SACRAMENTO – Tonight, President Obama announced his long-awaited executive actions to provide administrative relief for up to five million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, in addition to continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, grant the parents of U.S. citizen and Legal Permanent Resident children protection from deportation if they have resided in the country for at least five years. In order to qualify for relief, a background check must be passed and taxes must be paid.
California is home to more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. These are students at the top of their class and hardworking individuals making important contributions to the economy. They are all seeking to realize the California dream for their families. As a result of the President’s executive actions, many of these families will now be able to stay together, obtain work and education permits, and not be under the constant threat of deportation.
SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Bee yesterday published an opinion piece by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) outlining her plan to reject tuition hikes and increase funding for the University of California system.
SAN FRANCISCO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the University of California Board of Regents vote to increase tuition:
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced a plan that would reject proposed fee increases for in-state students at the University of California 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.
It's just common sense: If you're trying to grab more money from university students and their parents, you should not be dramatically raising the pay of top brass.
That's just dumb PR, losing politics and really bad policy.
Don't ask the kids and their families to sacrifice while fattening the pocketbooks of your own already highly compensated chancellors.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Toni Atkins, the first San Diegan to be speaker of the Assembly, will likely remain in the position for the next two years following a unanimous vote Thursday by her Democratic colleagues.
SACRAMENTO – At their organizational caucus today Assembly Democrats unanimously chose Speaker Toni G. Atkins to continue as their party's leader.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins released the following statement regarding the threat of increased tuition rates at the University of California:
SACRAMENTO – Following yesterday’s 2014 midterm elections, Speaker Toni G. Atkins spoke with reporters about striking the right balance in the Assembly.
“Despite a strong Republican headwind, a record low turnout and a historically high number of seats to defend, the Assembly still retains a huge voting majority,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “California remains a very blue state, and overall voters have faith in the direction we’re headed.”
The Legislature’s biggest achievements – the water bond and the rainy day fund, were approved overwhelmingly by voters and did not depend on the Democratic supermajority. On December 1, 2014, the Democratic caucus will hold 52 seats in the Assembly.
California Gov. Jerry Brown stopped in San Diego on a visit to Southern California to talk about a proposed drought-prevention plan.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins among other local lawmakers supported Brown as he urged voters to approve Propositions 1 and 2 on the November ballot.