(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was joined by Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), representing the California Legislative Black Caucus; Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), representing the California Latino Legislative Caucus; former Assemblymember Mike Eng; and Members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, as he unveiled his Assembly Bill 176, the Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics, or the AHEAD Act, to require institutions of higher learning and health agencies to disaggregate data for specified ethnic subgroups. “The population of California is uniquely diverse, especially within the API community. And it’s so important that our policy leaders understand this diversity and are sensitive to the fact that APIs are not all the same. While we share some of the same challenges, such as language access issues, racial discrimination, and obstacles born of immigration, each of our diverse communities has different social, economic and educational outcomes that need to be addressed appropriately,” explained Bonta. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/bonta
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) delivered the keynote address for the 2015 California Women’s Policy Summit at the Convention Center in Sacramento. More than 500 women, and a handful of men, filled the hall to hear Speaker Atkins comment on the issues facing women in California and how those issues fit into the larger picture of state policies. Speaker Atkins praised the work being done at the annual Women’s Policy Summit, “The proposals and action plans developed at this summit will be important tools to make progress on the issues that brought us together today.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins responds to reporters moments after Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his unprecedented fourth inaugural address in the Assembly Chamber, Jan. 5, 2015.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) says Governor Brown’s remarks to the Legislature today – which served as both his record setting 4th inaugural address and State of the State speech – did a great job setting the foundation for serious discussions in the coming year. Speaker Atkins says she especially appreciated the Governor’s emphasis on long term solutions to the pressing infrastructure needs of California and the proper implementation of health care and social safety net programs.
(Sacramento) – A little pomp and circumstance before the real work begins, as 15 newly elected democrats are sworn-in as California State Assemblymembers at the State Capitol in Sacramento, retaining the democratic majority. Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) led the special session of the State Assembly and praised the Assembly’s freshman class for the accomplishments and experience they possess to do the people’s business. Speaker Atkins also tasked the new Members, as well as veteran Members of the Assembly, to take California to new heights.
“Although California is heading in the right direction, we still have a lot of work to do, from addressing the state’s drought, to improving our education system,” said Speaker Atkins. “We’re ready to get to work.”
Watch this Assembly Web Report to hear more from Speaker Atkins and to learn more about California’s newest democratic Assemblymembers.
Speaker Atkins Plan: Reject Fee Hikes, Increase Funding for Higher Education (San Francisco) - Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) told the University of California Board of Regents it should reject proposed fee increases for in-state students and instead provide UC with additional state funding coupled with greater UC efficiencies, higher enrollment of California students, a cap on out-of-state-students and an accelerated, reasonable fee increase for out-of-state students in line with other universities. “The proposed fee increase of more than 25% is unacceptable—California students and their families have faced too many fee increases already,” said Speaker Atkins. Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly marked Women’s Equality Day with a powerful poetry reading from Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). The lawmakers and visitors sat in awed silence as Assemblymember Weber presented the poetry of Sojourner Truth, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Langston Hughes, Mari Evans and Maya Angelou. She received a standing ovation when she concluded the reading. Women’s Equality Day was established in recognition of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Watch Assemblymember Weber’s presentation in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced an agreement has been reached with the Governor on legislation from Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) to encourage film and television productions in California. Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, will extend the state's film tax program by five additional years and increase it's allocation from an annual $100 million to $330 million. A few days earlier, a rally lead by Gatto and Bocanegra brought a large crowd to the state capitol. The behind-the-camera workers of the film and television industry transformed the State Capitol into a production studio, demonstrating to lawmakers and the public how the jobs that bring our favorite movies and television shows to life also boost the state’s economy. Director /Actor Carl Weathers – Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies – was also on hand.
(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), landscaping and water use experts and their supporters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to cheer the passage of Assembly Bill 2104, authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez. AB 2104 would allow homeowners in HOAs to reduce water usage through responsible landscaping without fear of fines. Assemblywoman Gonzalez says residential water conservation is one of the many steps Californians should take in the face of the current drought conditions throughout California. And, Assemblywoman Gonzalez says, “Drought-tolerant plants that homeowners can plant will save them water and money.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - After months of wrangling and concentrated last minute negotiations, the California State Legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed “The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.” Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) is proud of the all of the hard work that went into the crafting of this crucial $7.545 billion water bond, that makes necessary improvements to every aspect of California’s antiquated water system, while addressing the very urgent matter of the drought.
“In this bond we make the biggest investment in water storage in decades,” said Speaker Atkins. “We make a major investment in ensuring clean, sustainable groundwater, and we make a major investment in our rivers, streams, and watersheds that will help with our water needs, and provide important environmental benefits as well. With this bond we harness innovative technology, we anticipate the challenges that future droughts may pose, and we create jobs.”
The final fate of the water bond now rests in the hands of California’s voters, who will decide its outcome in the November 2014 election. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more. http://www.asmdc.org/Speaker
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) discusses a comprehensive water bond plan during a meeting with Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., fellow lawmakers and a coalition of supportive stakeholders. “This bond will meet the state’s dire need at this time, it meets our budget, and it has the possibility to be passed by the voters,” she said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker