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He counts the bills - and there are more than 600 left

Jerry Brown signs environmental bills on ‘rolling’ ferry in San Francisco Bay

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to boost the electric vehicle market on a ferry in the San Francisco Bay on Sept. 13, 2018.
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Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to boost the electric vehicle market on a ferry in the San Francisco Bay on Sept. 13, 2018.


For Chris Micheli, principal with the lobbying firm Aprea & Micheli, Inc., keeping track of the bills facing the governor is a hobby. A couple years ago, he began counting the legislation on Jerry Brown’s desk. Today, he regularly sends out emails to a few hundred people, updating them on the number of items left on the table.

“I used to do it for myself and clients, and then started sharing it with others because people often ask,” Micheli said. “I’m essentially a student of the institution and of the process, and always have been. It’s one of those ways I enjoy studying the process and being aware of what’s going on.”

After acting on 58 Wednesday, Brown still has 603 bills on the agenda. So far this year, Brown has signed 572 bills and vetoed 42 — a veto rate of 6.8 percent.


Congressman Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, is attending the third annual Annual Brain Health Forum at 10 a.m. today in Orangevale. He’ll join other medical professional to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and discuss resources available to caregivers and those suffering from the disease.


State Sen. Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) — “’Best friends’ - yeah whatever With time, even the most obstinate employers come around. Don’t worry, Bert & Ernie, we have your backs!@sesamestreet @SesameErnie @bertsesame.”


Can rent control solve the housing crisis? Influencers have plenty to say.

“First, we should eliminate burdensome and redundant regulations that discourage responsible development, especially for smaller homes and projects. Second, we should adjust zoning criteria to increase densities near and along urban transit corridors. The best way to reduce housing prices is to increase supply. Rent control, however, disincentives development. This makes it harder for supply to keep up with demand. That why I believe, where rent control has been used, it tends to result in more social inequity and done little to discipline housing prices.”

Chad Peace, founder and president, IVC Media; founding board member, National Association of Non-Partisan Reformers

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Columnist Erika Smith believes there is plenty of room for people to support both police officers and victims of officer-involved shootings.

Jan Levine, a retired Superior Court judge in Los Angeles, and Brian Gurwitz, a former senior deputy district attorney in Orange County, urge Brown to sign Senate Bill 1391, which they believe would would prevent young teens from going to adult criminal court.


Jack Ohman watches the GOP party on Supreme Court