CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
2002 EDITION - Issue No. 22
August 2, 2002

CONTENTS:

REVISED MASTER PLAN REPORT RELEASED

Following months of regional and Capitol hearings on the first draft of the education master plan, the Joint Committee to Develop an Education Master Plan - Kindergarten through University released the second draft of the plan on July 30th. The new draft can be downloaded by logging onto www.sen.ca.gov/masterplan and clicking on the "documents" option located on the left side of the page. The committee intends to have the final plan completed by the end of August

GOVERNOR INSTITUTES NEW CABINET-LEVEL LABOR POSITION

This week, Governor Gray Davis appointed Steve Smith as the new acting Secretary of Labor. The cabinet-level position will oversee the state's new Labor and Workforce Development Agency. CFA has a long working relationship with Smith, who has been working in the Davis administration as the Director of Industrial Relations. Governor Davis' reorganization plan establishing the new agency, became effective on July 1 with the signing of CFA-supported SB 1236 (Alarcon-D). The Labor Secretary will oversee operations of the state Department of Industrial Relations, the Employment Development Department, the California Workforce Investment Board and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. These departments have over 14,000 employees and a combined budget of $8.97 billion.

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