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Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Posted: 5/17/2012

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced the following appointments to the State Water Resources Control Board:

Dave O’Toole, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy commissioner at the California Department of Corporations. O’Toole has been policy director in the California State Controller’s Office since 2007. He was a consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review from 2004 to 2007 and a staff finance analyst at the California Department of Finance from 2001 to 2003. O’Toole served as an ordnance and damage control officer in the United States Navy from 1995 to 1999 and worked as a teacher and community organizer at Dolores Mission Alternative School from 1994 to 1995. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,008. O’Toole is a Democrat.

Kurt Schuparra, 55, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant secretary for research and policy development at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Schuparra was an associate at California Strategies LLC from 2007 to 2012. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the principal consultant to Assemblymember Joe Canciamilla. Schuparra served as a senior policy analyst in the Office of Governor Gray Davis from 1999 to 2002 and as deputy director for policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency in 2003. From 1997 to 1999, he was a research coordinator at the California State Employees Association. Schuparra earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arizona. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $113,004. Schuparra is a Democrat.

Governor Brown and Californians Submit Petitions to Qualify Initiative for November Ballot

Posted: 5/17/2012

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown joined supporters to submit the signatures necessary to allow the people to vote on his initiative to protect schools and public safety. The Governor personally delivered petitions in Sacramento, while across the state approximately 1.5 million signatures are being submitted throughout the week.

“For years, state government has been living beyond its means,” said Governor Brown. “The ballot measure we are submitting today is crucial to balancing our budget and preventing further cuts to schools and public safety. It’s time to go directly to the people and do what’s needed to get California back on track.”

When Governor Brown took office last year, California faced a deficit of over $26 billion and revenues were down 24%. After billions of dollars of painful cuts, state spending as a share of the economy is now at the lowest level in a generation. Even as the economy recovers, tax revenues are still less than they were in 2005 and we are facing another difficult budget in the month ahead.

The initiative will temporarily raise income taxes on high earners and increase sales taxes ¼ cent for 4 years—a level lower than they were last year. The measure will also guarantee local public safety funding.

More information, including the full text of the Initiative, is available at

DA Holds Appreciation Breakfast

Posted: 4/18/2011

DA Breakfast
12th Annual Public Safety & Community Appreciation Breakfast. Photo courtesy of Office of the District Attorney

SACRAMENTO REGION - District Attorney Jan Scully will join state and local law enforcement agencies in observing National Police Week with the 13th Annual Public Safety & Community Appreciation Breakfast.

This annual breakfast has become a Sacramento tradition, where members of law enforcement, fire fighters, public officials, business and community leaders, and individual citizens come together to show appreciation for the dedication and sacrifices of all those who work to make our region safe. With ongoing budget cuts and limited resources, the breakfast continues to serve an important role in rejuvenating spirits, strengthening partnerships, and renewing commitments to work together toward the common goal of protecting our communities.

This year’s theme, “T.E.A.M. - Together, Everyone & Anyone Matters,” will inspire community wide collaboration and cooperation, the foundation of a prosperous and thriving Sacramento region.

The public is encouraged to join host District Attorney Jan Scully and partners Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy and a host of other public safety and fire protection colleagues at this year’s breakfast event:

May 9, 2012
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento 2001 Point West Way
Master of Ceremonies, KCRA’s Chris Riva
& Keynote Speaker Michael Pritchard
Nationally Acclaimed Motiva-tional Speaker, Comedian and Former Probation Officer
Featured in Time & People magazine, Profiled on CNN, Praised by The Wall Street Journal

(916) 874-6218


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