Water Efficiency Bills Pass State Legislature

The California legislature has passed two bills aimed at creating permanent water efficiency goals in the state. Senate Bill (SB) 606 and Assembly Bill (AB) 1668 are meant to build on Gov. Brown’s plan to create a framework for drought resiliency, according to a press release from State Senator Bob Hertzberg, who authored SB 606. Hertzberg’s legislation will require regular updates to urban water management plans and the creation of water shortage contingency plans. It will also require water suppliers to conduct annual water supply and demand assessments. AB 1668 will require the state to adopt long-term standards for efficient water use. The bills were initially opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce, which removed its opposition after requested amendments were made. The bills now go to the governor for his signature.


FDA Releases List Of Companies Blocking Generic Drug Development

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a list of pharmaceutical companies today that it contends are employing “gaming tactics” to delay the development of generic versions of their drugs. The list includes the number of inquiries the FDA has received from firms who have indicated that they wish to create a generic version of the drug but are unable to receive the required samples from the brand name maker to do so. Generic drugs are typically more affordable than their brand name counterparts. “Today, we’re making public a list of companies that have potentially been blocking access to the samples of their branded products. We hope that this increased transparency will help reduce unnecessary hurdles to generic drug development and approval,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated.


Most People Are Putting Off Retirement

More than half of all U.S. workers over the age of 60 are postponing retirement, with 40% claiming they won’t be able to retire until age 70 or older, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Currently, 23% of workers over the age of 55 and 40% of workers aged 18 to 34 said they were not participating in a retirement plan. With few exceptions, state and federal law prohibits retirement plans with a mandatory age of retirement and employees cannot be let go or forced to retire due to age.


Long Beach Board Of Harbor Commissioners Awards Community Sponsorships

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners awarded $353,850 in sponsorships to 124 arts, civic and educational organizations this week. The contributions will fund events such as POW! WOW! Long Beach, a citywide mural project; Meals on Wheels of Long Beach’s 5K Run, Walk and Roll; the United Cambodian Community’s Heart of Long Beach Summer Health Fair and the WomenShelter of Long Beach’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Port of Long Beach has now given a total of $794,500 to 251 organizations this fiscal year, which ends September 30.


Downtown Long Beach Alliance Hires New Event And Development Manager

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance announced the addition of Crystal Angulo as event and development manager. She is responsible for overseeing the management and production of all special events, which includes outreach to sponsors and community partners. Angulo previously worked as the director of development and admissions at Long Beach’s Westerly School, where she managed the school’s relationships and events.