SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement on today’s disclosure that the Department of Toxic Substance Control has ordered Exide Technologies to conduct broader and more stringent soils testing in the neighborhoods that surround the Vernon battery recycler.
“The soils tests examined by the Department of Toxic Substance Control verify what we’ve believed for a long time: Exide’s operations pose a threat to the health and well-being of their workers, the people who live in surrounding communities, and the children who attend school nearby. Regulators are right to demand expanded testing, and I would advise Exide to cooperate fully and in a timely manner. This situation has already gone on much too long.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today honored Alexandra Suh as the 53rd Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. The ceremony, which took place at the State Capitol, has been an annual event since 1987 to celebrate Women’s History Month and is sponsored by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.
“I am proud to honor Alexandra Suh as the 53rd Assembly District Woman of the Year,” Speaker Pérez (D-Los Angeles) said. “She has devoted her work to giving back to her community, serving as an advocate of immigrant workers fighting for workplace justice, housing rights, and immigrants’ rights through organization, grassroots leadership, and policy changes. Suh is an inspirational leader for young women and men alike, and I am so honored to recognize her and honor her many years of service to the 53rd District.”
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) encourages California students to sign up for the Middle Class Scholarship and Cal Grant through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 2, 2014 deadline. The Middle Class Scholarship is a new program that will reduce fees at UCs and CSUs by up to 40 percent for families earning up to $150,000 a year.
This week’s English radio address is 1:57.
(Sacramento) – Appearing at Northeast Medical Services in Chinatown, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) today called for enactment of the Speaker’s legislation, AB 2325, which would increase the number of medical interpreters to help ensure Californians with limited English receive the right medical treatment.
“In a state as large and diverse as California, we need to ensure that people who are seeking medical attention are able to effectively communicate their symptoms, so that doctors can correctly identify the illness or injury and take the appropriate steps to treat it,” Speaker Pérez said. “This legislation is a smart investment in health care for Californians, because the vast majority of the funds available come from the federal government, so we can improve health care outcomes and generate economic activity without significantly impacting California’s budget.”
SACRAMENTO— Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding conservative groups failing to obtain the necessary signatures to qualify a referendum on the 2014 ballot regarding Assembly Bill 1266, which allows transgender students in public schools to have access to sports teams and school facilities such as restrooms with respect to their gender identity:
“The failure to gain enough signatures for a referendum on AB 1266 shows Californians are committed to defending the rights of everyone in our state to ensure that no one is left without a voice. AB 1266 is about making sure there is a safe place for transgender students to fully participate in their schools. For too long, transgender members of our society have suffered through the indignity of exclusion, and this bill rights those wrongs by giving protections that would keep transgender students safe and give them recognition for who they truly are.”
(Sacramento) - In this week’s Democratic radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) discusses new legislation that will direct $687 million toward drought relief efforts and expresses the Assembly’s commitment to passing a responsible, affordable water bond that helps all areas of the state. Acknowledging that California’s drought emergency cannot be solved through legislative action alone, Speaker Pérez also points Californians toward water saving tips.
Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker
A full transcript of the address is below.
(Sacramento) – With California experiencing its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined with his Senate counterpart, pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Governor Jerry Brown to announce legislation to immediately help communities deal with the devastating dry conditions affecting our state and provide funding to increase local water supplies.
The legislation provides $687.4 million to support drought relief, including money for housing and food for workers directly impacted by the drought, bond funds for projects to help local communities more efficiently capture and manage water and funding for securing emergency drinking water supplies for drought-impacted communities.
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, on Wednesday announced they would push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System this year.
“The Assembly will pursue a solution to the STRS shortfall this legislative session,” said Speaker Pérez. “Further delay only means further cost and further exposure for the state’s general fund. We believe there must be shared responsibility for a funding solution between school districts, the state and teachers. Our end goal is a State Teachers Retirement system that is 100% fully funded.”
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding the California State University trustees choosing Jane Close Conoley as the next president of the Long Beach campus:
“I am very pleased with CSU’s selection of Jane Close Conoley, the Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara, to become the next President of Cal State Long Beach. Dean Close Conoley demonstrated her readiness for this vital leadership role when she served as interim Chancellor of UC Riverside. Her commitment to excellence and her deep understanding of the state’s higher education systems make her an outstanding choice to lead CSU’s flagship campus.”