(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Ponoma) was joined by Debbie Wilson, mother of 17 year old Morgan who died from cardiac arrest, for the Assembly Education Committee’s vote on Assembly Bill 1719, legislation to insure high school students learn CPR before they graduate. Wilson told the Committee her daughter would likely have survived if the other students around her when she collapsed at a tennis camp had known CPR, “I’m here as a Mom. I’m here for Morgan. I’m here to save lives.” “CPR is one of the most important life skills a person can have,” said Assemblymember Rodriguez. “By teaching CPR in high school, we are sending students into the world with essential, life-saving skills.” Under AB 1719, school districts would be required to teach hands-only CPR in any required high school course, such as P.E. or Health. Here’s more from Debbie Wilson and Assemblymember Rodriguez in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO- In recognition of 9-1-1 for Kids Education Week and 9-1-1 Heroes’ & Dispatcher’s Day, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) honored a group of 9-1-1 dispatchers on the Assembly Floor.
“As an EMT of over 30 years, I know how important dispatchers are to the emergency response system,” said Rodriguez. “They are often the calm voice amid chaos. I am proud to be able to honor their contributions and recognize the 9-1-1 for Kids program.”
SACRAMENTO - Today the Assembly Education Committee approved Assembly Bill 1719, authored by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D – Chino) on a 4-0 vote. The measure stands 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 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. In addition, a recent study by the National Institutes of Health shows CPR to be effective in children and adolescents who suffer from non-traumatic cardiac arrest due to drowning, electrocution, or choking. Despite these statistics, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac or drowning 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.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and several other Assemblymembers spoke at a capitol news conference about the State Auditor’s recent report on the University of California admissions and finance policies. “I’m troubled by the University’s policy to lower admission standards for out-of-state and international students,” said Assemblymember Rodriguez. “This policy has resulted in thousands of less qualified nonresident students being admitted into the UC campus over more qualified in-state students.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, announced today he will hold an oversight hearing in response to the State Audit of the University of California.
The State audit revealed that the University’s prioritization of non-resident enrollment has been placing California’s students at a severe disadvantage resulting in less qualified non-resident students being admitted to the UC over more qualified California residents. Among the findings, the audit revealed that, despite a 52 percent increase in resident applications over the last 10 years, resident enrollment increased by only 10 percent while nonresident enrollment increased 432 percent.
(San Bernardino, CA) – The mass shooting tragedy carried out by two terrorists in San Bernardino back in December is still fresh on the minds of citizens, lawmakers and emergency responders. California State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino), Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, convened a hearing to explore the lessons learned during the attacks. During the hearing, held at the San Bernardino County Government Center, legislators and the public heard from emergency responders regarding how they handled the events and about what tools they need to be better equipped in the event of a similar attack. KABC Channel 7 News covered the story. Watch this Assembly Assets Video to learn more.
Assemblymember Rodriguez released the following statement on the proposed minimum wage increase:
“Raising the minimum wage will greatly benefit working residents in the Inland Empire who are struggling to provide for their families, while also taking a reasonable approach that allows businesses to phase-in the increase over the five years after the measure is adopted in 2017. The ability to pause the increase should economic and budgetary conditions change is important to safeguard against another budget crisis.”
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez represents the 52nd Assembly District which includes the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona and portions of unincorporated Fontana.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez named Nancy Sakurai of Chino as the Woman of the Year from the 52nd Assembly District. Sakurai is a 27-year resident of the City of Chino and a dedicated community volunteer.
"Nancy exemplifies what it means to serve your community," said Rodriguez. "She has dedicated much of her time to local community organizations and the residents of Chino have undoubtedly benefitted from her commitment. I am honored to be able to recognize her as our Woman of the Year."
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, will hold an informational hearing on the December 2, 2015 incident at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. The hearing will take place on Friday, March 18th at 10:00 am at the San Bernardino County Government Center in San Bernardino. The subject of the hearing is “The San Bernardino Shooting; Lessons Learned.”
“Tragedy struck our community on December 2nd and the emergency responders from throughout the Inland Empire performed heroically,” said Rodriguez. “Reviewing the emergency response after a major incident such as this is important. I want to hear directly from the first responders to find out what went well, what could have been done better and how we can improve emergency preparedness across the state.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) says his new legislation – Assembly Bill 1719 - will ensure high school students learn CPR and create a generation of lifesavers. “CPR is one of the most important life skills a person can have,” says Assemblymember Rodriguez. “I have been an Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years and I have seen too many cases that could have turned out differently if a bystander had known how to administer CPR.” Under AB 1719, school districts would have the flexibility to teach hands-only CPR in any required class, such as P.E. or Health. Learn more in this Assembly Web Report.