Releases & Statements

Speaker Toni G. Atkins Joins Clothing Drive to Help Women Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Jobs

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today took part in Operation Dress Code, a statewide clothing drive to collect professional clothing for women veterans.

“We owe a tremendous debt to everyone who wears the uniform – even after they’ve taken it off,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Many veterans, especially younger veterans and women veterans, continue to experience challenges finding jobs. It’s important to take every chance we can to help veterans cross the finish line from applicant to employee. By donating dresses, skirts, jackets, suits and shoes we can help women veterans transition from military uniforms to civilian careers.”

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Seeks Additional UC and CSU Funding

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SACRAMENTO— California’s two university systems could receive an additional $100 million this year under a proposal by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Democrats.

California State University and University of California systems would receive $50 million each, the same amount they would have received under a budgeting formula that was contingent on the amount of property tax collected this year. Meanwhile, however, other revenues came in well above predictions, which can more than cover the university expenditure.

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Governor Signs Fox's Aerospace Industry Tax Credit Bill into Law

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“Job creator” bill to bring high-paying jobs to California

(SACRAMENTO)—Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2389, a measure to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California into law.

“We have been focusing on economic recovery and job creation,” said Fox.  “This tax credit will help California gain and retain high-paying jobs for our people.”

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Statement by Speaker Toni G. Atkins on the Passing of Former Assemblymember Ira Ruskin

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has released the following statement regarding the death of former Assemblymember Ira Ruskin, who passed away on Thursday, July 3:

“As a member of the Assembly and as Mayor and City Councilmember of Redwood City, Ira Ruskin was known as the consummate public servant. His loss is not only a loss for his family and many friends, but for the entire State of California. In the Assembly Ira Ruskin was a leader on consumer issues, energy independence and protecting our coast. The leadership, intelligence and compassion Ira Ruskin brought to public service will be sorely missed. My Assembly colleagues and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Cheryl, and to all their family and friends.”

CONTACT: Dave Sebeck (916) 319-2408

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Legislature Passes Tax Credit Bill to Boost Aerospace Jobs

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement on the passage of AB 2389, legislation that would help create and retain aerospace industry jobs in the state by providing a tax credit for California companies bidding on the federal Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program:

“Today the Legislature voted to bring badly needed jobs to our state by approving a tax credit for California aerospace companies bidding on the federal Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program or ASAP. AB 2389, described by the California Chamber of Commerce as a ‘job creator’ is one more sign that California is open for business. Under the provisions of AB 2389, if California’s aerospace industry secures the ASAP contract, this will help retain 3000 existing jobs and it will create 1100 direct jobs and 4700 indirect jobs statewide through subcontractor work.

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Assemblymember Fox’s Aerospace Industry Tax Credit Bill Goes to Governor

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“Job creator” bill speeds through legislature

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that the Senate and Assembly approved his Assembly Bill (AB) 2389 to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California and the Antelope Valley specifically. The bill now moves to the Governor for signature.

“This bill was put on a fast track because we desperately need to retain and gain well-paying jobs in California,” said Fox. “The aerospace industry can now point to these tax credits as they bid for these vital defense contracts that will put Californians back to work.”

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Bill to Better Serve Victims of Violence Now on Governor’s Desk

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SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would strengthen Family Justice Centers and increase privacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is now on the Governor’s desk. Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. now has 12 days to decide whether the bill will become law.

“Family Justice Centers are one-stop resource centers that have quickly become a best practice model in California and are now serving over 14,000 victims each year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The model works by bringing together all of our specialized resources in one location to provide better and more convenient services to victims and their children. I believe victims are more likely to seek services if they know that they have the final say in how their information is used.”

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Statement on Hobby Lobby Decision

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:

“The Supreme Court sacrificed justice and freedom today when it said that private business owners could impose their religious beliefs on their employees and deny women their constitutionally recognized right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Not only does this have serious implications for women's health, it also opens the door to employers who want to pick and choose how to treat their employees based upon religion. This is not the principle of religious freedom intended by those who founded our nation and it goes against American's belief in the right of everyone to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace. I am profoundly disturbed by today's ruling.”

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Fox Announces Tax Credit for Aerospace Industry

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Nearly 6,000 jobs likely created with passage of AB 2389

(SACRAMENTO)—Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced passage of his Assembly Bill (AB) 2389 to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California and the Antelope Valley specifically.  The bill passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“California is open for business,” said Fox. “We want companies to come to California, but more importantly, we want our homegrown companies to stay and grow right here in the historic home of the aerospace industry.  The Governor has gone above and beyond to keep California competitive by putting this tax credit together in a mere six weeks.”

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Assembly Honors LGBT Leaders

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SACRAMENTO – The Assembly held a ceremony sponsored by the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus honoring several leaders in the LGBT community.

The 2014 LGBT Caucus Pride Month honorees include:
Azature, Fashion and Jewelry Designer
Donna Brown and Colleen Foster, Stockton LGBT Leaders
Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council Member
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Jewels, Long Beach LGBT Community Leader
Bernard Mayes, Founder of the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline and LGBT Advocate
Tracie Jada O'Brien, Transgender and HIV/AIDs Activist
George Takei, Actor, Writer and Civil Rights Activist
Rick Wells, President and COO of Golden State Warriors Team
Tom Ammiano, Assemblymember (17th District)
John A. Pérez, First Elected Gay Speaker of the Assembly (53rd District)

June has been declared LGBT Pride Month by President Barack Obama and Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. This month also marks 45 years since the Stonewall protests, which triggered the modern civil rights movement for the LGBT community.