(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) met with realtors from across California who were in Sacramento for the California Association of Realtors Legislative Day. Speaker Atkins discussed the state’s housing crisis and steps the state has taken to address it, including the Assembly’s current package of affordable housing legislation. Speaker Atkins noted that the legislation in the package that creates a permanent funding source for affordable housing is in practice in many other states, and that the legislation includes guarantees that 20% of the funds be used to increase home ownership. “Addressing the housing crisis is good public policy,” Speaker Atkins told the group. “Businesses say housing shortage impedes growth and makes it difficult to attract and retain employees, other outcomes—in health, education, job training— improve when housing is addressed, and 29,000 jobs are created yearly for every $500 million spent creating housing.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
SAN DIEGO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins congratulates the 18 San Diego area businesses that will receive $20.24 million in state credits for creating new jobs through the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), an office created by the Legislature.
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) Committee today announced that these 18 businesses will create 4,311 new jobs. Among these businesses are:
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the State Assembly adjourned the April 16th floor session in the memory of, and to mourn the passing of, two San Diego teens, Taylor Alesana of Fallbrook and Sage David of Encinitas. “From all accounts they were sweet, loving and bright,” said Speaker Atkins. “They were also transgender. And they committed suicide. We all know adolescence is tough. But transgender teens face pressures that I don’t know that any of us—even with our experience and psychological armor— could handle.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO—Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Pacific to Plate bill, which makes it easier for communities to have fishermen’s markets similar to farmers’ markets, passed the Assembly Committee on Health by 11-0 vote.
“Pacific to Plate will help keep red tape from tangling up this boon to San Diego’s Blue Economy,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “By removing unnecessary barriers in state law, this bill will help fishermen’s markets thrive in coastal communities throughout California.”
SACRAMENTO –Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins is pleased to honor Vera Falus-Lorell of San Diego as part of a state ceremony to recognize 42 California residents who are Holocaust survivors, children of survivors or liberators of survivors. **
The group will be honored on the Assembly floor at noon Monday, April 13, two days before Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, begins. The ceremony will live streamed via Cal Channel.
Undocumented immigrants need protection from injustices of broken national system
SACRAMENTO – Legislative leaders today announced a 10-bill package to protect hardworking undocumented immigrants from fraud, discrimination, lack of health care, and the unintended consequences of our criminal justice system.
“The Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package will not erase all the challenges our undocumented residents face. The work is far from finished,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. “But this package demonstrates our commitment to making California a state that works for all of us.”
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) and other members of the Legislature will hold a news conference to unveil legislation that would enhance protections for undocumented immigrants.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s executive order for mandatory water restrictions due to the severity of California’s drought:
“As the drought continues to grow in depth and duration, so must our efforts to increase water conservation and efficiency in every part of the state. Our decimated snowpack shows that Governor Brown is right to put these strong, mandatory steps in place. Getting through this drought and future droughts to come will take a combination of immediate, short-range and long-term steps. The Governor’s order today is the right step at the right time. Now, it’s up to all of us to do our part.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) will lead a trade delegation of legislators, academics, and representatives of the state’s agricultural industry to Cuba from March 30th to April 3rd, 2015, during the legislative recess.
The purpose of the delegation is to establish relationships with Cuban policymakers, farmers, and businesses and to explore the various options for collaboration on matters of mutual benefit for California and Cuba. Legislators will also have the opportunity to discuss new opportunities for a wide range of California businesses, including telecommunications, construction, and banking, which are opening due to developments in the U.S.-Cuba relationship.
(Sacramento) – The California Assembly today approved a package of emergency drought relief bills that would provide over $1 billion in funds to alleviate problems caused by the drought and reinforce local water infrastructure.
“When we passed the historic water bond last year we said we would revisit it to do more if needed,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “The package before us today is the first step in fulfilling that obligation and in helping bring relief to Californians suffering the effects of the drought. We will also take additional steps, as needed, going forward. But the severity of the drought requires that action start now.”
AB 91 and AB 92 will now go to the Governor for his signature.