Thank you for taking the time to visit my website.
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.
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.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) honored former Half Moon Bay mayor Naomi Patridge as his choice as the 2015 Woman of the Year for the 24th Assembly District today in Sacramento. Seventy-nine other women were recognized by their respective Assembly representatives at a ceremony at the Capitol.
“No story of the last twenty-five years of history of the San Mateo County Coastside can be told without Naomi’s contributions listed first,” said Assemblyman Gordon. “Without Naomi’s guidance and unwavering perseverance, Half Moon Bay would be very different today”.
Landmark Consumer Protections to Increase Disclosure, Safety
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – With his colleagues Assemblymembers Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) today announced the need for new legislation to increase transparency and improve safety around recalled vehicles in California. AB 287, the Consumer Automotive Recall Safety Act (CARS Act), will be comprehensive consumer protection legislation, making California the first state in the nation to comprehensively address recalls of used cars.
“With such a dramatic increase in recalls by manufacturers, we must do a better job of alerting consumers to the recalls that affect them, and what they can do about it,” said Assemblyman Rich Gordon. “This legislation will increase awareness of recalls and encourage more outstanding recalls to be fixed, making our roads safer for everyone.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) appointed Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) as chair of two new committees: the Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources, and the Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California. Assemblyman Gordon released the following statement regarding his appointments:
“I am honored to serve as Chair of two new select committees established to address the critical issues of consumption and sources of water, as well as the future of waste reduction in California. As Chair of the Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources, I will work to identify opportunities to expand alternative water sources in California, as we face an unprecedented drought. Additionally, as Chair of the Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California, I will aspire to help Californians achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling, and reuse goals in the nation. I look forward to conducting the important work of each of these committees in order to develop long-term solutions to our water issues and ensure California continues to lead the nation in sustainability.”
In December, residents in Marin, a county in the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area nestled across from the Golden Gate Bridge, woke up to find that some of their roadways, docks and parking lots were underwater.
Unlike in past years, when the king tides—unusually high tides that occur when the sun and moon are closer to the Earth—were accompanied by stormy weather, residents this year were faced with just some minor flooding.