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Friday, March 8, 2019 - 16:15

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Nomination Form +

It is my pleasure to announce that my office is now accepting nominations for my annual "Women of Distinction 70th Assembly District” recognition ceremony.

I am regularly inspired by the incredible achievements women have made in spite of the barriers to full gender equality. Every year, my office identifies exceptional women from our district during the month of March, which is federally recognized as Women's History Month.

For this award, I invite you to nominate a woman who lives or works in the 70th Assembly District and has made a significant contribution or meaningful impact in our community. The 70th Assembly District includes Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill, and Catalina Island. Categories include: Creative Industries, Business, Community Service, Education, Health Services, Service Industries, and Public Safety.

I will host an event honoring the finalists in March, and I hope you will take a few moments to nominate an outstanding woman. The nomination deadline is March 8th, 2019 and can be submitted by visiting my online nomination form.

Thank you for your assistance, and I look forward to receiving your nominations! If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Marisol Barajas in my office at (562) 429-0470 or Marisol.Barajas@asm.ca.gov.

Friday, February 15, 2019
Asm. O'Donnell greeted by Dr. Chris Lowe
Asm. O'Donnell posing with equipment
Asm. O'Donnell speaking to attendees
Lifeguard trucks in parking lot
Shark swimming in tank
Shark Lab logo

Assemblymember O'Donnell held a workshop at the Barrett Athletic Admin Center (BAC), bringing together local and regional lifeguards to learn about the impacts of AB 2191 on shark funding and technical support.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Assembly Bill 48 Will Provide Funds to Ensure Schools are Safe and Updated

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) has introduced Assembly Bill 48 to place a K-12 and community colleges school facilities bond on both the 2020 and 2022 ballots.

“The state has a responsibility to ensure that students are housed in safe facilities that meet educational needs.  AB 48 will continue the state’s partnership with local school and community college districts by providing state matching funds for construction,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “As a teacher, I know firsthand that the conditions of our schools affect student health, performance and motivation.” 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Times Editorial Board’s opposition to Assembly Bill 1951, which would allow school districts to swap the state proficiency exams for 11th graders for the SAT or ACT test instead, is misguided. This bill, currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, is an opportunity for California to give greater control to local school districts and for students of all backgrounds to have a better chance at succeeding on the SAT, an exam already used by many colleges to help determine readiness for admissions.

Earlier this month, the editorial board opposed legislation that would have forced school districts to delay start times until after 8:30 a.m. In that instance, the board felt that local control trumped Sacramento’s wish to dictate the “minutiae” of school operations. Brown wisely concurred by vetoing that legislation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Assembly Bill 235 will provide workforce training and job opportunities throughout the state.

(SACRAMENTO) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 235 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), which establishes a pathway for approving new state apprenticeship programs and establishes preapprenticeship programs.

“AB 235 will greatly expand apprenticeship programs throughout the state and in all industries.  State apprenticeship programs lead to well-paying permanent jobs and provide businesses with a skilled workforce,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “This bill will result in new job opportunities and meet industry needs.  I thank the Governor and the State Building and Construction Trades Council for working with me on this very important bill.”