Elaine Alquist
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Elaine Alquist
Elaine Kontominas Alquist is currently a Democratic State Senator from California's 13th Senate District. Prior to serving in the Senate, she served in the State Assembly for 6 years. The 13th Senate District (SD 13) is the heart of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara County and includes the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Gilroy. She has been in office since December 2004.
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Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Campus Progressive - over 3 years
By most accounts, Kimani Gray wasn't a bad kid. His teachers remember him as an upstanding student with good grades. But that didn't stop two plainclothes police officers from allegedly gunning Gray down in his East Flatbush Brooklyn neighborhood in March. The circumstances of Gray's death are still under dispute. Police maintain that Gray was acting "suspicious" and adjusting the waistband of his pants, making them think he had a weapon. Officers initially claimed Gray pointed a gun at them, while bystanders said the 16-year-old didn't appear to be armed. Cases like Gray's, where black youths are targeted because of some perceived threat, aren't all that unusual. It's a result of a kind of criminalizing of blackness, wherein everyday black urban youth existence is treated with an increasingly militarized response. In some cities like New York, just being black in public is enough cause to be stopped and searched. The American Civil Liberties Union points out tha ...
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Scramble to pass bills is on
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Now that the Legislature is back from summer recess, lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to decide the fate of pending measures. XXXXX xxxxx Bee file, 2009 Senate Bill 1468 by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, would legalize the sale of "safe and sane" fireworks from Christmas through New Year's Day. PRIVATE-SECTOR PENSIONS Senate Bill 1234 by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would create a state-run "personal pension" plan for private-sector employees. PAY RAISES Senate Bill 952 by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, would limit pay increases for California State University employees making more than $200,000 a year. DIGITAL LIBRARY Senate Bills 1052 and 1053 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, would create a state-run, open-source library to allow students to read many college textbooks free online or $20 in hard copy. IMMIGRATION Assembly Bill 1081 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would ensure that illegal immigrants arrested for minor ...
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California lawmakers may intervene for third NFL stadium
LATimes - over 4 years
For the third time in four years, state lawmakers will consider whether to provide custom legislation in the waning hours of the session to help in the construction of an NFL stadium in California. The Legislature approved a special bill in 2009 that granted a waiver from environmental laws to a football stadium proposed in the city of Industry, and last year it granted similar concessions to a stadium proposed in downtown Los Angeles. Now, Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) has drafted legislation to help with the construction of a football stadium in her hometown for the San Francisco 49ers. With a month left in the legislative session, Alquist has acted to gut and amend a bill on teacher credentialing to instead provide that up to $30 million in redevelopment funds be made available for the new 49ers stadium. The bill, a copy of which was provided this week to The Times, says "unique circumstances" argue that "this special statute is necessary." The city agreed to provid ...
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New California Laws Now in Effect
Calabasas Patch - over 4 years
With the start of the second half of 2012 comes a host of new laws for Californians that Patch thought you'd want to be aware of. Here's a rundown of what went into effect on July 1: AB 9, authored by Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires schools to implement bullying complaint procedures and alternative discipline policies for bullying. AB 69, authored by Jim Beall (D-San Jose), grants counties access to the Social Security Administration to determine seniors who are eligible to receive food stamps. AB 300, authored by Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), imposes minimum standards for sterilizing, sanitizing and maintaining safety at body piercing, tattoo and permanent cosmetic businesses. AB 341, authored by Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), requires recycling for businesses and apartment buildings of more than four units that have more than four cubic yards of waste per week. AB 959, authored by Brian Jones (R-Santee), allows welfare and food stamp recipients an extra mont ...
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New California Laws Effective July 1
Beverly Hills Patch - over 4 years
Several new laws take effect today in California. Here are a few Patch thought you'd want to be aware of. AB 9, authored by Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires schools to implement bullying complaint procedures and alternative discipline policies for bullying. AB 69, authored by Jim Beall (D-San Jose), grants counties access to the Social Security Administration to determine seniors who are eligible to receive food stamps. AB 300, authored by Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), imposes minimum standards for sterilizing, sanitizing and maintaining safety at body piercing, tattoo and permanent cosmetic businesses. AB 341, authored by Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), requires recycling for businesses and apartment buildings of more than four units that have more than four cubic yards of waste per week. AB 959, authored by Brian Jones (R-Santee), allows welfare and food stamp recipients an extra month to file quarterly reports. AB 1156, authored by Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), revis ...
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Patch's Guide to Tuesday's Election
Burlingame Patch - over 4 years
The June 5th election is coming up fast - Tuesday, in fact! - and to save you some time researching the candidates you'll be deciding between, Patch has put together this handy guide for you. Below, see links to candidates' websites and a little bit about each person running for a position in a district that includes San Mateo County. Also, at the end of the article, read about important tax measures, school measures and parcel taxes affecting certain districts throughout the County and unincoporated areas of the County. Above all: don't forget to vote this Tuesday, June 5th!   SAN MATEO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, 4TH DISTRICT Current Supervisor: Rose Jacobs Gibson (term is up) Candidates Running in June 5th Election: Carlos Romero, current city councilmember and former mayor of East Palo Alto. On his website, Romero identifies healthcare, mental health, public safety, emergency shelter, and affordable housing as what he thinks are key issues currently facing th ...
