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AM Alert: Contractors board to discuss Berkeley balcony bill

In this June 18, 2015 file photo, a crew works on what remains of an apartment building balcony that collapsed, killing six college students and injuring several others in Berkeley, Calif.
In this June 18, 2015 file photo, a crew works on what remains of an apartment building balcony that collapsed, killing six college students and injuring several others in Berkeley, Calif. AP

The Contractors State License Board will meet today and discuss a bill responding to the balcony collapse that killed six people at a party in Berkeley at its meeting today.

The board will decide whether to take any action on Senate Bill 465, which would require the registrar of contractors to make public any lawsuit settlements against building contractors. That bill died in committee this session, but could be back in January.

Sens. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who introduced the bill and Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, are urging the board to meet with contractors and seek agreement on what they should have to report, and what should be public.

Contractors State License Board Chief of Enforcement David Fogt has said had he known about settlements against the Berkeley contractor, “we would absolutely have taken action.”

The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at 9821 Business Park Drive.

UC IN WASHINGTON: University of California President Janet Napolitano is in Washington D.C. to testify on what the UC is doing about sexual assault. A task force in Napolitano’s office began work on the issue a year ago.

She will appear before the the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The webcast hearing starts at 6 a.m. Pacific Time.

GREAT SCHOOLS: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is holding a press conference on part two of his department’s “A Blueprint for Great Schools” report. The new report plays out priorities for the department, such as supporting arts education and time for professional development.

The press conference is at 4 at the CDE’s N Street headquarters.

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