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Friday, August 18, 2017

OP-ED BY: TONI ATKINS and TODD GLORIA

Last month, we cut ribbons on Talmadge Gateway and Cypress Apartments — two affordable-housing projects that will provide a combined 122 new homes in San Diego for struggling seniors and people who have been chronically homeless. At Talmadge Gateway, we met Marvina and Michael — two local seniors who expressed profound relief to finally have roofs over their heads and the chance to lead a stable life after years of instability.

Projects like these are critical as housing has become increasingly unaffordable. Virtually every Californian can attest to the increased cost of living we have seen in recent years.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

As excerpted from the Coronado Times:

Mayor Richard Bailey stood in front of rows of crosses planted in the grass outside the Coronado Library’s Winn Room. Each cross represented one of the 400 people who have committed suicide by leaping off the San Diego-Coronado bridge since it opened in 1969. The number per year has been rising and is expected to rise more. There have been 16 suicides this year already. There were 17 last year. The loss of life and related bridge closings have taken their toll.

Friday, August 11, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA – Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) is working to get the money needed to clean up the Tijuana River Valley. Waste water spills in the Tijuana River Valley have forced the closure of both Imperial Beach and Coronado Beach due to high levels of contamination and bad odors. It also greatly affected the Tijuana Estuary, a national estuarine research reserve of international importance.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

As excerpted from San Diego LGBT Weekly:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – An ordinance by San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) establishing Equal Pay standards for city contractors was approved Monday on a unanimous 9-0 vote. The Equal Pay Ordinance will build upon and strengthen the State Fair Pay Act by requiring that city contractors certify that they will provide equal pay to employees regardless of their gender or ethnicity. It establishes structures for more effective, proactive local enforcement, and better empowers employees to discuss pay without fear of retaliation.

“The message is simple: equal pay for equal work. Time and time again, San Diego has demonstrated that we are an inclusive city and that we value the hard work of our residents,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Today, we have an opportunity to reinforce that commitment, achieve pay equity, and ensure that economic opportunity is equally available regardless of gender or ethnicity. I urge the San Diego City Council to adopt this ordinance and for the Mayor to sign it into law.”

 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Author of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Continues Climate Advocacy, Votes to Protect Californians from Toxic Pollutants

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California State Legislature voted to approve an extension of California’s cap-and-trade program (AB 398) as well as companion legislation (AB 617) for air quality improvement. Following today’s vote, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) released this statement addressing his support for both bills:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gloria, Co-Author of SB 2, Applauds Senator Atkins, Looks Forward to Securing Bill’s Passage in State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, CA – Following the California State Senate’s passage of SB 2 -- the Building Homes and Jobs Act – which would create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Author of California’s Vaquita Protection Act Praises Action by Mexican Government, Continues Push to Pass AB 1151

SAN DIEGO, CA – Following the enactment of a gillnet fishing ban in the Gulf of California by the Mexican government, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

California’s Legislation to Help Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoise from Extinction Advances in State Senate

SACRAMENTO, CA – With the future of the endangered vaquita porpoise in question, legislation in California to help protect this rare marine mammal nears its final hurdle. California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee passed his bill, AB 1151 (also known as the Vaquita Protection Act), by a vote of six to two and will now be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

As excerpted from Times of San Diego:

After negotiating an agreement with legislative leaders earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a $125 billion state budget that he said maintains fiscal prudence in uncertain times.

“California is taking decisive action by enacting a balanced state budget,” said Brown. “This budget provides money to repair our roads and bridges, pay down debt, invest in schools, fund the earned income tax credit and provide Medi-Cal health care for millions of Californians.”

The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 also saves the Middle Class Scholarship and imposes tighter oversight over the University of California’s central administration. The money for Medi-Cal came from divvying up $1 billion in tobacco tax revenues.

Assemblymember Todd Gloria, who represents much of San Diego, noted the budget was passed with bipartisan support and will benefit all Californians.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Gloria’s $10 Million Budget Request for Homeless Youth Services Solidified in State Budget with Governor’s Signature

SACRAMENTO, CA – Following Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of the 2017-2018 California State Budget today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:

With Governor Brown’s signature on the 2017-2018 budget, we set a path of progress for the next year that will benefit all Californians. This balanced and on-time budget that was approved with a bipartisan vote supports working families, promotes affordable and accessible public education, and invests in our infrastructure.

I am most proud that California will dramatically increase its investment in homeless youth services this year and my request for $10 million dedicated specifically for homeless youth is now law. We know the rate of homeless youth is rising across California, and this year we will do something about it by providing a path off the street and into housing. If budgets are statements of values, then this allocation signals our commitment to our youth and implementing proven solutions for homelessness.”