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March 4, 2015

The new director of California's Employment Development Department was grilled by state senators Wednesday at the state Capitol as the department continues to work out bugs in its system.

"What I will tell you is we are doing the best that we can with what we have," Patrick Henning told lawmakers.

Henning, the new EDD director, said the department in charge of unemployment benefits is still trying to improve its much-maligned computer system.

March 4, 2015

Coming off the heels of a confirmed case of measles in Merced County, a California senator is pushing for a bill that would require all day care workers to be vaccinated. On Wednesday, Senator Tony Mendoza introduced SB792.

Mendoza stated in a press released, according to the CDC in the year 2000, measles had been eliminated. But now, there have been 117 confirmed cases in California since late December. Mendoza said he believed it was common sense and scientific sense for adults who are around children to get vaccinated.

March 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, a California lawmaker proposed a bill Wednesday that would require all child care and pre-school workers to get vaccinated against several contagious diseases.

Because the workers have close contact with children, it makes sense to require them to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis, influenza and other diseases, Sen. said Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia.

March 4, 2015

A California lawmaker is urging the state to make vaccines mandatory for all adults who work in preschools and day-care centers, a move following the largest measles outbreak in California in 15 years.

“This is not just a common-sense solution but makes scientific sense,” said Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), who introduced the bill Wednesday. “One child’s death is one too many, especially when it may be preventable. With the recent deadly outbreaks of measles and influenza, we must do everything in our power to protect California’s children who spend time in day care.”

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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.