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An Open Letter to Californians

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An Open Letter to Californians


Today marks the inauguration of a new president and we, as legislators in California, pause briefly to witness the event. While our goals differ from the incoming administration, we will waste no time in lament because we are intent upon our work for California.

Less than 20 miles from the State Capitol, the American Bald Eagle has been spotted in the wild. Its comeback from endangered status is symbolic, not only of California’s commitment to the environment, but symbolic, too, of our commitment to continue the struggle against injustice. That’s a struggle that began with the founding of the country that eagle represents.

We will continue to honor our commitments to the people of California. The California contract is a promise to ourselves and to one another that we will build a sustainable economy, environment and society that doesn’t just protect the wealthy or the powerful, but instead will benefit every Californian and benefit from every Californian.

To do that, we have to cement the gains we have made and build on their foundation. Our list of gains and goals is long, precisely because it is of, by and for all the people. We will stand by what we have achieved, and we will stand for further progress where it is needed, on every one of these issues:

  • Safe and efficient transportation to move people and the goods they need.
  • Affordable housing, available near to where people work.
  • Fair and adequate funding for quality public education, to allow every child to thrive and contribute to our state.
  • A vibrant economy providing jobs that are fairly compensated and safe, with the right to organize.
  • Clean air in every neighborhood, clean water to drink, clean power for our needs, and a clean environment in which to live.
  • Equal protection at the ballot box, in employment, in access to public facilities, in housing, and in our most personal relationships and identities.
  • A system of justice that protects the public in all communities, without abuses to any.
  • Welcoming all Californians, whether they are born here or have come as refugees and immigrants.
  • Healthful food and quality health care – including reproductive health care – that is affordable and accessible to all.
  • Protection of retirement security.
  • Freedom of information.

We join together on these issues today, knowing that we have much to achieve, but knowing that our chances of success are bolstered by the scope of what we are working for. Each piece is essential to a complete California dream. Our unity becomes our strength when each individual and each group commits to supporting these goals.

Our commitment to this social contract is what makes our state a leader. California is more than a great place to live; it is a great source of innovation and an unrivaled economic engine. And so, for the next four years and beyond, we will work to be a light to the nation.

#DearCalifornians

Democratic Members of CA Assembly


Jim Wood

District 02

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

District 04

Kevin McCarty

District 07

Ken Cooley

District 08

Jim Cooper

District 09

Marc Levine

District 10

Susan Eggman

District 13

Timothy S. Grayson

District 14

Tony Thurmond

District 15

David Chiu

District 17

Rob Bonta

District 18

Phil Ting

District 19

Bill Quirk

District 20

Kevin Mullin

District 22

Marc Berman

District 24

Kansen Chu

District 25

Ash Kalra

District 27

Evan Low

District 28

Mark Stone

District 29

Anna M. Caballero

District 30

Dr. Joaquin Arambula

District 31

Monique Limón

District 37

Raul Bocanegra

District 39

Chris Holden

District 41

Laura Friedman

District 43

Jacqui Irwin

District 44

Matthew Dababneh

District 45

Adrin Nazarian

District 46

Eloise Gómez Reyes

District 47

Blanca E. Rubio

District 48

Ed Chau

District 49

Richard Bloom

District 50

Jimmy Gomez

District 51

Freddie Rodriguez

District 52

Miguel Santiago

District 53

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

District 54

Eduardo Garcia

District 56

Ian C. Calderon

District 57

Cristina Garcia

District 58

Reggie Jones-Sawyer

District 59

Sabrina Cervantes

District 60

Jose Medina

District 61

Autumn Burke

District 62

Speaker Anthony
Rendon

District 63

Mike A. Gipson

District 64

Al Muratsuchi

District 66

Patrick O'Donnell

District 70

Todd Gloria

District 78

Shirley Weber

District 79

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher

District 80
 

CAPITOL PINK OUT DAY 2017: A Rally for Planned Parenthood

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Members of the Legislature, Creator of “Girls” Lena Dunham, speak out against House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

(Sacramento) - Members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, Speaker of the California State Assembly Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León, dozens of other lawmakers and the creator and star of the HBO program “Girls” Lena Dunham rallied today at the State Capitol to support the quality preventive and reproductive care that Planned Parenthood provides to both men and women.

