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  • Leno's Law: Extra Parent Could Split Baby More Ways

    08/05/2012 5:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    State Sen. Mark Leno wants California to recognize that a child can have "more than two legal parents." So he wrote a bill, SB 1476, which, he argues, wouldn't change the definition of a parent -- for example, live-in lovers would not qualify -- but would allow family court to recognize more than two parents only "when it is required to be in the best interest of the child." He stresses that if the bill becomes law, "none of our sponsors or supporters believe that this authority will be used very often." SB 1476 is for rare cases, Leno...
  • California bill would let children have more than two parents (Has Passed the Senate)

    07/05/2012 8:52:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 52 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 07.02.12 | Jim Sanders
    Beaver had June and Ward. Ricky had Ozzie and Harriet. Mom and Dad, same-sex couples or blended families, California law is clear: No more than two legal parents per child. When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility – but that could end soon. State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. "The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today," the San Francisco Democrat said. Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing...
  • California bill would allow a child to have more than two parents

    07/02/2012 2:52:57 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 9 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/2/2012
    Beaver had June and Ward. Ricky had Ozzie and Harriet. Mom and Dad, same-sex couples or blended families, California law is clear: No more than two legal parents per child. When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility – but that could end soon. State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. "The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today," the San Francisco Democrat said. Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing...
  • Governor Brown Signs Legislation - SB 48 - homosexual-bisexual-transsexual "role models"

    07/14/2011 12:17:37 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 103 replies · 1+ views
    Perverts ^ | 14 July 2011 | Governor Jerry Brown; Senator Mark Leno
    7-14-2011 SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced today that he has signed the following bill: • SB 48 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Pupil instruction: prohibition of discriminatory content.
  • Bill to give counties income taxing power OK'd

    06/10/2011 7:15:00 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2011 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Sacramento -- Counties, school districts and community colleges would have broad authority to seek taxes on income and products like cigarettes and alcohol under a bill approved by the California Senate this afternoon. The bill gives local entities power over taxes that currently only the state Legislature can impose. The Senate passed the bill after Republicans, and a handful of Democrats, refused to support a measure sought by Gov. Jerry Brown to place taxes on a special election ballot. That measure needed a two-thirds majority vote from the Senate. The special election measure would have asked voters this fall to...
  • CALIFORNIA: Senate approves bill allowing counties to raise vehicle fees

    06/01/2011 4:58:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 6/1/11 | Paresh Dave
    Individual counties could vote to raise vehicle fees under a bill that earned Senate approval today. "This gives counties a tool they currently don't have in a time of crisis," said bill author Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. In 2003, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped the rate of what essentially is an annual tax on a vehicle's present value. The rate change from 2 percent to 0.65 percent took away a chunk of revenues counties relied on to pay for public safety and social services. A temporary increase to 1.15 percent went into effect in May 2009 and expires at the end...
  • East Bay schools offer gay studies for high school students

    05/22/2011 2:16:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Proposed state legislation, if approved, would add gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders to the list of social and ethnic groups public schools must include in social studies. At two East Bay private schools the debate has gone beyond whether to include gay history in the curriculum. They have taken the next step, offering a high school class dedicated to gay studies. Last school year, The Athenian School in Danville and Maybeck High School in Berkeley both began classes examining the history, contributions and other cultures' views of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered. They said it has been popular among...
  • California May Require Teaching of Gay History

    04/15/2011 7:46:03 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2011 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — In California public schools, students are required to be learn about black history and women’s history. And if a bill approved by the State Senate this week becomes law, the state will become the first in the country to mandate that schools also teach gay history. While the bill does not set specific requirements about what should be taught to students, it does say that contributions of gays and lesbians in the state and country must be included in social science instruction. So Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the state, and...
  • State Senate passes measure to teach students contributions of gay Americans

    04/15/2011 4:26:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    Pasadena Star-News ^ | April 14, 2011 | Beige Luciano-Adams
    After making its way through the state Senate's Judiciary and Education Committees over the last month, a bill that would require schools to incorporate information on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Americans into their curricula passed by 23-14 on the Senate floor Thursday. The measure, which goes to the Assembly next, addresses high bullying rates of LGBT youth and the absence of LGBT Americans from official accounts of history in school curricula. It would expand on existing laws that require instructional materials to include accurate portrayals of the role and contribution of culturally and racially diverse groups. That list,...
  • California lawmakers fight over bill to teach students about gay people's contributions

