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Posted: September 26, 2008 8:35 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Members of the California Parole Probation and Correctional Association award Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley, center, legislator of the year during an award luncheon in Berkeley.

 

The California Parole, Probation and Correctional Association named state Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley, the legislator of the year during an award luncheon at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.

“Sen. Runner has dedicated his career and his time to the protection of our children and to the support of California’s corrections professions,” said CPPCA President William Fenton. “He has demonstrated his commitment to probation and corrections by supporting critical programs such as adult probation, juvenile justice crime prevention act, juvenile probation and camps  and the mentally ill offender crime reduction act.”

CPPCA is a correctional organization that represents the interests of adult and juvenile, state and local, field and institutional correctional personnel and other citizens interested in the corrections profession.

“I am honored and proud to receive this award from such a distinguished organization,” Runner said.

McKeon on bailout
U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is supporting congressional plans to rescue the financial markets.

“There’s a perception that any fix would be rescuing Wall Street and the ‘bad actors’ who put us in this position, but the truth is the problem has far surpassed that,” McKeon said. “If our economy continues on its current path, it could enter a full-scale collapse and that’s what makes this so difficult.

“It’s time to get away from politics and posturing.

“What shape congressional action will take is still unclear, but without action, Americans run a far greater risk of long-term economic insecurity.”

Strickland endorsed
State Senate candidate Tony Strickland has received a number of endorsements in his bid for State Senate in California’s 19th District.

One of those endorsements is Save the World Air CEO Cecil Kite.

“Tony Strickland understands that technology and renewable energy, not bigger government, will transform and grow our economy and, even better, will reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Kite said.

Two other supporters are Mike Stoker, president of the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association, and Erin Brockovich, a Democrat.

“I am thankful to Erin Brockovich and the many others for their support and it is an honor to welcome them to the broad base of support I have received in my campaign,” Strickland said. “I share their passion for cutting through the bureaucracy to help families by advancing renewable energy technology that will revitalize our economy.”

O’Connell relieved
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell expressed relief over passage of the state budget.

“While no one will applaud the final budget agreement, it is a relief to have a state budget in place,” he said. “I have directed my staff to immediately distribute funds owed to child care centers and schools that were on hold.”

O’Connell was pleased that the budget includes an appropriation of federal funds intended for local education agencies that are in Program Improvement Corrective Action and a one-time appropriation of $12.5 million for a collaboration between the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges to develop California Partnership Academies focused on the development of green technology.

Pre-school bills
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 2759 and Senate Bill 1629 are part of a comprehensive approach to closing the academic achievement gap between white students and their Hispanic and black counterparts.

AB 2759 consolidates and reforms the existing five child development programs for preschool-aged children: State Preschool, Full-Day State Preschool, Prekindergarten and Family Literacy, Prekindergarten and Family Literacy Full-Day, and General Child Care and Development Programs to create the California State Preschool Program.

SB 1629 establishes a commission to create a state Early Learning Quality Improvement System, which will develop a framework for improving the quality of early education programs.

This includes a quality rating scale to help parents make informed decisions about programs for their children, and a graduated funding model to help existing and future programs reach and maintain higher levels of quality. 

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