Saturday, August 24, 2013

STOCKTON - Twelve months ago, it was abundantly clear Stockton was on its way to shattering the record for homicides in a single year.

2012 ended with the violent deaths of 71 people - one killing almost every four days - the third-highest homicide rate in American large cities, behind only Detroit and Oakland.

But homicides in 2013 are down 60 percent and nonfatal injury shootings are down 50 percent.

What's happening here now, considered a multifaceted success story, was the focus Friday of a unique hearing in Stockton convened by the California Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay.

The strong similarities between the violence occurring in Oakland and Stockton prompted the committee's chairman, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, to invite Stockton's Democratic assemblywoman, Susan Talamantes Eggman, to join the committee. But she said she would accept only if Bonta agreed to hold a hearing in Stockton.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Stockton's freshman Democratic assemblywoman, Susan Talamantes Eggman, had her first piece of legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

Assembly Bill 372 improves opportunities for military veterans seeking jobs with the state by eliminating a Vietnam-era policy that prevented them from earning preference for civil service positions requiring a bachelor's degree and two years of experience. It also ensures that every veteran who earns a qualifying score on an open, nonpromotional state civil service exam gets placed on the hiring list.

The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature with bipartisan support and no organized opposition.

"In general, it's good policy. As our world has changed, our laws should change too," Eggman said.

"During the Vietnam War, the state excluded veterans on the justification that granting them preference for service undermined the principle of merit. Service is merit," she said.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Excerpted from The Record, (Stockton, Calif.)

STOCKTON - Susan Eggman is having the time of her life and working hard at it.

Not since former state Sen. Patrick Johnston, D-Stockton, left office 13 years ago has San Joaquin County had such an outspoken advocate in the California Legislature.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Court's order can't be used as excuse not to fix policy

Excerpted from The Record, (Stockton, Calif.)

“State lawmakers have offered several bills to tweak realignment, including one by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman. The Stockton Democrat's proposal would give judges discretion to send some who violate their parole back to state prison for up to a year rather than to county jail for a maximum of 180 days.

Unfortunately, the Assembly Public Safety Committee last week held Eggman's proposal for further study after hearing CDCR officials testify about prison overcrowding. They fear proposals to modify realignment will increase the state prison population, making it even harder to comply with the court's order.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers in the Assembly Safety Committee are considering a bill today that would send high-risk parolees back to state prisons instead of overcrowded county jails when they violate parole.

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, co-authored the proposed amendment to the realignment law, that would give judges the discretion to return parole violators to prison for up to one year, rather than the current 180-day maximum jail stay.

"A return to state prison has to be an option," Eggman said Monday at a news conference in the Capitol, pressing on a need to address the problem of parolees revolving in and out of county jails.

Friday, March 29, 2013

A new five-year permit should allow state waterway officials to get an early start in the fight against an invasive water weed that threatens to choke off local businesses on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways recently received the permit to spray two herbicides from March 18 to Nov. 30 on the water hyacinth — a plant species indigenous to South America that was introduced into the Delta more than 100 years ago.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Linda Jimenez, a Tracy resident and community activist, was "overwhelmed" Wednesday afternoon when 100 people gathered to honor her.

Jimenez is the Woman of the Year in the Assembly's 13th District. She was selected by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, a first-year lawmaker.

"This is unbelievable," Jimenez said. "There are so many women in our county who have done so much. I am just honored to be here."