    04/03/2011 12:52:23 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 44 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Patrick McGreevy
    Reporting from Sacramento -- As the battle over same-sex marriage makes its way through California's courts, another gay rights fight is smoldering in the Legislature. Democratic lawmakers have revived a plan to require state schools to teach about the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. They are reigniting a movement that halted five years ago when legislators approved such a requirement only to run into opposition from then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, with a Democrat in the governor's office, the lawmakers and gay rights activists are more hopeful that school curricula will be revised.
  • After Gay Marriage: What Next? CA Senator honors children's book on SSM

    03/08/2011 5:31:21 AM PST · by massmike · 12 replies
    http://nomblog.com ^ | 03/08/2011 | n/a
    CA State Senator Mark Leno has issued a proclamation to coincide with the launch of "My Uncle's Wedding", a new book which introduces children as early as 4 to same-sex marriage (Amazon.com has the book listed under "Marriage & Divorce" and "Gay & Lesbian Parenting & Families"). Here is Leno's proclamation: “Congratulations as we celebrate the launching of ‘My Uncle’s Wedding!’ As one of the few children’s books that address LGBT issues, it serves as a conduit by which to bolster understanding in our community. The book plays a vital role in creating a brighter future for our lesbian, gay,...
  • California wants lesbians as mandatory 'role' models (in all public schools)

    02/18/2011 7:30:52 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 52 replies
    WND ^ | February 11, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Lawmakers in the state of California are proposing a law that would require schools to portray lesbians, homosexuals, transsexuals and those who have chosen other alternative sexual lifestyles as positive role models to children in all public schools there. "SB 48: The worst school sexual indoctrination ever" is how officials with the Campaign for Children and Families describe the proposal, SB 48, sponsored by state Sen. Leno. Openly homosexual, Leno boasts on his website of founding a business with his "life partner, Douglas Jackson," who later died of AIDS complications. That description as "worst" is considerable, considering the Campaign for...
  • California wants lesbians as mandatory 'role' models

    02/11/2011 9:19:37 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 79 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | February 11, 2011 | By Bob Unruh
    Lawmakers in the state of California are proposing a law that would require schools to portray lesbians, homosexuals, transsexuals and those who have chosen other alternative sexual lifestyles as positive role models to children in all public schools there. "SB 48: The worst school sexual indoctrination ever" is how officials with the Campaign for Children and Families describe the proposal, SB 48, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Leno. Openly homosexual, Leno boasts on his website of founding a business with his "life partner, Douglas Jackson," who later died of AIDS complications. That description as "worst" is considerable, considering the Campaign...
  • Golden State: Everybody Must Get Stoned

    02/02/2011 5:22:13 PM PST · by sfwarrior · 26 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | 02/02/2011 | Adam Sparks
    From Bob Dylan’s lyrics to a real California workplace policy, progress is being made. Despite an economy on life support with only weeks, if not hours, remaining to survive fiscally before the State Treasurer of California begins issuing IOU’s for payments, legislators have come up with a plan. Their plan is now to force employers to accept employees who come to work stoned. This should really help light-up the ailing economy. It may sound like a joke, but it’s serious. A state lawmaker in California, during the nation’s worst recession, wants to outlaw employers from firing workers who come to...
  • Gay-history lessons in state schools debated [CA Dem wants to make gay history mandatory]

    12/15/2010 1:43:57 PM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 82 replies · 1+ views
    While the courts continue to debate the legality of same-sex marriage, the battle over gay civil rights is moving into another arena: the classroom. State Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, introduced legislation this week that would amend the state education code, mandating that LGBT history be included in the curriculum of public schools. The bill — dubbed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act — calls for accurate and fair portrayal of LGBT historical figures who have contributed to shaping social and political issues across the nation. Leno said a shift in education policy would have a...
  • New bill requires gay history in textbooks to fight bullying

    12/13/2010 6:28:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 37 replies
    SacBee: Capital Alert ^ | 12/13/10 | Susan Ferriss
    Openly gay state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill today that would require public school materials to include the historical contributions of gay people as a way to fight bullying. Leno's Senate Bill 48 is similar to a proposal that was approved by the Legislature in 2006 but vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Most textbooks don't include any historical information about the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history," Leno said in a press release. Leno was recently named to prominent leadership as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee....
  • Schwarzenegger Vetoes Gay-Sponsored “Trojan Horse” Measure on Marriage

