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AM Alert: Golden Gate Bridge toll, holiday pay among early bill proposals

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is considering a new pedestrian toll to close a projected $33 million deficit.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is considering a new pedestrian toll to close a projected $33 million deficit. The Associated Press

California lawmakers have already begun unveiling bills they plan to pursue in the new session that begins next week.

Assemblymen Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, kicked things off yesterday with a proposal to block a possible sidewalk toll on the Golden Gate Bridge. Suggested last month by the bridge’s board of directors as a way to close a projected $33 million deficit, the sidewalk toll plan has been highly controversial, and the lawmakers argued it would send the wrong message as California tries to get more drivers out of their cars.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, also has a seasonally appropriate pitch requiring businesses to pay employees double-time for working on Thanksgiving and Christmas – a practice she considers “a real slap in the face of family values.” Gonzalez will be joined by local labor leaders to discuss the bill during a noon press conference at a San Diego Walmart.

BIENVENIDOS: New members will be sworn in at the Capitol on Monday, but the California Latino Caucus Leadership PAC is welcoming its own rookie ranks to Sacramento a day early with a Sunday luncheon fundraiser at the Citizen Hotel on J Street. The caucus endorsed three candidates who were newly elected this November: Democratic Assemblymen-to-be Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles, Eduardo Garcia of Coachella and Tony Thurmond of Richmond.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the Capitol community! Safe travels and have a wonderful holiday. The AM Alert will return on Monday.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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