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Los Angeles – Assemblywoman Patty López attended The Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM) Committee Exide Hearing at Theodore Roosevelt High School on June 9. The California Department of Toxic Substance Control provided an update on plans to implement the governor's $176.6 million appropriation to expedite lead testing in communities near Exide, as well as the timeline for cleanup activities. Local community organizations and residents shared their concerns and experiences. Watch the entire hearing in this Assembly Access Livestream video:
SACRAMENTO, CA ‒ In response to the California State Legislature’s passage of Governor Brown’s final 2016-2017 budget yesterday, Assemblywoman Patty López (D-San Fernando) issued the following statement:
“Although the new budget goes a long way towards improving the overall quality of life for many Californians by increasing childcare funding and availability, as well as investing in K-12 and higher education, we’ve still fallen short of where we need to be,” she said. “Our failure to restore adult education services will affect as many as 15 million individuals ‒ hardworking men and women who are not receiving the necessary training to compete in today’s job market.”.
While addressing a special joint session of the California Legislature, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, touched on issues such as gun control, education and the environment.
"Genuine peace in the world depends on our having peace in our hearts. If we are full of anger how can we expect to bring about peace? In this country, there is talk about gun control, but real gun control starts here in our hearts with greater respect for the lives of others and their rights. To achieve peace, we need a demilitarized world and to achieve external disarmament, we have to start with inner disarmament."
Members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, including Assemblywoman Patty López, gathered outside the Capitol to discuss two of the Caucus' top priorities and what their inclusion in the budget will mean for women, children and families in California.
Legislative leaders recently announced a budget deal with the Governor which includes an additional investment in state-subsidized childcare that will rise to $527 million by 2020 and repeal of the Maximum Family Grant rule, which denied basic needs assistance to children who were conceived and born while a family member was receiving aid.