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Representing the 78th District
Representing the 78th District
(San Diego) Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 425, a bill by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins to require the State of California to address water pollution caused by copper-based anti-fouling hull paint. Under this bill, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is directed to complete by February 1, 2014 its work to evaluate and make recommendations regarding whether the paint should be subject to increased state oversight and how best to mitigate its potentially harmful effects.
“Copper-based paint is effective in keeping boat hulls free from damaging organisms like barnacles and algae but it also poses a threat to aquatic animal and plant life when it leaches into water where recreational boats are moored,” says Atkins. “We need to complete the scientific analysis in order to develop sound and balanced environmental policy that protects our marine ecosystem without being overly burdensome.”
(San Diego) AB 482, a bill to improve the cost effectiveness of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) and to fund museums through the sale of a Snoopy license plate, was passed by the State Legislature today and sent to the Governor.
“California’s museums preserve our cultural identity for future generations while providing enjoyment and education for everyone,” says Atkins. “Snoopy is himself a cultural institution and having his partnership in support of our museums is sure to make a huge difference in keeping them financially strong. I hope everyone will sign up for a Snoopy plate and I thank Governor Brown for signing AB 482.”
(Sacramento) AB 662, a bill by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins to clarify and resolve issues that have arisen during the course of the dissolution of the state’s redevelopment programs has been approved by the State Legislature and sent to Governor Brown. Sponsored by the Assembly Redevelopment Working Group, which Atkins chairs, many of the bill’s provisions address issues brought to the attention of legislatures by local entities called successor agencies, which are charged with implementing the dissolution process.
“The process of winding down redevelopment is very complex and, as successor agencies in cities move through this process, they have encountered ambiguous and unanticipated situations,” says Atkins. “AB 662 is intended to address many of those concerns and provide an increased level of certainty, practicality, and fairness.”
(Sacramento) AB 482, a bill to improve the cost effectiveness of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) and to fund museums through the sale of a Snoopy license plate, was passed by the State Legislature today and sent to the Governor.
"Museums need financial support to remain viable and to keep entry fees affordable for all Californians," says Atkins. "Snoopy is a beloved American icon and having his 'endorsement' is sure to increase sales of the license plate. I am excited about partnering with him in support of preserving California's cultural treasures."
(Sacramento) AB 1229, a bill by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins that will ensure that local governments can require affordable housing set-asides in new developments, if they choose, was passed by the California State Senate today, sending the bill to Governor Brown. The bill addresses uncertainty and confusion created by a 2009 appellate court ruling that the state’s rent control law, the Costa-Hawkins Act, prohibits such programs for rental housing.
“Inclusionary zoning is a critical tool that has provided affordable homes to over 80,000 Californians. My bill gives local governments a green light to continue using this tool without fear of conflicting with state law,” says Atkins. “Affordable housing is critical to both communities and families because it enables workers to live near where they work, even in high cost parts of our state.”
(San Diego) Today, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins issued the following statement regarding her decision to not run for Mayor of San Diego:
“In the past few weeks many people have contacted me encouraging me to run for Mayor of San Diego should the office become vacant. Now that Mayor Filner has resigned, I wanted to share with you my decision – reached after much careful consideration – that I will not be a candidate for Mayor.
I am deeply committed to helping the city heal and move forward. But I also take very seriously my responsibility to the people who elected me to represent the 78th Assembly District in Sacramento and to my colleagues in the Assembly, whom I have the privilege of serving as Majority Leader.
The simple truth is that I love the job I have now—being able to help advance San Diego’s interests and concerns in the Legislature and being able to have a statewide impact on vital issues like increasing access to health care, growing our economy and honoring the debt we owe to our veterans.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who encouraged me to run. I am deeply honored to have your trust and respect and I share your faith that we can move San Diego past these difficult times.”
(San Diego) As someone who served as acting Mayor during a period of crisis in our city, I understand what needs to be done to manage the City during a difficult time and hopefully position our next Mayor for success. I offer my support and assistance to Acting Mayor Gloria in any way I can. Like many of you, I am relieved Mayor Filner put the City's needs ahead of his own and resigned. While San Diego can now move forward to its next chapter, we should remain mindful that today’s action does not resolve matters for the victims of the former Mayor’s sexual harassment.
(Editor's note: California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, wrote this piece exclusively for San Diego Gay & Lesbian News in celebration of San Diego Pride Week.)
It’s Pride Week in San Diego. Let’s parade, party and relish our recent successes, including the restoration of marriage equality in California. I am looking forward to attending many fabulous weddings this summer and fall.
But our work isn’t done. Thirty-seven states still treat same sex couples as second class. Our youth are still bullied and disproportionately homeless. As we age, many of our seniors are forced back into the closet in order to be accepted in senior or assisted living facilities. And it is time that our transgender brothers and sisters, the T in LGBT, are fully included in the progress of our community. Too often, this is not the case, whether it be the end of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," federal non-discrimination laws like ENDA, or even marriage. So while we revel in our success, let’s not leave anyone behind.