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State Senate OKs moratorium on university executive pay raises
LATimes - almost 5 years
Executives at California State University campuses would be prohibited from getting public pay increases during the next two years and then limited to 10% raises during the next four years under legislation approved Monday by the state Senate. Senators voted 36 to 1 to approve the restrictions amid public outrage over large pay hikes for university administrators at the same time the system has raised student fees. "It is simply wrong to give large pay increases" to CSU executives "when student fees are increasing dramatically," said Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), who wrote SB 952. She introduced the measure after the CSU board raised student fees by 12% while approving a $400,000 pay package for the president of the San Diego campus. The bill would apply to those who now receive a salary of more than $200,000 in public funds, but it does not prohibit raises provided with private funds raised by foundations. Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) voted for the bill, saying it  ...
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Bill makes prison cellphone smuggling a crime - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
Thousands of prisoners, including Charles Manson, have been caught with smuggled phones. The Senate also unanimously sent Brown SB1390 by Sen. Elaine Alquist, a Democrat from Santa Clara. It requires monthly searches of employees and vendors at each
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Alquist slightly injured in car wreck - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, was slightly injured Thursday in an auto accident on her way to the Capitol. Alquist suffered whiplash and her state-owned vehicle, a 2003 Prius, was damaged, said Sailaja Rajappan, her chief of staff
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San Jose Uses SAFER Grant Money to Rehire 22 Laid Off Firefighters - PublicCEO.com
Google News - over 5 years
Also providing letters of support were State Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), State Assembly Member Jim Beall Jr. (D-San José), and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The San José Fire department will host two additional academies in the
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DHCS Director Confirmed by Rules Committee - California Healthline
Google News - over 5 years
Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) raised a number of questions about controversy over the SCAN program, part of the ADHC transition. State Controller John Chiang wrote a letter to Douglas, asking him to hold off on using SCAN until officials could recover
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Measures seek to limit executive pay at CSU, UC - Sacramento Bee (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, would prevent CSU from giving administrators raises above 10 percent in any year the university increases tuition for students. It would include sitting executives and new hires. • Senate Bill X1 26 by Sen
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SCAN Health Care Accused Of 'Fleecing' The State - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, and Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, first requested that the Department of Health Care Services audit the SCAN Health Plan after receiving a report from a former SCAN employee about high profits. Medi-Cal auditors determined
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Campbell, LG in Congressional District 18, Cupertino in CD 17 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Gilroy, now represented by Elaine Alquist in the 13th Senate District, Luis Alejo in the 28th Assembly District and Mike Honda in the 15th Congressional District, will be in new Senate District 17, Assembly District 30 and Congressional Districts 19
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Cut off cellphones in prison cells - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The other bill, from Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), would permit random monthly searches of prison employees for contraband. Both bills passed the Senate unanimously; the Assembly should follow suit, and Gov. Jerry Brown should sign them
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Redistricting: New Maps, New Campaigns - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Cities like Mountain View will shift from the 22nd Assembly District with representaive Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) to the 21st with Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park) and from the 12th Senate District with Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) to the 11th with Joseph
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Momentum builds to limit CSU salaries - SignOnSanDiego.com
Google News - over 5 years
Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, has introduced a bill that would prevent CSU from raising the compensation for executive positions in years when it raises tuition. Sen. Leeland Yee, D-San Francisco, has said he plans to reintroduce a bill vetoed last
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Thousands of Peninsulans will land in different political districts if new ... - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
Elaine Alquist. But under the proposed redistricting, the city would be added to the 11th State Senate District to its north, made up of mostly San Mateo County cities and represented by Sen. Joe Simitian. The redistricting plans also call for changing
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elaine Alquist
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 67
    Her current term ends in 2012.
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  • 2008
    Age 63
    Senator Alquist was re-elected to a second term in 2008.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    Senator Alquist was elected to the California State Senate in November 2004 and is currently serving as State Senator for District 13.
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  • 1996
    Age 51
    Senator Alquist was elected to the California State Assembly's 22nd District in November 1996, and was re-elected to two consecutive terms in November 1998 and 2000.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 36
    In 1981, she served as PTA President and then beginning in 1983 served eight years as a member and then President of the Board of Education of the Cupertino Union School District.
    More Details Hide Details A former small business owner, realtor and financial analyst at Stanford University, Senator Alquist is the first Greek American woman elected to both Houses of the California State Legislature. Senator Alquist is engaged to Duncan Benas. Her family includes her sons, Peter and Bryan White, daughter-in-laws, Anju Chowdhry White and Asako Yasui White, and grandchildren, Jasmine and Logan.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 21
    Alquist graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from MacMurray College in 1966 and a Master of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Senator Elaine K. Alquist has been a policy maker for more than 20 years. Her professional career began as an algebra and trigonometry teacher and a counselor in the public schools.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on August 21, 1944.
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