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Back to Business: Sacramento Making New CA Laws

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Daily News has a report on what Valley state representatives are planning to bring to the table in 2008, many of them green such as Glendale Democrat Paul Krekorian's push to have the state use more renewable energy while giving grants to local municipalities and school districts for that and reusable water. He also is looking into "permeable concrete," which lets water seep into the ground versus into a storm drain to the ocean.

Perhaps the most controversial bill comes from Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster who plan on a bill that will split up LAUSD.

Their plan would split the LAUSD into about 15 districts of no more than 50,000 students each, believing that smaller districts are more efficient and more accountable to the community. The bill faces an uphill fight against the powerful teachers unions and district officials, although Schwarzenegger has previously expressed support for breaking up the district.

"I'm under no illusion about how difficult a challenge this would be, but I believe that we owe it to the kids in L.A. Unified to give them the opportunity to have the best education possible," Smyth said. [Daily News]

It's interesting to note that both
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Smyth and Runner have very little slices of Los Angeles within their districts, proportionately. Smyth, who also represents some of Simi Valley is working to get contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory site turned into a state park.

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Arleta, wants tougher laws enabling police to seize cars when drivers have an illegal gun and to put 30-day holds on vehicles used in drug dealing and prostitution.

Perhaps a dryer bill, but extremely important for Los Angeles transportation and traffic is what Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, is working on. Currently, when voters go to the polls to vote on transportation funding measures, it needs an extremely high percentage to pass. Feuer looks to lower that threshold.

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