State of the State Report from Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

At the LD Club’s November 15 general meeting, AD-16 Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan presented an account of her first year in the Assembly.  She discussed the legislative process, bills undertaken in the Assembly this year, and work done in the legislative committees.

In 2019, approximately 4,000 bills were introduced the State Assembly.  800 bills were brought to the floor, 15 were vetoed.  Rep. Bauer-Kahan’s work in transportation addressed developing housing with jobs nearby, utilizing BART train scheduling more efficiently, and expanding bike lanes.  Bauer-Kahan also participated in work on clean water, particularly in the state’s Central Valley.  She made progress in restoration of the creek in the Bay Area’s Sibley Volcanic Park and worked to preserve lands near the Diablo Range.  Although the Diablo Range bill was vetoed, she will continue to work toward moving the proposal forward.

Bauer-Kahan’s work for families and children included bills on safety of children’s toys, visitation monitors, and disclosure of peanut content in restaurant foods.  The assemblywoman also is working on a bill to limit robo-calling.  On care issues she’s investigating, she discussed the San Francisco initiative to allow conservatorships for people currently living on the street.

In the statehouse, Bauer-Kahan served on committees for Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials; Privacy and Consumer Protection; Public Safety; and Banking and Finance.  She also is Chair of the Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health.  She also was appointed to be Assistant Speaker Pro Tem.  Among her responsibilities in that role, she presides over the Assembly one day each week.

The legislature reconvenes January 6, 2020.  We look forward to hearing further from AD-16 Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan in the coming year, and thank her for representing her constituents so well.  Thank you, Rebecca!

Marisol Rubio: Candidate for CA State Senate

At the November general meeting, the Lamorinda Democratic Club welcomed Marisol Rubio, candidate for State Senate District 7.   Ms. Rubio is running for the seat currently held by Senator Steve Glazer.  In her evening’s talk, she described her background and positions on which she will be campaigning.  Ms. Rubio is a scientific researcher in neurobiology and single mother to her special needs daughter who is now a student in junior college.  She discussed her roles as a mom, advocate, caregiver, and educator.  Ms. Rubio has served as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention and is an SEIU Local 2015 member.  For more information on her campaign, please see her website, marisol4ca.org .