(Sacramento) - After months of wrangling and concentrated last minute negotiations, the California State Legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed “The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.” Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) is proud of the all of the hard work that went into the crafting of this crucial $7.545 billion water bond, that makes necessary improvements to every aspect of California’s antiquated water system, while addressing the very urgent matter of the drought.
“In this bond we make the biggest investment in water storage in decades,” said Speaker Atkins. “We make a major investment in ensuring clean, sustainable groundwater, and we make a major investment in our rivers, streams, and watersheds that will help with our water needs, and provide important environmental benefits as well. With this bond we harness innovative technology, we anticipate the challenges that future droughts may pose, and we create jobs.”
The final fate of the water bond now rests in the hands of California’s voters, who will decide its outcome in the November 2014 election. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:
“This bond meets critical need at the best cost in a way that voters will approve. It is good for the state as a whole and it is good for the state region by region. It took months of pushing and negotiating, working with the Governor and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, and with stakeholders from around the state. We were successful – and this bond will be successful – exactly because we did this painstaking work together.
(Sacramento) – Following a long meeting with Governor Jerry Brown, other legislative leaders and dozens of stakeholders, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement about the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:
"The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 is a bond that will meet the state's needs, fit the state's budget, and pass muster with the state's voters. Among the things funded in this comprehensive bond are storage, conservation, recycling, groundwater management, and habitat improvements—all aspects that will help ensure clean, safe and reliable drinking water, both in drought years and in normal years. This bond is the culmination of a lot of hard work and serious negotiation, including Assembly hearings that were held around the state to ensure that the concerns of every region were considered. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Assembly, the State Senate, and the Governor to put this responsible, affordable bond before the people of California."
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today took part in Operation Dress Code, a statewide clothing drive to collect professional clothing for women veterans.
“We owe a tremendous debt to everyone who wears the uniform – even after they’ve taken it off,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Many veterans, especially younger veterans and women veterans, continue to experience challenges finding jobs. It’s important to take every chance we can to help veterans cross the finish line from applicant to employee. By donating dresses, skirts, jackets, suits and shoes we can help women veterans transition from military uniforms to civilian careers.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the open letter released by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. laying out his proposal for a water bond:
“I appreciate the Governor’s commitment to solving California’s water crisis, which he has already demonstrated by signing the emergency drought legislation we passed earlier this year. While I believe the Governor is correct that voters would ultimately reject the existing $11.2 billion water bond on the November ballot as too expensive, I am also concerned that his $6 billion proposal would ultimately be too small to meet the state’s dire needs. I remain committed to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature on a bond that will meet the most need at the best cost and then pass muster with the voters of California.”
CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408
SACRAMENTO— California’s two university systems could receive an additional $100 million this year under a proposal by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Democrats.
California State University and University of California systems would receive $50 million each, the same amount they would have received under a budgeting formula that was contingent on the amount of property tax collected this year. Meanwhile, however, other revenues came in well above predictions, which can more than cover the university expenditure.
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.”