    10/07/2010 7:06:49 PM PDT · by topher · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 7, 2010 | Peter J. Smith
    Thursday October 7, 2010 Schwarzenegger Vetoes Gay-Sponsored “Trojan Horse” Measure on Marriage By Peter J. SmithSACRAMENTO, California, October 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earned muted praise from pro-family advocates last week after he vetoed a measure that one pro-family group described as a “Trojan horse” that could have helped homosexuals overturn Prop. 8 in 2012. SB 906, authored by the openly homosexual Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and supported by many homosexual groups, would have changed the Family Code to refer to “civil marriage” instead of just “marriage.” The bill also stated that no authorized religious official...
  • California Democrats Revive Universal Health Plan

    01/22/2010 7:13:17 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies · 1,544+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2010 | Jesse McKinley
    Democrats in California revived a bill on Thursday that would create a single-payer, universal health care system in the state. While the move came as questions arose over the prospects of Congress adopting national health care legislation, the author of the California bill, State Senator Mark Leno, said that the timing was coincidental. Mr. Leno said it was basically a long-planned reintroduction of a 2009 proposal that was effectively tabled because of its potential cost. But he did concede that Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, in which Democrats lost their filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, was not completely lost on him....
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger signs gay rights bills

    10/12/2009 10:01:50 AM PDT · by my_pointy_head_is_sharp · 16 replies · 1,051+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10.12.2009 | Dan Smith
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two gay rights bills, one honoring late activist Harvey Milk and another recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. In the last of hundreds of bill actions taken before midnight Sunday, Schwarzenegger approved the two bills by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. The governor last year vetoed the measure declaring May 22 a state day of recognition for Milk, suggesting that the former San Francisco supervisor be honored locally. But he subsequently named him to the California Hall of Fame. Leno's SB 54, meanwhile, requires California to recognize marriages performed in other states where same...
  • New bill by Mark Leno would ban gun shows at Cow Palace

    04/17/2009 2:10:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 717+ views
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 4/17/9 | Christine Morente
    DALY CITY — Every other minute, the Cow Palace marquee flashes, "Gun Show Coming, Gun Show Coming." That's a message that must stop, state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said Friday in a news conference announcing the reintroduction of a bill intended to end gun shows at the venue. "It's astounding a state-owned property is being used to promote weapons of death," Leno said. "We know they're used legally, but in a neighborhood that experiences unconscionable rates of gun violence, it's just maddening." Crossroads of the West Gun Show is scheduled to take place at the Cow Palace on May...
  • Migden loses re-election bid - Leno wins

    06/04/2008 7:52:07 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 170+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/4/8 | John Wildermuth,Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno used an overwhelming showing in his home city Tuesday to beat former San Rafael Assemblyman Joe Nation and incumbent state Sen. Carole Migden in the Democratic primary for her three-county state Senate seat. With 81 percent of the precincts reporting, Leno had 43 percent of the vote, Nation 29 percent and Migden 28 percent. Leno beat Nation by about 25,000 votes in San Francisco and held Nation's margin of victory in his home base of Marin County to fewer than 3,000 votes. Although Leno still has to face Republican Sashi McEntee of Mill Valley in...
  • CA: (DEMOCRAT) Sen. Migden fined $350,000 for campaign violations

    03/18/2008 1:44:21 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 7 replies · 325+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 18, 2008 | Judy Lin
    State regulators have slapped state Sen. Carole Migden and her managers with a $350,000 fine for 89 campaign spending and disclosure violations between 2003 and 2007, including illegal personal use of campaign funds. The state's Fair Political Practices Commission on Tuesday released details of the San Francisco Democrat's transgressions, which also included misrepresenting spending, soliciting donations prior to establishing campaign accounts, and failure to adequately disclose contributions and expenses. The fines come as Migden is locked in a tough re-election battle, facing two fellow Democrats in the June 3 primary, Assemblyman Mark Leno of San Francisco and former Assemblyman Joe...
  • CA: Bill of the Week- Harvey Milk Day

