SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Toni Atkins, the first San Diegan to be speaker of the Assembly, will likely remain in the position for the next two years following a unanimous vote Thursday by her Democratic colleagues.
SACRAMENTO – At their organizational caucus today Assembly Democrats unanimously chose Speaker Toni G. Atkins to continue as their party's leader.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins released the following statement regarding the threat of increased tuition rates at the University of California:
SACRAMENTO – Following yesterday’s 2014 midterm elections, Speaker Toni G. Atkins spoke with reporters about striking the right balance in the Assembly.
“Despite a strong Republican headwind, a record low turnout and a historically high number of seats to defend, the Assembly still retains a huge voting majority,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “California remains a very blue state, and overall voters have faith in the direction we’re headed.”
The Legislature’s biggest achievements – the water bond and the rainy day fund, were approved overwhelmingly by voters and did not depend on the Democratic supermajority. On December 1, 2014, the Democratic caucus will hold 52 seats in the Assembly.
California Gov. Jerry Brown stopped in San Diego on a visit to Southern California to talk about a proposed drought-prevention plan.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins among other local lawmakers supported Brown as he urged voters to approve Propositions 1 and 2 on the November ballot.
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.”