Assemblyman honors local Gold Star Mother

Julia Conover’s advocacy for veterans, and for the families who have lost loved ones to war, has become well-known in Northern California and in San Joaquin County and Tracy, where she is most active.

California bill would fund scholarships for aspiring Central Valley doctors

FRENCH CAMP, Calif. —

Stockton Assm. Carlos Villapudua wants to bring much-needed physicians to underserved areas of the Central Valley by offering full scholarships to aspiring doctors.

According to his office, San Joaquin County has a dire need for more physicians. For every 100,000 residents in the county, there are only 39 primary care physicians, leading to delays in care. However, if Assembly Bill 2132, known as the “California Future Physician Fund,” is passed by the State Assembly, $20 million would be set aside for scholarships.

Villapudua: Physician Shortage in Desperate Need of Attention

CA Future Physician Fund Aims to Lower Barriers to Entry for Incoming Medical Workforce

STOCKTON – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) today announced AB 2132, the California Future Physician Fund, to address California’s shortage of physicians and medical professionals.

California bill that would penalize possession of detached catalytic converters faces opposition

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

A bill that would make possession of a detached catalytic converter a crime and punishable with jail time faced stiff opposition on California's Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Assm. Carlos Villapudua, D Stockton, vied for his bill in front of the Assembly committee, where he spoke about the importance of implementing a bill that cracks down on thefts, so his constituents can feel some relief.

Democratic lawmakers propose $400 tax rebates

Nearly two-dozen state lawmakers unveiled a proposal on Thursday to give California taxpayers $400 rebates to offset spiking gas prices and inflation.

“Too many Californians are struggling to make ends meet right now,” Assembly member Cottie Petrie-Norris (D–Laguna Beach) said at a press conference outside the state Capitol. “We are here to offer help.”

Lawmakers introduce new bills aimed at deterring catalytic converter thefts

One bill would require car dealerships and retailers to mark catalytic converters while the other would require proof of ownership for detached catalytic converters.

STOCKTON, Calif. — It's a familiar crime that takes seconds to commit but leaves victims without a car and out hundreds of dollars in some cases. 

As some police departments in California note an uptick in catalytic converter thefts in recent years, videos showing the at-times brazen thefts have swept the internet and have caught the attention of state lawmakers.