    02/07/2008 10:36:20 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 154+ views
    Capitol Resource Institute e-mail | 7 February 2008
    Bill of the Week- Harvey Milk Day (Leno) Last week Assemblyman Mark Leno and homosexual advocacy group Equality California (the organization that sponsored SB 777) announced that the assemblyman would introduce and carry a new bill that will establish a state holiday honoring Harvey Milk. Most citizens have no idea who Mr. Milk is or why he deserves a special state-recognized holiday. For some, Harvey Milk is considered a "civil rights" leader for his work in advancing homosexual "rights" in California. A resident of the infamous Castro district in San Francisco, Milk was one of the first homosexual elected officials...
  • Dan Walters: Sharp Dem shootouts loom in '08

    12/17/2007 8:43:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 76+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/17/7 | Dan Walters
    As sharp as partisan political battles can be, nothing surpasses a full-blown shootout between members of the same party for sheer nastiness. Their ideological differences tend to be small and, therefore, their intraparty duels often turn personal. The increasingly shrill level of personal invective being thrown in the multi-candidate tussles for next year's presidential nominations of both parties illustrates the point. But in California, the syndrome is most evident in the overwhelmingly Democratic San Francisco Bay Area, which is renowned for sharp-elbow politics, and in Los Angeles. Bay Area voters may experience two nasty clashes next year as state Sen....
  • Fight goes to governor

    09/19/2007 8:23:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 98+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/19/7 | Kevin Yamamura
    Many groups tell their followers to contact Schwarzenegger about a same-sex marriage bill on his desk -- With the regular legislative session complete, the battle over eight gay rights bills, including one allowing same-sex marriage, has moved directly to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office.Religious-based critics have asked volunteers to repeatedly dial the Republican governor to voice their opposition to the measures. In one e-mail, the Campaign for Children and Families asks supporters to call and write Schwarzenegger, with one piece of additional advice: "Don't forget to pray to God."At the same time, Oakland-based Marriage Equality USA organized statewide rallies Tuesday in...
  • 'Will of people' likely Schwarzenegger mantra on same-sex marriage

    09/17/2007 8:03:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 238+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/17/7 | Haley Davies,John Wildermuth
    If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger goes through with his expected veto of San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno's measure to allow same-sex marriage in California, it's almost guaranteed the governor will say he's following "the will of the people." That's the argument the Republican governor made two years ago when he rejected a similar measure. Although Schwarzenegger hasn't taken an official position on the new bill, he made clear in February that he did not intend to sign it. "I don't want, as the governor, to go against the will of the people," Schwarzenegger said at an event put on by the...
  • State legislators approve same-sex marriage bill; governor expected to veto

    09/07/2007 2:47:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 328+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/7/7 | Haley Davies
    Sacramento -- For the second time in three years, the state legislature has approved a measure giving same-sex couples the right to marry in California, with today's Senate vote split along party lines and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to veto the bill as he did in 2005. "Marriage is more than just a civil contract ... it is different from domestic partners, it's just different from civil unions - it means something," said Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, who presented the bill and was also the first openly gay person to be elected to the legislature. "And because it means...
  • Dan Walters: Gay rights duel joined once again

    09/04/2007 8:47:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 373+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/4/7 | Dan Walters
    As the 2007 legislative session begins its final throes, the annual duel between homosexual rights groups and their conservative foes is being rejoined. The former have already scored one victory in the much-delayed budget that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed last month, a first-ever appropriation for aid to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims of domestic violence. "These types of government and nonprofit partnerships have for many years kept many Californians healthy, safe and self-sufficient, and for the first time the California budget includes such funds for LGBT- specific services," Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, declared after the...
  • Fundraiser's timing questioned { Mark Leno D-SF }

    05/31/2007 8:03:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 420+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/31/7 | Jim Sanders
    S.F. lawmaker holds event a day before panel he chairs will deal with billions in spending. Assemblyman Mark Leno sparked ethical questions Wednesday by holding a $1,000-per-person fundraising event just one day before the committee he chairs decides the fate of more than 600 bills totaling $8 billion in spending."To be honest with you, it just doesn't pass the smell test," said Hector Barajas, California Republican Party spokesman.Carmen Balber, of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, said the group is pushing legislation in Leno's committee to slow health insurance rate hikes. "You have to raise the question: Is health-insurer...
  • Calif. Judiciary Commitee Passes Homosexual "Marriages"

