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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."
(Sacramento) - Graduation season is upon us. In this PSA, California State Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz) warns students of the dangers of drinking and driving, and he urges them to stay safe and sober this graduation season. Learn more this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) discusses his bill, AB 2035, which would steer services to assist children who are sexually exploited.
A full transcript is below. This week’s address is 1:29
“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."