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February 26, 2015

A new bill could help restore the public's trust in elected officials by defining who would be a financial conflict of interest.

Generally, conflict of interest laws prevent public officials from using their positions to enrich themselves.

Senator Tony Mendoza says SB 330 would stop them from helping family members, as well.

"It prohibits elected officials or governing boards from voting on contracts that benefit their family members," Mendoza said. 

February 26, 2015

A new bill at the state Capitol would impose tighter conflict-of-interest rules on local elected officials in California.

Currently, elected officials only need to recuse themselves from voting on contracts for immediate family members or their spouses if there’s a common financial interest – for example, if they live together, or co-own a business. Democratic state Senator Tony Mendoza says elected officials should recuse themselves even if there isn’t a direct financial relationship.

January 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – For the first time in California history, the state Senate and state Assembly adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 by Senator Tony Mendoza declaring Jan. 26 as “India Republic Day” and recognizing the contributions of the Indian American community to California.

A special ceremony was held on the Senate floor following the vote, featuring the Indian consul general in San Francisco and Indian American dignitaries from throughout the state.