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Holden's Bill to Protect and Preserve Southern California's Open Space

Black news from Pasadena - Brief - California Open Spaces BillSacramento, CA - Assemblymember Chris Holden's bill to increase penalties for vandalism and illegal dumping in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was approved late Monday in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, defacing or destroying property on Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750.

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Holden's Bill to Increase Educational Opportunities . . .

. . . For High School Students Passes Key Committee
AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment

Black news from Pasadena - News in Brief - California educational bill passesSacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) bill to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes, was unanimously approved in Assembly Higher Education Committee today.

AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment would expand and encourage opportunities for high school students who are capable of advanced scholastic or vocational work to enroll in community college courses. It would also encourage students who need additional help passing the California High School Exit Exam and students who traditionally do not attend college, but would like to see if it's the right path for them.

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Cal Fire and National Guard Train for Fire Season

Sacramento, CA – As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, CAL FIRE and the California National Guard are holding their annual fire aviation training. The joint helicopter training is scheduled for several days from April 4-6, 2014 at the CAL FIRE Academy in Ione and Lake Pardee Amador County.

"Fire activity is already well above average this year," said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. "The drought conditions have necessitated staffing up resources much earlier than normal, so trainings like this ensure we are all prepared for what could be an extremely busy fire season."

"This annual training with CAL FIRE is crucial to our state's preparation for the inevitable wildfires that pose a threat to California residents each year," said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, adjutant general of the California Military Department. "By combining the strength of our two organizations, we produce a multi-faceted, coordinated response that maximizes our potential to protect lives, property and resources."

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Pasadena Joins Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use Behind the Wheel

Black news from Pasadena - Brief - Police crackdown for Distracted Driving Awareness MonthPasadena, CA – As part of April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Pasadena Police Department will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long "zero tolerance" enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger. Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on April 3, 8, 17 and 22, 2014.

The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior. The "It's Not Worth It!" theme emphasizes that a phone call or text isn't worth a hefty fine or a collision. The current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

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