john perez http://kvpr.org en 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