the State Senate Monday. Assembly Bill 1066 continues the effort begun earlier in 2016 by Gonzalez via AB 2757, and will next be considered by the Assembly. Beginning in 2019, […]

CA Woman Sentenced To Prison for Conspiring To Export Fighter Jet Engines, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle To China

FLORIDA–A 45-year-old San Diego woman was sentenced August 19 to 50 months in prison for conspiring to export and cause the export of fighter jet engines, an unmanned aerial vehicle – commonly known as a drone – and related technical data to the People’s Republic of China in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. On June 9, […]

CPUC Increases PG&E Penalty To $25.6 Million For Failure To Comply With Laws, Regulation

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a $25.6 million penalty against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for failure to comply with laws and regulations in maintaining accurate records of its natural gas distribution system. On June 1, the CPUC issued an Administrative Law Judge decision that would have penalized PG&E $24.3 million […]

CPUC Establishes Service Quality Rules For Telecommunication Companies

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted service quality rules for telephone corporations. The decision imposes automatic fines of up to $25,000 per day for failure to meet three service quality measures: 1) Out-of-Service Repair Interval, 2) Customer Trouble Reports, and 3) Answer Time for Trouble Reports and Billing and Non-billing Inquiries.  Fines accrue […]

Harley-Davidson To Stop Sales Of Illegal Devices That Increased Air Pollution From The Company’s Motorcycles

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Harley-Davidson, Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, Inc., and Harley-Davidson Motor Company Operations, Inc., that requires the companies to stop selling and to buy back and destroy illegal devices that increase air pollution from […]

Assembly Bill To Help Homeowners And Renters Impacted By The Drought Passes Senate

SACRAMENTO–Assembly Bill 1588, authored by Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Porterville), would help homeowners who live in some of the most severely impacted areas of drought by providing grants and low-interest loans for water and wastewater projects. Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), co-author of AB 1588, carried the measure to a unanimous vote in support on the Senate […]