Help is only a phone app away

Getting help or information from government agencies can often be time consuming and frustrating. Figuring out what agency to call and suffering through busy signals and multilayered automated phone directories can make callers forget the reason they called in the first place. But now people can get help by simply downloading an app through App Store […]

Senator Mike Morrell responds to governor’s signing of sanctuary state legislation

To the Editor, Unfortunately, the winners under SB 54 are individuals who have been arrested for committing crimes such as assault, theft or battery, just to name a few, and have extensive criminal histories or known gang affiliations. Our local law enforcement officers, who keep us safe, will no longer be able to communicate with their federal counterparts in […]

The 75th Assembly District is making a difference

Our wonderful 75th Assembly District is chock full of amazing people who make a difference in the lives of others every day. Here are just some examples. The Angel Society of Fallbrook, funded through the Angel Thrift Shop downtown, has provided over $3.6 million in grants since 1978, including $50,000 for library reconstruction. Last year’s […]

The Legislature considers a few good bills

There are good bills amid the hundreds of bills awaiting the governor’s signature. Helping local school districts save for special projects or financial emergencies was impacted by a cap that was placed on school reserves in 2014. This year, I supported Senate Bill 751, by Sen. J Hill, D-San Mateo, and Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, […]

The Legislature has adjourned

As the 2017 legislative session closes, I am pleased that most of my bill package received overwhelming support, and three of my bills have already been signed into law by Governor Brown.  Six of my bills are on the Governor’s desk, including AB 1386, a Legislative Woman’s Caucus priority bill to raise awareness for newly diagnosed breast/ovarian […]

San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotyuk seeks California Assembly seat

San Jacinto City Councilman and former Mayor Andrew Kotyuk announced his intention to run for the 42nd Assembly District seat against embattled Yucca Valley legislator, Chad Mayes, a few days before the Assemblyman was ousted from his California Republican Party leadership role. In a news release announcing his candidacy, Kotyuk wrote, “My priority will be […]

Renovations are coming to the Capitol

As a member of the Joint Rules Committee, we have been tasked with directing an upgrade or replacement for the rapidly deteriorating State Capitol building annex. The building was designed in the late 1940s and was completed in 1952 at a cost of $7.5 million. Originally intended to house a part-time legislature, the annex is […]

Kim Summers takes the reins in Murrieta

Kim Summers takes the reins in Murrieta

Three weeks in, Kim Summers is settling into her new job as Murrieta city manager. She replaced longtime city leader Rick Dudley, who retired at the end of June. She’s got a lot of experience. But some things still take getting used to. “When something comes across my desk, I’m the final say,” Summers says. […]

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