Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Legislature burned some midnight oil last weekend acting on many bills—including a number being watched closely by California farmers and ranchers—before adjourning for the year in the early hours of Saturday.

Among the bills approved by the Assembly and Senate, and now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's decision, is Assembly Bill 822, which would require state-owned or -operated institutions, except public universities, colleges and school districts, to buy California agricultural products if the bid is no more than 5 percent higher than a similar bid from out of state. School districts would have to take the California bid if it doesn't exceed the lowest out-of-state bid. The California Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the bill, authored by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas.

In urging the governor to sign AB 822, CFBF noted that California farmers and ranchers produce food under the strictest environmental and workplace regulations in the country.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Even as the digital revolution has changed the world, there are thousands of California residents in rural areas that do not have an internet connection adequate for engaging in modern technology.

With offices in all California counties and several research centers located in remote locations, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice President Glenda Humiston and UC ANR Chief Innovation Officer Gabe Youtsey believe UC ANR is in a position to forge partnerships with government, industry, and other academic organizations to connect rural Californians with high-speed internet.

Youtsey testified at a rural broadband informational hearing in Sacramento on Aug. 28 held by the Assembly Select Committee on Economic Development and Investment in Rural California, chaired by Rep. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), and the Communications and Conveyance Committee, chaired by Rep. Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles.)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera reached a $400,000 settlement Wednesday with Lacayo & Associates, an immigration consulting business that the city sued last year, charging that it was providing immigration-related legal services it was neither authorized nor qualified to perform.

Calling the San Francisco business a “predatory” operation charging thousands of dollars for “incompetent or nonexistent” legal work, the city sued the firm’s owners, Leonard Lacayo and his mother, Ada, in August 2016 for allegedly defrauding clients by leading them to believe that Leonard was a licensed attorney and advertising legal services to the city’s immigrant community for decades.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SALINAS, CA, September 5, 2017- People living with diabetes now have a comprehensive community resource to treat and manage their disease. Today is the public opening for the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic Diabetes & Endocrine Center located in Salinas. The 10,000 square foot center expects to serve hundreds of patients on a monthly basis, including 600 follow-up patients and 260 new patients just in the month of September.

“Diabetes is the number one community health need in Monterey County,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “Fifty-seven percent of the population in Monterey County has diabetes or pre-diabetes. With the newly expanded Diabetes & Endocrine Center our Board Certified endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, diabetes educators, and nutritionists will be treating more people living with this disease.”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Caballero calls DACA a "promise made and one that should not be broken"

Politicians representing San Benito County voters spoke out Sept. 5 against new information put out by the Trump administration related to undocumented children who have immigrated with their families to America. Assemblywoman Anna Caballero stated in a news release, “I am saddened by the news that the Trump administration will end DACA.” Caballero was referring to Reform of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Dreamers are younger undocumented immigrants who typically came in to the country with their parents.

According to reports in the Washington Post, Trump is “unwinding” the program that has allowed undocumented children, some of whom have grown to be young adults, to live in the country with less fear of being deported.

Monday, August 28, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — People commonly lease homes, cars, even furniture. Now, add pets to that list of things that can leased and repossessed.

Angela Kyme admits she was vulnerable when she first laid eyes on a puppy named ‘Harley.’

“Our previous dog was hit by a car on Valentine’s Day and my kids were heartbroken,” she says.

She says negotiating the pup’s price got emotional too.

“I was in tears,” says Kyme. The breeder told her, “you need this dog, you need this dog to replace your other dog.”

But when Kyme told the breeder she couldn’t afford to pay $2000, the breeder offered her a loan, which Kyme understood would work like a credit card.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

KING CITY — Nearly 40 students participated in Assembly Member Anna Caballero’s Young Legislators Program in South County and Salinas, with 24 participants from the South Monterey County Program and 14 in the Salinas Program.

The three-week program saw South County students meeting at the King City Council Chambers.

“The Young Legislators Program provides our youth with hands-on experience of learning about how state and local government works,” Caballero said.

Several guest speakers included Santa Cruz Assistant District Attorney Rafael Vasquez, who was born in King City and graduated from King City High School, and Greta Arrevalo the bilingual outreach programs manager at Monterey County Elections.

“This program was extra special for me since I grew up in San Ardo and was able to put this program together through the office of Assembly Member Anna M. Caballero,” said Young Legislators Program Coordinator Yvonne Dorantes.