SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), released the following statement after unveiling new legislation to create the very first statewide educational program geared at helping high school students make informed decisions about signing up to become organ and tissue donors when applying for their first driver licenses. Pérez, who has a personal connection to the issue—his father was an organ donor and his mother passed away while awaiting a kidney transplant—has been an organ donation champion throughout his career, previously authoring legislation that requires Medi-Cal to cover anti-rejection medication for two years following a transplant operation:
“I myself learned the hard lesson that tragedy sometimes happens. People take ill, and suddenly, issues such as organ donation become very important. When my mother became ill, I would sit with her during her treatments. I would see the same faces every time, many of them waiting patiently on the donation list, hoping that a kidney would become available before they lost the race against the clock. Each of us has the opportunity to give a very precious gift—the gift of a second chance at life, and I sincerely hope each Californian will make that decision. That is why I have introduced AB 1118 to have schools educate students on the critical need for all of us to become organ donors.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez received a unanimous, bipartisan vote to approve his AB 46 in the Assembly Local Government Committee today. This was the first hearing on the Speaker’s legislation, which would establish a process for disincorporating any city with a population of fewer than 150 people. One such city affected by the measure is the City of Vernon, which has a decades-long history of corruption allegations, indictments and convictions for offenses including voter fraud.
“Today’s unanimous vote is a strong statement against more than 60 years of corruption that represents a threat to jobs throughout Los Angeles County,” said the Speaker. “AB 46 not only remedies the corruption that currently exists, but permanently eliminates the structural mechanisms that have allowed this corruption to flourish unchecked for more than half a century.”
Vernon is the smallest city in California by population; the city only has 96 residents, virtually all of whom live in heavily subsidized, city owned housing; and are either employed by the city or connected to city officials. This has effectively created a situation where the city is both the landlord and the supervisor for the residents of Vernon, giving Vernon officials an unprecedented level of economic control over the electorate and removing any semblance of an independent electorate to hold city officials accountable. News reports have documented that Vernon officials have used that leverage repeatedly, including forcing city employees to fill out ballots in the presence of city officials and harassing and intimidating reformers who have attempted to run for office in Vernon.
AB 46, which was introduced in December by the Speaker, establishes a process whereby any city with fewer than 150 residents is disincorporated, unless the County Board of Supervisors in that County vote to allow the city to continue in existence. Vernon meets that criterion.
The measure has attracted broad support throughout the Southeast Communities of Los Angeles County, as well as overwhelming bipartisan support among members of the Legislature. Testifying in support of the bill were Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles County and Monsignor John Moretta of Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights. The bill also has the support of the County of Los Angeles and the Cities of Los Angeles, Huntington Park and Maywood, all of which border Vernon, as well as community organizations including the Central City Association of Los Angeles, the William C. Velasquez Institute, and the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles.
AB 46 will next be heard by the full Assembly. If successful there, it will be considered by the Senate for approval.
“This is fundamentally about ending corruption and protecting jobs. Vernon’s officials have been accountable to no one for too long, and the rap sheet of indictments, allegations and investigations against Vernon officials is staggering. This is a major priority for the people of the Southeast Community, and I am proud to stand with them against corruption and for jobs,” said the Speaker.
(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has received a unanimous, bipartisan vote to approve his AB 46 in the Assembly Local Government Committee. AB 46 would establish a process for disincorporating any city with a population of fewer than 150 people. One such city affected by the measure is the City of Vernon, which has a decades-long history of corruption allegations, indictments and convictions for offenses including voter fraud. “The unanimous vote is a strong statement against more than 60 years of corruption that represents a threat to jobs throughout Los Angeles County,” said the Speaker. “AB 46 not only remedies the corruption that currently exists, but permanently eliminates the structural mechanisms that have allowed this corruption to flourish unchecked for more than half a century.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), joined by Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley), has announced that Assembly Democratic Caucus leaders will conduct summits throughout the state with frontline educators, business leaders and public safety responders to emphasize the importance of crafting a balanced budget solution by June 15th that includes the necessary revenue extensions to protect schools, public safety and local governments. The Speaker also challenged Republican legislators to either produce a comprehensive plan to close the deficit, or work with Assembly Democrats to pass new revenues to approve an honest, balanced budget. Here's more from Speaker Pérez in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding efforts to seek solutions to California’s budget deficit:
“Democrats have made the tough decisions necessary to close an historic budget deficit. While Republican rhetoric suggests they are open to working with us, their actions have not reflected their public statements. In fact, over the past several days, they have shown their true priority is demanding tax cuts for huge, out-of-state corporations, and other costly proposals that would have put a four billion dollar hole in the budget. I am deeply disappointed they have refused to let the people of California have a say in how we close the deficit and put our fiscal house in order.
“Regardless, we must move forward on finding solutions that reflect the spirit of the Governor’s budget proposal. We have approved more than 14 billion dollars in solutions to close a 26 billion dollar deficit, and we will meet our constitutional obligation to approve the budget by June 15. One thing is clear: the people of California would be well served if Republican actions matched their rhetoric, because we need to move forward together, as a state, to close this deficit.”
