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(San Diego) – March is Women’s History Month, celebrating women of strength and achievement. In recognition of the many accomplishments of women in the 78th Assembly District, Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) honored nine female leaders of excellence from the region in a “Woman of the Year” awards ceremony at the State of California Building in downtown San Diego.
“Women are leaders in every aspect of our society, yet they are not always recognized for their accomplishments,” said Speaker-Elect Atkins. “The women I honored this year made San Diego a better place and are role models for both young men and young women in our community. I thank them for their service.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to see portions of the ceremony.
(San Diego) -- Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), in conjunction with the State Contractors License Board, brought together experts and officials to give senior citizens a chance to learn about scams and help them avoid getting ripped off by unscrupulous businesses or having their identity stolen. Assemblymember Atkins said, "Senior scam crime is on the rise, netting about $2.6-billion each year and victimizing 1 in 5 people in this age group." The room was packed for the event.
(San Diego) -- California State Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced legislation aimed at keeping the personal information of domestic violence victims confidential. If passed, Assemblymember Atkins hopes Assembly Bill 1623 will encourage victims to get help, without the fear of getting in trouble themselves. At a recent press conference in San Diego, Assemblymember Atkins expanded on the goals of the legislation and why it is so desperately needed. "Sometimes, it is critical that victims of abuse share personal, private information with the people who are trying to help them. They may have other problems in their lives that bear on the abuse and it is important for service providers to have a full picture," said Assemblymember Atkins. "The most important first step in addressing abuse is to get the victim, and any children involved, into a safe and healthy situation. If a victim fears that they themselves might get in trouble by trying to escape an abusive environment, they are not likely to seek help."
(San Diego) -- Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) hosted a community forum and resource fair at the Normal Heights Community Center on the last weekend before the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Specialists were on hand to answer questions, as well as pre-screen and assist individuals with enrolling in Covered California plans, Medi-Cal and CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps). Speaker-elect Atkins told the large crowd that attended, "I think if you check it out, Covered California, you will be pleasantly surprised at the affordability of good health coverage."
(Sacramento) Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-78) has been elected by her colleagues in the California State Assembly to become their 69th Speaker later this Spring, succeeding current Speaker John A. Pérez.
“I am grateful to my Assembly colleagues for selecting me for this honor and responsibility,” says Atkins. “After several years of deficits and financial challenges created by the Great Recession, California has finally begun down a path of stabilization and growing prosperity. I look forward to working with Assemblymembers on both sides of the aisle and the Governor as we take advantage of this opportunity to continue laying a sound financial foundation for our state.”
“Barbara Bry has broken the glass ceiling in business and technology, paving the way for women in fields that have not traditionally been the province of women,” says Atkins. “She also actively promotes women in the political arena, where we have recently seen our numbers dwindling. Her tireless dedication to opening doors for others, while achieving success in her own right, makes her a role model for us all, whether female or male. I am pleased to be able to recognize her accomplishments.”
(Sacramento) - Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) joined advocates for pregnant women who are incarcerated in releasing a report on compliance with Atkins’ legislation prohibiting the most dangerous forms of shackling. The report states that while 21 of California’s 58 counties have fully complied with the law, the remaining counties have either not fully complied, not complied at all, or did not respond to inquiries. “I am proud to be the author of legislation that protects both public safety and the health and welfare of pregnant prisoners and their newborns. I applaud the counties that have fully complied with this new law,” says Atkins. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Plate Created Through Atkins Bill Will Benefit California Museums
(Sacramento) With Peanuts character Snoopy looking over her shoulder, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins today signed up to be one of the first to receive a Snoopy license plate, the proceeds from which will benefit California museums. The plate, which features an original drawing by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz of the famous beagle doing his signature twirling feet dance, is now available to the public.
SACRAMENTO - San Diego's Toni Atkins on Wednesday was elected as the next speaker of the Assembly — a powerful post that will put her in the position to directly negotiate compromises with Gov. Jerry Brown as the state confronts complex and controversial issues from the budget to the drought to education.
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Assembly Democratic colleagues to succeed Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly.
“I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,” says Atkins. “From the drought we are experiencing to ensuring a healthy business climate and a world class educational system, California is facing important issues in the near future. I look forward to leading the State Assembly in working with the Senate and the Governor to meet our challenges and to move our great state forward. I thank my Assembly colleagues for their confidence and support.