By Toni Atkins
Five years ago I was able to legally marry the woman I love. Jennifer and I joined 18,000 gay and lesbian couples in California who exchanged wedding vows during the summer of 2008, a narrow window of time between the California Supreme Court ruling that our state constitution guaranteed marriage equality and the November vote on Proposition 8 taking that right away.
During that “Summer of Love,” it seemed as if there was a wedding every weekend. Couples who had been together as long as 50 years without being able to marry, like my friends Bud and Chuck, finally got the official stamp of approval on their relationship. Others in newer relationships felt the pressure to marry before Election Day, when the window might, and did, close. It was an exuberant and magical time.
(Sacramento) - Assemblyman Majority Leader Toni Atkins joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and others at a State Capitol news conference following the announcement from the Supreme Court of its decision to overturn California’s Proposition 8. “Today, equality for same sex couples became the law of the land for California and the other twelve states that have chosen marriage equality. It is a great day to be a Californian and a great day to be an American. The Supreme Court has now recognized that the federal government should not block gay and lesbian Americans from committing their lives to the person they love and have that commitment respected by society,” said Atkins. Here’s more from the Majority Leader in this Assembly Access video.
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Wednesday, February 22 2012
Atkins Bill Will Strengthen Protections Against Child Abuse And Pornography
(Sacramento) Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has introduced AB 1817 to require commercial computer technicians to be mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect. “Computer technicians are on the front lines for discovering child sexual abuse and pornography,” said Atkins. “Making them mandated reporters protects children and aids law enforcement in finding and stopping the predators who abuse them.” Under current law, commercial film and photographic print processors are required to be mandated reporters of…Continue reading...
Tuesday, February 07 2012
Statement Of Assemblymember Toni Atkins On Historic Ruling For Freedom And Justice
Federal Court Affirms Marriage Equality As A Constitutional Right (San Diego) Once again, those who oppose marriage equality have had their day in court and, once again, a court has affirmed that gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry are not second class citizens, but instead are entitled to share in the freedom and justice promised by the constitution to every American. While the opponents no doubt will continue their campaign of fear and…Continue reading...
Thursday, January 19 2012
Atkins Bill Will Deny Violent Abusers Spousal Support from Their Victims
(Sacramento) Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation to prevent abusive ex-spouses from forcing their victims to pay them spousal support and other financial compensation following a divorce. AB 1522 was inspired by the case of a San Diego area woman who was ordered by a court to pay her husband’s legal fees plus monthly spousal support, despite the fact that he was convicted of committing violent sex crimes against her and was ultimately…Continue reading...
Wednesday, January 18 2012
Assemblymember Toni Atkins Reacts To Governor Brown’s State Of The State Address
Governor Brown’s State of the State address struck an important balance between acknowledging the immediate challenges faced by our state while also maintaining a long term vision of California as a place of innovation and opportunity. As the Legislature analyzes the Governor’s proposed budget, we must take both a thoughtful and prudent approach. The state budget is not just about numbers; it directly affects the lives of real people. It is about putting Californians back…Continue reading...
Thursday, November 17 2011
Assemblymember Atkins Optimistic that Federal Courts will Recognize Marriage Equality Despite Today's Procedural Setback
Statement On Today's California Supreme Court Ruling In Marriage Equality Case (San Diego) The California Supreme Court ruled today that proponents of Proposition 8, which repealed marriage rights for same sex couples in California, have the legal right to defend the measure, which has been challenged on constitutional grounds in an ongoing federal case. "Today's ruling by the California Supreme Court gives initiative proponents the right to defend a measure in court when the State's…Continue reading...
Monday, October 10 2011
Governor Signs Atkins Measure to Prevent Transgender Discrimination
(San Diego) AB 887, a bill authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins to strengthen state anti-discrimination laws regarding gender identity and gender expression, was signed into law yesterday by Governor Jerry Brown. "As Californians, we are committed to equal treatment for all," says Atkins. "This new law makes it clear that transgender Californians are legally protected against discrimination in employment, housing, and other arenas and strengthens our commitment to fairness and equality. I am gratified that…Continue reading...
Sunday, October 09 2011
Atkins Disease Prevention Bill Signed Into Law
(San Diego) Assembly Bill 499 by State Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill closes a gap in the law to allow young people to seek preventive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) without an involved parent. Currently, minors have access to diagnosis and treatment services, but not preventive services such as vaccinations. "It doesn't make sense for our state's laws to provide youth with direct…Continue reading...
Wednesday, July 20 2011
The Road Home for Veterans
San Diego remains a military town, with more recently returned veterans living here than in any other city. Most veterans are successfully integrated back into civilian life and become our neighbors and co-workers. But for far too many, coming home means a sleeping bag and a shopping cart beneath an overpass or nights spent in a homeless shelter. Countywide, homelessness has increased almost 20 percent since 2008. Job loss and home foreclosure resulting from the…Continue reading...
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