Assemblyman Levine crafts Marin bill to ease pressure for denser development

Supporters of the bill say it would correct a legal misnomer, which incorrectly classifies Marin as a metropolitan instead of a suburban county. The bill would ease pressure on the three Marin jurisdictions to zone some properties for as many as 30 units per acre.

"Because of a 2004 bill, the county of Marin with a population of 250,000 was somehow designated metropolitan while a county like Santa Clara with a population of 1.9 million was designated as suburban," said Levine, D-San Rafael. "It's this weird anomaly that we're trying to correct."

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Gov. Brown appears in Marin, urges energy officials to address global warming

In January, Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, sent a letter to Brown calling on him to issue an executive order to prohibit "fracking" in the state until health and environmental concerns are addressed.

"The governor has told me he is continuing to study the issue as his staff is developing new regulations," Levine said. "But I think fracking is too dangerous to continue while we study it, and we should have a moratorium until the study is completed."

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More Cal State Campuses are Considering 'Student Success Fees'

Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) called the success fees a "mistake" and said he planned to meet with Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, who must approve the new fees, to discuss the issue.

"Now that the economy is returning and we're reinvesting in California's higher education system, further emphasis needs to be on increasing state support," said Levine, a member of the Assembly's higher education committee.

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Sac Bee Editorial: State and Chancellor Must Step Up for CSUs and Their Students

During the recession, students and their families dug deeper into their pockets. Now that the economy is better and Californians have approved a tax hike, it’s the state’s turn. “We asked students and their families to step up during the recession and now we need to relieve the pressure on them,” said Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, a point he has passed on to CSU officials.

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Assemblyman Marc Levine Proposes Stiffer Fines for Striking Cyclists, Others

California drivers who hit and injure cyclists or other “vulnerable road users” could be slapped with fines of up to $1,000 under legislation proposed this week by a North Coast lawmaker.

The fines would represent as much as a 10-fold increase over current penalties, and according to Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, would lead to fewer collisions between bikes and vehicles.

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How California Tamed its Once-Dysfunctional Legislature

"I think of myself as a bleeding-heart liberal," Levine said Thursday. But he also insists on reading a bill before voting on it: What does it do? What is its intention? What are its potential unintended consequences?

Levine also turns away Capitol lobbyists who suggest he should vote a certain way simply because he is from liberal Marin County.

Isn't this exactly what we want in a legislator: a politician with defined principles, but committed to testing the substance and efficacy of the concepts presented to him or her?

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California Fracking Foes See Drought as New Weapon in Heated Battle

California assemblyman Marc Levine told Reuters last week that he will co-author an upcoming bill that would place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state, and said he will use the drought, which could be the state's worst ever, to bolster his position.

"The drought is a game changer on fracking," Levine said. "We have to decide what our most precious commodity is - water or oil? This is the year to make the case that it's water."

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