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February 11, 2015

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Senator Liu Introduces Bill to Help Working Californians

December 04, 2014

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California Legislators Consider First Adult Helmet Law in Country

April 01, 2015

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to California state senator Carol Liu, who introduced a bill that would require adult bicycle riders to wear helmets. It would be the first adult law in the country — many states already require kids to wear helmets.

Disproportionately Impacted Communities Prioritized in $1 Billion Emergency Drought Package

April 01, 2015
Environmental Justice Groups Applaud Creation of Office of Sustainable Water Solutions

SACRAMENTO – Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen announced legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought.

Editorial: Require bike helmets? There's not enough safety data

April 01, 2015

By the Times Editorial Board
March 19, 2015

"This much is obvious: Wearing a bicycle helmet is safer than not wearing one. But so far, the evidence is mixed on how much safer it is. A bill in the Legislature to mandate helmets for all bicyclists is based less on evidence of significant benefit than on the mantra that it's worthwhile if even a single life is saved.

That's not how good safety policy is made. If it were, the state would require pedestrians to wear body armor; after all, five times as many pedestrians are killed in street accidents than are bicyclists.

Petaluma cyclist pushes helmet law

March 30, 2015

by Alex Horvath for the Argus Courier
March 27, 2015

"A Petaluma bicycle safety advocate is lobbying for the passage of a bill that would require all cyclists to wear helmets and reflective gear while riding, even as the California Bicycle Coalition opposes the measure.

StreetsBlogLA: California Long-Range Transportation Plan: GHG Goals are Elusive

March 18, 2015

by Melanie Curry
March 10, 2015

"Caltrans has been in the process of developing its long range transportation plan for the last two years. Now it has released the draft California Transportation Plan 2040. Public input will be solicited at workshops throughout the state in March and April, starting today in Sacramento.

Latest In My Own Words

Community Schools Presentation, CV Alliance Board Meeting

January 29, 2015

<Presented at December 2014 CV Alliance Meeting>   I am excited to focus on one of my top priorities — Community Schools.  Community schools are a strategy for aligning the resources of an entire community to support student success.  Community schools strategies are part of a growing national movement that is having a real impact on improving conditions for student learning, strengthening families, and building healthier communities.

State of the State, December 2014

January 28, 2015

I would like to update you on activities in Sacramento and the 25th Senate District.  As you know, we concluded the 2013/2014 legislative session at the end of August.  The Legislature rounded off the year by passing a new water bond, bills to manage the state’s groundwater, a measure banning single-use plastic bags, and a $330 million film tax credit to support in-state filming.

California continues to work its way out of the great recession.

End of Year Update, December 2014

January 28, 2015

The elections are behind us; many good members returned to office and some promising new ones took seats in the Assembly and the Senate.  The new members were sworn in December 1st.  The Legislature reconvened to begin regular business on January 5th.

WICHE: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Legislative Advisory Committee Speech, September 2014

October 03, 2014

WICHE: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Legislative Advisory Committee

Senator Liu End of Session 2014 Update

September 09, 2014


August 31 marked the end of the 2013–2014 Legislative Session and we beat the clock by one day to finish up the last few bills early in the morning on Saturday, August 30th.