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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Insurance Committee Chair, Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), released the following statement in light of the audit report of the Employment Development Department (EDD) released today:
“Today’s audit report on EDD points to more evidence that Unemployment Insurance program operations could use improvement, and the need for ongoing oversight, including the audit I requested to examine claimant appeals,” said Assemblymember Perea. “After conversations with the department, I am optimistic they will take full advantage of the federal program offered to them by September of this year.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) requested the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approve an audit of the Employment Development Department (EDD). With JLAC approval of the audit as a top priority, the state auditor will begin the process of examining the department’s practices and policies.
“When over half of unemployment insurance claimants who appeal their EDD decision win their cases, there is clearly a breakdown in the system,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This audit will get to the bottom of the breakdown and help us implement practices that will streamline the system so people won’t have to go through the difficult process of appeal while having no means to pay their bills or put food on the table.”
FRESNO – This morning, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) honored Fresno State Dean Luz Gonzales as the 31st Assembly District's 2014 Woman of the Year. Dean Gonzalez was selected for her unwavering dedication to the community and to the young people of the Central Valley. This year, the theme is "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment."
"Dr. Luz Gonzalez is the epitome of this year's Women's History Month theme," said Assemblymember Perea. "From farmworker to professor, she empowered herself to make great achievements and tremendous contributions to our community. Her passion for education is unprecedented and her wisdom leaves long-lasting marks on students."
FRESNO – This morning, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) hosted an African-American Heritage Awards Ceremony in honor of Black History Month at Vintage Rose of Fresno. Perea presented awards to six Fresno County residents who made significant contributions to our community in five categories including: health, community advocacy, education, volunteerism, and youth activism.
SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and joint authors Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) along with co-author Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) introduced a comprehensive water bond proposal. Because Assembly Bill (AB) 2686 is the water bond proposal that provides enough funding to complete the water infrastructure investments California needs, it is supported by a bipartisan coalition of legislators and various stakeholders with diverse interests.
“Amongst the various water bond proposals, AB 2686 is the only proposal that offers a framework with the funding and priorities to properly plan for California’s water future,” said Assemblymember Perea. “With surface storage, clean and safe drinking water, and Delta sustainability at the forefront of my proposal, Californians will keep their jobs and be able to put food on the table. This bond goes beyond satisfying the immediate needs the drought has created –it provides for generations to come.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1960 to ensure that clinicians at State Hospitals have access to the criminal records of patients committed through the criminal justice system to assist them in the placement and treatment of patients.
“Doctors at Coalinga State Hospital in my district and in other State Hospitals are lacking the information they need to create a safer environment for both patients and employees,” said Assemblymember Perea. “With all the relevant information, doctors will be able to provide patients with the best and most individualized treatments plans.”
“We are pleased to be working with Assemblyman Perea and appreciate his efforts to make our state hospitals safer for patients and staff,” said Dr. Kate Warburton, Medical Director of the Department of State Hospitals. “Allowing our clinicians to have better access to patient criminal history records will improve treatment and the environment in which it is provided.”
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1506 was endorsed by the San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC) Governing Board. AB 1506 would allow California peace officers to cite violators of SJRC regulations. SJRC was created by the legislature to preserve land around the San Joaquin River for the enjoyment of future generations and was given the authority to make regulations to protect their land. Unfortunately, the legislation that established the SJRC did not include a way to penalize violators of SJRC regulations.
“The Conservancy must be granted the right to enforce regulations in order to keep the land safe and accessible to visitors,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This land is beautiful and we want to ensure it stays this way for generations to come.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1693 to require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to perform its rate setting responsibility for small rural telephone companies in a timely manner. AB 1693 will ensure that rate setting is a core function of the CPUC, and delaying a request negatively impacts rural communities by depriving them of upgrades to local telephone networks and access to high-quality telephone service.
“Rural communities in my district deserve access to the same kind of telephone services that urban areas enjoy,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Small telephone companies, like Sebastian in Kerman, need their rate cases addressed within a reasonable period so they are able to plan for investments in infrastructure upgrades to make service better for their customers.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Brown Administration of major new proposals to improve the delivery of unemployment benefits to eligible Californians:
“Governor Brown and his team should be applauded for taking major steps to shore up efforts of the Employment Development Department (EDD). EDD has struggled under record workload and diminishing resources, and unemployed Californians have called for improved services.” The Administration’s plan includes hiring new staff and implementing new technologies in their phone system.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, made the following statement in response to Congresswoman Matsui’s letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez raising concerns over California’s delayed unemployment insurance benefits issue:
“Thank you to Congresswoman Matsui and the other members of the California Congressional delegation for their willingness to contribute to our efforts to improve California's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program. Matsui's letter to the federal Department of Labor seeking additional federal financial support hit the mark. The federal government has been starving our UI program of the financial support needed to provide jobless Californians the benefits they have earned. We are receiving 73% of the funding that the federal model says we need to run our program.