Assembly Bill 1455 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles was approved by the State Assembly today with bipartisan support. The bill lays the groundwork for the transfer of the Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles World Airports to the City of Ontario.
“This bill is the result of members representing the Inland Empire and Los Angeles working together to come to a solution,” said Rodriguez. “We are hopeful that this bill will move the negotiation process forward and bring about the timely transfer of the airport.”
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced this week that Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez has been appointed to the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC). The council is made up of 25 appointees who represent the EMS Stakeholder Community including patients and the general public.
“I am deeply honored to have been appointed to the National EMS Advisory Council,” said Rodriguez. “Being a first responder is my passion. I work hard to be a voice for the EMS industry in the California State Assembly and I am ready to bring my knowledge and experience to Washington.”
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez has introduced amendments to Assembly Bill 162 that will speed-up the legislation and expedite the timeline for the Department of Transportation to produce the wrong-way driving report required by the bill.
“The recent crashes in Sacramento and San Diego have shown us why we need answers now, not later,” said Rodriguez. “I have amended my bill so that Caltrans can begin working now to finding solutions to these wrong way accidents and hopefully prevent further, unnecessary losses of life.”
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the proposed 2015-2016 state budget:
“Today’s May Budget Revision was a big win for our children and the next generation of Californians. The $6 billion increase in K-14 funding will go directly into our classrooms to ease burdens on schools and help improve the quality of education our students are receiving. As a strong supporter of career technical training, I am thrilled that the Governor has dedicated an additional $150 million-for a total of $400 million-to fund these programs that are especially important to the Inland Empire.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez released the following statement following last night’s deadly wrong way collision on Interstate 80 in Sacramento that killed 3:
“I am angry and deeply saddened that three more lives were lost to another senseless wrong-way driving accident. People are dying every week and California is lagging behind other states in efforts to prevent these crashes. I will meet today with the Director of the California Department of Transportation and the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation to find out what we can do now to prevent further loss of life.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) knows the dangers of working in the emergency medical field. He was an EMT for many years before being elected to serve the people of the 52nd Assembly District as their legislator. Assemblymember Rodriguez wrote Assembly Bill 172 to close a dangerous loophole in the law that puts emergency room personnel in danger. Under current law, an assault or battery against a physician or nurse rendering emergency medical care outside of a hospital, clinic or health care facility is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000, and/or one year in jail. However, if an assault or battery occurs inside the health care facility, the crime is punishable with no more than six months in jail. AB 172 would close this loophole by increasing the penalties for violence committed against all health care workers engaged in providing services within the ER. Here’s more in this Assembly Web Report.
Last week, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services selected Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) as the county’s next Level II Trauma Center. This is a decision that is long overdue.
For more than 25 years, the residents of eastern San Gabriel Valley have been at a disadvantage having to travel almost 30 miles in their time of need to reach the nearest trauma center that is capable of handling serious emergencies.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) authored Assembly Bill 162 which if enacted, would require the California Department of Transportation (DOT) to study wrong way traffic accidents and how to better prevent them. About half of all wrong way accidents are fatal or involve incapacitating injuries. Assemblymember Rodriguez knows the statistics all too well. He responded to many of these deadly crashes during his 30 year career as an emergency medical technician. AB 162 is very timely in Sacramento where a wrong-way accident killed four people on Highway 50. KCRA 3 News covered the story. Learn more in this Assembly Assets Video.
Assembly Bill 319 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez passed the Assembly Education Committee today. The bill holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers by ensuring high school students learn CPR before they graduate high school.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 424,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. Alarmingly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to perform CPR. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
(Sacramento) – Recent studies have shown a surprisingly high number of high school athletes are suffering sudden cardiac arrests. Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) knows some of those children’s lives could be saved if more people knew CPR so he introduced Assembly Bill 319 to require students to learn CPR as a high school graduation requirement. Students would be taught compression-only CPR, which is CPR without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, in health or Phys Ed classes. KGTV 10News reporter Ashlee DeMartino focused on AB 319 in a recent news report and you can watch her story in this Assembly Assets video.