Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Statement on Legislation to Enhance Transparency between Developers and the Coastal Commission

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement on the passage/failure of SB 1190, a bill he co-authored and presented on the Assembly Floor banning members of the California Coastal Commission from meeting privately with developers and lobbyists.

“The Coastal Commission is responsible for decisions that have profound impacts on California’s iconic coastline. Unfortunately, far too often these decisions are being made behind closed doors with lobbyists who seek to exploit our coast for financial gain. I led the charge on SB 1190 to protect the integrity of the Coastal Act and shed light on the backroom conversations influencing the commissioners and staff.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Legislation Supporting Arts Education Heads to the Governor

(SACRAMENTO) – AB 2862, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), promoting visual and performing arts education won approval from the Legislature today. The bill updates California’s academic standards to ensure students have access to modern curriculum and instructional materials in the arts.

“As a classroom teacher, I cannot overemphasize the critical role arts education plays in student success,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Research shows that arts education contributes to higher test scores, reduces truancy, and lowers dropout rates.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Help Foster Youth Achieve Academic Success Approved by the Legislature

(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) ensuring foster youth can attain their educational and economic goals passed the Legislature today. AB 2656 waives the high school proficiency exam fee (GED) for students currently or formerly within the foster system.  The American Civil Liberties Union, the California Teachers Association and the National Center for Youth Law all stand in support of the bill.

“As a teacher with over 20 years of experience, I know many foster kids face an uphill battle on the path toward graduation,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “AB 2656 will eliminate a significant financial barrier to make it easier for these students to pursue their academic goals.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Congratulates Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley on Being Named Chancellor of the California Community Colleges

(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today congratulating Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley on his appointment as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges:

“I want to add my enthusiastic congratulations to Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley on being selected as the new Chancellor for the California Community Colleges system – he is the right choice. The students of Long Beach City College benefitted tremendously from President Oakley’s innovative ideas and exemplary leadership. I am confident his talents will have an equally positive impact on the millions of students enrolled in community colleges across our state.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Welcomes Diverse Group of Summer Interns Pursuing Promising Service Careers

(LONG BEACH) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) announced adding an ambitious team of summer interns who will assist with the day-to-day activities of his District Office.  The summer internship program gives students hands-on experience with the legislative process, community outreach, and constituent services in order to foster their career goals.

As a classroom teacher, the Assemblymember is a firm believer in providing young people with the opportunity to learn more about the State Legislature as they work to expand their resumes and professional networks.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation to Alleviate Port Congestion

Action Comes as PierPASS Fails to Change in the Face of Growing Criticism

(SACRAMENTO) –Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) introduced legislation to streamline the movement of goods travelling through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  AB 531 will address the unacceptable levels of traffic congestion outside of the two ports by creating a dynamic gate management system.

The bill arises out of a growing concern among business, environmental and labor groups that the current gate management system, known as PierPASS, causes trucks to wait for hours at a time to enter the ports. Despite criticism of the impact truck wait times have on the environment and the economy, the gate system has failed to modernize. Trucks entering the ports continue to experience long delays waiting to pick up and drop off cargo.

State budget includes $15 million for college-promise programs

Lawmakers on Wednesday adopted a new state budget that includes $15 million to fund regional college-promise programs created by Assembly Bill 1741. Modeled after the Long Beach College Promise, AB 1741 by Assemblymembers Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) and Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) is expected to promote college readiness, eliminate achievement gaps and help students successfully transition to college and attain their degree.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Declares Budget Agreement a Win for the California College Promise and Fiscal Responsibility

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued this statement following the passage of the 2016-2017 budget agreement:

“Today’s budget agreement reflects the Legislature’s commitment to live within our means and provide Californians with access to high-quality public education.  As a teacher during the recession, I witnessed firsthand the devastating impacts poor financial planning had on our classrooms. By growing California’s rainy day reserve to its highest level in recent history, we adopted a spending plan that protects students from the draconian cuts of the past and helps ensure our future economic stability.