SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced the appointments of EunSook Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs.
EunSook Lee is currently a consultant whose clients include the Asian American and Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Fund and Korean American Women In Need. For seven years, Lee served as the executive director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, which promotes Korean American participation in American society.
Karthick Ramakrishnan is a professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside and a former research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. His research includes civic participation, immigration policy, and Latino and Asian American politics. Ramakrishnan holds memberships in the Association of Asian American Studies and the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program.
The Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs works to elevate the political, economic, and social issues of Asians and Pacific Islanders by contributing to and strengthening how state government addresses the needs, issues, and concerns of the diverse and complex Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.
CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins has (D-San Diego) today announced the appointment of Aja Brown to the Delta Stewardship Council.
Aja Brown currently serves as the Mayor of Compton, where she has implemented economic, social, and wellness empowerment initiatives, attracted vital resources and partnerships, and established a strategic plan for guided growth. Brown has experience in environmental policy analysis and her understanding of urbanization and environmental degradation, water reclamation, new purification technologies and the need to improve and expand existing delivery systems and channels will further the Delta Council’s mission. Brown holds a Master of Planning, Economic Development Emphasis degree from the University of Southern California.
Created by the legislature in 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council is composed of members who represent different parts of the state and offer diverse expertise in fields such as agriculture, science, the environment, and public service. Of the seven, four are appointed by the Governor, one each by the Senate and Assembly, and the seventh is the Chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
CONTACT: Will Shuck, (916) 319-2408
(San Diego) – Assembly Speaker Toni G Atkins (D-San Diego) became Governor of California for several hours on July 30, 2014 because Governor Jerry Brown. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg were all out of the state at the time. The unique situation prompted late night television show host Jimmy Kimmel to interview then-Acting Governor Atkins on his show via Skype. Kimmel jokingly suggested “Governor Atkins” change all of the Governor’s passwords while he was away. Watch the entire interview in this Assembly Assets video.
SACRAMENTO – Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Assembly Bill 1963, which would extend the date by which long range property management plans (LRPMPs) submitted by redevelopment successor agencies must be approved by the Department of Finance (DOF), has been signed by the Governor.
“AB 1963 extends the date by which long range property management plans submitted by redevelopment successor agencies must be approved by the Department of Finance,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It is likely that the Department and local agencies will not be able to complete the approval process by the end of this year. I thank Governor Brown for signing this urgent bill.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the announcement by the Department of Finance that 2013-14 property tax revenues did not exceed projections, nullifying a budget trigger that would have provided an additional $100 million for UC and CSU:
“We are disappointed property tax revenues did not exceed projections. However, with General Fund revenues ending 2013-14 nearly $400 million above projections, the Assembly will introduce legislation in August to fund UC and CSU at the level we had hoped for when we passed the budget last month. This keeps our promise to students while still maintaining our fiscal responsibility. Higher Education funding remains a top priority for Assembly Democrats, and we will continue working for long term funding increases to ensure all our students have access to the world-class education our universities provide.”
CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: http://asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today signed Assembly Bill 1623, legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would strengthen Family Justice Centers and increase privacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
“Victims are more likely to seek services if they know that they have the final say in how their information is used,” Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego) said. “Family Justice Centers are one-stop resource centers that are now serving over 14,000 victims each year. The most important first step in addressing abuse is to get the victim and any children involved into a safe and healthy situation. If a victim fears they might get in trouble for trying to escape an abusive environment, they are not likely to seek help. This is why the confidentiality provisions of AB 1623 are so important.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has released the following statement regarding the death of former Assemblymember Ira Ruskin, who passed away on Thursday, July 3:
“As a member of the Assembly and as Mayor and City Councilmember of Redwood City, Ira Ruskin was known as the consummate public servant. His loss is not only a loss for his family and many friends, but for the entire State of California. In the Assembly Ira Ruskin was a leader on consumer issues, energy independence and protecting our coast. The leadership, intelligence and compassion Ira Ruskin brought to public service will be sorely missed. My Assembly colleagues and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Cheryl, and to all their family and friends.”
CONTACT: Dave Sebeck (916) 319-2408
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins touts a bill that extends tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt by conforming state law to federal law passed the Assembly floor today on a 76-0 vote.
“California tax payers shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of the collapse of the housing market,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “A debt forgiven by the lender is not a form of income that the state will collect on. This bill provides welcome relief for families that can’t afford to pay extra taxes on money they didn’t receive.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement on the passage of AB 2389, legislation that would help create and retain aerospace industry jobs in the state by providing a tax credit for California companies bidding on the federal Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program:
“Today the Legislature voted to bring badly needed jobs to our state by approving a tax credit for California aerospace companies bidding on the federal Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program or ASAP. AB 2389, described by the California Chamber of Commerce as a ‘job creator’ is one more sign that California is open for business. Under the provisions of AB 2389, if California’s aerospace industry secures the ASAP contract, this will help retain 3000 existing jobs and it will create 1100 direct jobs and 4700 indirect jobs statewide through subcontractor work.
SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would strengthen Family Justice Centers and increase privacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is now on the Governor’s desk. Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. now has 12 days to decide whether the bill will become law.
“Family Justice Centers are one-stop resource centers that have quickly become a best practice model in California and are now serving over 14,000 victims each year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The model works by bringing together all of our specialized resources in one location to provide better and more convenient services to victims and their children. I believe victims are more likely to seek services if they know that they have the final say in how their information is used.”