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Napolitano to appear before budget committee to justify increased financial burden on students
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education, chaired by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, will hold a hearing on the budgets of the three institutions of higher education at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, March 3rd in the Capitol, Room 444.
Slated to appear before the committee are Janet Napolitano, President, of the University of California; Brice Harris, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges; and Timothy White, Chancellor of California State Universities who will each discuss the budget needs of their respective institutions.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation today aimed at tripling the number of foster children eligible for supplemental educational services through the state’s Foster Youth Services (FYS) program. In addition, the bill, AB 854,will enable FYS Coordinators around the state to improve coordination among the various state agencies in support of individual foster children.
“As an educator, I know students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs,” said Assemblymember Weber. “It is imperative that California close the foster youth achievement gap so that students in foster care can become independent productive members of society.”
SACRAMENTO – In recognition of Black History Month, Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, in conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus, is hosting a viewing of the fifth episode in the acclaimed PBS series “Eyes on the Prize” at noon on Wednesday, February 25th in the State Capitol Room 126. This event is free and open to the public.
“Eyes on the Prize” is an American television series documenting the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., using archival footage and interviews of participants and opponents of the movement. Please join Assemblymember Weber, previously an Africana Studies’ Professor for over 40-years at San Diego State University, as she discusses and subsequently screens the Mississippi: Is This America episode of this 14-part series. Emphasis will be placed on NAACP leader Medgar Evers and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Legislation Would Make California the First in the Nation to Require Two Week Scheduling Notice for Employees Dealing with Work Schedule Uncertainty
Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Davis Chiu (D-San Francisco) introducing the Fair Scheduling Ac, AB 357, on the floor of the Assembly. The bill will provide protections for California’s part-time workers.
SACRAMENTO –Dr. Shirley N. Weber (D – San Diego) and Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) have introduced AB 357, first-in-the-nation state legislation that would require food and retail establishments with 500 or more employees in California to provide at least two weeks scheduling notice for their workers and additional pay for last minute schedule changes.
“It’s an unfortunate economic reality that part-time work isn’t just for teenagers anymore. Part-time workers are now adults who may require multiple jobs to support themselves and their families,” said Assemblymember Weber. “This abusive practice of last-minute scheduling hobbles workers who are taking the initiative to support themselves, and requires taxpayer subsidy in the form of greater need for public assistance for those who cannot. These workers need scheduling far enough in advance to work those other jobs, to arrange childcare and transportation, and to pursue education and training. AB 357 will facilitate that.”
Black History Month honorees Robert and Ardelle Matthews receive an ovation by members of the Assembly in Sacramento Monday.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) honored Dr. Bob and Mrs. Ardelle Matthews, long-serving San Diego educators and activists, at a ceremony on the Assembly floor Monday.
"The Matthews often say they were born in this world to be of service, and service is the pay you give for receiving all of life's blessings," Weber said. "Both have lived this mission with their prolific service to the community. We in San Diego and throughout the state owe a significant debt of gratitude to this Dynamic Duo."
Urges uninsured to enroll before February 15th deadline
SAN DIEGO - Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) is hosting a Covered California Enrollment Site on Wednesday, February 11th, from 6-8 PM at the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945.
Attendees will have the opportunity to work with a certified enrollment counselor who will help them select an affordable health plan through the Covered California marketplace.
Depending on income, some individuals may qualify for financial assistances/tax credit that provides help with their monthly premium.
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.