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Assemblymember Blumenfield: California Budget Deficit Requires Balanced Approach

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) discusses the California budget deficit and Governor Jerry Brown’s recently revised budget proposal. Blumenfield, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, notes that a slow recovery and court decisions blocking previous cuts have contributed to the $16 billion deficit. Blumenfield also points to the need for Californians to pair new revenues with the cuts that must be made.

This week's English language address is 2:05. mp3

This week's Spanish language address is 3:38 mp3

Website of Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield: http://www.asmdc.org/blumenfield

Transcript:

Hello, this is Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield of the San Fernando Valley with an important update about your state budget.

This week, Governor Jerry Brown released a revised budget proposal that includes some sobering news for all of us about what it’s going to take to put California’s finances back on track.

We now know that our budget situation has deteriorated despite last year’s cuts that eliminated 60% of our state’s long term budget imbalance.  Our state treasury is now nearly 16 billion dollars in deficit.

This figure is partially the result of California’s economy that, while improving, is not recovering as strongly as we anticipated.  In addition, various lawsuits have overturned some of the cuts that we adopted last year.

The Governor’s roadmap for balancing the state’s books includes some stark options and tough choices.  After years of cutting the budget, our options are limited to close a deficit of this size.  Few are simple and virtually none are pain free.

The Governor’s plan is mixture of cuts for the Legislature to approve and an appeal to you – the voters – to support temporary revenues on the November ballot.  The alternative is that the state budget is balanced by cuts alone and that will devastate our schools, health care, and public safety.

Over the next month, the Legislature will publicly vet the Governor’s proposal and deliver a responsible, on time budget by June 15th.  Our actions will ensure that we have a viable state budget no matter what happens at the November ballot and that the public can help shape the budget choices coming in the fall.

So far, the Assembly has held over 60 budget hearings and we will continue to preside over an open process when reviewing and acting on the budget over the next month.

Our focus is to create a responsible budget in synch with the values of Californians.  To do that, the Legislature must make tough cuts and the voters must approve temporary revenues in November.

This has been Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield from the San Fernando Valley.  Thank you very much for listening.

CONTACTO: Anthony Matthews (916) 319-2040

Asambleísta Blumenfield: El Déficit del Presupuesto de California Requiere de un Enfoque Balanceado

SACRAMENTO – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el asambleísta Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) comenta sobre el déficit presupuestario de California y el plan de la revisión de mayo del gobernador Jerry Brown. Blumenfield, presidente del comité del presupuesto de la Asamblea, señala que la lenta recuperación económica y los fallos judiciales que bloquearon los recortes anteriores han contribuido al déficit de $16 mil millones de dólares. Blumenfield también destaca que los californianos deben entender sobre la necesidad de nuevos ingresos para contrarrestar los nuevos recortes que se deben hacer.

Portal del asambleísta Bob Blumenfield: www.asmdc.org/blumenfield

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Que tal, les habla el presidente del comité del presupuesto de la Asamblea Bob Blumenfield del Valle de San Fernando con un importante mensaje sobre el presupuesto del estado.

Esta semana, el gobernador Jerry Brown presento la revisión de mayo del presupuesto el cual contiene preocupantes noticias para todos nosotros sobre qué es lo que se va a necesitar para poder cuadrar las finanzas de California.

Ahora sabemos que la situación del presupuesto ha empeorado a pesar de los recortes del año pasado que eliminaron el 60% de nuestro desajuste en el presupuesto a largo plazo.  Nuestras arcas fiscales se encuentran con un déficit de 16 mil millones de dólares.

Este número es parcialmente el resultado de una economía en California que, aunque ha mejorado, no se está recuperando de la manera que desearíamos.  Además, varias demandas judiciales han anulado algunos de los recortes que adoptamos el año pasado.

El plan del gobernador para equilibrar las arcas incluye algunas opciones duras y difíciles.  Después de años recortando el presupuesto, nuestras opciones son limitadas para recortar un déficit de esta envergadura.  Algunas son simples y virtualmente ninguna es sin dolor.

El plan del gobernador es una mezcla de recortes para que la Legislatura apruebe y apele a ustedes – los votantes – para que respalden los ingresos temporales en la balota de noviembre.  La alternativa sería que el presupuesto sea balanceado solamente con recortes que desbastarían nuestras escuelas, sistema de salud, y la seguridad pública.

Dentro del próximo mes, la Legislatura examinará públicamente el plan del gobernador y entregará un presupuesto responsable, y a tiempo para el 15 de junio.  Nuestras acciones permitirán que tengamos un presupuesto viable sin importar lo que pase en las urnas en noviembre y que el público ayude a darle forma a las opciones presupuestarias que se vienen en el otoño.

Hasta el momento, la Asamblea ha llevado a cabo 60 audiencias públicas sobre el presupuesto y continuaremos presidiendo con un proceso abierto cuando se examine y actúe sobre el presupuesto dentro del próximo mes. Nuestro enfoque es crear un presupuesto responsable y sincronizado con los valores de los californianos. Para hacer eso, la Legislatura debe hacer recortes difíciles y los votantes deben aprobar ingresos temporales en noviembre.

Gracias por su atención. Les habló el asambleísta Bob Blumenfield del valle de San Fernando.

Speaker John A. Pérez: President Obama’s Support for Marriage Equality ‘Historic Milestone’

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) praises President Barack Obama for announcing his support for marriage equality. Speaker Pérez, the first openly gay person to be elected to the position of Assembly Speaker in the country, said Obama’s remarks were a historic milestone for the LGBT community and for equality in the United States. President Obama made the announcement on Wednesday, becoming the first sitting president to support marriage equality.

This week's English language address is 2:21. mp3

This week's Spanish language address is 3:01 mp3

Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker/

Transcript:

This is California Assembly Speaker John Pérez.

This week marked an historic milestone for LGBT Americans, and people of conscience all over this country, when President Obama announced his support for marriage equality for every person in this country.

I am very proud of the President for taking this stand, and recognizing that marriage symbolizes the loving commitment between two people who wish to share their lives together, and that for millions of LGBT people across the country, that is a commitment unjustly denied.

Just as important as the President’s announcement was his thoughtful evolution towards marriage equality.

He shared his own personal experiences with LGBT people in his administration; in our armed forces; and across the country. He shared how his faith led him to this moment, and his realization that the golden rule requires each of us love, respect and treat one another equally.

Just as with his successful effort to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I believe President Obama’s announcement in support of marriage equality will be remembered as a landmark moment in the LGBT movement.

Because it is an election year, many pundits and armchair quarterbacks are scrambling to assess what impact the President’s announcement might have politically.

That narrow focus misses the point. President Obama did what he did not out of concern for swing states but for real lives, because he knows it’s always the right time to do the right thing.

As with many Americans, President Obama’s views on this issue have evolved towards a full embrace of dignity, respect and justice for every American.

And that evolution is continuing in states, communities and households throughout our nation.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observed that ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but that it bends towards justice.’

I am deeply grateful for President Obama’s leadership on this fundamental issue of fairness and equality, and for his helping bend the arc of history closer toward justice.

This is John Pérez, Speaker of the California State Assembly. Thanks for listening.

CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2046

Presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez: El Respaldo del Presidente Obama a la Igualdad del Derecho al Matrimonio es un "Hito Histórico"

SACRAMENTO – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) alabó al presidente Barack Obama por anunciar su respaldo públicamente a la igualdad del derecho al matrimonio. El presidente Pérez, es la primera persona abiertamente gay en ser elegido a la posición de presidente de la Asamblea, señaló que las declaraciones de Obama eran un hito histórico para la comunidad gay y para la igualdad en los Estados Unidos. El presidente Obama hizo el anuncio el miércoles, convirtiéndose así en el primer presidente en ejercicio en respaldar la igualdad del derecho al matrimonio.

Portal del presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker

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Que tal, les saluda John A. Pérez, Presidente de la Asamblea Estatal de California.

Esta fue una semana histórica para la comunidad Gay y gente consciente de la importancia de los derechos humanos a través de todo el país. Esto cuando el presidente Obama anunció su apoyo a los derechos de matrimonio para todas las personas en este país.

Estoy muy orgulloso que el Presidente haya tomado esta posición, reconociendo que su matrimonio simboliza un compromiso de amor entre dos personas que desean compartir sus vidas, algo que es injustamente negado para millones en la comunidad gay en nuestro país.

Igual de importante que su pronunciamiento es la forma en la cual la perspectiva del Presidente ha evolucionado en relación a la igualdad del derecho al matrimonio.

El presidente Obama compartió sus experiencias personales con personas de la comunidad gay en su administración, en nuestras fuerzas armadas y a través de todo el país. El compartió como su fe le ayudó a llegar a este momento y su realización que la regla dorada nos requiere que nos amemos, respetemos y tratemos el uno al otro sin distinción.

Al igual que el éxito de su esfuerzo en las fuerzas armadas con la política de “No Preguntas, No Digas” o “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” en inglés, yo creo que el anuncio del presidente Obama de su apoyo a la igualdad en el matrimonio será recordado como un momento histórico en la comunidad gay.

Ya que es un año de elecciones, muchos han empezado a analizar qué impacto político tendrá la decisión.

Ese enfoque ignora el punto principal. El presidente Obama tomó su decisión porque sabe que este es el momento correcto para tomar la decisión correcta.

Como muchos estadounidenses, el presidente Obama ha desarrollado su perspectiva en este punto en la dirección de apoyar dignidad, respeto y justicia para todas las personas en este país. Esta evolución intelectual continúa en este momento en los estados, comunidades y hogares a través de todo el país.

El Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dijo que “el arco de la historia es largo pero se inclina hacia el lado de la justicia.”

Estoy muy agradecido por el liderazgo demostrado por el presidente Obama en este tema fundamental de derechos humanos y por ayudar a que el arco se doble aún más cerca a la justicia.

Gracias por su atención. Les habló John A. Pérez, Presidente de la Asamblea Estatal de California.

Speaker Pérez Discusses Middle Class Scholarship Act Prior to Unanimous Bipartisan Vote by Assembly Higher Education Committee

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SACRAMENTO - In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) testifies before the Assembly Higher Education Committee regarding AB 1501, one of two bills that make up the Middle Class Scholarship Act, which slashes state college fees for middle class Californians by two-thirds. The Committee unanimously passed the bill on a bipartisan vote. The Middle Class Scholarship Act will cover students whose family income is under $150,000, but over the amount allowed to qualify for financial aid. CSU students will save about $4,000 per year or $16,000 over a four-year period, UC students will save about $8,200 per year or nearly $33,000 over a four-year period, and Community Colleges would also receive $150 million to reduce costs for students.

This week's English address is 7:06 mp3

Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker/

Transcript:

Announcer: Earlier this week Assembly Speaker John Pérez presented Assembly Bill 1501, one of the two pieces of legislation that make up his Middle Class Scholarship Act, to the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Speaker Pérez: Thank you Mr. Chairman, Members. I am pleased to present AB 1501, which establishes the Middle Class Scholarship Program into state law.
This measure is part of a two bill package called the Middle Class Scholarship Act, and the companion measure—AB 1500—will be heard by the Committee on Revenue & Taxation at its next hearing next week.

AB 1501 establishes the Middle Class Scholarship, which seeks to make higher education accessible and affordable again for middle class families. And it does this two ways:

First, the bill allocates 150 million dollars to the Community College System to provide relief on textbooks and other costs for community college students;
Secondly, the measure creates the Middle Class Scholarship, which will provide a two-thirds reduction in student fees for any student in the UC or CSU whose family earns 150 thousand dollars a year or less.

Since 2003-04, state budget challenges, new corporate tax breaks, and the inability to find consensus to increase revenues, these have conspired to cause significant, and unsustainable, increases on student fees at our institutions of higher learning.

At the community colleges we've seen our fees triple. At CSU we've seen 191-percent increase. At UC, a 145-percent increase from the 2003-2004 academic year.

Despite enormous budget problems we've faced in the past couple of years, the Legislature has worked to safeguard state financial aid programs to ensure that low-income Californians still have a viable pathway to higher education.

But for middle income families who earn too much to qualify for our traditional financial aid programs, the fee increases at CSU and UC and Community Colleges means that higher education is becoming, uh, the cost of higher education is becoming too great a burden to bear—a fact that was borne out by a recent study showing that in many cases Harvard University is actually less expensive in real terms than a CSU education.

As a result, middle class students, and their parents, are faced with very difficult tradeoffs.

Either the student takes on a level of debt that severely curtails their post-college opportunities, or their parents must make difficult sacrifices, like forgoing home repairs or paying down credit card debt, that takes money out of our economy.

This ultimately hurts our economic recovery, and is inconsistent with California's historic commitment to an accessible and affordable college education for every student who is willing to work hard and succeed in school.

Now, how do we pay for this? We pay for this investment in California's middle class by closing a tax loophole that exclusively benefits out-of-state corporations, and then using that money we save—approximately one billion dollars a year—to establish the Middle Class Scholarship Fund. That provision is contained in AB 1500, the companion measure to this, AB 1501.

Under this bill, the Middle Class Scholarship Fund will then pay out a scholarship to any student at UC or CSU whose family, as we've said earlier earns less than $150-thousand a year.

Under this proposal, students at the CSU will see their fees lowered by 4,000 dollars a year; and students at the UC will see their fees lowered by 8,200 dollars a year.

We also dedicate the first 150 million dollars that we save from closing the loophole for the Community College System, to provide assistance on college affordability, including textbooks, which we know to be the single greatest expense for community college students. Community college students will also benefit from the Middle Class Scholarship if they continue their education at a four-year public institution.

This is a dramatic reinvestment in opportunity for every California student, and is in keeping with the vision set forth by the Master Plan for Higher Education.

And quite frankly, this measure is vital to ensuring that the next generation of Californians have the same kind of opportunities to make the most of their potential that our generation had.

The Middle Class Scholarship Act represents a smart investment in Middle Class Families; it significantly lowers student fees on families who have been hit hard by the Recession; and ensures that opportunities associated with higher education remain open to every single person in our state.

CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2046

El Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media del Presidente Pérez es Aprobado en el Comité de Educación Superior en Forma Unánime y Voto Bipartidario

SACRAMENTO - En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) testificó ante el Comité de Educación Superior sobre el proyecto de ley AB 1501, una de las dos medidas que componen el Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media, el cual rebaja la matrícula universitaria para los californianos de la clase media en dos tercios. El comité unánimemente aprobó el proyecto y con un voto bipartidario. El Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media cubrirá a los estudiantes cuyas familias tienen un ingreso inferior a los $150,000, pero sobre el monto permitido para calificar por ayuda financiera. Los estudiantes de la universidad estatal de California ahorrarían alrededor de $4,000 por año o $16,000 en un periodo de cuatro años, los estudiantes de la universidad de California ahorrarían alrededor de $8,200 por año a casi $33,000 en un periodo de 4 años, y los colegios comunitarios recibirían $150 millones de dólares para reducir los costos a los estudiantes.