MAYWOOD – Speaker John A. Pérez(D-Los Angeles) declared at a Maywood City Council public hearing on Saturday that water companies serving the city of Maywood must immediately outline a plan to reduce the amount of manganese in their water in order to comply with a new state law.
AB 890, a bill that the Speaker ushered through the legislature and was signed by the governor in 2009, requires water companies serving Maywood to provide safe, quality drinking water to all its residents. The law requires water companies in Maywood to create a plan for improving the quality of their water to the same level as the cities surrounding Maywood, and calls on water providers to be more transparent in their findings.
At Saturday’s hearing, a representative from the water companies offered a plan to meet the state’s requirement – less than 50 parts per billion.
Speaker Pérezthanked the water companies for presenting their plan. But he said Maywood residents deserve the same water quality as residents in the surrounding cities, and called on the water companies to outline a plan to meet those levels, as required by his bill. That amount is 13.7 ppb.
“We are standing together to ensure that the entire Southeast Community is able to have access to safe, quality drinking water,” said Pérezto applause from the nearly 100 community members in attendance. “The residents who live in this city deserve the same quality of drinking water that the rest of the state enjoys, and today we’re taking a big step toward making that goal a reality.”
For years, the water in Maywood has had a murky brown color, with manganese levels well above the level that California deems safe.
AB 890 required the water companies to be more responsive to Maywood residents by reporting on levels of manganese and other contaminants in their water, holding a public hearing on those findings, and sending water quality statements to Maywood households in English and Spanish.
Their survey found that three of the seven wells serving Maywood had manganese levels above 50 ppb. For Maywood Mutual Water Company #2, which supplies more than half of Maywood’s water, the average concentration of manganese for both of that company’s wells were significantly above 50 ppb.
“We must work with the water companies, the city council, and the community to solve this issue fairly and quickly,” Pérezsaid.
Dozens of community members spoke during the hearing to express their frustration over how the water companies were treating them.
“The water that we’re drinking, it’s not clean, it’s not safe,” said Hector Alvarado, a longtime Maywood resident whose comments were translated into English by an interpreter. “We deserve to be treated with dignity, just like everybody else. We deserve the same standard as everybody else.”
The water companies now have 30 days to respond in writing to the comments and concerns voiced by residents at the hearing.
Saturday’s hearing took place in the gymnasium of the Maywood Activity Center, at 4801 58th St.
SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic Weekly Address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) looks back on his first year as Speaker of the Assembly, including efforts to save and create jobs, put California at the forefront of health care reform, and restore devastating cuts to child care. Pérez stresses the importance of "putting the state's fiscal house in order," and says the Assembly is committed to getting the state back on track "for recovery and the jobs recovery brings." Pérez adds that he believes the Legislature will be successful in moving the Governor's budget plan forward and giving the people of California the opportunity to weigh in.
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Click onto the following link for the Spanish language MP3 file. The running time is 3:08. mp3
This week marked my one year anniversary as Speaker of the Assembly.
It's been a challenging year, given the deficit and the fragile state of our economy.
But there have been important successes, too.
The Assembly has worked to help create and protect jobs...we put Californians in the forefront of health care reform.... and we restored devastating cuts to child care so that 60,000 parents can keep working.
Looking to the future, our immediate challenge is, of course, to put the state's fiscal house in order so we can get on track for recovery and the jobs that recovery brings.
Governor Brown has proposed a budget that has many difficult choices. And I do not believe any member of the Legislature will relish voting for it.
But I believe when we take the vote in the next several days, we will be successful in moving the Governor's plan forward, and giving the people of California the opportunity to weigh in.
I don't mean to minimize the uncertainty. Many of our Republican colleagues remain adamantly opposed to allowing California voters to decide the direction our state is going to take in the next several years.
But I am hopeful that there are enough Republicans whose position isn't so intransigent, who recognize that an all-cuts budget is not realistic and who will help us move forward.
In 2008, the global financial markets seized up and plunged us into the worst recession since the Great Depression.
In 2009, California spent an entire year on the brink of insolvency.
In 2010, the year I became Speaker, we struggled to keep the problems from getting worse.
This year we must finally stop reacting, and start moving forward.
Once we get our finances under control, we can build on our efforts to create jobs and put more Californians back to work.
We can solve our challenges as a state in a way that keeps faith with the legacy of greatness that has made this such an iconic place in the world.
This is Assembly Speaker John Pérez
Thank you for listening.
Presidente Pérez Da una Mirada a su Primer Año Como Presidente - Y Ansioso por Resolver la Crisis Fiscal
SACRAMENTO –En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D- Los Angeles), comenta sobre su primer año como presidente de la Asamblea, y los esfuerzos por resguardar y crear empleos, poner a California a la vanguardia de la reforma de salud, y evadir los desbastadores recortes al cuidado infantil. Pérez hace hincapié en la importancia de"poner la caja fiscal en orden," y agrega que la Asamblea está comprometida a devolver al estado en la senda correcta "de la recuperación económica y los empleos que la recuperación trae consigo." Pérez añade que él está convencido que la Legislatura estará a la altura de las circunstancias para llevar hacia adelante el plan del gobernador y entregarle la oportunidad a los residentes de California a decidir por ellos mismos.
