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May 04, 2022

Times of San Diego: ‘Gut Punch’: 3 Congress Members Tell Abortion Allies How They Really Feel

by Ken Stone

Rep. Mike Levin said he was "angry and disgusted." Rep. Scott Peters saw it as "something out of some horror/sci-fi movie." Rep. Sara Jacobs described a "gut punch." And county Supervisor Nora Vargas admitted being "pissed." Twenty-four hours after stunning news dropped about a draft opinion of the U.S Supreme Court spelling the end to a half-century of legal abortion in America, top Democrats channeled rage at a downtown rally Tuesday. But it was Loxie Gant, a 36-year-old activist for … Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

San Clemente Times: News Next Door: Bipartisan Legislation Supports Desalination Research, Projects

by Breeana Greenberg

New legislation that U.S. Reps. Mike Levin and Nancy Mace introduced late last month could provide more grant funding to the study and advancement of desalination technology, benefiting endeavors including the proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Project in Dana Point. If enacted, H.R. 7612, or the Desalination Research Advancement Act, would increase the number of research grants the Bureau of Reclamation is authorized to fund, raising the cap from $5 million to $20 million per year through … Continue Reading


April 22, 2022

The Capistrano Dispatch: Efforts to Move Nuclear Fuel Out of SONGS Continue as Government Officials Note Progress

by C. Jayden Smith

Rep. Mike Levin and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met with Southern California Edison officials Thursday, April 21, at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to review the decommissioned facility's safety measures. While there has not been tangible movement since DOE closed its request for information regarding the consent-based siting process to store the nation's spent nuclear fuel (SNF), the government figures left assured that Edison was properly … Continue Reading


April 21, 2022

CBS 8 News: 'This facility is unique' | Energy Secretary visits San Onofre to discuss solutions for nuclear waste storage

by Brian White

SAN DIEGO - The Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy paid a visit to the San Onofre nuclear site Thursday to discuss the search for solutions on nuclear waste storage. "We know how to store nuclear waste safely," said Secretary Jennifer Granholm. "The question is where we do it." A stalemate has plagued this issue for decades, but they're hoping to make progress in finding an interim storage location for the spent nuclear fuel sitting in cannisters at San Onofre. "This facility is … Continue Reading


April 20, 2022

San Diego Union-Tribune: Secretary of Veterans Affairs highlights renaming of San Diego’s VA Medical Center during visit

by Wendy Fry

LA JOLLA - Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough highlighted challenges such as transportation support and homelessness during a visit Wednesday to the Veterans Affairs medical center in San Diego. "We won't rest until every vet is housed ... no veteran should live homeless," said McDonough, who served as White House chief-of-staff during the Obama administration. He said the federal government plans to move 38,000 homeless vets across the nation into permanent … Continue Reading


April 18, 2022

The Coast News: Congressman, local police officials rally support for federal funding bill

by Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD - Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA) and local law enforcement representatives held a press conference on April 15 at the Carlsbad Police Department lobbying Congress to establish a grant program to help support smaller law enforcement agencies. The bill, Invest to Protect Act, would establish a grant program of $50 million per year for law enforcement departments with 200 or fewer employees, Levin said. The funding would be used for de-escalation training, officer safety, domestic … Continue Reading


April 15, 2022

San Diego Union-Tribune: Bill seeks to help small police departments buy gear, pay hiring and retention bonuses

by Teri Figueroa

CARLSBAD - A bipartisan bill working through Congress seeks to help small police departments buy gear and pay hiring and retention bonuses - a bill that the congressman whose district straddles coastal North County and Orange County is co-sponsoring. Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, joined the presidents of the Carlsbad police union and the state's largest police labor organization Friday outside Carlsbad Police Department to express support for the bill, dubbed the Invest to Protect … Continue Reading


April 11, 2022

Washington Post: What Should America Do With Its Nuclear Waste?

by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

A little more than a decade ago, Marni Magda was reading Scientific American magazine in her living room when she came across an infographic titled "Aging Fleet under Review." Published shortly after an earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the two-page spread showed a map of nuclear facilities across the United States, with color coding to indicate seismic risk. Looking to her own region, coastal Southern California, Magda spotted a nuclear plant … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Times of San Diego: Rep. Mike Levin: Our High Gas Prices Are Caused by Pandemic, Putin, and Price Gouging

by Rep. Mike Levin

There's no question we're all feeling pain from high gas prices. The average price of regular gas in California is now around $6.00 per gallon. While Americans are hurting, politicians and pundits are pointing fingers and oversimplifying the problem to serve their narrative of choice. It's counterproductive, and it's doing an incredible disservice to everyone who simply wants solutions. The reality is that high gas prices are a far more complex problem than the pundits would lead you to … Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

KUSI: San Diego’s House of Ukraine meets with Congressman Mike Levin

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Representatives from the House of Ukraine have been raising money since the Russians first invaded the country, and recently were able to meet with Congressman Mike Levin about their efforts, and what else can be done in the future. [Watch video of the report here.] President of the House of Ukraine, Mira Rubin, joined KUSI's Paul Rudy on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the meeting and future plans. For more information visit: … Continue Reading