Portal del presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker

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Speaker Pérez and Academy Award-Winning Actor Geena Davis Announce Funding for California’s Commission on the Status of Women

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Academy Award-winning actor and Chair of the California’s Commission of the Status on Women (CCSW) Geena Davis along with commissioners Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) announced plans to re-establish funding and restructure the CCSW.  More than a dozen members of the legislative women’s caucus, along with CCSW commissioners joined the group in support of the announcement. The Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan state agency which continues to be an effective statewide public policy body for proposals to address women’s issues in the public domain and with the Governor, the Legislature and other policymakers.

This week's English address is 7:06 mp3

Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker/

Website of Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal: www.asmdc.org/lowenthal

Transcript:

Announcer: In a move to re-establish funding and restructure the California Commission on the Status of Women, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez joined Academy Award-winning Actress and commission Chair Geena Davis, as well as Commissioners Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal and Senator Noreen Evans to announce the transfer of $150,000 in funds from the State Assembly to the Commission.

The new funding comes as the result of cuts made to the Assembly’s operating budget.

Speaker Pérez: “The Assembly is transferring savings from cuts that we made to our operating budget in order to provide support for the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In total the Assembly will transfer $150,000 that has been saved cutting our operating budget. This money will ensure that the Commission remains operational this year and allows for a reasonable transition as it remakes itself.”

Announcer: The commission was established by Governor Pat Brown 40 years ago, and it has been a leading force in changing policies in order to advance women’s issues…

Speaker Pérez: “For more than 40 years, as established by Governor Pat Brown, the Commission on the Status of Women has been a leading voice in advocating for policy changes that will help women and girls in California. The Commission has advanced policies that affect women in a number of areas, especially in issues like pay disparity and it’s clear that today there is still a great need for the Commission as a voice and advocate for issues impacting women and families.”

Announcer: Speaker Pérez cites findings from a recent Mt. Saint Mary’s College report that shows that disparities between women and men are still a reality. The report shows even greater disparities for Latinas and African American women.

Speaker Pérez:  “Women in California only make 84 cents on the dollar for every dollar earned by men. That disparity is even greater for Latinas and African American women, who earn 59 cents and 68 cents respectively for every dollar earned by the average man in California. And while women are graduating from California colleges and universities at a higher rate than men, they start lagging behind male counterparts in fields of science and math and in their advancement in those fields. And in fact, until there is gender equity in corporate board rooms, in the State Legislature, in Congress and in all offices of power, we cannot ignore this problem.”

Announcer: Commission Chair Geena Davis says that she’s thrilled to be the new chairwoman because she has been a living witness to the Commission’s role in making a difference in California society

Geena Davis: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to participate in this game changing announcement that will re-establish the Commission. Once again, I’d like to sincerely thank Speaker Pérez for his leadership and the California State Assembly for making this a priority and for finding funds to get the Commission back in operation.”

Announcer: Ms. Davis says that California has played a key role for the advancing of the future of women…

Genna Davis: “As we’ve heard from the Speaker, the state of California has played a key role in advancing the future of women. While we have made great strides, there are still significant gender gaps that exist in the state of California, and of course, in our society at large.”

Announcer: Ms. Davis says that the Commission is restructuring to create and pursue public-private funding for its work…

Genna Davis:  “The Commission is restructuring to create and pursue public private funding opportunities to advance and sustain the work of the Commission. We will focus our attention on five key areas: business, health and safety, education, gender equality in the media, and women and families in the military.”

Announcer: Assemblymember Lowenthal praised the Speaker’s role in securing the funding necessary to keep the Commission afloat and his willingness to always work on behalf of women’s issues…

Assemblymember Lowenthal: Until this man, standing right here, who has always been a dependable ally to women’s causes, responded to our need? And now, thanks to that response, we are here to announce a new day for the Commission. Not just a few days of retrieve from the budget ax, but a real, new day to reinvent and re-emerge as a more nimble, more focused, and more committed Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.”

Announcer: Sarah Shealy, Assistant Professor at Mt. St. Mary’s College and one of the report authors says that women are a diverse group and play a very important role in the economy of California

Sarah Shealy: “Women play a critically important role in the California economy, 62% of women work full time outside the home. However, women have not yet reach parity with men in job status or earnings compared with men working in similar fields, women earn less. Overall, women earn 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man, for African American women this figure is 68 cents and for Latinas, 59 cents.”

Announcer: The report also mentioned that California women and girls face significant challenges at home, school and in the workplace.

Sarah Shealy: “The gaps between men and women start with education. While women earn more degrees from California colleges and universities than men, we are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math. Across the board, women more commonly work in lower status, lower paying jobs. However, California women lead the nation in owning their own businesses. The data show that California women and girls face significant challenges and barriers at home, in school, and in the workplace. The persistent gaps in education, employment, income, and health status are troubling. The data in this report are a call to action.”

Announcer: Speaker Pérez summed it up saying that young women look up to us, and we should not stand still and do nothing while policies that affect women negatively need to be addressed…

Speaker Pérez:   “We all know young women who are looking up to us to ensure they get a fair shake as they follow their own ambitions and dreams and I refuse to stand idly by because I know their voices need to be heard. The Assembly’s transfer of savings will ensure that the Commission continues to be an effective advocate for policies that will address these critical issues. We’ve been forced to make a number of difficult budget decisions to close out our on-going structural deficit, but it’s clear that the Commission’s work is not complete and we cannot afford to lose the critical voice on issues impacting women and girls and their families in California and that’s why I’m so pleased to be able to keep the commission up and running under the dynamic leadership of Geena Davis.”

CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2046

Presidente Pérez y la Actriz Ganadora de un Oscar Geena Davis Anuncian Fondos para la Comisión Sobre el Estado de la Mujer de California

SACRAMENTO– En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) y la actriz ganadora de un Oscar y presidenta de la Comisión Sobre el Estado de la Mujer de California (CCSW) Geena Davis junto a las comisionadas la asambleísta Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) y la senadora Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) anunciaron el plan que restablece los fondos y restructuración de CCSW.  Más de una docena de miembros del Caucus de las mujeres también participaron para respaldar la acción. La Comisión Sobre el Estado de la Mujer es una agencia estatal no partidaria la cual continúa siendo una entidad efectiva en los temas y propuestas de políticas públicas de dominio general con el gobernador, las Legislatura y otros diseñadores de políticas públicas.

Portal del presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker

Portal de la asambleísta Bonnie Lowenthal: www.asmdc.org/lowenthal

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Assemblymember Hueso Honors Earth Day, Encourages Californians to Stay Green

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Sacramento - In this week’s Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) honors April 22nd as Earth Day—a day first recognized in 1970 in the beginning of the modern environmental movement—and discusses California’s leadership in environmentally-friendly legislation, technology and organizations. As a member of the Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, Hueso encourages every Californian to keep our state healthy and clean for years to come.

This week's English address is 1:52. mp3

This week’s Spanish address is 2:40. mp3

Website of Assemblymember Ben Hueso: http://asmdc.org/hueso

Transcript:

Hello, this is Assemblyman Ben Hueso, member of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife.

