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Sen. Mendoza Bill Signed by Governor to Combat Hash Oil Labs

October 30, 2015

By SD6 Jenny Day

Story Published: Oct 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM PDT

SAN DIEGO - Marijuana - it's been around for thousands of years, but it's now coming in new, potentially deadly forms.

On the street it's known as hash or honey oil, tar, wax, and shatter - and now amateur chemists on a quest to get high, are essentially making mini-bombs.

Drug manufacturers have found a way to double their profits.

They're now cultivating a part of the plant that was once tossed. But this new twist on an old drug can have devastating consequences.

By Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia

October 13, 2015

A new California law will require daycare workers to have vaccinations for measles and whooping cough by next year.

The law was approved this week by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly a year after California's worst measles outbreak in 24 years began at Disneyland, infecting more than 130 California residents and more than two dozen other people who resided out of state.

September 28, 2015

By Hillary Jackson

Workers and volunteers at day care centers across California would be required to be vaccinated against flu, pertussis and measles under a Southland legislator’s bill that was approved Thursday by the state Senate.

SB 792 will head to Gov. Jerry Brown for final consideration. Brown signed a separate bill into law on June 30 requiring almost all school children in the state to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough.

August 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly referred to "criminal aliens" and "illegal aliens" in the immigration plan he released on Sunday.

August 11, 2015

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to remove the term "alien" from the California labor code to describe foreign-born workers.

Brown announced Monday that he signed SB432 by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia.

Mendoza said removing the term "alien" was an important step toward modernizing California law because it is now commonly considered a derogatory term with very negative connotations.

Governor’s decision pleases Inland residents from immigrant families, but is criticized by those who oppose illegal immigration.

August 10, 2015


Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday, Aug. 10, to delete the term “alien” from the California Labor Code when defining immigrants.

The governor’s move was welcomed by some Inland residents who come from immigrant families, but was criticized by those against illegal immigration.

The bill’s author, state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, said the measure was a way to modernize the code and steer people away from what many consider negative rhetoric.

July 21, 2015

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun

Proposed legislation that would require San Bernardino County and other California counties with populations of 2 million or more to increase their number of elected supervisors from five to seven is gaining momentum in the Legislature.