    04/10/2007 5:02:34 PM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 717+ views
    savecalifornia.com ^ | 4/10/2007 | staff
    Sacramento,California -- A Democrat-controlled committee in the California Legislature has passed full-blown homosexual "marriages." Tuesday's vote by the Assembly Judiciary Committee was 7 to 3, with all Democrats in favor of so-called "same-sex marriages" and all Republicans supporting real marriage between a man and a woman. "Shame on the Democrat politicians for attacking and redefining marriage," said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families (CCF), a leading nonpartisan California organization defending marriage and family, who today testified in committee against AB 43. "This is an attack upon the voters and our system of government as much as it...
  • Veto likely again for gay marriage bill (CA: Arnold flexes his muscles against the Dems)

    04/08/2007 1:11:57 PM PDT · by Princip. Conservative · 30 replies · 1,048+ views
    SACRAMENTO- Supporters will renew their efforts this week to legalize gay marriages in California, but there seems to be little doubt that the outcome will be a rerun—another veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Assemblyman Mark Leno, the San Francisco Democrat who introduced the gay marriage bill that Schwarzenegger vetoed in 2005, said he is confident lawmakers will send the measure to the Republican governor again this year. "We're hopeful that he will understand why it's important that he end the second-class treatment of countless California families and children," Leno said. The bill is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the...
  • Leno-Migden Battle Could Split Gays, Dems

    04/06/2007 11:32:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 646+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Apr 5, 2007 | Hank Plante
    An unprecedented political race in the Bay Area pits two prominent gay politicians -- also both Democrats -- against one another for the same state Senate seat in California. The election isn't until next year, but Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will need all that time if he wants to become known in the state Senate district which is split evenly between San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties. But the real split is with his gay colleague, who he's trying to knock out of office: incumbent State Sen. Carole Migden. Leno will be termed-out in 2008, but Migden will not...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Leno, Migden election battle roils Democrats

    03/16/2007 9:55:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 407+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/19/7 | John Wildermuth
    A looming battle between two of San Francisco's best-known gay and lesbian officeholders already is splitting the Bay Area's Democratic faithful more than a year before their June 2008 face-off. Assemblyman Mark Leno, 55, is taking on state Sen. Carole Migden in her bid for re-election, and plenty of Democrats are unhappy at the prospect of two powerful progressives duking it out in a bloody party primary. In a statement after Leno's public announcement earlier this month, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, urged Leno to reconsider. Or else. "I am disappointed by Mark Leno's challenge of a...
  • Calif. Log Cabin Republicans Fight For Gay Marriage

    01/16/2007 11:44:44 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 31 replies · 747+ views
    NBC ^ | January 15, 2007
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Log Cabin Republicans at the state capitol are putting pressure on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a gay marriage bill this year, NBC11's Mike Luery reported. "When it comes to marriage, we believe in the fundamental fairness of the American people. There has never been a major civil rights movement that has failed in the United States," said statewide director of the Log Cabin Republicans, James Vaughn. The Log Cabin Republicans said they see marriage equality as a civil rights issue, Luery reported. They equate it to the racial equality movement promoted by Abraham Lincoln, the log...
  • Gay marriage reintroduced as new California Legislature is sworn

    12/04/2006 6:29:44 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 13 replies · 629+ views
    CBS 2 LOS ANGELES ^ | 04 DECEMBER 2006 | AP
    Monday December 04, 2006 By SAMANTHA YOUNG and DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writers SACRAMENTO (AP) -- California's newly sworn Legislature on Monday picked up where the old one left off, introducing an emotional bill to legalize gay marriage and delving into a power struggle over Central Valley flooding. While legislative leaders struck a bipartisan tone for the session that gets under way in January, rank and file members revived bills that have divided the Capitol. Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, reintroduced legislation that would allow gay couples to marry in the state of California. And Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco,...
  • It's Round 2 for S.F. legislator in legal fight for gay marriage

    12/02/2006 9:04:07 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 390+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Dec. 2, 2006 | Steven Harmon
    The debate over gay marriage is back after a year's hiatus, and this time supporters are hopeful the political climate has changed since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in 2005. San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno, a Democrat who is openly gay, announced he will introduce a new marriage bill Monday, when legislators are sworn in for the upcoming session. ..... `The governor's position,'' she said, ``hasn't changed.'' ``To continue to push for full-blown gay marriage licenses is unlawful, unconstitutional and undemocratic,'' Thomasson said. ``The California Constitution specifically prohibits the Legislature from repealing voter-approved initiatives. This...
  • Gay Marriage Bill Is Back (CA liberals back to work)