This week our country and the rest of the world celebrates being environmentally conscious by honoring Earth Day.

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 when over 20 million Americans from all walks of life participated. It is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the landmark Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

As a member of the State Assembly, quality of life issues such as neighborhood livability and protecting the environment are one of my top priorities. Before becoming an Assemblymember, I served on the California Coastal Commission, where I helped protect California's coastal resources and I’m honored to represent communities along the coast of California and remain committed to strengthening cross-national relationships in order to protect our environment.

Pollution does not have borders. Our health depends on us facing this reality.

Long time anthropologist and conservationist Jane Goodall once said, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

In participating in Earth Day celebrations and spreading the knowledge of protecting our most precious natural resources, we take steps towards building a clean, healthy, diverse world for generations to come.

I encourage everyone to walk, bike and play outside to experience the beauty of California and the nature around us.

We must take this opportunity to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd and recommit ourselves to the responsibility of being environmentally conscious for a better tomorrow for all people.

Again this is Assemblymember Ben Hueso.

Thank you for listening.

CONTACT: Paola Avila (858) 245-6362

Asambleísta Hueso Honra el Día de la Tierra, y Pide a Todos los Californianos a Seguir Siendo Consientes con el Medio Ambiente

Que tal, les habla el asambleísta Ben Hueso, miembro del Comité estatal de la Asamblea sobre Agua, Parques y Fauna.

Esta semana California y el resto del mundo celebra el Día de la Tierra.

La primera celebración del Día de la Tierra se llevó a cabo el 22 de abril de 1970 cuando más de 20 millones de estadounidenses de diferentes clases sociales participaron. Es ampliamente reconocida como el propulsor del moderno movimiento sobre el medio ambiente.

El primer Día de la Tierra permitió la creación de la Agencia de Protección del Medio Ambiente de los Estados Unidos y la aprobación de leyes históricas sobre el aire limpio, agua limpia, y protección de los animales en peligro de extinción.

Como miembro de la Asamblea del estado, los temas sobre el bienestar tal como la calidad de los vecindarios y la protección del medio ambiente son mis principales preocupaciones. Antes de ser un asambleísta, preste servicios en la Comisión Costera de California, donde ayude a proteger los recursos costeros de California. Y me siento honrado de representar a las comunidades costeras de California y seguir comprometido a reforzar las relaciones binacionales para proteger nuestro medio ambiente.

La contaminación no tiene fronteras. Nuestra salud, la de nuestros niños, depende sobre nuestro trabajo para mantener los estándares de un alto nivel de calidad del agua y del aire.

California es el líder de la nación y el mundo en esfuerzos medio ambiente sobre los temas de los gases de invernadero y energía renovable.

John Muir, fundador del Sierra Club, una vez dijo “Mantengámonos muy cerca al corazón la naturaleza... y rompamos con lo cotidiano de vez en cuando, y subamos una montaña o pasemos una semana en el bosque. Así limpiaremos nuestro espíritu.”

Esta semana cuando usted participe en las celebraciones de su comunidad en el Día de la Tierra, usted estará haciendo una invaluable contribución hacia la construcción de un planeta sustentable y saludable para las generaciones del futuro.

Les pido a todos dar un paseo en bicicleta, caminar, jugar afuera y llegar a mejor conocer la belleza de California y la naturaleza que nos rodea.

Nosotros debemos tomar esta oportunidad para celebrar el Día de la Tierra el 22 de abril, y revalidar nuestro compromiso para ser un ciudadano consiente del medio ambiente y así tener un mundo mejor para todos.

Gracias por su atención. Les habló el asambleísta Ben Hueso.

Portal del asambleísta Ben Hueso: http://asmdc.org/hueso

Radio Address: Speaker Pérez and Assemblymember Skinner Meet With UC Berkeley Students to Discuss the Middle Class Scholarship Act

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) visit the UC Berkeley campus to talk with UC, CSU and community college students about the Middle Class Scholarship Act (AB 1500 and 1501), which will cut state college costs by two-thirds for middle class families. The plan is paid for by closing a tax loophole benefitting out-of-state corporations and would benefit students whose families make less than $150,000 per year.

For more information on the proposal, go to www.MiddleClassScholarship.com.

This week's English address is 4:15 mp3

This week's Spanish address is 5:58 mp3

Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker/

Website of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner: www.asmdc.org/skinner

Transcript:

Announcer: In order to make college more affordable and accessible, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner met with UC, CSU and Community College students at UC Berkeley to discuss the Middle Class Scholarship Act, a bold plan that would cut college fees by two-thirds for middle class Californians.

As the Speaker explained, the plan is paid for by closing a tax loophole.

Speaker Pérez: “From 2009, because passing a budget required a super majority, there was an extraction made to create a tax loophole that only benefited out-of-state corporations and it put in-state companies at a competitive disadvantage and denied us over a billion dollars a year in revenues.”

Announcer: While that loophole was carved out Middle Class families, already hit hard by the Recession, faced fast rising college fees.

Speaker Pérez: “We know that from 2003/2004 from that academic year until now fees at the CSU system have gone up 191 percent. We know from that same point in time, fees at the UC system have gone up 145 percent and we know that community colleges have gotten more expensive as well.”

Announcer: Forcing students and their families to take on mountains of debt.

Speaker Pérez: “That limits your productivity. It limits your ability to live every dream you have. It limits the ability of young people to be as creative and entrepreneurial as they can be to develop the new technologies and new ideas of the future. It hurts all of our economic prosperity to burden students with huge amounts of debt.”

Announcer: Speaker Pérez and Assembly Democrats saw these problems and realized the Middle Class Scholarship Act is the solution.

Speaker Pérez: “So we tried to look at different ways that we could address this loophole and figure out what we could do that made the greatest impact in the long-term economic future of the state. And we know that the greatest investment we can make is making college affordable.”

Closing the loophole will bring in revenue that will allow the state to make higher education affordable again.

Speaker Pérez: “We take the first $150 million and send it to the community colleges, and then we take the balance and we use it to create affordability for everybody at UC and CSU—and we use it to reduce fees by two thirds for anybody whose family makes $150,000 a year or less. That’s 88 percent of our students at CSU. It’s almost 80 percent of our students at UC.”

The savings for those tens of thousands of middle class students and their families will be dramatic.

Speaker Pérez: “At CSU it takes the fees from $5,970 a year to $1,970: $4000 a year savings, $16,000 over the course of four years. At UC it will take for these students’ fees down from just over $12,000 to $4,000 with savings of $8,200 a year roughly—$33,000 over the course of four years.”

Assemblymember Skinner told the students how the Middle Class Scholarship program would have made a difference for her.

Asm. Skinner: “When I was a student here and put myself through college, my family did not qualify for Cal grants, for Pell grants, for the variety of financial aids. But I had eight brothers and sisters, so my family was not in the position to pay for my college—but I was not in the position to get the financial aid benefit. What the speaker has done is this brilliant mechanism to take families like my family was in the situation of and many of you where we did not qualify for financial aid, but the burden was still great on us. By eliminating this loophole, it would be able to be passed on to you directly.”

And, she says, the Middle Class Scholarship program is about all Californians.

Asm. Skinner: “This is not just about UC Berkeley or UCLA or UC Irvine; this is about neighborhoods and communities up and down the state and about restoring California’s educational greatness.”

Speaker Pérez: “This is the biggest investment we can make in college affordability in our lifetimes.”

