On Friday, August 8 I co-chaired a joint-informational hearing on drones by the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy, the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary. Below is the full video of the hearing:
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) honored U.S. Marine Corps Captain Lawrence C. Fu as the 49th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year. Captain Fu served two tours of duty in Iraq between 2003 to 2008. He now resides in San Marino, CA. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Chau’s proud words about Captain Fu.
Sacramento – Today, the Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved two bills authored by assemblymember Ed Chau (D–Monterey Park). The bills include efforts to integrate computer science into the course of study taught in elementary schools throughout California, and set up a matching grant program to reward counties that use their foster care dollars or other resources to house homeless families with children in foster care.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1530 encourages the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to develop a model curriculum on Computer Science for integration in grades 1 through 6, and authorizes the SPI to seek out additional funding to offset the General Fund costs.
Sacramento – Assembly Committees heard testimony today from a number of experts representing academia, industry, and government on the use of cloud computing technology by school districts to transmit and store student data, during a joint informational hearing at the State Capitol.
The hearing was held by the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy and the Assembly Committee on Education.
"Technological advances such as cloud computing services, are presenting school districts with a more efficient way of storing and retrieving digital data," said Assemblymember Chau (D-Monterey Park), Chair of the Select Committee on Privacy. "As school districts adopt cloud computing systems for data storage or management purposes, we need to ensure that student privacy is safeguarded against inappropriate use without stifling the growth of technology in educational settings."
Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1929, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which authorizes the release of unexpended funds currently held by the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) to their respective counties to provide housing assistance for people with mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and authorizes county mental health departments, CalHFA, and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to partner in the development of permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness.
“According to researchers, at least one-third of chronically homeless people are mentally ill,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Releasing funds that currently reside with the state to their respective counties will give these counties additional flexibility in providing housing assistance to residents with mental illness, which has proven to be an effective strategy for reducing homelessness.”
Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Education passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1531, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which requires that public charter schools be governed by boards that are either elected or appointed.
“Due to recent changes by CalPERS in their charter school questionnaire, nine charter schools have been denied participation into the public pension system,” said Assemblymember Chau. “There is a very real concern that charter school employees will not be entitled to the same public retirement plans as any other California public employee.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) wrote House Resolution 27 declaring January 28, 2014 as California Data Privacy Day. Assemblymember Chau says Data Privacy Day, which is celebrated annually on January 28th around the world in honor of the first international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, is intended to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations and government officials. “In light of the recent disclosure of the NSA surveillance programs and also the announcement of commercial drone testing and the recent security breach of millions of retail customers, it is more important than ever for everyone to be aware of the need for privacy protection and responsible data management,” said Assemblymember Chau. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) presented House Resolution 27 on the Assembly Floor, which recognized January 28th as California Data Privacy Day. The theme for Data Privacy Day is "Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust."
"As technology continues to rapidly evolve, many of us are unaware of the risks posed to privacy by new technologies," said Assemblymember Chau. "Data Privacy Day encourages all Californians to discuss technology and learn about the tools available to control their own privacy online."
(Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown laid out a cautiously optimistic plan for California’s future in his annual State of the State Address. California State Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) agrees with the governor’s vision and looks forward to working to achieve their shared goals. Assemblymember Chau says the plan to create a better rainy day fund will provide added stability to California’s recovering economy. Hear Assemblymember Chau’s entire response to the governor’s speech in this Assembly Access Video.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D – Monterey Park) released the following statement upon announcement of the Governor's 2014-2015 State Budget proposal:
"The Governor has produced a budget that maintains stability and expands opportunities, which are the cornerstones of the Assembly Democrats Blueprint for a Responsible Budget.
In past years, I saw firsthand the impact that California's economic struggles had on my constituents. I am pleased to hear that in order to withstand economic downturns, the Governor proposes paying into the state's Rainy Day Fund, by capturing spikes in revenues, and paying down the Wall of Debt.