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Assemblymember Holden's Bill to Protect Southern California Wildlands and Parks Signed

Black news from Pasadena - In Brief - Wildlands and parks bill signedSacramento, CA – Southern California parks and wild spaces will get help in fighting dumping and vandalism under legislation signed today by Governor Brown. AB 1767, authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, will increase the fines imposed upon those convicted of damaging, vandalizing or illegally dumping on property maintained by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. AB 1767 will serve the dual purpose of boosting deterrence and closing the deficit in the Conservancy's maintenance budget.

"In recent years, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has seen a dramatic increase in illegal dumping and vandalism in wild lands and parks. The damage has been so great that existing fines no longer cover the cost of repair and clean-up," explained Assemblymember Holden. "I want to make sure that these open spaces are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Hopefully, this bill will act as a deterrent to those who might consider dumping their trash or defacing our parks and wilderness areas."

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation Requiring Healthy Options in State Vending Machines

Black news from Pasadena - In Brief - vending machine options and California Center for Public Health AdvocacySacramento, CA (September 25, 2014) - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to ensure that healthy food and drink options are offered in all vending machines located on state property.

"This legislation ensures that every state employee has access to healthy snacks and beverages in the workplace. Promoting the health and well-being of our dedicated workers will pay great dividends for the state by helping to reduce the cost and prevalence of diet-related disease," said State Senator Holly Mitchell, author of Senate Bill 912 (SB 912).

All of the latest data show that California is facing a public health crisis fueled by diet-related disease. Diabetes rates have increased over thirty percent in the past decade. Over two-thirds of Californians are overweight, significantly increasing their risk of heart disease, arthritis, asthma and some forms of cancer.

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