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(SACRAMENTO) – Majority Floor Leader V. Manuel Pérez is pleased to report that his bill to facilitate access to peace officer training has been signed into law by the Governor.
“Our law enforcement professionals work hard to keep our communities safe. We must support their ability to access the training and tools to do their jobs more effectively,” said Pérez. “In doing so, we help ensure that probation departments and other law enforcement have the staffing they need manage caseloads and fulfill the public trust.”
(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Majority Leader V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) released the following statement regarding the treatment of Central American children brought to federal facilities in California:
It is said that one measure of society is how well we care for the most vulnerable among us. I’m afraid we did not measure up very well yesterday. Though I acknowledge their right to protest, my heart was heavy to see my fellow Californians lashing out with such fear and hatred toward people in need. These children and families are desperate, and to me it goes against basic American values to deny them the opportunity to seek safe harbor in our country. Rather, I believe our response should be guided by compassion and by the imperative to care for those in need. I understand that some of the families are coming to El Centro for processing, and I hope and believe that they will receive a more humanitarian welcome. I appreciate the effort by the City of Coachella to gather basic supplies for the unaccompanied children which I hope will offer them some minimal comfort during what must be an extremely scary time. When we look at these children and families, let us see our own children and families.
Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) serves as the Majority Floor Leader of the California State Assembly. He represents the 56th district, which comprises the cities and communities of Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the State of California’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) unanimously approved a request by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez for an audit of the City of Indio relative to expenditures by the Terra Lago Community Facilities District (CFD). The request was approved at a hearing this morning held at the State Capitol.
“This is an important step for the residents of the Terra Lago phase one community,” said Pérez. “It’s important that they receive independent confirmation that the City of Indio’s proposal is fair and complies with the law. I’m hopeful the audit will bring some reassurance to Terra Lago community members.”
Student led effort leads to new state symbol
(SACRAMENTO) – Majority Floor Leader V. Manuel Pérez is pleased to share the news that his bill declaring the California red-legged frog as the state amphibian has been signed into law by the Governor. AB 2364 (Chapter 77, Statutes of 2014) adds the California red-legged frog to the list of official state symbols, joining the grizzly bear (state mammal), sequoia (state tree), and California golden poppy (state flower), among others.
“I’m very pleased that this is the first of my bills this year to be signed by the Governor,” said Pérez. “As a former educator, working with Sea View Elementary has been very gratifying for me. I want to particularly thank students Samantha Lambarena and Freedom Payne. This success of this bill is a validation of their vision, hard work, and persistence. I’m so proud of them and I hope that others will be inspired by their actions. ”
(SACRAMENTO) – The office of Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reports that Assembly Bill 2060 establishing a workforce development grant program for the formerly incarcerated passed today with strong, bipartisan support in the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill was approved on a unanimous vote of 6-0, and it now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“Workforce training for the re-entry population is a practical strategy for improving access to a stable job,” said Pérez. “It helps improve offender outcomes, reduces the likelihood of recidivism, and promotes community safety and stability.”
(SACRAMENTO) – The office of Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reports that his prescription access bill AB 2603 passed today in Senate Public Safety Committee on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 6-0. It now heads to the Senate Floor.
“The intent of the bill is to protect access to prescription medicines, while recognizing that some people need assistance with picking them up and transporting them,” said Pérez. “This is especially relevant for people who live in rural and medically underserved areas, where it is not uncommon for a person to rely on a family member or friend to pick-up his/her prescription drugs.”
(SACRAMENTO) – The office of Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reports that Assembly Bill 1565 to assist older LGBT veterans in accessing their military benefits passed today on a vote of 4-2 in Senate Veterans Affairs committee.
“California is the state with the largest LGBT veteran population, yet these veterans do not access their military benefits and health care services at the same rate as their heterosexual counterparts,” said Pérez. “There are many reasons why this happens – but fundamentally it’s the legacy of past discriminatory policies. For older veterans who served in the decades prior to and during ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, there is a lot of fear and distrust.”
Also, access to care bill passes Senate Health Committee
(SACRAMENTO) – The office of Majority Floor Leader V. Manuel Pérez reports that two of his bills have advanced in the State Senate:
AB 2364 State Amphibian Declaration: AB 2364 passed the Senate on a Floor vote of 24-9 and now heads to the Governor. The bill designates the California red-legged frog as the state amphibian, adding it to the list of official state symbols such as the grizzly bear (state mammal), sequoia (state tree), and California golden poppy (state flower).
(SACRAMENTO) – The office of Majority Floor Leader V. Manuel Pérez reports that two local nonprofits – Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio and WomanHaven, Inc. in El Centro – have been awarded funding from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program of the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
“Congratulations to Martha’s Kitchen and to WomanHaven on these grant awards,” said Pérez. “These organizations have an excellent track record of service, and I know they will put the funds to good use to help vulnerable families in our communities.”
For outstanding service to underserved populations in California
(SACRAMENTO) – On Wednesday, June 18, at the State Capitol, Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez will be honored by the Greater Sacramento Urban League (GSUL) with the Marc Morial Legislative Award for outstanding service to underserved populations in California. The event will begin at 5:30 pm and will be held in the Capitol Basement Rotunda. A reception will follow.
“I am truly honored and thankful that my policy work has been recognized by Greater Sacramento Urban League,” said Pérez. “Through its education, job training, youth outreach and other programs, the Urban League brings hope and opportunity to communities. They are a significant force for goodness, and a valuable partner in the struggle for economic and social justice. I thank them for this recognition.”