For more information please visit middleclassscholarship.com

CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2046

Presidente Pérez y Asambleísta Skinner Se Reúnen con Estudiantes de UC Berkeley para Discutir el Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media

(Sacramento) – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) y la asambleísta Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) visitaron el Campus de UC Berkeley para conversar con estudiantes de UC, CSU y colegios comunitarios sobre el Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media (AB 1500 y 1501), la cual rebajaría el costo de la matrícula universitaria en dos tercios para las familias de clase media. El plan es pagado con la eliminación del subsidio tributario que gozan las corporaciones que tienen sus cuarteles corporativos fuera del estado y beneficiaria a los estudiantes cuyas familias ganan menos de $150,000 por año.

Para más información sobre la propuesta, visite www.MiddleClassScholarship.com.

Portal del presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker

Portal de la asambleísta Nancy Skinner: www.asmdc.org/skinner

Speaker John A. Pérez and Major General Baldwin Announce National Guard “Work for Warriors” Program

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez and Major General David Baldwin announce at a recent press conference the Assembly’s $500,000 contribution to help establish the new National Guard employment pilot program called Work for Warriors. The program will match up the skills of unemployed and underemployed National Guard members with the hiring needs of employers, with the goal of reducing unemployment and underemployment among California Guards members by 25 percent within a year and a longer-term goal of lowering unemployment under 5 percent. California is home to the largest and most frequently deployed National Guard force in the country, deploying more than 37,000 times to countries worldwide since September 11, 2001.

This week's English address is 2:21. mp3

This week's Spanish address is 4:46. mp3

Transcript:

This is the Democratic Weekly Address from the Assembly Democratic Caucus.

At a recent state capitol news conference, Speaker John Pérez and Major General David Baldwin announced to the Assembly’s $500,000 contribution to help establish the new National Guard employment pilot program called Work for Warriors. Here are the Speaker’s remarks at that news conference.

“Good morning, I’m pleased to join Major General David Baldwin, the Adjutant General of the California National Guard, to announce the establishment of the Guard’s Work for Warriors program and the Assembly’s contribution to this vital program for our National Guardsmen and women. Work for Warriors establishes a job clearinghouse for the members of the National Guard, which will be used to match up the skills of unemployed and underemployed National Guardsmen and women with the hiring needs of employers. The program will be funded with $500,000 of internal Assembly Operating Budget savings that will be used to support the hiring of National Guard staff to operate a one-year pilot program that has a goal of reducing unemployment within the Guard by 25% in the first year and with a long-term goal of lowering the unemployment rate to 5% or below.

The men and women who serve our nation in uniform have been asked to make many sacrifices on behalf of the people of California and the people of the United States. For more than 10 years, service members have faced deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, some for multiple tours of duty. Many have faced dangers inherent in combat and have made us all proud by their dedication and sacrifice. For the guardsmen who are already in California and especially for those who are now beginning to return home to husbands and wives, children, parents and partners, we know that they deserve every opportunity as they make their transition back to civilian life.

That’s why I’m pleased to join General Baldwin and the business leaders here today. We must ensure that our National Guardsmen and women have the opportunity to find quality, decent jobs that will allow them to provide for their families. This is an opportunity for California businesses to be part of a national effort to support soldiers and veterans, and I want to recognize the businesses and associations that have already committed to participate in the program and their representatives who are with us here this morning. They include Bob Ravener of Dollar General, Walter Hughes of Comcast, Robert Dugan of Granite Construction, Erin Healy of the California Conservation Corps, Armando Viramontes of the Berkeley National Laboratory, Doreen Medvagee of JP Morgan Chase, Raya Zion of Solar City, and Marc Burgat of the California Chamber of Commerce.

These businesses recognize the invaluable training and diverse skill sets that members of the National Guard bring to any job. We also know that it’s critical that members of our National Guard are ready to serve our country and assist our State during natural disasters or other major emergencies. The best way to do that is to ensure that they have steady jobs and that those jobs are available to them when they return home.

That’s why I’m so pleased we were able to provide money from the Assembly’s operating budget to help fund this vital program. This is money that we’ve saved by consistently coming in close to 15% under budget during my tenure as Speaker. I want to thank the soldiers that are standing with us here today for their service to our country and their communities. And I also want to thank the businesses who have shown leadership in committing to this vital job creation program.”

CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2046

Presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez y Edecán General Baldwin Anuncian Programa de “Trabajo para los Guerreros” de la Guardia Nacional

SACRAMENTO – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente John A. Pérez y el Edecán General David Baldwin anunciaron en conferencia de prensa la contribución de  $500,000 de parte de la Asamblea para establecer el nuevo programa piloto de empleo de la Guardia Nacional llamado Trabajo para los Guerreros. El programan tiene por objetivo el hacer coincidir la destrezas de los desempleados y subempleados de los miembros de la Guardia Nacional con las necesidades de contratación de las empresas, la meta es de reducir el desempleo y el subempleo en un 25% dentro de un año y a largo plazo disminuirlos a menos de un 5 por ciento. California es el hogar de la mayoría y de los más desplegados dentro la Guardia Nacional en el país,  con más de  37,000 veces desplegados a países del orbe desde el 11 de septiembre de 2001.

Portal del presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker

El discurso radial en archivo de MP3 puede ser localizado en el sitio de Internet. Tiempo de duración es: 4:46 mp3

MENSAJE RADIAL:

Que tal, a continuación el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de la Asamblea del estado de California con motivo del Programa de Trabajo para los Guerreros de la Guardia Nacional de California presentado por el presidente de la Asamblea Estatal de California John Pérez.

La ceremonia de presentación del programa se llevó a cabo en compañía del general David Baldwin, edecán general de la Guardia Nacional de California para dar a conocer la contribución de parte de la Asamblea.

El programa de Trabajo para los Guerreros establece una central de empleo para los miembros de la Guardia Nacional, la cual tendrá como objetivo coincidir las destrezas profesionales de los soldados desempleados y subempleados con las necesidades de contratación de las empresas.

El programa será financiado con $ 500 mil dólares otorgados por los ahorros del presupuesto interno de operaciones de la Asamblea estatal para ser usados en apoyo a la contratación de personal de la Guardia Nacional para operar el programa piloto de un año. Este programa tiene por objetivo reducir el desempleo dentro de la Guardia Nacional en un %25 el primer año y con una meta de largo plazo de reducir el nivel de desempleo a un 5% o menos.

A los hombres y mujeres que prestan sus servicios a nuestra nación se les ha pedido hacer muchos sacrificios a nombre del pueblo de California y de los Estados Unidos.

Por más de 10 años, nuestros soldados han sido desplegados en Afganistán e Irak. Muchos han enfrentado grandes e insospechables peligros en combate, y han hecho sacrificios que nos hacen sentir muy orgullosos de ellos por su dedicación y sacrificio.

Para los soldados que ya están en California, y especialmente para aquellos que están comenzando a regresar a sus maridos, esposas, hijos, padres, compañeros y compañeras merecen contar con todas las oportunidades necesarias para hacer la transición a la vida civil más fácil.

Nosotros debemos asegurar que nuestros soldados de la Guardia Nacional cuenten con la oportunidad de encontrar empleos de calidad y decentes para que les permita mantener el bienestar de sus familias.

