The month of March marks Women’s History Month in the State of California. This year’s celebration recognizes women who have crafted a legacy, while demonstrating their character, courage and commitment through their community service.
I was honored to name Carolyn Blashek, of Encino, as the 2014 Woman of the Year in the 45th Assembly District. Carolyn is the founder of Operation Gratitude, the largest military support organization in United States history. Carolyn’s efforts began in in 2003 when she sent her first care package to an unknown soldier serving overseas in Iraq. As word spread about her commitment to supporting troops overseas, her living room turned into a staging area and post office as friends and members of the community joined in to send letters of thanks to soldiers, along with packages filled with toiletries, music, DVDs, snacks and, most importantly, notes of encouragement and support. Carolyn is truly a woman of character, courage and commitment.
As a volunteer and supporter of Operation Gratitude, I understand how profoundly Carolyn’s work impacts those who receive care packages. I am proud to have been associated with her inspiring organization, and I hope you will join me in congratulating Carolyn.
Join Assemblymember Matt Dababneh for coffee and light refreshments, to hear a legislative update on Sacramento, as well as to provide your feedback about what state policies matter most to you. Bring your questions, ideas and solutions regarding state legislative issues that affect our community.
April 10, 2014 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Encino Community Center
4935 Balboa Boulevard
Encino, CA 91316
April 11, 2014 | 5:30-7:30 pm
West Valley Community Police Station
19020 Vanowen Street
Los Angeles, CA 91335
April 12, 2014 | 2:00-4:00 pm
Boys & Girls Club of West San Fernando Valley
7245 Remmet Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303
April 17, 2014 | 5:30-7:00 pm
Calabasas City Hall- Founder's Hall
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
California’s world-class university system relies on the important work done by researchers—many of whom often utilize animal testing as a means to conduct groundbreaking scientific analysis. While the animal testing done at our research institutions is carried out using the most rigorous academic protocols, schools often euthanize research animals at the end of the research process simply because there is no legal requirement for them to facilitate these animals towards adoption. We can do better.
I have proudly introduced AB 2431 – this legislation creates a legal, alternative pathway for universities to offer research animals as pets to qualified non-profit organizations. This is a simple, common-sense, and compassionate proposal that helps rescue dogs and cats from tax-payer funded research laboratories here in the great state of California. This legislation will serve to create a relationship between research laboratories that use animals for research purposes, and registered non-profit animal rescue organizations so that animals that otherwise would be euthanized can now be placed for public adoption and find a second life in a good home.
(Sacramento) – One of the newest members of the California State Assembly, Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh (D-Encino) was heartened by Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address. Assemblymember Dababneh believes that this is a crucial point in California’s history. He agrees with the governor that we must exercise fiscal prudence by establishing a better rainy day fund, while investing in the state’s public education and infrastructure to ensure a secure future for our state. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear the member’s reaction to the governor’s speech.
Governor Brown Correctly Focuses on Education and Investing in Future Growth
Sacramento, CA—Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) has issued the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address this morning:
"I applaud Governor Brown’s leadership, and join him in his call for continued fiscal restraint. As we enter 2014 with the most positive fiscal outlook in more than 12 years, our state is on a much improved fiscal course. The State of the State points towards the great opportunity that lies ahead for California. The Legislature and the Governor must continue to work together to solve the critical challenges of our state: world class affordable education, growing and strengthening the middle class and rebuilding our public infrastructure."
2014-2015 Proposed Budget Creates Jobs and Invests in Future Growth
Sacramento, CA—Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) released the following statement upon the release of Governor Brown’s 2014-15 state budget:
“I applaud the Governor’s bold budget proposal and his continuing commitment to putting California on a solid financial track. After years of chronic budget deficits and late budgets, I am pleased that our state can continue to invest in future growth,” said Dababneh. “I remain fully committed to working with the Governor and my legislative colleagues to ensure that we fully restore education and infrastructure funding, and adequately invest in our greatest asset: the children of California.”
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) was sworn in today as the new representative for California State Assembly District 45, which includes the Southern California communities of Bell Canyon, Chatsworth, West Hills, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, the Warner Center, Winnetka, Tarzana, Encino, Reseda, and Northridge.
"It is an honor to represent Assembly District 45 residents," said Dababneh. "As a fourth generation San Fernando Valley resident, I understand firsthand the issues facing this region and look forward to working with the community to solve them."
While in office, Assemblymember Dababneh is committed to supporting the local business climate, protecting homeowners and the environment, and reinvesting in the state's education system. "The cornerstone for building California’s future is education. Providing high-quality education to all state students and growing California’s economy will be my top priorities," he said. The Assemblymember will also work to expand constituent services to better address Valley residents’ concerns.
Here are audio links below:
Newly sworn-in Assemblymember Dababneh says he’s honored and humbled to serve as the representative in the State Assembly for the 45th District. (:16)
Assembkymember Dababneh says his top priority is education. (:29)
Assemblymember Dababneh says jobs and the economy are also high on his list of priorities. (:20)
Assemblymember Dababneh (along with two other new Assemblymembers Ridley-Thomas and Rodriguez) takes the oath of office. (1:03)