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It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have with the district—or with your state government.
We are a society that generates too much waste. We are, in too many ways, a disposable society, and this must be addressed. I chair the Assembly’s Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California, and we convened for the first time Tuesday, August 18 in Sacramento drawing a crowd of more than 70 people at the Capitol and atelevision audience statewide. In the meeting, leaders from across the state discussed what we need to do, collaboratively, to meet the statewide goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2020.
I sat down recently with a group of enthusiastic children while they enjoyed their free lunch of a sandwich, apple and milk at the East Palo Alto Library. They told me about their schools, the friendly staff at the library and their favorite activities (arts and crafts was a winner). It was great to encounter such exuberance, when I know that most of their families -- who live in this deep pocket of poverty on the edge of extraordinary Silicon Valley wealth -- struggle to make ends meet each day.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 6, 2015 – In a win for the environment and for volunteers who wish to protect it, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 327 into law today, after this prevailing wage exemption legislation unanimously passed California's Assembly and Senate.
Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) authored the legislation to enable Californians to continue volunteering on public works projects like river and beach clean-ups. "AB 327 honors the incredible contribution that volunteers make to environmental enhancement in California," said Assemblyman Gordon. "Thanks to this exemption, non-profits are able to tap into California's finest economical resource, volunteerism. Volunteers are the life blood to hundreds of organizations and their work promotes citizens' involvement in local projects and galvanizes community support for environmental projects."
Assemblyman Rich Gordon(D-Menlo Park) celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which rules in favor of marriage equality. He is available for comment today.
“Marrying my partner of 32 years was one of the greatest days of my life. It was an experience and an opportunity that many loving couples across the country have been denied until now. This Supreme Court decision, which finds that states cannot prohibit same-sex marriage, is historic not only for the LGBT community, but also for all Americans who value fairness and equality. The institution of marriage provides over 1,000 legal and financial privileges. More importantly, it is a powerful symbol of a couple's love and commitment. It is something to be cherished and shared.”
Assemblyman Rich Gordon issues celebratory statement
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote today that the federal Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority decision, "The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.
Clockwise from left: May 8, Visit to 5th grade class at Cesar Chavez Elementary, Ravenswood; May 14, Serving food at Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento; April 29, Denim Day, Sacramento; May 8, Americans with Disabilities Event, Mountain View; May 13,California Refuse and Recycling program Sacramento (2015)
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We have just completed the first half of the legislative session, and I am proud to report that 14 of my bills have made it out of the Assembly and are now before the Senate. My bills address a wide range of issues including those related to government contracting, specialty drug costs and volunteerism. Please scroll down to read the sources of my legislative inspiration.
This week, I have been poring over the details of the state budget with my colleagues in the legislature - we must pass the budget back to the governor by midnight, June 15. We are working off the governor's May 14th budget revision, which gave additional attention to California's lower-income workers and to students. It also reflected a $6.7 billion increase in General Fund revenues compared to the January Budget, which is an encouraging sign of California's economic rebound.
At the same time, I am concerned about the rising sea levels around our district. A new report indicates that of all counties in California, San Mateo is by far the most exposed to sea level rise, in terms of both the residents and economic value at risk. Santa Clara County also faces significant risk and I would like to invite you to join me for a special event coming up to address this issue: Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise in Santa Clara County on June 19.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the constituents who wrote, called and came to visit with me and my staff this spring. We had a tremendous surge in constituent communication in May as individuals voiced their passionate support and opposition to various pieces of legislation. We are keeping track of your feedback, so please stay in touch through my website or by calling my District Office: (650) 691-2121.
Wishing you a wonderful start to the summer.
Let's stay in touch!
Richard S. Gordon
Assemblyman, Twenty-Fourth District
(Sacramento) – With the passage of AB 1200, the California Assembly voted in favor of providing transparency on who influences state government spending. Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D- Menlo Park) authored the bill because he believes the public should have the ability to see who, if anyone is attempting to influence the procurement process and the spending of taxpayer dollars. In 2014, the State of California authorized over $11 billion in procurement contracts including spending on computers, vehicles and other items. AB 1200 would expand the definition of lobbying to include governmental procurement, thereby requiring those lobbying on procurement to report this aspect of their business. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.
I’m glad to see that Governor Brown has given additional attention to California’s lower-income workers and to students in his budget revision; it’s a good starting point. The May Revision reflects a $6.7 billion increase in General Fund revenues compared to the January Budget – a sign of California’s economic rebound.
In particular, I’m pleased that the governor has embraced Assembly Democrats’ proposal to create an Earned Income Tax Credit for California’s low-wage workers. The EITC has had great success at the federal level and I think the state program will help narrow the increasing income gap in California. These income disparities are particularly pronounced in District 24 and I believe this program will give low-wage workers the boost they need.
It was great to meet my friends at the California Refuse and Recycling Council meeting this morning at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Together, we are making great progress in California. 65% of all waste in California is already diverted from landfills through recycling and other programs. Our legislatively mandated statewide goal aims to divert 75% of waste away from landfills by 2020.
We have seen environmental protection and economic growth work hand-in-hand – we’ve got 140,000 green jobs in the statewide recycling industry today.
In my time in the Legislature, I have authored a half a dozen bills related to recycling and am now the Chairman of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling. Our committee has a diverse membership, and we will hold four hearings over the course of the year to understand past, current and future programs and efforts to reduce waste in the state.
I believe that we can build a stronger California with innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability.
I want to inspire and challenge Californians so our state can achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling, and reuse goals in the nation.