    12/01/2006 2:45:53 PM PST · by Princip. Conservative · 26 replies · 592+ views
    A San Francisco assemblyman will introduce new legislation to allow gay marriage when the Legislature reconvenes for its new session Monday. Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno said his bill will be nearly identical to one vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September 2005. California law currently does not permit gay marriage, but many of the same rights and responsibilities are granted to gay couples who register with the state as domestic partners.
  • Dems downplay Arnold's role on bonds

    10/21/2006 4:16:48 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 200+ views
    Alameda Times-Star ^ | 10/21/2006 | Josh Richman
    SAN FRANCISCO — Five months ago, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata had called November's infrastructure bond package "a textbook example of bipartisan cooperation." Perata, D-Oakland, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that day on the Oakland International Airport tarmac. Perata said lawmakers "weren't sent to Sacramento to be stalking horses for anybody running for office," and Nunez said, "Don't underestimate the role that the governor played." But the governor's name barely was mentioned Friday as prominent Democrats, union members and others rallied for the bond package at Pier 30, just south...
  • CA: Mark Leno rescues one Berkeley Dem's vote for Angelides (Dem coersion!)

    10/19/2006 8:04:32 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 15 replies · 442+ views
    SFC ^ | Oct. 19, 2006 | John Wildermuth, Mark Martin
    When Leno read in Saturday's Chronicle that Mary Canavan, a lifelong Democrat, was "almost certain" to vote for Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, he found her number in directory assistance and called her at home, giving her a 15-minute pitch for Angelides. It wasn't only Leno who took the Berkeley woman to task about her planned vote for the governor, she said. "I got a lot of e-mails from friends, some saying 'I agree' and others saying 'Have you thought about this?' '' Canavan said at the rally. She admitted she was disappointed with the showing of the Democratic Party and...
  • CAMPAIGN 2006: Governor's Race - Mark Leno rescues one Berkeley Dem's vote for Angelides

    10/19/2006 7:45:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 234+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/19/6 | John Wildermuth, Mark Martin
    Democrat Phil Angelides is one vote closer to being governor of California, thanks to San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno and a wavering Berkeley real estate agent. When Leno read in Saturday's Chronicle that Mary Canavan, a lifelong Democrat, was "almost certain" to vote for Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, he found her number in directory assistance and called her at home, giving her a 15-minute pitch for Angelides. Leno took his one-on-one political campaign to Canavan because "I'm just so frustrated that there could be a question in the mind of any Democrat about who to vote for in November,'' the...
  • CA: Our hit list (part 1) - These three rotten bills deserve quick vetoes

    09/06/2006 10:20:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 483+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 9/6/06 | Editorial
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got off to a fast start in his annual September Veto Parade yesterday by saying he would reject state Sen. Sheila Kuehl's nonsensical, poorly drafted bill mandating that California adopt socialized medicine. It is a sad commentary on the Legislature that Kuehl's bill made it this far. Perhaps the governor next can tackle measures that are, respectively, anti-consumer, anti-common sense and pro-corruption. AB 2592, by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would allow car-rental companies to omit the cost of airport fees when advertising rental rates. How does Leno – who sees himself as a classic liberal do-gooder...
  • CA: Lots of gay Assembly candidates--on the GOP side (Log Cabin Republicans) *FR mention*

    06/22/2006 9:16:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 946+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 6/22/06 | Malcolm Maclachlan
    If you're looking for a gay candidate to vote for in this fall's California legislative races, there are several out there. But they're more likely to be Republicans than Democrats. GOP voters nominated five openly gay candidates in Assembly races. But all five will face general elections in urban districts with heavy Democratic registration advantages. This group includes William Chan in Sacramento (AD 9), Ralph Denney in northern San Diego (AD 76), Brenda Carol Green in South Central Los Angeles (AD 48), Mark Patrosso in San Jose (AD 23), and Steven Mark Sion in West Hollywood (AD 42). Only Denney...
  • It's nearly lights out for PG&E's solar power buybacks (Some want more subsidies for "common good")

    06/09/2006 11:24:32 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 48 replies · 911+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | May 30, 2006 | Aria Pearson
    California's landmark efforts to increase solar power, supported by environmentalists, state leaders and the governor, could be in peril. In the next few months, PG&E, the largest utility company in the state, will reach the cap on how much solar energy it will buy back from customers. If the Legislature fails to pass a new bill raising that cap, new solar users in PG&E's territory won't be eligible for the benefits currents users enjoy, which some fear could bring the rise of solar energy in California to a grinding halt. "It will destroy the industry," said Ken Adelman, a retired...
  • Arnold’s Gay Rights Give-and-Take - Governor signs civil rights bill...

