Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A report released today by the State Auditor, requested by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D – Stockton, reveals a program to charge fees for 24-hour, out-of-home care of disabled children is “riddled” with delays and inconsistencies and is leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars uncollected.

The Department of Developmental Services Parental Fee Program assesses a fee to parents of children who receive 24-hour out-of-home care, based upon a fee schedule that takes into account adjusted gross income, family size, and the age of the child in placement.

Friday, January 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, released the following statement Friday on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for 2015-2016.

“As California’s economy recovers it’s important to balance investment in the state’s future against the need for continued fiscal prudence. This proposal is both prudent and forward-looking, continuing to pay off debt while addressing infrastructural needs and increasing investment in educating California’s children.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SACRAMENTO – On the first day of the new legislative session, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman introduced a bill requiring the state to study the feasibility of establishing a California State University campus in the city of Stockton.

The bill, Assembly Bill 38, directs the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct the study and report its findings to the legislature. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO –  A bill by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman to establish in San Joaquin County a new National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program, the first of its kind in Northern California, has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program is designed to prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of high school. The program has a five-month residential phase followed by 12 months of mentoring. There are currently two ChalleNGe programs in California – one in San Luis Obispo and the other in Los Alamitos. Between them, those academies graduate an average of 800 students a year.

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SACRAMENTO – A bill ensuring that terminally ill patients are informed by their physician of their right to hear of end-of-life care options was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO – A bill directing the state to provide forage habitat for bees, and authored by a beekeeper’s daughter, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, Assembly Bill 2185, directs the Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider permitted beekeeping on DFW lands, where appropriate, and requires the department to identify wild lands appropriate for bees to forage. It also grants the department the authority to determine a fee for permits, the proceeds of which are directed to the Wildlife Restoration Fund.

Monday, August 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Stockton Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman improving online access to doctors’ disciplinary records was signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

STOCKTON — Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, is one-for-two this legislative session getting bills passed to increase transparency and control at assisted-living facilities in the state.

The two bills were part of a pack of proposed reform legislation after widespread outrage when residents at an assisted living facility in Castro Valley were all but abandoned by staff when the operation was shut down in 2013.

Friday, August 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman’s bill to establish Northern California’s first National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program was passed from the Legislature on Thursday.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is designed to prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of high school. The program has a five-month residential phase followed by 12 months of mentoring. There are currently two ChalleNGe programs in California – one in San Luis Obispo and the other in Los Alamitos. Between them, those academies graduate an average of 800 students a year. The program is operated by the California National Guard in cooperation with local school districts. It is authorized and funded through the Department of Defense, with management and oversight from the National Guard Bureau.  

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"The new water bond, AB 1471, is a substantial improvement on the bond voters would have faced in November. We were able to secure protections for the Delta that have no equivalent in the earlier bond, as well as needed funds for levee improvement to protect Delta communities. This agreement proves there is no necessary conflict between what's good for the Delta and what's good for the state.

The protections for the Delta that I and other Delta legislators fought for and were able to secure include restrictions that forbid instream flow purchases that are required to operate the Twin Tunnels.

Furthermore, AB 1471 requires the state and state agencies to coordinate any habitat restoration project in the Delta with our communities.

Perhaps most important, there was $1.5 billion in the 2009 bond specifically earmarked to fund and support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the Twin Tunnels. How much in AB 1471? $0.

AB 1471 also introduces the following restrictions on the use of bond funds:

  • Forbids the use of the funds to "pay the costs of the design, construction, operation, mitigation, or maintenance of Delta conveyance facilities. Those costs shall be the responsibility of the water agencies that benefit from the design, construction, operation, mitigation, or maintenance of those facilities."
  • Any water purchases involving bond funds are subject to public review, and may not be used to satisfy the requirements of the BDCP.
  • Forbids the use of bond funds to acquire property via eminent domain.
  • Prioritizes investment on lands that are already public.
  • Allows bond funds on habitat restoration and related projects to be used to improve the quality of water for agricultural use in the Delta.
  • Provides hundreds of millions of dollars to address critical flood protection needs in the Delta.

Together, these protections and the storage, clean drinking water and other important programs funded in the rest of the bond, comprise, if not a perfect bond, a vast improvement on the alternative that may very well have passed muster with voters, who are feeling the effects of California's ongoing drought.

The Delta's legislative delegation has provided voters with a better option; now it is for them to decide."