Esta también es una gran oportunidad para los empresarios de California para ser parte de un esfuerzo nacional para respaldar a nuestros soldados y veteranos de guerra y como parte de ese esfuerzo el presidente John Pérez ofreció un reconocimiento a las empresas que ya han declarado su compromiso con este programa.

Algunas de estas empresas y grupos de empresarios participantes son; Bob Ravener de Dollar General, Walter Hughes de Comcast, Robert Dugan de la Constructora Granite, Erin Healy del Cuerpo de Conservación de California, Armando Viramontes del Laboratorio Nacional de Berkeley, Doreen Medvagee de JP Morgan Chase, Raya Zion de Solar City, y Marc Burgat de la Cámara de Comercio de California.

Estas empresas reconocen la invaluable capacitación y la diversa gama de capacitación profesional con que cuentan los miembros de la Guardia Nacional y que pueden proporcionar a cualquier trabajo.

Nosotros también entendemos y sabemos que es fundamental que nuestros miembros de la Guardia Nacional estén listos para servir a nuestra nación y asistir a nuestro estado durante un desastre natural, o cualquier otro evento de emergencia. Y la mejor manera de hacer esto es asegurando que cuenten con empleos fijos y que esos puestos de empleos estén  ahí para cuando regresen a su hogar.

Es por esa razón que el presidente Pérez destacó la disponibilidad que tiene la Asamblea de proporcionar el dinero del fondo de operaciones y ayudar a financiar este tan valioso programa. Este dinero ha sido  ahorrado al consistentemente ahorrar casi un 15% durante el periodo del presidente Pérez.

El presidente John Pérez y los asambleístas demócratas desean agradecer a todos los soldados que han prestado sus servicios a favor de la nación y en sus comunidades, como también extender un agradecimiento a las empresas que han demostrado su liderazgo y compromiso con este fundamental programa de creación de empleos.

Gracias por su atención. Aquí concluye el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de la Asamblea de California.

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner Announces New Access to Scientific Advancements at Stem Cell Institute

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) discusses this week’s action by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to adopt an open access policy which will provide greater accountability and give Californians greater information about the work being done by the institute. Skinner, who had discussed with CIRM the possibility of legislation directing such a move, also discusses the important advances that can come from the institute, which was created by California voters in 2004.

Click onto the following link for the English language MP3 file. The running time is 2:50. mp3

Click onto the following link for the Spanish language MP3 file. The running time is 3:40. mp3

Website of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner: www.asmdc.org/skinner

Transcript:

Hello, this is Assemblymember Nancy Skinner.

To help in the search for cures to cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and other diseases, California voters in 2004 established the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine – also known as CIRM.  Proposition 71, the initiative creating CIRM, passed with over 59% of the vote. The initiative authorized $3 billion in public funding to advance our understanding of stem cells – unspecialized cells that can be induced to become nearly any tissue- or organ-specific cell.

Since its passage, scientists at academic institutions and industries have used CIRM’s funding and published their results in prestigious peer-reviewed publications. They brought the promise and the potential benefits of stem cell therapies closer—however, they kept the information far from the public.

To solve this problem, I discussed with the CIRM governing board my intentions to bring forward legislation to make their groundbreaking research public. I am pleased that on March 21st, the CIRM board unanimously voted to develop an open access policy.

Public access to research is critical for new discoveries, particularly in the biological and medical fields where collaboration is essential. CIRM’s results are also especially important to the public because of the nature of the founding initiative – direct public support for biomedical research. Californians are eager to learn the benefits and potential of stem cell research and the publications are one way to demonstrate CIRM’s value.

Similar open access policies have already been in place for researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health – or NIH. In 2008, the NIH introduced an open access policy that required NIH-funded researchers to make their peer-reviewed papers available for free on www.PubMedCentral.gov. With PubMed Central, millions of researchers, industry, and lay people are able to directly access information about diseases, empowering them to understand sometimes deeply personal issues. The rule for federally-funded biomedical research has produced a wonderful example of access to our most valuable public resource: knowledge.

From this experience, we know that the benefits of a public access policy are tremendous. Such policies provide a way to improve accountability for this publicly-funded program. The proposal for CIRM’s new policy mirrors the NIH’s open access policy, and even if it’s a bit overdue, it’s a good step toward transparency and will make CIRM-funded research even more valuable to the people of California.

I’m Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. Thank you for listening.

CONTACT: Diane Griffiths (916) 319-2014

Asambleísta Nancy Skinner Anuncia Nuevo Acceso para los Avances Científicos del Instituto de Células Madres

SACRAMENTO – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, la asambleísta Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) hace mención de la acción tomada esta semana por el Instituto de medicina regenerativa de California (CIRM) donde este adopto la política de libre acceso a la información, la cual otorgara una mayor toma de responsabilidad y otorga a los californianos mejor información sobre el trabajo que se lleva a cabo en el instituto. Skinner, quien converso con CIRM sobre la posibilidad de presentar una legislación dirigida a esa acción, ella también menciona los grandes avances que pueden provenir desde el instituto en medicina, el cual fue creado por los electores de California el 2004.

Portal de la asambleísta Nancy Skinner: www.asmdc.org/skinner

El discurso radial en archivo de MP3 puede ser localizado en el sitio de Internet. Tiempo de duración es: 3:40 mp3

MENSAJE RADIAL:

Que tal, a continuación el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de la Asamblea del estado de California.

Para ayudar en la búsqueda de una cura para el cáncer, esclerosis múltiple, diabetes, y otras enfermedades, los electores de California establecieron en el 2004 el Instituto de Medicina Regenerativa de California conocido como CIRM. La Proposición 71, la iniciativa que creo CIRM fue aprobada con más del 59% de la votación. La iniciativa autoriza el uso de $3 mil millones de dólares en fondos públicos para avanzar nuestro entendimiento de las células madres – las células no determinadas podrían ser inducidas a transformarse en casi cualquier tipo de tejido u órgano específico.

Desde su aprobación, los científicos en las instituciones académicas e industrias han usado los fondos del CIRM y publicado sus resultados en prestigiosas publicaciones de sus pares para su revisión. Ellos han logrado la promesa y acercado los beneficios potenciales de las terapias usando células madres—sin embargo, ellos han mantenido la información fuera del alcance público.

Para resolver este problema, la asambleísta Nancy Skinner ha hecho saber al directorio que gobierna CIRM su intención de presentar una legislación que haga que sus descubrimientos de investigación sean de conocimiento público. La asambleísta Skinner dio a conocer que el 21 de marzo, el directorio de CIRM adopto unilateralmente una política de libre acceso a la información.

El acceso público a las investigaciones es crítico para los nuevos descubrimientos, particularmente en los campos biológicos y médicos donde la colaboración es esencial. Los resultados de CIRM son especialmente importantes para el público debido a la naturaleza de la fundación de la iniciativa – el apoyo público directo a la investigación biomédica. Los californianos están ansiosos de conocer los beneficios y potencial de las investigaciones de las células madres y su publicación es una manera de demostrar el valor de CIRM.

Políticas similares de acceso abierto se encuentran en su lugar para las investigaciones financiadas por NIH. En el 2008, Los Institutos Nacionales de Salud presentaron una política de acceso abierto que requiere que los investigadores financiados por NIH hagan que sus publicaciones presentadas a sus pares estén disponibles al público gratuitamente en www.PubMedCentral.gov. Con PubMed Central, millones de investigadores, industria, y el ciudadano común tienen acceso directo a la información sobre las enfermedades, y empoderándolos para que entiendan a veces profundos temas personales. La regla para las investigaciones biomédicas financiadas federalmente han producido excelentes ejemplos de acceso a nuestro más preciado recurso público: sabiduría.