March 18, 2022

ABC 10 News: San Diego VA Medical Center renamed after fallen US Army nurse

by Lindsey Peña

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Jennifer Moreno was just 25-years-old when she died. The Army captain and nurse was killed during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 while trying to help a fallen fellow soldier. "She was always somebody to put others before her," said Moreno's sister, Yaritza Cordova."It's been eight years but its also really fresh at the same time." Growing up, Cordova says they were close and remembers Moreno taking care of her like a second mother. When Moreno enlisted, Cordova says … Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

San Diego Union-Tribune: NCTD gets federal funds for 8 zero-emission buses

by Phil Diehl

North County Transit District announced it has been awarded a $4.8 million grant to help buy eight hydrogen fuel cell electric buses. The money from the Federal Transit Administration's 2021 Bus and Bus Facilities Program brings the transit district closer to its goal of deploying 25 of the hydrogen-powered buses by March 2025. "NCTD remains committed to being on the forefront of zero-emissions technology, providing clean transportation choices for our customers, and improving the air … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

OC Register: Two massive OC sand projects funded to add a beach buffer to battle erosion

by Laylan Connelly

President Joe Biden signed a budget bill Tuesday, March 15, that includes millions of dollars to replenish sand along two large sections of Orange County's coastline. Replacing the lost sand isn't just about preserving space for sunbathing and recreation, officials say, it secures an important buffer to keep the ocean from battering and flooding streets, homes and other infrastructure. Local communities have been awaiting this funding for several years, watching in the meantime as the … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Coast News: Congressman secures $5M for Carlsbad Barrio lights, traffic circles

by Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD - The City of Carlsbad will receive a federal cash infusion for street lighting and traffic circles in the Barrio neighborhood. Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA) secured $5 million for the Carlsbad project after congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, a funding bill for a variety of priorities, according to Eric Mee, Levin's communications director. According to Levin, the legislation will distribute more than $21 million to North County and South Orange … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

San Diego Union-Tribune: Local lawmakers claim hundreds of millions for military, local projects

by Deborah Sullivan Brennan

San Diego - San Diego's Congressional delegation and other lawmakers secured $107 million for local community projects and $127 million for local military and veteran projects as part of the massive federal spending bill federal lawmakers passed last week, officials announced. The $1.5 trillion appropriations bill, which authorizes federal spending through October, averts a shutdown and directs $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine and $15.6 billion to the national pandemic response. The bill … Continue Reading


March 14, 2022

San Diego Union-Tribune: Biden signs bill renaming VA Medical Center for fallen San Diego Army nurse Capt. Jennifer Moreno

by Andrew Dyer

President Joe Biden signed legislation Monday renaming the Veterans Affairs medical center in San Diego in honor of Capt. Jennifer Moreno, an Army nurse killed in 2013 during a Special Operations raid in Afghanistan. The bill, written by Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, changes the name of the medical center to "Jennifer Moreno Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center." The White House thanked each San Diego representative by name - Democrats Levin, Scott Peters, Sara Jacobs and … Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

KPBS: Bipartisan effort to remove nuclear waste from San Onofre plant revived

by Maureen Cavanaugh

In a rare bipartisan move on Capitol Hill, Rep. Mike Levin, D-Oceanside and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Alpine have re-introduced a bill that would remove spent nuclear waste from San Onofre. Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego and three other California representatives have also joined the effort. The Spent Fuel Prioritization Act would prioritize removal of nuclear waste from facilities near large populations or high seismic hazard, both of which are true for the shuttered nuclear plant near … Continue Reading


February 04, 2022

Times of San Diego: House Passes Rep. Levin’s Bill to Promote Renewable Energy Projects on Public Land

by Chris Jennewein

The House of Representatives on Friday passed bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Mike Levin to promote development of renewable energy on public land. Levin’s Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act promotes the development of wind, solar, and geothermal energy on public lands while minimizing its impact on wildlife and cultural sites. The bill is part of the America COMPETES Act, which invests in American manufacturing of semiconductors and other critical technologies to … Continue Reading


January 31, 2022

Washington Post: Moderate House Democrats urge Biden to pass climate provisions in Build Back Better.

by Jacqueline Alemany and Theodoric Meyer

A group of House Democrats running for reelection in competitive districts will today send a letter to President Biden urging him to move forward with the $555 billion in climate investments that have already passed the House as part of the Build Back Better Act, the mammoth bill that is Biden's top legislative priority but has all but flamed out.  The demand for climate action from moderate House Democrats in swing districts who are increasingly anxious about their electoral prospects … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

San Diego Union-Tribune: Infrastructure money could unclog ‘nightmare interchange’ in North County

by Deborah Sullivan Brennan

Oceanside — A notoriously congested interchange between state Route 78 and Interstate 5 in North County could be upgraded with federal infrastructure money, Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Capistrano, said Monday. At a presentation in Oceanside with County Supervisor Jim Desmond and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Levin said the planned improvements would increase traffic flow, reduce vehicle emissions and improve public safety. “This interchange is often a traffic nightmare,” … Continue Reading

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