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USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus

Sacramento, California - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season. California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually.

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Funding for Local Educational Agency Projects

Sacramento, California - The State Allocation Board (SAB) today disbursed more than $93 million to be used for over 400 Emergency Repair Program (ERP) projects statewide impacting 53 local educational agencies (LEAs), State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced.

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CalPERS Brings Clarity to Pensionable Compensation

Sacramento, California - "Today's decision by the CalPERS Board brings much needed clarity to the definition of what is pensionable compensation for new CalPERS members," said Rob Feckner, President of the CalPERS Board of Administration. "If the law is ever changed, CalPERS will of course amend our regulations accordingly."

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San Francisco and Los Banos Doctor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison in $3.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

San Francisco, California - Edna Calaustro was sentenced to 24 months in prison and Mele Saavedra was sentenced to three years’ probation yesterday for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks involving the Medicare program, and health care fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Regional Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services Glenn R. Ferry.

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Visalia Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of Minors

Fresno, California - A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Tyrell Richmond, 31, of Visalia, charging him with three counts of sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud and coercion, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

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State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez Praises Proposal to provide Legal Services to Unaccompanied Minors

Sacramento, California - Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez praised today’s announcement by the Legislature and Governor to provide legal services to the unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America.

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills.

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Governor Brown, Attorney General Harris and Legislative Leaders Announce Unaccompanied Minor Legislation

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and members of the Latino Legislative Caucus today announced legislation to provide legal services to the unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America.

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