The Central Coast’s Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) closes out the year with several bills he authored or coauthored in a weekend press release. They become law January 1, 2013.
Authored by State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), and coauthored by Alejo, Assembly Bill 1614 (AB 1614) extends the Fort Ord Reuse Authority Act’s end date. Fort Ord, likely the most attractive piece of military real estate in the United States, was decommissioned in 1994. The valuable property came under the Reuse Authority to determine how the fort would come under civilian and local government use — a significant boost to the local economy.
The Authority is made up of local, state, and federal stakeholders. With still outstanding allocations it was scheduled to end in 2014. AB 1614 extends the end date to 2020 allowing further economic development.
Assembly bills AB 276 and AB 2180 deal with healthcare administration.
In order to maintain the “viability of the healthcare safety net” in Monterey County, AB 276 will create the Central Coast Public Hospital Authority. The new administrative organization will provide “management, administration and other controls” with a “skill based” board, according to Alejo staff.
AB 2180, titled Health Care Districts’ Employment Contracts, mandates hospital districts disclose compensation packages for upper level management. Alejo’s office reasons, “This increases transparency in the process by which compensation packages for CEOs and hospital administrators are determined.”
Established in 1990, the Fertilizer Research and Education Program seeks to foster proper and sound fertilizer use in California. Assembly Bill, “Best Farming Practices,” corrects an inconsistency in prior legislation making it clear that funds can be used for technical assistance to agriculture.
The historic Ralph M. Brown Act, that became law in 1953, is part of a tug-of-war between government and the public’s right to disclosure. The act clarifies policies and procedures how local decision makers must announce agendas, make decisions in open meetings, and allow attendance by the public. Authored by State Senator Leland Yee, coauthored by Alejo and shepherded in the Assembly, Senate Bill 1003 strengthens the Brown Act allowing the courts to examine specific violations by local governments.
Other bills Alejo was instrumental is seeing passage in 2012 includes Greater Access to Legal Services (AB 1865) that requires renters be informed of legal resources during eviction procedures. Reasonable Notice for School Employees (AB 1908) extends the period for advance notice of layoff for school support workers to 60 days. One bill allows increases in funding within the California Safe Routes to School program. Safe Routes to School Bus Stops (AB 1915) seeks to create infrastructure safety improvements for children walking to school. Financial Elder Abuse Prevention (AB 1525) requires financial institutions to educate agents on how to recognize financial elder abuse.
Assembly Bill 1337 is close to the Assemblyman’s heart. When working in the Monterey County Superior Court, Alejo identified a problem in establishing paternity when a mother passes away. “The bill adds necessary clarification by specifying that an alleged father is to serve legal notice to a second degree relative, the persons with physical custody of the child,” writes his staff. Paternity law in California can be difficult for interested relatives. This bill improves the rights of the child by expediting the procedure.