john perez http://kvpr.org en County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully http://kvpr.org/post/county-registrars-overhaul-recount-process-carefully <div><p>The recount in the state controller’s race may be over, but that hasn’t stopped critics of California’s recount process from calling for an overhaul. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, county election officials are warning state lawmakers to write new rules carefully.</p></div><p>San Bernardino County Registrar Michael Scarpello spent last Friday staffing up. His county’s recount was scheduled to start on Monday. But it didn’t, because former Assembly Speaker John Pérez canceled his recount bid Friday afternoon.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:38 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 36098 at http://kvpr.org County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully Perez Stops Recounts In Controller's Race http://kvpr.org/post/perez-stops-recounts-controllers-race <p>Former California Assembly Speaker John Perez is calling off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller.</p><p>Perez requested the recount in 15 counties after finishing third in the June 3rd primary.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Los Angeles Democrat was 481 votes behind fellow Democrat Betty Yee.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perez picked up only a handful of votes in recounts this week in Imperial and Kern counties.</span></p><p>He says in a statement that "there is simply not enough time to see this process through to the end."</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:28:19 +0000 Ed Joyce - Capital Public Radio 36097 at http://kvpr.org Perez Stops Recounts In Controller's Race Speaker Pérez Looks Back, Defends Record http://kvpr.org/post/speaker-p-rez-looks-back-defends-record <p>He was sworn in as California Assembly speaker when the state faced a $60 billion budget deficit.&nbsp; Four years later, Los Angeles Democrat John Pérez points to a surplus and wishes he didn’t have to leave.&nbsp; Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler talked with the speaker as his days holding the gavel wind down.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Looking back, John </span>Pérez<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes credit for helping turn the state budget around:</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:26:38 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 32099 at http://kvpr.org Speaker Pérez Looks Back, Defends Record Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-state-controller-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED 3/5/14 - 6:46 PM</span></p><p class="p1">Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced today that she has filed papers to run for the office of State Controller.&nbsp;Swearengin told Valley Public Radio she expects to make a final decision on her run by Friday. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:36:40 +0000 Joe Moore 29284 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run California Legislators React to DOMA, Prop 8 Decisions http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislators-react-doma-prop-8-decisions <p class="p1">The U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings – including the one overturning California’s Proposition 8 – have reverberated through the state Capitol.</p><p class="p1">Assembly Speaker John Pérez is the first openly gay person to lead the lower chamber:</p><p class="p4">“This is the first time in my life that I felt that the law fully recognized me as being equal to everyone else.” says <span class="s1">Pérez.</span></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 01:16:01 +0000 Ben Adler 17416 at http://kvpr.org California Legislators React to DOMA, Prop 8 Decisions Budget Debate Under Way in California Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/budget-debate-under-way-california-legislature <p>The California legislature has approved the 2013-14 state budget bill - one day before its constitutional deadline to send a spending plan to Gov. Jerry Brown. Debate continues on the budget's accompanying "trailer" bills.</p><p>The $96 billion dollar general fund budget uses the cautious revenue estimates insisted upon by Brown while also making new spending investments in select programs pushed by legislative Democrats.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Ben Adler 16803 at http://kvpr.org Budget Debate Under Way in California Legislature Valley's Need For Medical Interpreters Could Increase With Health Law http://kvpr.org/post/valleys-need-medical-interpreters-could-increase-health-law <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Mailu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> translates for a Hmong patient, she can’t just repeat the doctor’s orders, word for word. That’s because the Hmong language often doesn’t contain advanced medical terminology, or names for diseases, like diabetes.</span></p><p>“Hmong language is a very difficult language,” Lor said. “We don’t have any dictionary for medical terminology.”</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:07:15 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14014 at http://kvpr.org Valley's Need For Medical Interpreters Could Increase With Health Law Assembly Speaker Files Supreme Court Brief Opposing Prop 8 http://kvpr.org/post/assembly-speaker-files-supreme-court-brief-opposing-prop-8 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The speaker of the California Assembly has filed a legal brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the justices to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>In his friend-of-the-court brief known as an “amicus”&nbsp;brief, Speaker John Pérez &nbsp;argues voter-approved Proposition 8 prevents him from passing bills at the State Capitol.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:03:57 +0000 Ben Adler 11499 at http://kvpr.org Assembly Speaker Files Supreme Court Brief Opposing Prop 8 Speaker Pérez Wary of Overplaying Democratic Supermajorities http://kvpr.org/post/speaker-p-rez-wary-overplaying-democratic-supermajorities <p></p><p></p><p>California Democrats have gained a supermajority in both state legislative houses for the first time in 70 years. &nbsp;But as KPCC’s Julie Small reports, the Assembly Speaker says his party won’t exploit the power.</p><p>The two-thirds majority in the Assembly and Senate gives Democrats the power to raise taxes without Republican votes.&nbsp; They’ll also be able to expedite bills and change legislative rules. &nbsp;But Assembly Speaker John Perez downplays that new power.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:40:01 +0000 Joe Moore 7119 at http://kvpr.org Speaker Pérez Wary of Overplaying Democratic Supermajorities