The ongoing threat of cyber attacks prompted Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) to convene a joint hearing of two key Assembly Committees... Read More
Desc - Speaker Toni G. Atkins, joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu, and other business and local leaders, today announced the Assembly Democrats proposal to create more affordable housing in California. Read More
California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Assembly Democrats have come up with a timely and reasonable plan to fix the Golden State’s freeways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. Read More
SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would strengthen Family Justice Centers and increase privacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is now on the Governor’s desk. Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. now has 12 days to decide whether the bill will become law.
“Family Justice Centers are one-stop resource centers that have quickly become a best practice model in California and are now serving over 14,000 victims each year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The model works by bringing together all of our specialized resources in one location to provide better and more convenient services to victims and their children. I believe victims are more likely to seek services if they know that they have the final say in how their information is used.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:
“The Supreme Court sacrificed justice and freedom today when it said that private business owners could impose their religious beliefs on their employees and deny women their constitutionally recognized right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Not only does this have serious implications for women's health, it also opens the door to employers who want to pick and choose how to treat their employees based upon religion. This is not the principle of religious freedom intended by those who founded our nation and it goes against American's belief in the right of everyone to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace. I am profoundly disturbed by today's ruling.”
(Sacramento) – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) discusses the California minimum wage increase that will occur on July 1, 2014. The second increase to the minimum wage to $10 per hour will take place on January 1, 2016.
A full transcript is below. This week’s address is :56
Nearly 6,000 jobs likely created with passage of AB 2389
(SACRAMENTO)—Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced passage of his Assembly Bill (AB) 2389 to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California and the Antelope Valley specifically. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for consideration.
“California is open for business,” said Fox. “We want companies to come to California, but more importantly, we want our homegrown companies to stay and grow right here in the historic home of the aerospace industry. The Governor has gone above and beyond to keep California competitive by putting this tax credit together in a mere six weeks.”
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly held a ceremony sponsored by the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus honoring several leaders in the LGBT community.
The 2014 LGBT Caucus Pride Month honorees include:
Azature, Fashion and Jewelry Designer
Donna Brown and Colleen Foster, Stockton LGBT Leaders
Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council Member
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Jewels, Long Beach LGBT Community Leader
Bernard Mayes, Founder of the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline and LGBT Advocate
Tracie Jada O'Brien, Transgender and HIV/AIDs Activist
George Takei, Actor, Writer and Civil Rights Activist
Rick Wells, President and COO of Golden State Warriors Team
Tom Ammiano, Assemblymember (17th District)
John A. Pérez, First Elected Gay Speaker of the Assembly (53rd District)
June has been declared LGBT Pride Month by President Barack Obama and Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. This month also marks 45 years since the Stonewall protests, which triggered the modern civil rights movement for the LGBT community.
SAN DIEGO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement after the signing ceremony for the 2014-2015 state budget in San Diego:
“For the first time in almost a decade we have a budget that actually includes investments that will make a lot of people’s lives brighter. With this budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, we have the chance to put the Great Recession even further behind us. We have the chance to go even further in restoring California as the place that provides our kids with the best education and good jobs. And we have the chance to go even further in ensuring that the California Dream shines even brighter for everyone in the Golden State.”
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), discusses the on-schedule passing of California’s fourth consecutive balanced budget.
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), Assistant Speaker Pro Tem and member of the Budget Committee, is feeling hopeful about the on-time, balanced budget approved by the State Legislature. Assemblymember Mullin says, “The key here is I think we’ve established a real balanced approach. We’re paying down debt. We are building up a reserve….we’re getting our fiscal house in order.” Assemblymember Mullin says he’s particularly pleased with the investment in affordable housing. The budget includes $100 million for various affordable housing programs. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
“The budget we passed today is balanced and on time, but most important, it makes investments that make people’s lives better. That means more support for students in our classrooms. That means more children will be able to escape poverty. That means more students will be able to afford college. That means more workers will have jobs building housing that families can afford to live in. That means more veterans will get help accessing the benefits and services they earned. And that means more working families will be able to find the child care that helps them keep their jobs.
“The budget also plans for the future and prepares for emergencies by responsibly paying down debt and building up reserves. No budget is perfect, and no side got everything they wanted. But with the investments we made and the restraint we showed, this budget absolutely keeps faith with the vital priorities of ensuring stability and expanding opportunity.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is praising the passage of another balanced and on-time state budget. "This budget is balanced and on time, but most important, it makes investments in people's lives," said Assemblymember Skinner. "The budget is true to the Assembly's goals of ensuring fiscal stability, while making investments that benefit each and every Californian. The increased investments are the most significant in years and our budgetary actions pay down long-term state debt, contribute to the reserve and put California on solid fiscal footing."
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.”