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.”  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

State Assembly Honors Chairman of San Diego County’s United Veterans Council in California State Capitol

SACRAMENTO, CA – As part of the California State Legislature’s annual recognition of exceptional state veterans, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today his selection of Ret. United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Jack Harkins as the Veteran of the Year for the 78th Assembly District.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Assemblymember Todd Gloria honors Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Jack Harkins as the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the 78th Assembly District.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gloria Bill to Make County of San Diego Elections More Representative & Inclusive Passes Senate Elections Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA – On the same day that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors filled the vacancy for county’s elected District Attorney, legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to reform county elections for county-level officials received the approval of the Senate Elections Committee and advanced to its final stop in the legislative process: the State Senate floor. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

As excerpted from Times of San Diego:

San Diego legislators from both sides of the aisle found common ground last week in voting to pass a $125 billion state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget provides more money for schools, expands a tax credit for low-wage workers, saves the Middle Class Scholarship, increases the state’s reserve fund and imposes tighter oversight over the University of California’s central administration.

Monday, June 19, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Union Tribune:

Rebekah Israel said she had waited years for the moment when she would receive her high school diploma while wearing an eagle feather, a power symbol that represents a rite of passage for her and other Native Americans. But then the moment was stolen from her, she said, as a woman from her school tried to snatch the feather from her mortarboard and scolded her for wearing it. “I felt really embarrassed, so I just cried right away,” she said about her graduation ceremony in June 2016. “I just grabbed the diploma really fast and rushed off the stage.”

It’s still difficult for the 19-year-old Santee resident to talk about the incident that happened a year ago at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, where she was graduating with other students from the Charter School of San Diego.

“We went over there, and Rebekah was just torn apart,” said her mother, Kiana Maillet. “She told me that this woman looked at her feather and said, ‘You’re not allowed to wear that,’ and she reached for it. Nobody’s allowed to touch our feather. We’re supposed to protect them. She just broke down on stage in front of everyone.”

Similar incidents happen to Native Americans each year in California, but a bill with broad support by legislators could change that for the class of 2018. Israel lent her support by speaking about her experience before an Assembly subcommittee earlier this year.

“I told them I don’t want other students to feel upset when they’re walking and wearing their graduation cap,” she said. Israel was testifying in support of Assembly Bill 233, which already has passed the Assembly and just last week passed the Senate Education Committee. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, is headed for the Senate Judiciary Committee next.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gloria Praises ’17-’18 Budget Agreement between Assembly & Senate, Says Budget is a Responsible Step in Right Direction

SACRAMENTO, CA – With the California State Legislature’s passage of the 2017-2018 State Budget Act today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued the following statement:

The budget agreement put forth by the Legislature is prudent, responsible, protects California’s progress, and continues to make meaningful investments to strengthen our working and middle class.

The State’s responsible budgeting over the past decade has allowed us to still make progressive gains this year, even when revenue growth is less than expected. Nevertheless, we are increasing our General Fund spending, adding to our Rainy Day Fund, and our total reserves are the largest in the State’s history.

More importantly is what we will be able to do for Californians this coming year. Our Earned Income Tax Credit Program will be able to support more working families. Our K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities will see more funding coming their way while we simultaneously advance efforts to make college education more affordable for our students. Additionally, we will expand access to healthcare as voters intended under Proposition 56.

I’m grateful that the Legislature agreed with my request to dedicate $10 million for homeless youth services. However, in the years ahead, we will need to continue to focus on more solutions to help resolve homelessness and increase our supply of affordable housing. While much remains to be done, this year’s budget is a responsible step in the right direction.”