SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) spoke at the UC Regents Meeting today in San Francisco where he urged the Regents to put a freeze on the student fee increases at the 10 University of California campuses. Speaker Pérez, who has served as a UC Regent since becoming Assembly Speaker in 2010, authored the Middle Class Scholarship Act last year in an attempt to reduce college fees by two-thirds for middle class families in California. The Speaker plans to continue his efforts in passing legislation this year to make public universities more affordable to middle class families in the state.
Below is the audio link:
Speaker’s remarks at today’s UC Regents meeting (9:22) mp3
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) released the following statement today regarding CalPERS and the additional wages made by managers:
“During a time when many Californians are out of work and many state workers have been required to take furloughs, it is disturbing to learn that some CalPERS managers were paid additional wages potentially outside of state personnel policy. While we understand the urgency involving the delivery of CalPERS’ new computer system, we need to look at a better way of handling the extra work. The Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security will be looking further into this matter.”
SACRAMENTO – Sacramento—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was pleased to welcome members of the public to view the Stanley Cup, which was won by the National Hockey League Champion Los Angeles Kings this year. Several hundred hockey fans lined up in the Capitol to view the Cup, which has been handed down to each successive NHL Champion team for more than a century. The Speaker was joined by Luc Robitaille, President of the Los Angeles Kings and a National Hockey League Hall of Famer, as well as Tim Leiweke, Governor of the Los Angeles Kings, and Mike Bolt of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the “Keeper of the Cup.”
“I was so pleased to be able to welcome members of the public to view one of the most prestigious awards in professional sports,” said Speaker John A. Pérez. “Generations of kids have grown up imagining winning the Cup as part of a champion hockey team, and it was a genuine pleasure to see the excitement on the faces of kids as they saw the Cup in person.”
The Stanley Cup is one of the most ubiquitous awards in professional sports. For more than one hundred years, this very cup has given players the inspiration to win. Every year, the winning team receives the cup for the duration of their championship, and every player is given the opportunity to take the cup with them to recognize their victory.
The Cup was created by Lord Stanley, who began the tradition of presenting it to each successive championship team. Coincidentally, today’s public viewing fell on the 172nd Anniversary of Lord Stanley’s birth.
“I want to congratulate the Los Angeles Kings on a phenomenal season that was capped with such a prestigious honor,” added the Speaker. “Their win is a victory every Californian should be proud to celebrate.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez released the following statement upon the announcement of the Governor’s 2013/2014 State Budget Proposal:
“This is a proposal that clearly shows California has turned the corner. The Governor’s budget is sober, restrained and forward thinking, and I believe it’s a solid foundation for the budget process. I am looking forward to thorough and insightful public hearings as we work with the Governor to adopt the final budget by our Constitutional deadline.”
Legislation Responds to State Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Rape Conviction
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) today joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) in introducing bipartisan legislation to close an archaic loophole in state law and expand the definition of rape to include cases where a perpetrator deceives a victim into sexual activity by impersonating the person’s boyfriend or girlfriend.
“This is an appalling failure of justice, and I am committed to acting swiftly to prevent a similar occurrence in the future,” said Speaker Pérez. “Like every Californian, I was deeply disturbed by this decision, and my colleagues and I will work on eliminating this glaring loophole in state law and protect Californians from such a gross violation.”
Last week, the State Court of Appeals overturned a rape conviction in a 2009 Los Angeles County case where a perpetrator impersonated his friend and had sex with his girlfriend. The Court last week overturned the initial conviction, pointing to an outdated provision in state law in ruling that a person who impersonates someone is guilty of rape only if the victim was married and the person pretending to be their spouse.
“Today, Republicans and Democrats are joining together to make an important statement – the Legislature will not stand for rapists getting away with their heinous acts because of an ancient provision in state law,” said Achadjian. “The overwhelming response last week to an injustice in the law that I’ve been fighting to end for quite some time will give our proposal the strong momentum it needs to be enacted into law. Our legislation is just the start of a bipartisan movement to change the law and ensure that no one else experiences the injustice that the victims in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara have had to endure.”
Assembly Bill 65 (Achadjian and Pérez) would fix this outrageous provision in the law, and expand the definition of rape to include cases where a perpetrator impersonates a person’s boyfriend or girlfriend.
In response to a similar case in Santa Barbara County, Achadjian last year authored Assembly Bill 765 to expand the definition of rape to include cases where a perpetrator deceives a victim into submitting to sexual activity be impersonating the victim’s cohabitant (live in girlfriend or boyfriend). The measure won unanimous approval in the State Assembly, but was held in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Assembly Bill 65 is very similar to last year’s legislation, but will be expanded in response to the Los Angeles County court ruling to include cases where the boyfriend or girlfriend did not live together.