    10/05/2005 9:18:18 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 75 replies · 1,165+ views
    Coast Weekly ^ | Oct 06, 2005 | Jessica Lyons
    Late last week, while the media focused on his veto of the same-sex marriage proposal, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill intended to protect gay men and lesbians against discriminatory business practices. Apparently, not too many people noticed. Assembly Bill 1400, the Civil Rights Act of 2005, authored by Central Coast lawmaker John Laird, will expand anti-discrimination codes by including sexual orientation in the law. It builds upon the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, or medical condition. Laird’s bill forbids all businesses that provide services, goods or accommodations...
  • Sex Offense Laws In State Are A Crime (Jill Stewart Slams Soft On Child Porn Democrats Alert)

    02/26/2006 5:16:46 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 749+ views
    Press-Telegram.com ^ | 02/26/06 | Jill Stewart
    For years, California politicians have touted crackdowns on sex criminals to promote themselves as tough on crime. But recently, in a riveting investigative series, The Sacramento Bee confirmed what many had feared: California has among the most lenient laws in the nation toward sexually violent predators, society's life-wreckers. Gaping loopholes in California law let hard-core sex criminals committed to Atascadero State Hospital choose whether they want treatment. Almost none choose treatment, and after a breezy two-year stint, they are released from Atascadero — usually unmonitored, by lax courts. As the Bee noted, the loophole is "precisely how 54 rapists and...
  • Memo to Nunez: If you serious about dealing with sexual predators Dump Leno

    02/15/2006 4:16:53 PM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 133+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 02/15/2005 | Craig DeLuz
    The Sacramento Bee has recently published a series of articles highlighting our state’s many shortcomings when it comes to how we deal with sexually violent predators. These articles prompted an epiphany by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez that we need to change how we deal with these dangerous felons. And if he is truly serious about reform, there is no way he can allow Mark Leno to continue to sit as chairman for the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense... www.craigdeluz.com
  • Death penalty foes appeal for Williams' life

    12/12/2005 11:47:29 AM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 37 replies · 822+ views
    SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, December 12, 2005 | Simone Sebastian, Delfin Vigil, Chronicle Staff Writers
    With the scheduled execution of Stanley Tookie Williams approaching and no word from the governor on Williams' clemency request, prominent death penalty opponents gathered in San Francisco on Sunday to make final appeals for the gang co-founder's life. Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Sister Helen Prejean, whose work against the death penalty inspired her book and a movie, both called "Dead Man Walking," spoke during an American Civil Liberties Union event at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel. They said that executing Williams would destroy one of California's most effective advocates for keeping children out of gangs.
  • WSJ: The Sex-Offender Lobby - Ideologues block reform of Megan's Law.

    10/06/2005 5:25:48 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 2,372+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2005 | CATHERINE SIEPP
    Did you know that in California, child molesters and rapists are a protected class? It's true. Not only are California landlords banned from using the state's Megan's Law database to decline renting their properties to sex offenders, they're not even allowed to warn other tenants that these paroled criminals are now their neighbors. If they do the first, they can be fined $25,000 for housing discrimination. But if they don't do the second, they can be sued for failing to protect tenants against a known danger. Landlords are caught between a rock, a hard place and the California State Assembly's...
  • [CA] Same-sex marriage bill stalled by backers

    09/09/2005 10:20:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 654+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/9/5 | Aaron C. Davis
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's vow to veto a landmark same-sex marriage proposal this week -- saying it violated the will of the people -- has prompted the bill's authors to delay delivering the bill to the governor to give gay-rights advocates two weeks to bombard him with calls, e-mails and protests in a last-ditch effort to win support. "The governor has said he supports the will of the people," said Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, one of the Legislature's six openly gay members. "Well, let the people call him, let the people e-mail him, let the people be heard. Then he...
  • Schwarzenegger says he will veto gay marriage bill

    09/07/2005 6:06:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 308 replies · 7,827+ views
    AP ^ | 9/7/5
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday that he will veto a bill seeking to allow gay marriages in California. Schwarzenegger said the legislation, given final approval Tuesday by lawmakers, would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved Proposition 22. That measure was put on the ballot in 2000 to prevent California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. "We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote," the governor's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said in a statement. "Out of respect for the will of the people, the governor will veto (the bill)."...