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  • Wall Street Journal: Fear of Automation’s Dark Side Leads to Calls for Action
    Posted in In The News on April 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Some investors back policy or private-industry moves to head off a dystopian future By TOMIO GERON Matt Ocko is a venture capitalist placing big bets on the latest in artificial intelligence and big data. But he also expects that leaps forward in related automation technology will put many people out of work, and he’s one of several Silicon Valley investors who think it’s unfair to expect society to adapt without offering help to people who are at risk from rapid change. “You can’t simply comman... Read more

  • E&E News: Dems mount legislative opposition to executive order
    Posted in In The News on March 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    As promised, Democrats in Congress are pushing against President Trump's executive order that wipes out much of the Obama administration's effort to address climate change. Today, 36 House Democrats led by Reps. Brad Schneider of Illinois, Doris Matsui of California, Paul Tonko of New York and Charlie Crist of Florida introduced a bill to overturn the "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" order. Dubbed the "Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth ... Read more

  • Sacramento Bee: GOP health plan withdrawal offers reprieve to some California consumers
    Posted in In The News on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Claudia Buck and Sammy Caiola After months of angry town halls, contentious debate and last-minute White House lobbying, Obamacare got a reprieve Friday, as House Republicans pulled their replacement health care proposal before it went to a vote. For now that means the Affordable Care Act remains intact. While health care advocates in California say consumers “dodged a bullet,” it remains unclear if or when another repeal plan might appear. “The existential threat to the ACA seems to be over ... Read more

    Posted in In The News on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    by Lydia Beyoud House Democrats introduced a handful of bills March 16 to address future socio-economic disruption caused by job automation and help close the persistent divide in broadband access between rural and low-income communities and more affluent, urban and suburban ones. The likelihood of job loss in the U.S. driven by tech innovation in robotics and automation is increasing. Researchers have estimated that the scale of U.S. jobs under threat due to automation in the next couple decade... Read more

  • Sacramento Bee: Sacramento-area residents make the guest list for Trump’s speech
    Posted in In The News on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    BY TARYN LUNA The guest list isn’t limited to lawmakers for President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint Congress Tuesday night in Washington. It’s a tradition for members of Congress to extend a special invitation to someone of their choosing. The guests typically embody issues that are important to each politician. Trump, who promised to secure the nation’s borders on the campaign trail, is bringing along Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, the wives of the late Placer County Deputy Micha... Read more

  • Sacramento Bee: Restored Sacramento train depot offers glimpse of past and future
    Posted in In The News on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Anita Chabria A few years ago, pigeons roosted inside on the decrepit rafters of the Sacramento Valley Station. Train passengers waited outside in the elements to retrieve their bags. On Thursday, the doors officially opened on the rehabbed building that city and state leaders said they hope will serve as a “front door” to Sacramento and highlight both the history and future of the region. And provide a sheltered luggage area. “Every century or so, we use this very depot to imagine, re-image ... Read more

  • Sacramento Bee: Rep. Doris Matsui discusses Trump’s orders, her history of internment and Democrats’ future
    Posted in In The News on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Robin Opsahl Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, spoke about her experience in the House, her family’s history of internment and politics in the Trump era Thursday to a crowd of more than 100 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento as a part of the “She Shares” series that features prominent women leaders. Matsui answered questions from moderator Karen Breslau, a former Newsweek correspondent, and the audience. Here are some excerpts Q: Recently, what have you been hearing from your constituents? A: ... Read more

  • Capital Public Radio: At Matsui Health Care Town Hall, A Lot Of Preaching To The Choir
    Posted in In The News on February 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Ben Adler With Congress on recess this week, voters who support or oppose President Trump have the chance to get some face time with their local representatives. Sacramento Democrat Doris Matsui held a town hall meeting on health care Monday. The crowd at Sutter Middle School in East Sacramento was largely liberal, supportive – and white, which was noteworthy for a congressional district as diverse as Matsui’s. The audience cheered loudly at mentions of Planned Parenthood and health care cove... Read more

  • AP: Two dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs
    Posted in In The News on February 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Michael R. Blood Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms. The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, scheduled to be completed later this year, stands in contrast to the troubles 75 miles away at the state-run Oroville Dam, where thousand... Read more

  • Business, civic leaders push for driverless-car testing in Sacramento
    Posted in In The News on December 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation, Transportation

    Fully driverless cars could be rolling down Sacramento streets in just more than a year, following a push by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui and state Sen. Richard Pan to gain federal approval for automated-vehicle testing, the three lawmakers announced Thursday. “It’s about knocking on the doors of all these car companies and saying, ‘We want you here. Come to Sacramento,'” Steinberg said. The plan, described Thursday at a press conference at the California Automobile Museum, ma... Read more

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