Sacramento - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg today unveiled the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, a plan to jump-start California's clean energy business sector and spur job creation in California. The initiative is comprised of four measures Steinberg and Pérez pledge to move to the Governor's desk as quickly as possible in order to remove bureaucratic red tape hampering construction of clean energy facilities and burnish California's position as a global leader in developing and sustaining the emerging market of clean technology.
"While we grapple with the state's immediate fiscal crisis, we also need to take concrete steps to stimulate California's economy, create more jobs for Californians and prepare today's students for tomorrow's high-demand careers," said Steinberg. "This initiative also moves us forward as an even stronger partner with President Obama's national agenda to invest in America's clean energy research and technology sectors."
"I believe this is a strong package that will help California immeasurably," said Speaker John A. Pérez. "Green manufacturing has the potential to create millions of jobs in the coming decades. Those jobs are going to be created somewhere and they must be created here in California. This package will help create those jobs and secure California's place as the global leader in building a sustainable economy."
The Clean Energy Jobs Initiative for California is comprised of four measures:
33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (Sen. Joe Simitian): This measure requires both public and private energy providers to procure 33 percent of California's electricity from renewable resources (wind, solar, geothermal, etc.) by 2020.
Streamlined Siting for Renewable Energy Projects (Assembly Member V. Manuel Pérez): This measure reduces red tape, expediting the siting and construction of renewable energy projects throughout California.
Career Technical Education (Senator Darrell Steinberg): This measure aligns high school curriculum with high-demand jobs in emerging markets. Grant funding would be provided to high schools for delivering the skills and knowledge students need for successful employment in clean energy field. Such curriculum restructuring will also encourage students to stay in school because they'll know they're gaining real-world skills from their studies.
Economic Incentives to Increase Energy Efficiency (Assembly Member Nancy Skinner): This bill would use a portion of state ratepayer funds to provide loan guarantees for residents and small business owners investing in energy efficiency and renewable technologies on homes and commercial property. Reducing loan risk also reduces loan interest rates, increasing demand for energy improvements which in turn increases production and the jobs that come with it.
The state Economic Development Department indicates California already has more than 500,000 clean tech/clean energy jobs. The Wall Street Journal reports California also is home to seven of the nation's Top Ten Clean Tech companies. In addition, California holds a substantial lead over its nearest state competitors in national rankings of clean energy leadership and performance, according to clean energy economic researchers.
Over the last five years, more than $9 billion in venture capital has flowed into California to fuel the clean energy marketplace, creating new businesses and thousands of new jobs. Some estimate an additional 700,000 jobs could be created in this sector over the next nine years if these private investments are combined with sound policy improvements.
In his State of the Union address, the President announced his budget will include substantial investments in clean energy research and technology, as well as setting a "man on the moon" goal of generating 80 percent of America's electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Starting this week, California begins doing its part to help the country meet the President's goal.
In addition to the four measures announced today, Steinberg and Pérez anticipate the Legislature will consider numerous other policy proposals this year designed to expand California's clean economy.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced he has appointed Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) to the California Film Commission.
“California’s entertainment industry — a major source of jobs and an important part of our history and culture — has had no greater champion than Anthony Portantino,” Pérez said. “I know through his service on the California Film Commission Assemblymember Portantino will continue to provide strong leadership to help keep film production and jobs here in California where they belong.”
Portantino, who also serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Preservation of California’s Entertainment Industry, fills a legislative vacancy on the commission to be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. His term is effective as of today. Legislative terms on the commission are for four years or the end of the appointee’s term, whichever comes first.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today was honored by Donate Life California as their Outstanding Legislator of the Year alongside Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Silicon Valley). Pérez was given the award for his commitment to authoring legislation that helps save lives through organ donation. Pérez authored Assembly Bill 2352, a bill signed into law that extends the time Medi-Cal beneficiaries are eligible to receive coverage for anti-rejection medication from one year to two years following an organ transplant.
"This award is very special because it draws attention to a topic that is close to me," Pérez said. "Before her death, my mother was on kidney dialysis for seven years. As I sat with her during her treatments, I saw so many faces over and over again—people of every age, every background and from all walks of life trying to survive long enough for an organ to become available. When my father passed away, he had his organs donated. In that painful moment when we said goodbye, I was deeply comforted in knowing that my father would be able to give people he’d never even met a second chance at life."
"We are honored by the work of Speaker Pérez and Senator Alquist in helping Donate Life California to save lives through the Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donor Registry," Lisa Stocks, president of Donate Life California said. "With more than 21,000 Californians waiting for the gift of life, we must ensure that every single donor’s wishes are honored, and that every organ transplant recipient is given the opportunity to survive and thrive with a new lease on life."
"When you sign up to be an organ donor, what you’re really doing is donating life, and I wrote AB 2352 to make sure that this precious gift isn’t thrown away for lack of basic medication," Pérez added. "The work of Donate Life California to promote organ and tissue donation has given many Californians a new lease on life that simply wouldn’t be possible without their continued efforts. I am very thankful to be recognized by such an important organization."
SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address:
"Governor Brown’s state of the state was refreshing in its candor. His budget proposal contains many difficult choices, but his proposal is balanced and is worthy of serious consideration by every member of the Legislature. I think he made a very strong argument today, and I’m hopeful his speech will help us build the consensus we need to move forward in terms of getting our finances under control and making the right investments to create quality jobs in California."
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address:
“Governor Brown’s state of the state was refreshing in its candor. His budget proposal contains many difficult choices, but his proposal is balanced and is worthy of serious consideration by every member of the Legislature. I think he made a very strong argument today, and I’m hopeful his speech will help us build the consensus we need to move forward in terms of getting our finances under control and making the right investments to create quality jobs in California.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding his discussions with the Big 10 mayors:
"I was pleased to meet with the Big 10 mayors this afternoon. We had a frank and productive discussion. The mayors shared with me their concerns and insights with respect to the Governor’s budget proposal, which will be helpful to the Assembly as we deliberate on the budget. I believe the mayors understand the critical need for some of the reforms proposed by Governor Brown. I am hopeful that our discussions can help facilitate a positive resolution to our budget challenges. I believe the mayors understand the critical need for the 1.7 billion dollars in savings that Governor Brown’s redevelopment proposal will generate for California, and that they must be actively working to identify alternative budget savings in lieu of redevelopment funds."
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“President Obama laid out a clear and consistent vision for the country this evening. The President understands that our economy is not performing well enough for the millions of Americans who are still struggling to cope with the recession, and he made a compelling case for the kind of fiscally responsible investments we need to make in order to ensure America remains the most competitive and prosperous nation in the world. The President made an eloquent and thoughtful call for our country to come together and solve our problems not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans, and I hope every member of Congress takes that message to heart.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and the members of the California State Assembly today honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a special ceremony held in the Assembly Chambers in the State Capitol.
Speaker Pérez presented Assemblymembers with a book of quotations by Dr. King, noting that his own favorite King quotation is, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny."
"I think this quote is an elegant statement of what it is to be an American," Pérez said. "We are all tied together, and ‘whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,' as Dr. King so aptly noted."
During this year's Assembly recognition of Dr. King, organized by the Legislative Black Caucus, the Assembly approved ACR 5, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Caucus also honored Linda Crayton, Senior Regional Director/Government Affairs for Comcast Corporation, who received the Corporate Community Advocacy Award for her commitment to using the media to give voice to minority communities, and Areva Martin, Co-Founder and President of the Special Needs Network, who received the Civil Rights Leadership Award for increasing autism awareness and promoting equality in healthcare.
"Dr. King's legacy has strengthened and made more beautiful the ‘garment of destiny' that is this country," Pérez said. "It is a legacy of profound significance, and it's a legacy that we need to cherish and honor as we are called upon to meet some difficult challenges in the coming weeks and months."
Earlier in the week Speaker Pérez joined in honoring Dr. King at the annual MLK Day Breakfast put on by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and sponsored a float in Los Angeles's Kingdom Day Parade, where he was joined by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto), Assistant Majority Policy Leader, and Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Speaker Pérez also dedicated the Assembly's weekly radio address to Dr. King's life and legacy.
SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement upon news that Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law to President Kennedy, founder of the Peace Corps, 1972 Democratic Party Candidate for Vice President and father of former California First Lady Maria Shriver, has passed away:
"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sargent Shriver has passed away. He was a dedicated public servant, and a compassionate leader. His service as the founding Director of the Peace Corps was emblematic of President Kennedy's call for all Americans to 'ask what they can do for their country, ' and the good works of the Peace Corps all over the world will stand as a permanent testament to a man who will be remembered as a gifted and talented public servant."
LOS ANGELES – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week at a variety of events celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy.
“In these tough times it’s more important than ever that we dedicate ourselves to the practical application of Dr. King’s dream,” Pérez said. “Dr. King said ‘the arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice’ – I’m proud to be part of the celebrations this week where Californians come together and recommit to ensuring the arc of history keeps bending in the right direction.”
This weekend Speaker Pérez is dedicating the official Assembly Radio Address to Dr. King. In the address Speaker Pérez states, “It’s fitting that King’s final days were spent in Memphis in support of striking Sanitation Workers who had been denied the same collective bargaining rights as white workers. They were being denied the opportunity to live their American dream, and Dr. King stood with them in their struggle.”
On Monday morning Speaker Pérez will be participating in the annual MLK Day Breakfast put on by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which will include as special guests two veterans of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike.
Later Monday Speaker Pérez will sponsor a float in Los Angeles’s Kingdom Day Parade, where he will be joined by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Cater (D-Rialto), Assistant Majority Policy Leader, and Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
On Thursday, January 20, Speaker Pérez will convene the Assembly for its annual ceremony honoring Dr. King. The program will include approval of ACR 5 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and presentations honoring individuals recognized by the Legislative Black Caucus for their community involvement and advocacy toward equality in health care.
“As a state and country, we are working hard to find solutions to challenges unprecedented since the Great Depression, especially having more than 2.3 million Californians out of work,” Pérez said. “We must honor Dr. King’s legacy year round by keeping our focus on ensuring that the doors of opportunity remain open to every Californian.”
“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."