(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly marked Women’s Equality Day with a powerful poetry reading from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). The lawmakers and visitors sat in awed silence as Assemblymember Weber presented the poetry of Sojourner Truth, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Langston Hughes, Mari Evans and Maya Angelou. She received a standing ovation when she concluded the reading. Women’s Equality Day was established in recognition of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Watch Assemblymember Weber’s presentation in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) discusses the importance of access to healthy, affordable food. Speaker Emeritus Pérez worked for nearly a decade to bring a full-service grocery store to the downtown Los Angeles neighborhood he now represents.
SACRAMENTO – In response to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving to California from Central America, new legislation would ensure these children are able to receive appropriate legal representation for their immigration hearings.
Responses from Assemblymembers to the new legislation include:
“With these bills we’re making it clear California wants unaccompanied immigrant children treated as children. We want their well-being ensured, their best interests pursued, and their safety protected. While no longer in the headlines, the humanitarian crisis that has brought so many children to our country continues. While the root causes of this crisis are being addressed, these victimized children deserve to be treated with kindness and justice.” – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego)
The State Legislature has voted to place a new water bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The $ 7.5 billion water bond will provide the state with clean, safe, reliable water at an affordable cost.
The bond is a comprehensive plan to fund badly needed improvements to the state's water system. It includes funding for water recycling, infrastructure, surface and groundwater storage, and conservation.
(Sacramento) - After months of wrangling and concentrated last minute negotiations, the California State Legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed “The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.” Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) is proud of the all of the hard work that went into the crafting of this crucial $7.545 billion water bond, that makes necessary improvements to every aspect of California’s antiquated water system, while addressing the very urgent matter of the drought.
“In this bond we make the biggest investment in water storage in decades,” said Speaker Atkins. “We make a major investment in ensuring clean, sustainable groundwater, and we make a major investment in our rivers, streams, and watersheds that will help with our water needs, and provide important environmental benefits as well. With this bond we harness innovative technology, we anticipate the challenges that future droughts may pose, and we create jobs.”
The final fate of the water bond now rests in the hands of California’s voters, who will decide its outcome in the November 2014 election. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more. http://www.asmdc.org/Speaker
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, released the following statement following the passage of a new water bond to be considered by the voters in November.
“The passage this evening of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 reflects the culmination of more than a year of work by the Assembly on crafting a water bond for the people of California that involved a groundbreaking open and transparent process.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:
“This bond meets critical need at the best cost in a way that voters will approve. It is good for the state as a whole and it is good for the state region by region. It took months of pushing and negotiating, working with the Governor and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, and with stakeholders from around the state. We were successful – and this bond will be successful – exactly because we did this painstaking work together.
(Sacramento) – Following a long meeting with Governor Jerry Brown, other legislative leaders and dozens of stakeholders, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement about the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:
"The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 is a bond that will meet the state's needs, fit the state's budget, and pass muster with the state's voters. Among the things funded in this comprehensive bond are storage, conservation, recycling, groundwater management, and habitat improvements—all aspects that will help ensure clean, safe and reliable drinking water, both in drought years and in normal years. This bond is the culmination of a lot of hard work and serious negotiation, including Assembly hearings that were held around the state to ensure that the concerns of every region were considered. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Assembly, the State Senate, and the Governor to put this responsible, affordable bond before the people of California."
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today took part in Operation Dress Code, a statewide clothing drive to collect professional clothing for women veterans.
“We owe a tremendous debt to everyone who wears the uniform – even after they’ve taken it off,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Many veterans, especially younger veterans and women veterans, continue to experience challenges finding jobs. It’s important to take every chance we can to help veterans cross the finish line from applicant to employee. By donating dresses, skirts, jackets, suits and shoes we can help women veterans transition from military uniforms to civilian careers.”
“This bill brings California’s election recount process into the 21st century. Elections are a fundamental democratic principle and we must make every effort to ensure their integrity. I believe AB 44, will do just that.”
As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I know the importance of college affordability and safety. We must ensure students are provided with safe learning environments. In addition, students need transparency in higher education costs in order to make informed financial decisions for college."
"We know that students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs. It's imperative that foster youth get the support and resources they need to succeed academically."