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Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, joined a large gathering on the East steps of the State Capitol for a World Flag Ceremony and to honor a hero from the town of Winters, Private Rueben J. Lopez. A total of 193 flags were displayed, one for each country where a U.S. soldier has paid the ultimate price, during the ceremony. In August 2011, Private Lopez was one of five soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Afghanistan. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said, “Today, we recognize Private Lopez and present a resolution to his family to remember and appreciate the sacrifices he and all soldiers have done to protect our freedom, here and abroad.” IN a very moving tribute to her brother Renae Lopez read a letter Rueben had written while serving in Afghanistan. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/quirk-silva

Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Solar Installers Gather at the State Capitol to Promote AB 2188

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(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and dozens of solar industry workers gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to kick off Solar Lobby Day, jointly sponsored by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) and California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). Assemblymember Muratsuchi said, “AB 2188, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act, will create more solar jobs, contribute to California’s clean energy goals, and save homeowners money on their electricity bills. Today’s Solar Lobby Day epitomizes those objectives.” Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s district, Assembly District 66, is home to Verengo Solar which has grown 600% over the past 5 years and has added 1,000 new employees during that period. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/muratsuchi

Bipartisan Coalition Calls for School Facilities Bond on November 2014 Ballot

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(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) are leading a bipartisan group of co-authors and a broad coalition of supporters from around the state in urging the Governor to sign Assembly Bill (AB) 2235 to place a school facilities bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The last state bond for school construction was passed by the voters in 2006. The program has been out of new construction and modernization money for two years. At the same time local voters have passed bonds and developers have moved forward with projects, both depending on the state to live up to its part of the bargain and place a school bond on the November 2014 ballot. “The quality of school facilities makes a difference. Research demonstrates that clean air, natural light, regulated temperatures and quiet, safe learning environments can dramatically boost academic and social outcomes for children,” says Assemblymember Buchanan. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/buchanan

Assemblymember Fox Tax Credit for Aerospace Industry Passes Assembly

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(Sacramento) – Legislation written by Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California, and the Antelope Valley specifically, has been approved by the State Assembly. Assembly Bill 2389 passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for consideration. “California is open for business,” said Assemblymember 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.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Speaker Toni G. Atkins on Budget Signing

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) said after the signing ceremony for the 2014-2015 state budget in San Diego, “For the first time in almost a decade we have a budget that actually includes investments that will make a lot of people’s lives brighter. With this budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, we have the chance to put the Great Recession even further behind us. We have the chance to go even further in restoring California as the place that provides our kids with the best education and good jobs. And we have the chance to go even further in ensuring that the California Dream shines even brighter for everyone in the Golden State.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Mullin: Budget Balanced and On Time; Reduces Debt, Invests in Future

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Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), Assistant Speaker Pro Tem and member of the Budget Committee, is feeling hopeful about the on-time, balanced budget approved by the State Legislature. Assemblymember Mullin says, “The key here is I think we’ve established a real balanced approach. We’re paying down debt. We are building up a reserve….we’re getting our fiscal house in order.” Assemblymember Mullin says he’s particularly pleased with the investment in affordable housing. The budget includes $100 million for various affordable housing programs. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Tony Gwynn was a Man Among Men

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) led the State Assembly in a special adjournment in the memory of baseball and San Diego legend Tony Gwynn following his death at the age of 54 from cancer. After reciting the incredibly extensive list of baseball and humanitarian awards that were bestowed upon Gwynn, Assemblymember Weber said of Gwynn, “And most importantly, Tony, of all things, was a gentleman. A first class gentleman in the classroom and on the fields.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Weber in this Assembly Access video.

Remembering Tony Gwynn

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and the rest of the California State Assembly adjourned in the memory of baseball legend Tony Gwynn following his untimely death from cancer. Gwynn was 54 years old. Assemblymember Holden, who knew Gwynn during his high school years and as a classmate at San Diego State University, remembered Gwynn as much more than a baseball player, “The one word that I would say best describes Tony Gwynn is...loyal. He was a loyal teammate. He was a loyal friend. And he was a loyal husband.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Legislature Passes On-Time, Balanced California Budget

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is praising the passage of another balanced and on-time state budget. "This budget is balanced and on time, but most important, it makes investments in people's lives," said Assemblymember Skinner. "The budget is true to the Assembly's goals of ensuring fiscal stability, while making investments that benefit each and every Californian. The increased investments are the most significant in years and our budgetary actions pay down long-term state debt, contribute to the reserve and put California on solid fiscal footing."

Legislature Unanimously Passes Rainy Day Fund

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(Sacramento) - The California State Legislature has unanimously passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (Second Extraordinary Session), which replaces the current Rainy Day Fund on the November 2014 ballot. "A real Rainy Day Fund to end the cycle of boom and bust has been one of the cornerstones of the Assembly's efforts to ensure California's fiscal stability," said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). The author of the legislation, Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) says he's pleased with the bipartisan support for fiscal responsibility, "This is a strong proposal for the voters to consider, and I am very proud of the work we have done on a bipartisan basis to take another monumental step forward in making California a model for fiscal responsibility across the country." Here's more from Speaker Emeritus Pérez and other Assemblymembers in this Assembly Access video.