(Sacramento) – A crowd of people from Parent/Teacher Associations from around the state listened intently as Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) talked about the role of PTAs and education... Read More
Speaker Toni G. Atkins, joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu, and other business and local leaders, today announced the Assembly Democrats proposal to create more affordable housing in California. Read More
California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Assembly Democrats have come up with a timely and reasonable plan to fix the Golden State’s freeways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. Read More
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced her proposal to increase transportation infrastructure funding to improve safety and efficiency on California’s highways, bridges, and roads.
“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure—$2 billion per year over the next 5 years—starting in 2015-16.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Chancellor Timothy P. White’s remarks about the state of the California State University system:
“The 2025 goals Chancellor White outlined in his State of the CSU address today are an ambitious plan to reduce graduation times and improve outcomes for students—and I think it’s great CSU is committed to achieving those goals without burdening students and their families with additional fee increases. CSU’s plan means California will have 100,000 more degree holders than we would otherwise, and that will be very valuable to our remaining competitive in the global economy. If we are to achieve these goals the State of California must be a strong partner with – and investor in – our systems of higher education.”
SAN DIEGO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced that she will introduce legislation, “Pacific to Plate,” to clarify and streamline state laws to make it easier for San Diego’s Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, and other fish markets like it, to grow and thrive.
“Since the market opened, thousands of San Diegans have enjoyed being able to walk down this pier and choose their next meal from the fresh catch brought ashore by our local fishermen,” Speaker Atkins said.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement regarding the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear marriage equality cases in April:
“I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court will take up these important cases. Certain rights are fundamental and cannot be dependent upon the actions of others at the ballot box. This is one of the self-evident truths of the American system, embedded in the U.S. Constitution, and that is what the Court should decide. Momentum and right are on our side, but the time for equality is now, and we must continue to make it clear that the American way and basic human decency demand equal treatment for all under the law.”
SAN DIEGO—Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the California Assembly, announced that San Diego area businesses will receive nearly $2.8 million in state tax credits for creating new jobs through a program enacted by the Legislature in 2013.
“It’s great to see so many San Diego area businesses receive tax credits through California Competes,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “These tax incentives will create good-paying jobs in our region and ensure that we maintain a competitive edge on the global stage. With twice as many awardees as last year, it’s evident that the San Diego region is the right spot for businesses to start, expand and succeed.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) delivered the keynote address for the 2015 California Women’s Policy Summit at the Convention Center in Sacramento. More than 500 women, and a handful of men, filled the hall to hear Speaker Atkins comment on the issues facing women in California and how those issues fit into the larger picture of state policies. Speaker Atkins praised the work being done at the annual Women’s Policy Summit, “The proposals and action plans developed at this summit will be important tools to make progress on the issues that brought us together today.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s budget proposal:
“The governor has given us a realistic and practical starting point for the budget process. I’m pleased the budget includes several Assembly priorities, including increasing funding for schools and community colleges, keeping UC affordable and focused on California students, increasing workforce development for Californians struggling to make it into the middle class, and restoring the IHSS program that helps keep vulnerable Californians out of institutions. Assembly Budget Chair Shirley Weber and the Assembly Budget Committee will move the process forward and I am confident that by summer we will have a spending plan that balances our resources with California’s needs and aspirations. I have no doubt that we will deliver an on-time, prudent, effective budget just as we have the past four years.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has created a new committee to deal with the growing issues related to privacy. Speaker Atkins says the rapidly evolving concerns over the safety of personal data on the Internet requires the attention of a full-time, standing committee dedicated to the issue. The Chairman of the new Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection is Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). Speaker Atkins and Assemblyman Gatto met with the media today to discuss the Committee’s scope and direction.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Senator Barbara Boxer’s announcement about her retirement in 2016:
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Barbara Boxer for her 33 years of service in the United States Congress. We will miss having such a strong, progressive leader representing the Golden State. From her passionate work addressing climate change, to her dogged determination to protect victims of sexual assault, Senator Boxer has always been – and I think always will be – a fierce advocate for environmental protections and women’s rights. Although she will retire from Capitol Hill in 2016, I am delighted to hear that she said she will continue to champion these important issues. We look forward to welcoming her back home full-time.”
SACRAMENTO–In response to the global wildlife crisis in which an average of 96 elephants are being slaughtered daily for their ivory in Africa, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today introduced AB 96 to close loopholes that prevent the effective enforcement of existing California law prohibiting the sale of ivory. Senator Ricardo Lara is the Principal Co-author of the bill.
“The slaughter of elephants for their tusks and rhinos for their horns is as senseless as it is cruel,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “California recognized that and enacted a law almost 40 years ago to end the ivory trade here, but that law needs strengthening in order to be effective. AB 96 closes the loophole that allows the illegal ivory trade to continue to flourish and adds real enforcement teeth to the law so California can do our part to end the slaughter.”