Assemblymember Rodriguez introduced two measures designed to strengthen public safety, increase transparency and improve the relationship between police officers and the communities they protect.
Assembly Bill 69 will require all law enforcement officers statewide to wear body cameras on duty.
Assembly Bill 71 will amend current reporting procedures for law enforcement and will require state law enforcement agencies to submit an annual report to the California Department of Justice on all shooting incidents where a peace officer is involved. The report would require statistics on shootings that result in the injury or death of an individual or a peace officer.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (Center) with his son Vincent Rodriguez (Left) and wife Michelle Rodriguez (right) at the 2014 EMS Awards at the Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez has been named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (Cal EMSA). Rodriguez, a 30-year licensed EMT, was selected to receive the honor for his dedication to the EMS profession and for advocating for public policy that benefits the field in the California State Assembly.
“I am deeply honored to be named as Cal EMSA’s EMT of the Year,” said Rodriguez. “Being an Emergency Medical Technician has been my passion for over 30 years. Even as I serve in the Assembly, I have not left the profession behind and I still work in the field every chance I can. I am proud to be a voice for my brothers and sisters in the EMS industry and represent their interests in the California State Assembly.”
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced a measure to improve school safety plans for California’s K-12 public schools. Assembly Bill 58 would require schools to update their school safety plans to include training programs and procedures for individuals with guns and active shooting incidents on school campuses.
Current law requires each school to develop a school safety plan that includes processes, procedures, and policies to ensure student and staff safety at a school site. The components of the plan range from daily processes, such as procedures for safe arrival and departure of students, parents and school employees; to disaster and emergency procedures such as those during and after earthquakes; to behavioral policies such as discrimination and harassment policies.
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced that Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez will serve as Chair of the Joint Assembly/Senate Committee on Emergency Management for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. The committee’s primary jurisdiction includes disaster preparedness, emergency management, and homeland security issues.
Rodriguez is a 30-year Emergency Medical Technician and assisted as part of the relief efforts during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee under the leadership of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and he is the Chair of the Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness.
Freddie Rodriguez will host his 2nd Annual Holiday Open House and Toy Drive at his district office in Chino on Thursday, December 4th. The public is encouraged to come by the office to meet the Assemblymember and his staff to learn about services provided by the district office and share concerns on legislative issues affecting the 52nd Assembly District.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, Chair of the Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, introduced Assembly Bill 22 which establishes a program to reimburse local fire departments for expenses incurred by sending personnel to oil-by-rail accident response training programs.
Sal Belloso (middle) of the East Valley Community Health Center in Pomona accepted turkeys on behalf of the center from Assemblymember Rodriguez and Josh Swift (right) of Fontana Water Company during Assemblymember Rodriguez’ 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez hosted his 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway in Chino on Tuesday, November 25th. Over 170 turkeys and fixings for a full Thanksgiving meal were given away to local families and organizations benefiting needy families throughout the 52nd Assembly District. The event was made possible by generous donations by the Fontana Water Company, Food 4 Less, Ralphs and Superior Grocers.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez released the following statement on the death of Pomona Police SWAT Officer Shaun Diamond:
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond. I worked closely with Shaun for many years when I was on the board of the Downtown Pomona Owner’s Association and he was the officer assigned to the board and the downtown Pomona area. Officer Diamond was a dedicated public servant and his loss will be profoundly felt throughout the community. This terrible tragedy is a reminder of the dangers our police officers face every day on the job in efforts to bravely protect our families, friends and neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Diamond’s family, friends and the entire Pomona Police Department."
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, a licensed emergency medical technician of 30-years, has issued the following statement regarding Ebola safety and treatment protocols for front-line medical staff:
“Last week, two nurses in Texas tested positive with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Texas man who died from Ebola on October 8th.
(Sacramento) - The Assembly Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, chaired by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), held an informational hearing on the Napa earthquake in the California State Capitol to examine the state and local emergency response to the recent Napa earthquake. "After any emergency situation, it is important to take stock and review the emergency response to find out what worked well and if there are any gaps that need to be filled," said Assemblymember Rodriguez. "We were fortunate that the Napa earthquake occurred early in the morning when most people were asleep, but we may not be so lucky with the next earthquake." Watch the entire hearing here: http://www.livestream.com/asmdc/video?clipId=flv_1e5a9e69-3494-4a34-8b09-4cecbc69e7db
Assembly Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, Chair
“Earthquakes-Going Forward, Lessons Learned from Napa”
Monday, October 20, 2014
State Capitol Room 126
For questions or to RSVP please call my district office at (909) 902-9606.