A partir de esta experiencia, nosotros sabemos que los beneficios de una política de acceso público son tremendos. Tales políticas proporcionan un camino para mejorar la toma de responsabilidad para este programa financiado por el público. Esta nueva política, aunque sea un poco atrasada, es un buen paso hacia estas metas y hará de las investigaciones financiadas por CIRM más valiosas para los residentes de California.

Gracias por su atención. Aquí concluye el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de la Asamblea de California.

Assemblymember Susan Bonilla Commends Student Rally, Encourages Support for Middle Class Scholarship

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) commends Monday’s “Fund Our Future” rally and the students who showed strong leadership and commitment in supporting higher education in California.  Assemblymember Bonilla, a  former teacher who is Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, also notes that the subcommittee just rejected cuts to the CalGrant program for lower-income students this week and advocates for the Middle Class Scholarship Act, which she co-authors. Bonilla also encourages those who support higher education in the state to visit MiddleClassScholarship.com and share their own stories of paying for college.

Click onto the following link for the English language MP3 file. The running time is 2:21. mp3

Click onto the following link for the Spanish language MP3 file. The running time is 4:21 mp3

Website of Assemblymember Susan Bonilla: www.asmdc.org/bonilla

Transcript:

Hello, this is Assemblymember Susan Bonilla.

As a former teacher, I am dedicated to improving California’s public education system.

On Monday, my fellow Democratic Assembly Members and I were proud to see thousands of college students from across the state converge on the State Capitol for the “Fund our Future” march and rally.

CSU, UC, and community college students were visible for blocks marching in solidarity for affordable higher education.

I commend the students who were energized for the rally, led by the California State Student Association, the University of California Student Association and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, for being so prepared, professional and passionate in conveying their message.

California needs to invest in higher education and we need to lower the fees that are forcing more and more students into more and more debt. Thousands of students made their voices heard – and we are listening!

During Monday’s march and rally I was very impressed by the power of the individual stories I heard from the students who came to the capitol.  Many students shared the adversities they have overcome to get to college and stay in college.  Other students carried signs showing the enormous debt they will have to pay back when they graduate.

Student after student, we heard their stories -- many taking on insurmountable debt, just to achieve the dream of earning a college degree. We simply cannot keep placing this burden on California’s future.

Just this Wednesday, two days after the student march and rally, my colleagues and I rejected the reductions proposed to the state’s Cal Grant program – which has historically provided deserving low-to-moderate income students the opportunity to access the state’s colleges and universities.  These proposed budget reductions were of major concern to the students who came to the capitol this week, and we heard them load and clear.

As Chair of the Assembly Education Budget Committee, my colleagues and myself voted to reject this proposal with our messages to the Governor being “Find the cuts somewhere else...we’re drawing a line to protect our neediest students.”

These students that came to the Capitol this week were very persuasive in highlighting the need to protect higher education and invest in our future.

Now it’s time to cut out the loopholes to out of state corporations and cut our students a much needed break.

Last month, Speaker John A. Pérez introduced Middle Class Scholarship Act which I am proud to co-author. The Middle Class Scholarship Act cuts college fees by two-thirds.

California made a promise that affordable college education would be available for students willing to work hard and apply themselves. We saw thousands of those students at the Capitol this week, and they are absolutely right that we need to invest in them – and in our future. That’s why we need the Middle Class Scholarship Act. You can help support these students by logging onto middleclassscholarship.com.

Hear some of their stories for yourself and share your own story.

There’s simply no more time to sit on the sidelines – please support the Middle Class Scholarship Act now and help preserve the California promise for all Californians.

I’m Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. Thank you for listening.

CONTACT: Luis A. Quinonez (916)319-2011

Asambleísta Susan Bonilla Elogia la Marcha Estudiantil, y Pide Apoyo para la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media

SACRAMENTO – En el mensaje demócrata semanal, la asambleísta Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) elogia la marcha “Financien Nuestro Futuro” y a los estudiantes que mostraron un gran cometido y liderazgo en apoyo a la educación superior en California.  La asambleísta Bonilla, una ex maestra y quien es presidenta del Subcomité del Presupuesto de Educación de la Asamblea, también señaló que el subcomité rechazó los recortes al programa de becas de CalGrant para los estudiantes de bajos recursos y aboga por el Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media, del cual es coautora. Bonilla también alienta a aquellos que respaldan una educación superior en el estado a visitar el portal de Internet MiddleClassScholarship.com y compartir sus historias personales sobre como pagan su educación universitaria.

Portal de la asambleísta Susan Bonilla: www.asmdc.org/bonilla

El discurso radial en archivo de MP3 puede ser localizado en el sitio de Internet. Tiempo de duración es: 4:21 mp3

MENSAJE RADIAL:

Que tal, a continuación el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de parte de la asambleísta Susan Bonilla.

Como ex maestra, la asambleísta Bonilla ha estado dedicada a mejorar el sistema de educación pública de California.

El lunes, ella y sus colegas demócratas de la asambleísta Bonilla se sintieron orgullosos de ver a miles de estudiantes secundarios de todo el estado converger en el Capitolio estatal para la marcha “Financien Nuestro Futuro.”

Estudiantes de los sistemas universitarios de CSU, UC, y de los colegios comunitarios eran visibles por cuadras marchando en solidaridad por una educación superior asequible.

Bonilla dice que elogia a los estudiantes que estaban muy vigorizados por la marcha, dirigidos por la Asociación de estudiantes de la Universidad estatal, la Asociación de estudiantes de la Universidad de California y el Senado estudiantil de los colegios comunitarios, por estar tan bien preparados, ser profesionales y apasionados en transmitir su mensaje.

California necesita invertir en la educación superior y nosotros necesitamos bajar la matricula que cada día empuja a más y más estudiantes a más y más deudas. ¡Miles de estudiantes hicieron que sus voces se escucharan- y nosotros estamos escuchando!

Durante la marcha del lunes, Bonilla dice que estaba impresionada por el poder de las historias personales que se escucharon de los estudiantes que vinieron al Capitolio.  Muchos estudiantes compartieron las adversidades que tuvieron que vivir para lograr llegar a la universidad y terminar sus estudios.  Otros estudiantes llevaban carteles que mostraban la enorme deuda que tendrán que pagar cuando se gradúen.

Estudiante tras estudiante, nosotros escuchamos sus historias – muchos de ellos inundados con insuperables deudas, solamente para alcanzar el sueño de ganarse un diploma universitario. Nosotros simplemente no podemos poner esta carga en el futuro de California.

Solamente este miércoles, dos días después de la marcha de los estudiantes, la asambleísta Bonilla y sus colegas rechazaron las reducciones propuestas al programa estatal de Cal Grant – el cual históricamente proporciona a los estudiantes de bajos y moderados ingresos la oportunidad de acceder a las universidades y colegios comunitarios del estado.  Estas reducciones fiscales fueron la mayor preocupación de los estudiantes que vinieron al capitolio esta semana, y los escuchamos claro y fuertemente.

La asambleísta Bonilla como presidenta del Comité de la Asamblea sobre el Presupuesto de la Educación juntos a sus colegas, votaron en contra de esta propuestas con un mensaje al gobernador “Encuentre los recortes en otra parte...nosotros hemos rayado la línea para proteger a los estudiantes más necesitados.”