El discurso radial en archivo de MP3 puede ser localizado en el sitio de Internet. mp3
Hola les saluda John Pérez, presidente de la Asamblea estatal de California.
Esta semana marcó mi primer aniversario como presidente de la Asamblea.
Ha sido un año de grandes desafíos, dado el déficit y la delicada situación económica de nuestro estado.
Pero también han habido importantes logros.
La Asamblea ha trabajado y cooperado en la creación y protección de empleos....nosotros hemos puesto a California a la vanguardia en el tema de la reforma de salud.... y hemos logrado evadir los desbastadores recortes al programa del cuidado infantil para que así 60,000 padres de familia puedan seguir trabajando.
Mirando hacia el futuro, nuestro inmediato desafío es, obviamente, poner la caja fiscal del estado en orden para así lograr volver a la senda de la recuperación económica y los empleos que la recuperación trae consigo.
El gobernador Brown ha propuesto un plan fiscal que contiene muchas decisiones difíciles. Y yo... creo que no hay ningún legislador que este con gran entusiasmo para votar por ellas.
Pero estoy convencido que cuando votemos en los próximos días, nosotros lograremos empujar el plan del gobernador hacia adelante, y darle la oportunidad a los residentes de California de participar.
Eso no quiere decir que estoy disminuyendo la incertidumbre. Muchos de nuestros colegas republicanos continúan enérgicamente opuestos a permitir que los votantes de California decidan la dirección que nuestro estado va a tomar en los próximos años.
Pero tengo la esperanza que hay suficientes republicanos cuya posición no es tan intransigente, y que reconocen que un presupuesto de puros recortes no es real y el cual no ayudará a seguir nuestro camino hacia adelante.
En el 2008, el mercado financiero global se fundió y nos sumergió en la peor recesión desde la Gran Depresión.
En el 2009, California estuvo todo un año al borde de la bancarrota.
Y en el 2010, el año en que asumí como presidente, estuvimos luchando todo el año para que la situación no se pusiera peor.
Este año debemos parar de reaccionar, y comenzar a movernos hacia adelante.
Una vez que nuestras finanzas estén bajo control, nosotros podremos construir sobre nuestros esfuerzos para crear empleos y poner a más californianos devuelta a trabajar.
Nosotros podemos resolver nuestros desafíos como estado.... de una manera que mantenga la fe con el legado de grandeza que hace de este lugar un icono para el mundo.
Les habló John Pérez, presidente de la Asamblea estatal. Gracias por su atención.
Y gracias por el honor y privilegio de servir a California y a la Asamblea Estatal de California.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding the death of Los Angeles Fire Fighter Glenn Allen. Allen, in his 36th year of proud service to the citizens of Los Angeles, died this afternoon — two days after being gravely injured battling a structure fire in the Hollywood Hills:
“I was deeply saddened to learn that Los Angeles Fire Fighter Glenn Allen died today. This is a terrible tragedy, and a reminder of the dangers our fire fighters face every day on the job. He bravely answered the call of duty day in and day out, and ultimately gave his life in service of his community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight, and I hope they take some small comfort in knowing that he saved countless lives throughout his 36 years, and died in performance of those heroic duties. I will ask my colleagues to join me in adjourning in memory of Glenn Allen when the Assembly meets next week.”
SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has confirmed the Brown Administration will maintain funding for Stage 3 Child Care through administrative action until the new budget is in place April 1. The Department of Finance will implement the plan next week, and the funding for all Stage 3 Child Care will flow shortly thereafter.
"This is excellent news for the thousands of parents, providers and children who will continue to receive safe, quality child care," Pérez said. "I want to thank Governor Brown, Superintendent Torlakson and First Five Commissions all over California for working closely with the Assembly to keep these parents working."
The work of the Assembly, the Brown Administration and California's local First Five commissions will keep thousands of working parents in California receiving the child care services that allow them to stay in their jobs and keep their families off welfare.
"This is a program that keeps people working," added Pérez. "The folks who use Stage 3 are people who have worked hard to get off welfare. They are the success stories, and I'm pleased we were able to find a solution that keeps their kids safe and keeps the parents working."
In January, Pérez announced that Governor Brown included Stage 3 Child Care funding in his proposed budget effective April 1, but that the Brown Administration was still working to find funding for the program until the new budget is approved. The gap will now be filled with previously appropriated funds that would otherwise not be spent this fiscal year.
Saving Stage 3 Child Care has been a top priority for Pérez since Governor Schwarzenegger eliminated all funding for the program - stripping over 60,000 working families of necessary child care, closing small business providers and throwing tens of thousands of child care workers into unemployment. Speaker Pérez maintained the program through December by cobbling together more than $40 million in bridge funding - including $6 million from cuts Speaker Pérez made to the Assembly's own budget and additional funding he sought from the county First 5 commissions, and successfully lobbied Governor Brown to restore the program in the new budget. Today's news provides the final piece by providing funding until the new budget is approved.
Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker
“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."