It's a Saturday afternoon in San Diego and Democratic Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins sits in the courtyard of a popular neighborhood restaurant. She's holding what amounts to office hours at a picnic table. She takes a few minutes out to reflect on efforts to increase diversity in the legislature.
"We spend a lot time talking about how to make that happen for ethnic groups and LGBT and Asians and all those issues," she says. "But I think people are sort of not thinking about the gender diversity and the fact that we are seriously losing women."
State and local public health officials in California are monitoring the situation related to Ebola closely. We are taking steps to keep Californians safe from the spread of this disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) criteria, at this time, there have been no patients admitted to California hospitals who are considered to be at high risk of Ebola.
State public health officials continue to believe the risk of the spread of Ebola in California is low, even as the situation is evolving.
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SAN DIEGO -- Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the effort to delay the City Council’s minimum wage increase for San Diego residents:
“I am disappointed that San Diego’s minimum wage increase has been delayed. The state legislature passed a higher minimum wage, but regional increases make sense in places with higher costs of living, like San Diego. San Francisco and San Jose raised their minimum wage and their economies are booming. Council President Todd Gloria and the council members who passed the minimum wage increase did the right thing by finding a level that benefits our lowest paid workers without placing undue burdens on our businesses. I have confidence that the voters will pass the increase.”
CONTACT: Jennifer Vigil (619) 645-3090
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced the appointment of Gail Goldberg to the Strategic Growth Council.
“I am pleased to have found such an outstanding candidate to serve on the Strategic Growth Council,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “With over 25 years of experience in urban planning, Gail has developed a proven track record of encouraging sustainability in both project planning and implementation. I trust that Gail will provide strong leadership to promote resourceful and effective urban planning practices across our state.”
Gail Goldberg currently serves as the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute of Los Angeles. She previously served as the Planning Director for California’s two largest cities, Los Angeles and San Diego, where she facilitated coordination between city departments and outside agencies to promote sustainable city growth. Goldberg holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego in Urban Studies and Planning.
SACRAMENTO – California’s homeless veterans will be better served this year due to almost $53 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grant awards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“As we work to end veterans homelessness it will take a real partnership between the State of California, the federal government, and the non-profit organizations dedicated to serving our veterans,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This funding from the Veterans Administration will help several outstanding organizations in California who are working hard to make sure everyone who put on the uniform has a roof over their head.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins on Tuesday reminded employers they will have one month starting next Monday to apply for a share of $45 million in tax credits to help expand and make new hires.
The program, California Competes, is available to businesses of any size, and a quarter of the money has been set aside for small businesses.
California Competes will open its application period on Monday, September 29th, 2014 for $45 million in tax credits to businesses that want to expand and create jobs.
“From San Diego to Silicon Valley, California Competes has already helped companies wanting to start, expand, and create jobs in our state,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “With applications for the next funding period starting next week, I encourage California businesses and those that want to be California businesses, to seriously consider applying.”
California Competes has previously awarded $28.9 million in tax credits for businesses. While the next round of funds available is $45 million in credits, there is a total of $150 million available for fiscal year 2014-15.
The California Competes program was created through AB 93, and its companion bill SB 90, both adopted in 2013.
In addition to the tax credits for job creation, the new program offers sales tax relief on the purchase of qualified research and development equipment and manufacturing equipment. The amount of credits available will increase each year until 2018. Twenty-five percent of the credits are reserved for small businesses, those with gross receipts less than $2 million.
California Competes is managed by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). The application period ends Monday, October 27th, 2014. Applications will be accepted online and the awards will be announced January 15th, 2014.
Website of California Competes: www.calcompetes.ca.gov
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signing historic groundwater legislation:
“I commend Governor Brown for signing this historic legislation. California has the most groundwater of any state, but we are the only state without a groundwater management plan. That just doesn’t make sense. You cannot have reliability without a plan to manage groundwater. Now, for the first time in more than a hundred years, California will develop a process to ensure the groundwater in our aquifers is clean and available for generations to come.”
CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the end of the 2013-14 Legislative Session:
“I want to thank the members of the Assembly for their hard work and their commitment to the people they represent. The water bond and a groundwater management plan, a fourth on time budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, a fix to the longtime underfunding of STRS and a real Rainy Day Fund that will help end the cycles of boom and bust are among the chief successes we can be proud of this year. Add to that passing bills to help our film and aerospace industries compete, to protect consumers in the sharing economy, to make it safer for Californians living in residential care facilities and to remove one-use plastic bags from our environment, and it’s clear we have had an enormously productive year that has the potential to shape California far into the future.”
SACRAMENTO – Harnessing private investment and government coordination, Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ bill aiming to expand the use of social innovation financing to address significant social issues is now headed to the Governor.
“In times of economic uncertainty, ongoing budget liabilities, and volatile revenue streams, one of the biggest challenges government encounters is finding upfront resources to invest in innovation,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This bill should support local governments already entering into these partnerships, and allow us to take advantage of future federal funding opportunities.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ bill that would stimulate local economies, redevelop deteriorating structures, and promote affordable housing now awaits the Governor’s go-ahead.
“California is one of the few states to not provide an incentive for the preservation of our historic buildings,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “A state tax credit for this purpose would help stimulate local economies, revitalize downtown areas and communities, promote and increase the supply of affordable housing, encourage property maintenance and rehabilitation, and leverage use of the federal rehabilitation tax credit. AB 1999 helps communities adjust to the phase-out of redevelopment dollars and stimulates public and private investment, all while building civic pride as we celebrate our heritage and preserve California's past.”