Assemblymember O’Donnell Welcomes Nominations for 2nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Ceremony

(LONG BEACH) Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying outstanding local teachers for his 2nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Ceremony. To be eligible, nominations for educators working or living within Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill or Catalina Island must be received by May 6.

“Having taught in the classroom for over 20 years, I appreciate the creativity and commitment that goes into creating successful learning environments,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “The Teacher Appreciation Ceremony is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate exceptional educators who go the extra mile to inspire curiosity and encourage students to realize their full potential.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Honors Women of Distinction

(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) will host the annual Women of Distinction event next Friday, April 22, in recognition of women of the 70th Assembly District who go above and beyond for the community. Honorees were nominated by their colleagues in one of five categories – Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, and Health Services – and selected by Assemblymember O’Donnell for their extraordinary achievements.

“The leadership and dedication demonstrated by each of our honorees represents the very best of what our community has to offer,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize the inspirational role these women play in the lives of others and express our appreciation for their invaluable contributions.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Legislation to Combat Suicide among Children and Young Adults Clears Committee

(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) that will help prevent teen suicides passed the Assembly Education Committee today. AB 2246, which is supported by Equality California and The Trevor Project, is designed to provide teachers and school staff with tools to help students in crisis.

“AB 2246 will better equip California’s teachers to support the needs of at-risk kids,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “With parents, teachers and schools partnering to identify the early warning signs of suicidal depression, students will be far more likely to get the counseling necessary to prevent a tragedy.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Bill to Fight Human Trafficking Marches Forward

(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation targeting California’s commercial sex trade passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety today by a 6-1 vote. AB 1771, introduced by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), cracks down on gang members involved in human trafficking.

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Assemblymember O’Donnell is pursuing enhanced jail sentences for sex traffickers using their victims to fund gang-related activity. The bill increases the maximum penalty for supervising a prostitute from six months to a year and allows a gang member’s membership to be admitted as evidence during prosecution. Assemblymember O’Donnell is partnering with the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office on the bill.

Community Leader Chan Hopson Named “Woman of the Year” by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

(SACRAMENTO) - Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell (D - Long Beach) honored longtime community advocate, Chan Hopson, as "Woman of the Year" on the floor of the California State Assembly today. A resident of Long Beach since 1980, Hopson was a high school teacher when she was forced to flee Cambodia's Killing Fields. Having survived the work camps, she arrived in America where she pledged to help as many Khmer children, women and families as possible.