In addition to Acahdjian and Speaker Pérez a bipartisan coalition of 13 State Senators and 30 Assembly Members has signed on as co-authors of AB 65.
Assembly Member Achadjian proudly represents all of San Luis Obispo County and part of Santa Barbara County, including the cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and surrounding communities.
Assemblymember Achadjian passing the bill across the desk: https://vimeo.com/56950179
Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker
Website of Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian: http://republican.assembly.ca.gov/member/AD35/
CONTACT: John Vigna (Pérez ) (916) 319-2408 or Craig Swaim (Achadjian) (916) 319-2035
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the death of former Assemblymember Barbara Alby:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Alby. She was a fierce advocate for the people of her district, and a passionate voice for the principles she believed in. During her service in the Assembly, she left an indelible mark on issues she cared greatly about, especially in areas like public safety where she was instrumental in passing significant and far-reaching legislation. I had the privilege of serving with her on the Voting Modernization Board, and even though we often differed on policy issues, I deeply respected and admired her commitment to public service. She will be greatly missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends, and the people of her community for whom she fought every waking moment of her life.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the Supreme Court Decision to take up the Prop 8 Case:
“Today’s announcement that the Supreme Court will take up Hollingsworth v. Perry and the challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act is a reminder that the pathway to justice is long and difficult. The plaintiffs in the initial challenge to Proposition 8, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, presented a powerful and compelling argument that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, which was eloquently recognized in Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling in that case. I am very confident that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of our community in Hollingsworth v. Perry, as it is now known, and affirm that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. But until that outcome is secured, our community must continue to fight for justice on every front, from working to secure the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to addressing the issues of homelessness among LGBT Youth.”
SACRAMENTO—Marking the start of the 2013-2014 legislative session, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) this week introduced the first pieces of legislation he will be authoring in the coming year. The Speaker’s legislation includes bills spurring economic development and jobs in underserved communities, benefitting consumers, retailers and farmers by creating the California Food Farms and Jobs Act, and increasing protections for domestic violence victims by closing a loophole in the state’s existing domestic violence laws.
“In the coming legislative session the Assembly will pursue the kind of smart planning and investment that I believe will finally put the great recession behind us and usher in the next great era of California’s history,” Speaker Pérez said. “We will also, of course, continue to help address the myriad of challenges that make up life in a diverse state of almost 38 million people.”
The Speaker’s bills introduced so far are:
AB 32 -- California Organized Investment Network: AB 32 increases the annual cap on qualified investments in the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) program from $10 million to $20 million, which in turn increases the amount of tax credits available from $2 million to $4 million. So far, COIN has facilitated the investment of more than $135 million into some of California's most underserved urban and rural communities. In 2011 Speaker Pérez authored legislation extending the life of the COIN program.
AB 38 -- Healthy Foods: AB 38 enacts the California Food, Farms, and Jobs Act to improve state programs that support local and regional farm and food system infrastructure, expand access to healthy foods for consumers, and create new job growth and economic development through increasing the number of direct and retail markets. This bill builds on previous legislation by the Speaker that created the Healthy Foods Financing Initiative and Healthy Foods Financing Council.
AB 16 -- Domestic Violence: AB 16 brings conformity to existing law governing the definition of a felony domestic violence victim by including: (1) current and former fiancés or fiancées and (2) persons currently or formerly in a dating relationship. This bill will ensure that domestic violence offenders are charged with the appropriate crime and provide their victims with the crucial protections and resources afforded to them under current law.
These bills and others introduced by the Speaker and the other members of the Assembly will be eligible to be heard after the legislature reconvenes January 7.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross today announced the release of a report by Secretary Ross’s AB 581 Healthy Foods Advisory Group, given to the state Legislature, which contains recommendations on ways to increase Californians’ access to healthy foods.
“This report highlights a number of important steps we can take to ensure that every Californian has access to quality, nutritious food, which is a major issue in urban and rural communities alike,” said Speaker Pérez. “Children, especially in low-income families, need the best possible start in life, and that begins with making sure they have access to food that will help them grow up healthy and perform better in schools. This report provides a pathway to ensuring that every child in California has access to healthy foods by eliminating food deserts.”
The report’s recommendations fall under four categories: improving the distribution of fresh produce, expanding retail options for healthy food, helping low-income consumers purchase healthy food, and supporting nutritious school meals.
