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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.
Assemblyman Rich Gordon is alerting his constituents who need help paying for college that a number of local "Cash for College" workshops, conducted by the California Student Aid Commission, will be held in the next several weeks.
Here are early reviews of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego
“The governor has given us a realistic and practical starting point for the budget process. I’m pleased the budget includes several Assembly priorities, including increasing funding for schools and community colleges, keeping UC affordable and focused on California students, increasing workforce development for Californians struggling to make it into the middle class, and restoring the IHSS program that helps keep vulnerable Californians out of institutions. Assembly Budget Chair Shirley Weber and the Assembly Budget Committee will move the process forward and I am confident that by summer we will have a spending plan that balances our resources with California’s needs and aspirations. I have no doubt that we will deliver an on-time, prudent, effective budget just as we have the past four years.”
The governor’s status quo budget for health and social service programs was no surprise to San Mateo County’s legislators in Sacramento who said his commitment to education, unfunded liabilities and the newly created Rainy-Day Fund balances financial stability with solid investments.
“It is a very restrained budget which we expected from the governor,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. “The governor is restrained and he needs to be because until we reform our tax system we have to protect our budget for the eventual downturn.”
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal favored the reserve fund and education the most in his $113.3 billion budget, restoring far less to social services hit with cuts during the last recession.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year:
“In just four years, California eliminated unprecedented budget deficits, achieved financial stability and has prepared for future economic downturns. It is now time to carefully reinvest in education, restore social services funding and address the unfunded liabilities that threaten our long-term fiscal health.
I applaud the Governor’s commitment to paying down our debt and bolstering reserve funds. These responsible budgetary actions will help California remain fiscally sound and prepare for future recessions.
I am thrilled to see that this Budget continues the process of reinvesting in our public education system, which took the largest cuts during the Great Recession. Under the new fairer funding system, this money will be directed to California’s neediest children. While these investments are significant, I caution that we must not stop here. Our schools need continued long-term investments and additional funding commitments to improve educational outcomes.
Like the Governor, I remain deeply concerned that the burden of rising higher education costs is being disproportionately placed on our students. I am pleased to see the Governor’s creation of an advisory committee to avoid potentially significant tuition increases for University of California (UC) students. It is my hope that we can work collaboratively with the UC administration to find areas where cuts can be made, while preserving the quality of a UC education.
I applaud the Governor’s commitment to addressing our unfunded liabilities. These liabilities, including pensions, health care costs and deferred infrastructure maintenance, far exceed our budget surpluses and pose a grave threat to our delicate state of financial health. Addressing this issue will require significant compromise, but is critical to ensuring California can meet its funding obligations in the long-term.
Additionally, I am pleased to see the Governor’s allocation for expanded Medi-Cal coverage, which greatly benefits low-income Californians. However, I am hopeful that we can find additional areas in the Budget where modest restorations of social services cut during the recession can be made without threatening our fiscal stability. Though California has emerged from the depths of the Great Recession, many Californians have yet to feel the benefits of our improving economy and remain in need of vital health and human services programs.
I am especially pleased to see the Governor’s commitment to preparing California for the impacts of climate change, an issue I have consistently advocated for as Chair of the Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy. As a member of the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation and Resources, I look forward to seeing more detail on the Governor’s ambitious goals to further reduce California’s carbon emissions and increase investment in renewable energy. While I am pleased to see his commitment to combatting climate change, meeting his bold objectives without harming our economy will require serious effort, innovation and compromise.
As a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to further discussing each of these issues.”
Assemblyman Rich Gordon represents the 24th Assembly District on the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, which includes the communities of: North Fair Oaks, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, a portion of Cupertino, and the San Mateo County Coastside – from El Granada to the Santa Cruz County border. Website of Assemblyman Rich Gordon: www.assembly.ca.gov/Gordon
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) stepped down as Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus yesterday after three years of leadership. Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (Stockton) will assume the position as chair.
“After three terms as LGBT Caucus Chair, I am pleased to announce the election of Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman as the next Caucus Chair,” said Assemblymember Gordon. “Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman has been a strong advocate for the rights of the LGBT community, and I am confident the Caucus will continue to thrive under her leadership.”
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s State of the State address:
“Today marks a historic occasion as we embark on a record fourth term of leadership under Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Over the past four years, California has made tremendous strides in paying down our debt, creating a much-needed reserve fund, and balancing our budget.
Electrical, gas, water and telephone companies as well as wireless telecommunications service providers in California with annual revenues of more than US$25 million will be required to report how much work they do with LGBT-owned businesses.
Current laws already require public utilities companies to report how many businesses they contract with are owned by designated ethnic minorities, women and disabled veterans under the Supplier Diversity Program which is administered by the California Public Utilities Commission.