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(SACRAMENTO, CALIF.) – Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) selected retiring Abilities United Executive Director Lynda Steele as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 24th Assembly District. On Monday, March 10th, Steele will be acknowledged in the Assembly Chambers in Sacramento for her tireless service and advocacy for the disabled community.
“For over 20 years Lynda has committed herself to bettering our community by ensuring those with disabilities play a more prevalent and inclusive role in society,” said Assemblyman Gordon. “In doing so, Lynda has transformed our understanding of disabilities, allowing us to recognize individuals for their intrinsic value and not by their limitations. As she retires from Abilities United in July, Lynda leaves behind a community that is more compassionate and understanding because of her service.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – As a result of Chairing the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise & the California Economy for the past year and holding hearings in Half Moon Bay, Long Beach, and Sacramento, Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) introduced legislation that will bolster local and state efforts to combat rising seas. AB 2516 will establish the Planning for Sea Level Rise Database to be a centrally located source of information on how California is preparing for, and adapting to, sea level rise.
Over the past year, Assemblyman Gordon chaired four select committee hearings that focused on the impact of sea level rise on coastal agriculture, the fishing industry, tourism, ports, and infrastructure, as well as examined the existing authority granted to state agencies. Additionally, Assemblyman Gordon co-hosted a conference with Congresswoman Jackie Speier and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine on the issue in December.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Local and regional governments that wish to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may soon have the funding available to do so under the Community Investment and Innovation Program. Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) introduced legislation, AB 1970, to create this new program that will provide financial support to local governments for projects that aim to reduce their local carbon footprints and spur innovation.
“Local governments have the ability to carry out innovative carbon reduction programs that will play an instrumental role in meeting our commendable AB 32 goals,” said Assemblyman Gordon, a former 13-year County Supervisor in San Mateo County.
With transgender rights increasingly at the forefront of legislative efforts by California LGBT groups, increasing lawmakers' knowledge about issues impacting transgender residents is becoming a key piece of lobbying efforts.
Transgender leaders last week held what they called a "Transgender 101" workshop for lawmakers and their staff members in Sacramento to educate them about the transgender community and its concerns. Topics covered in the nearly two-hour session included "how to be an ally" and "ways to be more welcoming and inclusive of transgender people."
A pair of bills requiring greater transparency from electioneering nonprofits are one step away from Gov. Jerry Brown.
Lawmakers have sought to fortify campaign spending rules since out-of-state nonprofit groups poured $11 million into the 2012 election cycle, a flexing of financial muscle that eventually earned the entities a $1 million California Fair Political Practices Commission fine. Both the Senate and the Assembly on Thursday approved bills that would implement new rules in time for this year's election.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Public utilities may soon be encouraged to contract with LGBT business enterprises. Authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, AB 1678 would extend existing provisions granted to minority-, women-, and disable veteran- owned business enterprises to the LGBT business owners.
“It is time for the LGBT community to establish equal footing with other minority-owned businesses,” said Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who chairs the Legislative LGBT Caucus. “While I am certain this bill would help LGBT-owned businesses, symbolically, this bill emphasizes the state’s role in supporting LGBT entrepreneurs.”
(Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address was music to the ears of California State Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park). Assemblymember Gordon shares the governor’s goals of fiscal responsibility, paying down debt, creating jobs and investing in education.
“I think it was a hopeful speech and a positive speech,” said Assemblymember Gordon. “The speech gives us the opportunity to move forward together in California.”
Hear more of what Assemblymember Gordon had to say in this Assembly Access Video.
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission closed the case on the secretive $15 million that flowed into California in the 2012 election by collecting a final $300,000 last week.
Now, the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown should do their part.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) -- The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) announced today that it has selected Assemblyman Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park) as one of two recipients of the annual "Patti Mattingly Award" for 2013. The Patti Mattingly Award is given to a policymaker who has demonstrated leadership on rural issues, and exhibited an understanding of the unique challenges that rural communities face.
“Assemblyman Gordon’s bi-partisan and non-partisan efforts in the Legislature demonstrate his commitment to the greater good, and he has proven to be a true value to rural communities,” said Nate Beason, incoming RCRC Chair and Nevada County Supervisor. “We’re excited to be able to honor his contributions to our member counties, and thank him for his leadership on rural issues as an urban legislator.”
The Bay Area must prepare for the sea level to rise by at least 3 feet during this century. That’s one of the key messages that emerged from the last in a series of hearings held around the state by Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and his Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy.
The Sacramento hearing featured testimony from representatives of several state agencies charged with responding to sea-level rise. Gordon said other key findings from the meeting included that the state must do a lot more planning, and it must assess the risk that sea level rise poses to California’s built environment.