(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) released the following statement today in response to the ongoing Sand Fire that has burned more than 37,000 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley:
“My thoughts are with the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley who have been affected by the Sand Fire and with the thousands of firefighters who are heroically working to extinguish the flames and prevent more homes from being lost. I will continue to monitor the situation and will be reaching out to the LA County Fire Department to ensure the state is doing all it can to assist local fire departments.
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) issued the following statement after it was announced that President Obama signed legislation impacting the transfer of Ontario International Airport:
“This is a great day for the City of Ontario and especially for the residents of the Inland Empire. Last year the cities of Ontario and Los Angeles came to a historic agreement to transfer control of our airport back to Ontario. This legislation is a key step in fulfilling that agreement and I am grateful to President Obama for signing it.
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) released the following statement today on the tragic shooting of 11 police officers and 1 civilian last night in Dallas, Texas:
“I am heartbroken and saddened over the tragic events that occurred last night in Dallas. Officers were deliberately targeted because they were doing their job to serve and protect the public. Tragically, five of them will not be going home to their families.
Assembly District 52 Veteran of the Year Donald Vodvarka (left) with Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (right)
(SACRAMENTO)- United States Navy Veteran and Montclair resident Donald Vodvarka was honored as the Veteran of the Year for the 52nd Assembly District by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona). Vodvarka served as a Petty Officer First Class during World War II.
“Donald courageously served our country in World War II and continued to serve our community in his post-military career as a volunteer firefighter and police officer,” said Rodriguez. “It is truly an honor to be able to recognize his service and name him our Veteran of the Year.”
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, released the following statement regarding the Department of Health Care Services’ lack of data on prescribing psychotropic drugs to foster kids:
“I am appalled that inaction by the Department of Health Care Services has delayed the results of an audit examining the alleged over-prescribing of mind-altering drugs to our foster youth” said Rodriguez. “Here we are almost a year after the committee approved the audit with no results. By not providing this information, the Department is interfering with the Legislature’s ability to exercise its oversight authority and responsibilities.”
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) released the following statement today in response to the ongoing fire in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa:
“I am deeply grateful for the work being done by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Arcadia Fire Department, LA County Sheriffs, and all of the agencies working together to extinguish this fire. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (center) with Mercy House representatives Judy Conner (left) and Andrea Butner (right).
(SACRAMENTO)- Wednesday June 22nd was the inaugural California Nonprofits Day in the State Capitol honoring the extraordinary work of non-profits across the state. Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) honored Mercy House from Ontario, an organization that assists homeless individuals, as Nonprofit of the Year from Assembly District 52.
“Homelessness is a persistent problem in the Inland Empire and organizations like Mercy House are vital in helping homeless individuals receive the services that they need to get back on their feet,” said Rodriguez. “It is an honor to be able to recognize the outstanding work that they do for our community as our first Nonprofit of the Year!”
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (at podium) and Assemblymember Jose Medina (front right, standing) with local elected officials and education leaders at today’s press conference celebrating California’s College Promise.
(ONTARIO)- Local elected officials and education leaders came together today to commemorate the creation of California’s College Promise, a landmark grant program that will help students earn college degrees. Last week, Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) announced that $15 million had been secured in the State Budget to fund the grant program.
“California’s College Promise is a victory for California’s students,” said Rodriguez. “Regional College Promise Programs like Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars give students the support and opportunities they need to achieve their dreams. The state’s investment will enable these types of programs to spread across the state and help more students succeed.”
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez released the following statement today in response to the legislature passing the 2016-17 state budget:
“Once again, we delivered an on-time, balanced and fiscally responsible budget for California. We deposited over $6 billion into the Rainy Day Fund to prepare for a future economic crisis. During the recession, important programs had funding stripped and too many Californians suffered the consequences. Investing in the Rainy Day Fund will help keep us on track if the economy takes another turn.
(SACRAMENTO)- Students in California are one step closer to receiving a life-changing educational experience after a State Budget Committee approved $15 million to create California’s College Promise. Assembly Bill 1741 by Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) will create the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program to incentivize the creation of regional college promise programs that promote college readiness and degree attainment.
“California’s College Promise is about letting students know that we believe in their future and placing their ability to succeed within reach,” said Rodriguez. “Through these programs we can eliminate barriers and close the achievement gap so all students have the opportunity to receive a quality education.”