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Speaker-Elect Rendon Statement on Exide Legislative Hearings

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(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement regarding today's legislative hearings on the cleanup of contamination from the Exide battery plan in Vernon:

"Exide has polluted our communities for decades, spewing lead, arsenic, benzene and other poisonous chemicals from its facility in Vernon. It has contaminated our air, our soil and our communities.

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Speaker-Elect Rendon Statement on State of the State Address

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement after Governor Brown delivered the State of the State address:

“I was pleased the Governor continued his emphasis on responsible budgeting, while also exhibiting a willingness to work with the Legislature on strategic investments that move us toward a better state for all. Among them is his call to focus on our infrastructure – our parks, schools, roads and public facilities – that has been neglected far too long.

“As the Assembly embarks on our budget committee and subcommittee process, I welcome all Californians to submit input to their representatives so the final budget can truly be a document that embodies our values as Californians.”

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Speaker Atkins, Speaker-Elect Rendon & Other Members Address Potential Gun Violence Legislation

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SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) have released the following statement regarding the potential for gun violence bills to come before the Legislature this session:

“There has been much discussion about what the California Legislature will do on the issue of gun violence. The Assembly will be working with our colleagues in the State Senate to advance legislation that prevents gun violence and keeps our communities safe, while balancing Second Amendment rights. The recent Field Poll showed broad bipartisan support in California for common sense measures to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been shattered by gun violence for us not to act. When so many have fallen, the responsibility is on us to stand up and do what’s right.”

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Anthony Rendon Elected State Assembly Speaker

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Rendon to Assume Office on March 7

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today was elected the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly.

“I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me and for this immense privilege to serve,” Rendon said. “We as policymakers have a great deal of work ahead of us to meet the challenges Californians demand we address.”

Rendon will assume the office of Speaker on March 7.

“With the annual budget process underway, my immediate priority is working with my colleagues to negotiate a budget that represents the values of the people of California,” Rendon said. “Moving forward, the Assembly has a tremendous opportunity to address not only short-term goals but also the lingering long-term issues facing our state.”

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Anthony Rendon Statement on State Auditor Report on Central Basin Water District

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement after the California State Auditor released her report on the Central Basin Municipal Water District:

"The Auditor's report confirms many of the concerns I have expressed about Central Basin, particularly of its board of directors.

"The board has failed to promote sound fiscal practices, reflected by the district's operating deficit in three of the last five fiscal years. I fully support the Auditor's recommendation that Central Basin create a long-term financial plan that puts the district on a sustainable path forward.

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Anthony Rendon Statement on Release of Long Beach Outage Investigations

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) issued the following statement after Southern California Edison released internal and independent investigations regarding two major power outages in Long Beach in July:

“I am disappointed in Edison’s failure to properly operate and oversee its underground network in Long Beach. My legislative colleagues and I will stay in close contact with Edison to ensure the identified deficiencies in the underground system are repaired.

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In response to WalletHub’s “Best & Worst Small Cities in America”

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By Assemblymember Anthony Rendon

I was pretty surprised reading WalletHub’s list of “Best & Worst Small Cities in America.” Research methodology aside, one thing’s for certain — numbers can’t measure the heart and soul of communities.

You have to visit and experience the vibrancy of Southeast L.A. to feel that.

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Anthony Rendon Statement on L.A. County Action on Exide Contamination Clean-up

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Hilda Solis to take immediate action to address ongoing impacts from toxic contamination caused by Exide battery plant in Vernon.

“I thank and fully support Supervisor Solis for her action to protect the 100,000 residents impacted by toxic emissions from the Exide plant.

“Now that the county is doing its part, the state must as well. I will continue working with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control to ensure swift action in the identification and clean-up of contaminated homes.”

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon is serving in his second term representing the 63rd Assembly District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, and South Gate.

Anthony Rendon Statement on Veto of CPUC Reform Legislation

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement after the veto of Assembly Bills 825, 895 and 1023, his legislative package seeking reforms to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC):

“I am disappointed by the Governor’s veto of my CPUC reform package. We need to rebuild the public’s trust in their government. Each and every day dysfunction continues at the CPUC, that trust erodes. Reforms must be made to the CPUC, and I look forward to working with Gov. Brown to ensure they are implemented.”

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon is chair of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce. Rendon is serving in his second term representing the 63rd Assembly District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, and South Gate.

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Gov. Brown Signs Rendon’s Lower L.A. River Restoration Proposal

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Update to L.A. River Master Plan Begins Process for Lower River Revitalization

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today approved Assembly Bill 530, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon’s (D-Lakewood) proposal to create a comprehensive restoration plan for the Lower Los Angeles River.

“I’ve been kayaking on restored portions of the Upper L.A. River and seen the development of trails, walkways and parks,” said Rendon. “Residents along the Lower River deserve the same opportunities to reconnect with the river that flows through their neighborhoods.”

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