Gov. Brown Signs Assemblymember Lowenthal’s Bill That Closes Books on Pike Land Swap

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Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal

Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal

The environmental land-swap that made way for Long Beach’s rejuvenated Pike was officially concluded last week when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal that put the finishing touches on the deal. “Long Beach goes in one direction, and that’s forward,” said Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.

Her bill, AB 1847, finalizes a land-swap between the State Lands Commission and the City of Long Beach that allowed the city to trade the state three coastal parcels for preservation, in exchange for the rights to build its landmark shopping district.

AB 1847 also allows the use of some public trust funds to help with the cleanup of the Colorado Lagoon.

The governor also signed AB 510, also authored by Lowenthal, which provides greater clarity to hospitals and clinics regarding their new radiation reporting requirements. As of July 1, hospitals and clinics that provide CT X-Ray services are required to record the dosage of each exposure, and report cases where an overdose in radiation has occurred. Ambiguities in the law, however, prompted health providers to seek clarification. AB 510 gives it. The law was written to ensure that every facility that provides radiation services is accurately recording dosage, accrediting their machines, and correctly reporting any adverse events in a timely manner. AB 510 will help facilities fully comply with the law, and continue to protect patients from excessive or unwarranted radiation. “Just what the doctor ordered,” Lowenthal said.

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