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Welcome to my legislative website. It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve my community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have with the district—or with your state government.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Budget Chair Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-2016 Budget Proposal.
In partnership with Governor Brown, we have made incredible strides in improving the state’s fiscal health. I agree overall with the Governor’s vision of ensuring the state’s continued fiscal stability, and I am especially encouraged by the Governor’s remarks today addressing the issue of income inequality and his acknowledgement of the challenges low-income families face. While California’s economy is clearly on the mend, there are millions of people – including one in five children in the state – still living in poverty that deprives them of the benefits of this improving economy.
If we want a state that is healthy in the long term, we will need to work on creating an economy that is inclusive, that affords real, substantive, opportunity for self-sufficiency, and that does not allow those who are born into poverty to serve life-sentences of deprivation and dependence. I look forward to working with the governor and my legislative colleagues on these issues.
SACRAMENTO – As a number of communities consider implementing body camera programs for law enforcement, Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) introduced legislation this week aimed at developing policies based on best practices for their use by law enforcement.
AB 66, Weber’s first bill introduction for the new legislative session, will create a task force that will engage stakeholders, including law enforcement and affected communities, as well as taking input from experts and communities already implementing body camera programs.
Please join Speaker Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and me for our Holiday Party and Gift Raiser on Wednesday, December 10th, from 5 to 6:30 PM in the 6th Floor Auditorium of the State Building, 1350 Front Street in Downtown San Diego.
This free holiday event will feature food and entertainment from around the world. It is also a great opportunity to speak with your Assemblymember about any state or local legislative concerns. Also, if you are able, please bring an unwrapped gift suitable for children (toddlers to 18 years old) to benefit the children at the Polinksky Children’s Center and foster children throughout the region.
Complementary parking will be available at the State Lot on Union Street (between A and Ash).
SACRAMENTO –Speaker Toni G. Atkins has appointed Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. (D- San Diego) to chair the Assembly Committee on Budget. The committee oversees state funding of education, transportation, health and human services, local government, environmental protection and the state’s rainy day reserve.
Weber, who has served both as chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and as a member of the Budget Conference Committee, said she was grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of California in a capacity that affects their lives in a very direct way.
Kindergarten, Civil Rights and Voting Rights Legislation Become Law
SAN DIEGO – Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr., signed six of the seven bills - ranging in topic from full-day kindergarten to hate crimes - sent to him by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), bringing to eleven the total number of bills signed into law during her first term. Weber also successfully passed resolutions in 2014 honoring the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, highlighting the Filipino-American civil rights and labor leaders’ Larry Iliong and Philip Vera Cruz, and recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month.
“For a right or a protection to have any meaning, you have to have access to the courts where they can be enforced”
SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) that will protect the rights of victims of hate crimes and civil rights abuses to have their cases heard in court.
It has become a widespread practice in consumer and employment contracting to force individuals to waive their rights to seek legal redress through the courts even when their civil rights have been violated. AB 2617 would prohibit requiring a waiver of any rights under California hate crimes or civil rights laws as a condition of entering into a contract for employment, housing, education or consumer goods and services.
SAN DIEGO - Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) issued the following response to California Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of AB 1719 (Full-Day Kindergarten) and vetoing of AB 1444 (Mandatory Kindergarten):
“I am grateful that the Governor decided to sign AB 1719 and am pleased that he agrees we need to evaluate existing Full-Day kindergarten programs with a view to implementing it statewide.
(Sacramento) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana S. Dooley, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Superior Court Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie and Special Assistant Attorney General Jill E. Habig came together in Sacramento to declare September as “School Attendance Awareness Month,” urging families, schools, communities to prioritize student attendance in the coming months.
Assemblymember Weber authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 149 which recently passed the Legislature to designate September as “School Attendance Awareness Month” in California.
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly marked Women’s Equality Day with a powerful poetry reading from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). The lawmakers and visitors sat in awed silence as Assemblymember Weber presented the poetry of Sojourner Truth, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Langston Hughes, Mari Evans and Maya Angelou. She received a standing ovation when she concluded the reading. Women’s Equality Day was established in recognition of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Watch Assemblymember Weber’s presentation in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber. PhD., Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, has announced that the Committee’s final informational hearing will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 6th in the State Capitol, Room 437.
Panelists will focus on recommendations for encouraging campus safety and promoting healthier campus climates for all students. This includes the role of campus leadership; improving communication about policies regarding bias-motivated behavior and resources for victims; and the role of collaboration among the UC, CSU and Community College systems to improve campus climate.