Los estudiantes que vinieron al Capitolio esta semana fueron bien convincentes en destacar la necesidad de proteger la educación superior e invertir en nuestro futuro.

Ahora es hora de acabar con los subsidios tributarios que gozan las corporaciones de fuera del estado y darles un respiro a nuestros estudiantes.

El mes pasado, el presidente de la Asamblea John Pérez presentó el Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media del cual la asambleísta Bonilla es coautora. El Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media rebaja el costo de matrícula en dos tercios.

California hizo la promesa que la educación superior asequible estaría disponible para todos los estudiantes que trabajaran arduamente y con dedicación. Nosotros vimos a miles de esos estudiantes en el Capitolio esta semana, y ellos están absolutamente correctos que nosotros debemos invertir en ellos – y en nuestro futuro. Y esa es la razón por la cual necesitamos el Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media. Usted también puede expresar su apoyo visitando el portal de Internet middleclassscholarship.com.

Escuche algunas de las historias por sí mismo y comparta su propia historia.

Ya no hay tiempo para quedarse mirando y no hacer nada – por favor apoye el Acta de la Beca Escolar de la Clase Media y ayude a preservar la promesa de California para todos los californianos.

Gracias por su atención. Aquí concluye el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de parte de la asambleísta Susan Bonilla.

Assemblymember Mike Feuer: Homeowner Bill of Rights to Help Protect California Communities Burdened with Home Foreclosures

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Sacramento - In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) discusses the Homeowner Bill of Rights, a legislative package recently announced by Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), which targets the unfair practices performed by banks and lenders that spurred the home foreclosure crisis in California. Feuer, an author of a bill in the package, stresses the importance for those in state government to help tackle the home foreclosure crisis that continues to devastate Californians and hinders the state’s economic recovery. Other authors include Assemblymembers Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles).

Click onto the following link for the English language MP3 file. The running time is 2:21. mp3

Click onto the following link for the Spanish language MP3 file. The running time is 2:57. mp3

Website of Assemblymember Mike Feuer: www.asmdc.org/members/a42/

Transcript:

Hi, I’m Assembly Member Mike Feuer from Los Angeles.

This week, I joined Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and other legislators to announce a package of legislation to address the ongoing foreclosure crisis.

This package, named the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights, will protect homeowners from unfair practices by banks and other lenders and help consumers and communities cope with the burdens that foreclosures create.

Along with Assembly Member Mike Eng, I’ve introduced AB 1602, a bill that would prohibit a practice called “dual tracking,” where a bank forecloses and evicts a homeowner who is in the process of seeking a loan modification.

I’ve also introduced other legislation to alleviate foreclosure-related problems that devastate neighborhoods.

AB 1599, which I’m jointly authoring with Assembly Member Paul Fong, would require that banks translate foreclosure documents if the borrower doesn’t speak English.

AB 1603, which I’m jointly authoring with Assembly Member Eng, would restrict the imposition of force placed insurance by mortgage loan servicers. Currently, loan servicers can require this insurance for properties – sometimes from their companies’ subsidiaries at an inflated price--and add it to the mortgage bill.

I’ll also be introducing legislation to combat neighborhood blight caused by foreclosed homes, which drives down nearby property values and increases criminal activity. This bill would allow the owner of a residential property to require that neighboring, vacant foreclosed residential property be maintained.

We in state government must take strong steps to tackle a foreclosure crisis that continues to devastate families and neighborhoods throughout California, and hinders our economic recovery. The Homeowner’s Bill of Rights, and my other bills to combat foreclosure problems, will address the needs of California homeowners who desperately need our help.

This is Assembly Member Mike Feuer from Los Angeles. Thanks for listening.

CONTACT: Arianna Smith (916) 319-2042

Asambleísta Mike Feuer: Declaración de Derechos del Dueño de Casa es Para Proteger a las Comunidades de California Agobiadas por los Embargos y Ejecución Hipotecaria

Sacramento - En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el asambleísta Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) comenta sobre la Declaración de Derechos del Dueño de Casa, un paquete legislativo recientemente presentado por la procuradora general del estado Kamala Harris, el presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) y el presidente del Senado Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), el cual tiene como meta eliminar las injustas practicas llevadas a cabo por los bancos y prestamistas que gatillaron la crisis hipotecaria en California. Feuer, es el autor de una de las medidas dentro del paquete, y enfatiza la importancia que el gobierno estatal debe tomar pasos fuertes para atacar la crisis hipotecaria que continua desbastando a los californianos y que dificulta nuestra recuperación económica. Otros autores dentro del paquete legislativo son la asambleístas: Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) y el asambleísta Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles).

Portal del asambleísta Mike Feuer: www.asmdc.org/members/a42/

El discurso radial en archivo de MP3 puede ser localizado en el sitio de Internet. Tiempo de duración es: 2:57. mp3

MENSAJE RADIAL:

Que tal, a continuación el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de parte del asambleísta Mike Feuer de Los Angeles.

Esta semana el asambleísta Mike Feuer en compañía de la procuradora general del estado Kamala Harris, el presidente de la Asamblea John Pérez, y el presidente del Senado Darrell Steinberg y otros legisladores presentaron un paquete legislativo que trata con la continua crisis de los embargos y ejecución hipotecaria.

Este paquete, que lleva por nombre Declaración de Derechos del Dueño de Casa, protegería a los dueños de casa de las prácticas injustas utilizadas por los bancos y otros prestamistas y ayuda a los consumidores y comunidades a sobrellevar la carga que la ejecución hipotecaria, el embargo y bancarrota crea.

Junto con el asambleísta Mike Eng, el asambleísta Feuer también presentó el proyecto de ley AB 1602, medida que prohibiría la práctica del “dual tracking,” (doble seguimiento) donde un banco embarga y desaloja a un dueño de casa que a la misma vez está en el proceso de modificar su préstamo de vivienda.

Feuer también presentó otras legislaciones para aliviar los problemas relacionados con los embargos que han desbastados los vecindarios.

La medida AB 1599, de la cual es autor junto al asambleísta Paul Fong, requeriría que los bancos tradujeran los documentos de la ejecución hipotecaria si el prestatario no habla inglés.

AB 1603, de la cual también es autor junto al asambleísta Mike Eng, restringiría la imposición de fuerza para tener un seguro de parte de los prestamistas hipotecarios. Actualmente, los prestamistas pueden exigir un seguro por la propiedad – y algunas veces de sus propias compañías subsidiarias a un precio elevado—que al final suma a la factura de la hipoteca.

El asambleísta Feuer también presentará una legislación que combate el deterioro de los vecindarios causado por los embargos de viviendas, y que tiene como resultado la pérdida del valor de las propiedades vecinas e incrementa la actividad criminal. Esta legislación permitiría al dueño de una propiedad residencial habitada, a exigir que una vivienda embargada en su vecindario sea mantenida apropiadamente.

El asambleísta Feuer señala que el gobierno estatal debe tomar pasos fuertes para atacar la crisis hipotecaria que continua desbastando a las familias y vecindarios en California, y dificulta nuestra recuperación económica. La Declaración de Derechos del Dueño de Casa, y las otras medidas para combatir los problemas de embargos y ejecución hipotecaria, abordaría las necesidades de los dueños de casa de California quienes necesitan de nuestra ayuda desesperadamente.

Gracias por su atención. Aquí concluye el mensaje radial del bloque demócrata de parte del asambleísta Mike Feuer.