Capitol Pink Out Day 2017 supports access to quality healthcare, but it’s about so much more. It’s about women, from all walks of life, having control over their healthcare choices and their bodies, and having those very personal choices respected. The reality is this: Men don’t have to worry about the government coming between the health decisions they make with their doctor.

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Speaker Rendon Statement on Becerra Confirmation

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after the Assembly voted 56-23 to confirm the nomination of Rep. Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California:

“Throughout the confirmation process and his career in public service, Xavier Becerra has proven he will stand up for California’s progressive policies and uphold our laws on criminal justice, immigration, the environment, and consumer protection. He will be an Attorney General for all Californians – for our values, our priorities, and our constitutional rights.

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Assembly Special Committee Recommends Becerra Confirmation; Floor Vote Friday

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SACRAMENTO — The Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General today voted 6-3 to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Rep. Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California.

“I was very impressed with the depth and thoughtfulness of Congressman Becerra’s answers to questions posed by the Committee and in his handling of questions in our confirmation hearing,” said Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). “At this time in California, there is no better person for the job as Attorney General.”

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Speaker Rendon Announces Leadership Team, Committee Chairs

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced committee chair and Democratic leadership appointments. The appointments are effective immediately.

Please see attached letter to the Chief Clerk for all appointments.

Assembly Democratic Leadership:
Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo)
Assistant Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood)
Majority Leader – Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)
Assistant Majority Leader – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)
Majority Whip – Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando Valley)
Assistant Majority Whip – Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego)
Assistant Majority Whip – Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara)
Democratic Caucus Chair – Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson)

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Assemblymember David Chiu Joins Colleagues to Announce Bills to Address Affordable Housing Crisis

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Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) today was joined by Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), and Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) to announce four bills to address California’s affordable housing crisis. These bills will fund production of housing for low-income families, incentivize local governments to complete upfront planning and environmental review and approve housing permits to increase housing supply, fund the enforcement of existing state housing law by the Attorney General, and provide rental assistance to homeless Medi-Cal recipients. The authors of the individual bills are listed below.

“Every Californian deserves a safe, affordable home. The affordable housing crisis threatens our state’s economic prosperity and climate goals and deepens inequality,” said Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. “There is no single solution to resolve the crisis. My colleagues and I have put forward solutions to increase funding, incentivize and streamline housing creation, and to enforce existing housing law where creation is not occurring.”

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Speaker Rendon Appoints Assembly Committee on the Office of the Attorney General

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SACRAMENTO — As part of the confirmation process for Attorney General-designate Xavier Becerra, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced he has appointed a Special committee on the Office of the Attorney General.

Members of the Assembly’s Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General are:

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) Co-chair
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) Co-chair
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco)
Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton)
Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)
Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City)
Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)
Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino)
Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego)

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Speaker Rendon Strikes Defiant Tone For California As Assembly Reconvenes

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(Sacramento) - Shortly after being re-elected as leader of the Assembly, Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) struck a defiant tone calling for the protection of Californians against the incoming presidential administration. In remarks to the full Assembly Speaker Rendon said, “Californians may accept the lawfulness of the November election, but millions of us do not accept the sentiment delivered by this election. It is up to us to pass policies that would firewall Californians – and what we believe – from the cynical, short sighted, and reactionary agenda that is rising in the wake of the election.” Rendon also outlined key areas of focus for the Assembly in the upcoming legislative session – noting unfinished business related to housing and transportation infrastructure. Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.

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Assembly Democrats Unanimously Retain Anthony Rendon as Speaker

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SACRAMENTO — At their organizational caucus today, Assembly Democrats chose Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) to continue as their party’s leader by acclamation.

“It is a great honor to have my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, both old and new, put their faith in me to continue serving as Speaker,” Speaker Rendon said. “Last session, the Assembly helped drive major successes including raising the minimum wage, fighting climate change, regulating guns and tobacco, and passing a budget that makes important investments in education while protecting the state’s fiscal stability. Even though we face great uncertainties at the national level, I’m looking forward to another strong year in the California Legislature.”

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