“I want to thank the diverse and broad base of stakeholders who contributed to the development of this report,” said Secretary Ross. “Improving access to healthy, California grown food for the most needy among us is a passion we all share and is most poignant during this Holiday Season.”
Secretary Ross convened the group of stakeholders established in the Speaker’s 2011 bill AB 581, designed to improve access to affordable, healthy and quality foods, such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products, in food desert areas, which occur in rural and urban regions throughout the state. Residents of food deserts suffer from higher rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, leading to preventable and premature deaths.
SACRAMENTO– Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced his Assembly leadership team and appointed committee chairs for the 2013-14 Regular Session.
“I’m pleased to announce the members of our outstanding leadership team and committee chairs,” said Speaker Pérez. “This talented group represents the diversity of California and offers the leadership, working knowledge, and expertise needed to tackle the important issues facing our state.”
The Speaker has made the following leadership and committee appointments for the 2013-14 Regular Session, which take effect today:
Speaker pro Tempore
Hon. Nora Campos
Assistant Speaker pro Tempore
Hon. Kevin Mullin
Majority Floor Leader
Hon. Toni Atkins
Assistant Majority Floor Leader
Hon. Anthony Rendon
Hon. Chris R. Holden
Hon. Jimmy Gomez
Hon. V. Manuel Pérez
Democratic Caucus Chair
Hon. Philip Y. Ting
Rules Committee Chair
Hon. Nancy Skinner
Accountability and Administrative Review
Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chair
Aging and Long-Term Care
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, Chair
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, Chair
Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Chair
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon, Chair
Banking and Finance
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Chair
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell, Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla, Chair
Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation
Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, Chair
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon, Chair
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Chair
Elections and Redistricting
Assemblymember Paul Fong, Chair
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo, Chair
Assemblymember Isadore Hall III, Chair
Assemblymember Richard Pan, Chair
Assemblymember Das Williams, Chair
Housing and Community Development
Assemblymember Norma J. Torres, Chair
Assemblymember Mark Stone, Chair
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea, Chair
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Assemblymember Jose Medina, Chair
Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, Chair
Labor and Employment
Assemblymember Roger Hernández, Chair
Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian, Chair Assemblymember Marc Levine, Vice Chair
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro, Chair
Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Chair
Revenue and Taxation
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, Chair
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Chair Assemblymember Scott Wilk, Vice Chair Assemblymember Franklin E. Bigelow Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Assemblymember Ed Chau Assemblymember Tim Donnelly Assemblymember Curt Hagman Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez Assemblymember Bill Quirk Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber Assemblymember Ken Cooley, Democratic Alternate Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Republican Alternate
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Chair
Utilities and Commerce
Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Chair
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Chair
Water, Parks and Wildlife
Assemblymember Ben Hueso, Chair
Joint Legislative Audit
Assemblymember Adam C. Gray, Chair
Assembly Legislative Ethics
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Co-Chair Assemblymember Allan R. Mansoor, Co-Chair
Select Committee on Agriculture and the Environment
Assemblymember Marc Levine, Chair
Select Committee on Community Colleges
Assemblymember Steve Fox, Chair
Select Committee on Job Creation for the New Economy
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Chair
Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis
Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr., Chair
Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Chair
Select Committee Workforce and Vocational Development in California
Speaker Toni Atkins, District 78
“Small businesses are so important to California’s economy that we need to be creative in helping these job-creators start and succeed.”
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18
“California must lead the way in understanding and improving opportunities for boys and young men of color. The success of our state and nation is inextricably tied to the success of this growing population.”
Assemblymember Richard Gordon, District 24
“The Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of health status. However, many patient groups see their medications which treat their specific condition on the highest-cost tier. These discriminatory benefit designs cannot remain.”
Assemblymember Roger Hernández, District 48
“District-based elections benefit voters by ensuring that every community is represented on their city council. This in turn, makes an equitable distribution of resources more likely. Every voter will know which council member they can petition and hold accountable.”
Assemblymember Jose Medina, District 61
“There are stark disparities in the funding at the most diverse UC campuses; with the highest minority enrollment campuses receiving the least amount of funding. UC Riverside is recognized as serving the most minority students, along with UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. It is important to find a fairer way to distribute funding within the UC system.”
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, District 79
“This abusive practice of last-minute scheduling hobbles workers who are taking the initiative to support themselves, and requires taxpayer subsidy in the form of greater need for public assistance for those who cannot. These workers need scheduling far enough in advance to work those other jobs, to arrange childcare and transportation, and to pursue education and training.”