Author Archives: Capital Alliance, Strategic Advocacy & Public Relations Firm

About Capital Alliance, Strategic Advocacy & Public Relations Firm

A 20 year veteran of the Capitol, Matt Gray has worked on every major public policy issue to come before the California State Legislature. He has worked as both as a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Dean of the Legislature, and most recently as a contract advocate for numerous HiTech and information technology (IT) clients as well as a venture capital firm on developing emergent technologies. Formally educated in communications and public relations, as well as the organic chemistry, Matt has extensive technical experience. In 2010, Matt was elected by Sacramento voters to the City Council for the proposed formation of Arden Arcade as California's newest city. While cityhood for Arden Arcade was ultimately defeated, Matt remains an active member of his community, and is known for being a strong proponent of improving California's small business climate. Matt is often called upon by the media for interviews on public safety and energy matters, juxtaposed with the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, and Senate Pro Tempore. He has also been a repeat guest on POWER 106 in Burbank, and on the Bruce Maiman show, Talk 1530 AM, KFBK, as well as The John & Ken Show, AM 640 in Burbank.

California Veterinary Medical Board Kills 800 (more) California Jobs

One would think in this struggling economy, that state agency leaders would be looking for ways to attract businesses to California and create jobs, right? You may be surprised to learn that just the opposite is happening.  In fact, as … Continue reading

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Employees v. Independent Contractors

California has very confusing labor laws. Failure to properly classify an employee or an independent contractor is a violation of state law that can result in huge penalties and the back-payment of wages and benefits.  But despite its desire to … Continue reading

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Truth is the First Casualty of Lawmaking

Most reasonable people would agree that texting while driving, or a driver otherwise being distracted by using a mobile phone is typically a bad idea.  I agree. But if California’s new laws about driving while using a mobile phone or texting … Continue reading

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Political Pilates: Reforming California

“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am. Stuck in the middle with you.”  Through this seventies hit, some fans believe Stealers Wheel was singing about politics, and the ebb and flow of reform efforts. … Continue reading

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State-funded mandates on Governor’s budget chopping block

January 14, 2011 In a move that promises to shake-up state agencies and strain local government budgets, this week Governor Jerry Brown proposed deep cuts to public services, and drastic realignments in local oversight through his newly released state budget. … Continue reading

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