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DeSaulnier to tour high school health center

December 11, 2011
Contra Costa Times

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, will visit with a group of students at the Hercules High School health center on Tuesday, according to the California School Health Centers Association.

The health center is operated by Bay Area Community Resources and offers mental health services, reproductive health screenings, health education and youth engagement programs to all students regardless of their ability to pay.

California officials vow to crack down on underground economy

December 08, 2011

Employers who pay their workers cash under the table to avoid payroll taxes, workers' compensation insurance and other government mandates are costing California about $7 billion annually in lost tax revenue and undercutting companies that play by the rules, state officials say.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times

A burgeoning underground economy is costing California about $7 billion annually in lost tax revenue and undercutting companies that play by the rules.

DeSaulnier open house

December 06, 2011


By Greta Mart

Staff Reporter  Martinez News-Gazette

Controversial move by transit agency will receive special hearing

December 06, 2011

By: Will Reisman

Examiner Staff Writer


Poll casts cloud over high-speed rail project

December 06, 2011

By Denis Cuff

Contra Costa Times


Calif. lawmakers question rising cost of high speed rail

December 05, 2011

SACRAMENTO, CA - In the coming months, a joint legislative committee will be deciding the fate of California's high speed rail.

The next five state budgets will contain a new line item for the project, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are very nervous about the now $100 billion inflation-adjusted price tag, twice the original estimate.

Lawmaker presses for probe of Caltrans

December 02, 2011

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier asks the attorney general to look into whether a technician accused of falsifying bridge testing may be a sign of widespread mismanagement at the agency.


State Lawmakers Focus on Helping Middle Class

December 01, 2011

KQED Radio

A new State Senate committee hopes to improve the economic well-being of California's middle class. At a meeting in Oakland, lawmakers discussed the pressures on the middle class and how the state could help.

DeSaulnier Leads Senate Panel to Restore California’s Middle Class

November 29, 2011

The following is from the Office of Senator Mark DeSaulnier: