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Happy New Year and Greetings

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Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:45:11 -0500

Hi Mayor Conneely,
I hope the new year brings you good health and prosperity. Year 2013
certainly brought many blessings and we look forward to the coming year with
An article was published in our local paper today outlining some new laws
that go into affect in the State of California, beginning today. I thought
they may be of general interest.
On a more local basis, the Two Menlos group are excited about our new
Friendship Agreement with Galway. We are discussing a work plan for year 2014,
which includes many potential exciting programs. We will be touch with you
soon to discuss further what might be viable and mutually beneficial.
All the best, Jim
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The Daily News, 01/01/2014

New California laws: Higher wages, safer cycling, gun curbs

Bay Area News Group

New laws taking effect this year will change the way Californians drive,
work and go to school.

Starting today, teens can no longer text friends using Siri while on the
road, and this summer, the minimum wage will increase to one of the highest
rates in the nation.

Those are just a couple of the changes Californians will see in the new
year, and here are key laws among the more than 800 Gov. Jerry Brown signed
in 2013.

DRIVERS: California in September will join two dozen other states in
requiring motorists to keep at least three feet from cyclists when passing.
Another law continues until 2019 to permit low-emission or zero-emission
vehicle drivers to use carpool lanes even when driving alone.

WORKERS: Starting July 1, minimum wage earners must be paid $9 an hour, and
 by 2016, the state’s base wage will jump to $10. In-home caregivers who
work more than nine hours a day or 45 hours per week must be paid time and a
half, and people who work outdoors must get breaks when the weather is hot.

TEENS: Transgender students can choose which restrooms to use and which
sports teams to play on, and cyberbullies will face harsher penalties in
school. It’s already illegal for teens to use cellphones while driving, but now,
 voice-operated hands-free texting programs are off-limits, too.

IMMIGRANTS: People living in the country illegally can now practice law in
California, and by 2015, illegal immigrants will be able to obtain driver’
s licenses. Gov. Jerry Brown also signed legislation barring county jails
from turning illegal immigrants over to federal authorities.

WOMEN: Many states last year restricted women’s abortion rights, but
California expanded access to the procedure, allowing certain clinicians other
than doctors to perform some early-term abortions.

FAMILIES: Children can now have more than two legal parents, and law
enforcement officials must activate an Amber Alert when a child is abducted by a
parent or guardian who jeopardizes a child’s life. Workers now will be
eligible to take family leave to care for a wider variety of seriously ill

VICTIMS: Employers can no longer fire, discriminate or retaliate against a
worker victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. They’
re also barred from retaliating against employees who are immigrants by
threatening to report their status to federal authorities.

PAPARAZZI: Photographers who harass the children of public figures,
including celebrities, will face tougher penalties, including up to a year in
county jail and a $10,000 fine. This law was backed by actresses Halle Berry
and Jennifer Garner.

ANIMALS: Homeowners who spot mountain lions in their back yards may not
shoot and kill the big cats. Hunters by 2019 will no longer be able to use
lead ammunition.

GUNS: Rifle purchasers must earn safety certificates, and kits that
convert regular magazines into high-capacity magazines are banned. Mentally ill
people who make violent threats are prohibited from owning guns for five

The 805 bills Gov. Brown signed last year are fairly progressive by
national standards, but the 96 bills he vetoed are evidence of his moderate side.

The governor gave the National Rifle Association seven of the 11 vetoes it
wanted, and he rejected more than three dozen bills labeled “job killers”
by the California Chamber of Commerce. Only one of those, the minimum wage
hike, became law.


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