Immigration & Customs Enforcement Officers Restricted from California School Sites

Assembly Bill 699, bill to keep ICE officers out of schools, signed by Governor

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) secures classrooms from immigration enforcement in California with Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on Assembly Bill 699 Thursday.

The bill prohibits school staff from allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to enter a school site without following guidelines established by the Attorney General. 

Assemblymember O’Donnell Disappointed by Governor’s Signature of SB 35

O’Donnell voted against the measure in the State Assembly in defense of municipal sovereignty

(SACRAMENTO) – Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 35 by Senator Scott Wiener (D — San Francisco) Friday. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D — Long Beach), who opposed the measure, issued the following statement:

“Although not unexpected, this event is unfortunate. Most cities across California stood in strong opposition to this measure, because SB 35 is a threat to municipal sovereignty and a threat to those who do not want their communities planned from Sacramento. Cities will now need to be very cautious in their efforts to re-zone, and they may face the potential of having state-imposed rules forced upon them in order to allow large buildings in neighborhoods where they might not be a good fit.  

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Keep ICE out of Schools Moves to Governor’s Desk

Chair of Assembly Education Committee emphasizes statewide need for safe schools for all students

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 699, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D — Long Beach) to keep Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers out of schools, passed the Legislature Friday.  Assemblymember O’Donnell issued the following statement:

“As a teacher and a parent, I want schools safe for all children. Allowing ICE officers on school grounds threatens the peace of mind that students need in order to grow and succeed. Students cannot learn when they are afraid. Now more than ever, California needs to step up as a leader for young people by ensuring that our classrooms are secure and supportive.”

O’Donnell Secures State Clean Air Funding for Local Ports

(SACRAMENTO) – A green light at the end of a long legislative tunnel, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) successfully worked to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for clean air efforts in and around California ports in the recent cap-and-trade expenditure agreement reached this week.

“As the representative of the two busiest ports in the nation, this is an investment I have been fighting for since I first came to the Legislature,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. The funds will be utilized to support the aggressive development and deployment of clean technologies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “This investment will allow the ports to make green while continuing to go green.”

O’Donnell Bill to Curb Puppy Mills Heads to Governor

Legislation Would Ban Puppy Mill Animals From Being Sold at Pet Stores in California.

(SACRAMENTO) – Today is a good day for Californians, but an even better day for animals that live in California.

Assembly Bill 485, the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), passed its last legislative hurdle Thursday and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.  This landmark bill requires all dogs, cats, and rabbits offered for retail sale in California to be obtained by animal shelters or non-profit rescue organizations.

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Urges Congress to Defend DACA

(SACRAMENTO) – In response to President Trump’s announcement to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on Tuesday, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement:

“As a teacher and as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I stand with the thousands of young people protected by DACA who deserve a safe home where they can study, work, and build bright futures. I am extremely disappointed by the current administration’s announcement to end DACA. The individuals protected by the program should not be pulled from their home – for many, the only home they’ve ever known. I call on Congress to come together to preserve the protections granted by DACA before the full effects of this decision are felt. ”

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Statement on Anthem Blue Cross Termination of Long Beach Medical Center

“Anthem Blue Cross should negotiate with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, not patient lives.”

(SACRAMENTO) –  Effective August 15, Anthem Blue Cross discontinued hospital services at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, removing it as an in-network provider.  Enrollees were given no prior notice and were informed in a letter received after August 15 that directed them to seek alternate contracted facilities for care.  This took place in the midst of contract negotiations.  

Opinion: An effort to curb ‘puppy mills’

By Amy Jesse, Elizabeth Oreck and Susan Riggs

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home should be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but consumers who purchase their new family member from a pet shop may not be getting the dog or cat they’ve been promised. Despite enticing claims that they only source from humane, small-scale breeders, pet stores across the country supply unsuspecting consumers with animals from puppy and kitten “mills.”