Assemblymember O’Donnell Welcomes Governor’s Budget Proposal

(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in response to the Governor’s proposed budget for the coming year.

“The Governor’s proposal offers an excellent foundation for the Legislature to once again deliver a budget that balances fiscal prudence with thoughtful investments in California’s future. This includes increasing the state’s Rainy Day Fund to $8 billion while paying down our debts and liabilities.  The proposal also provides $2.8 billion in new funding for K-12 education, representing a boost of nearly $3,600 in per-pupil spending over 2011-12 levels. These increases are possible as a direct result of the measured budgeting policies in recent years that emphasize the need to live within our means.

United States Army Corps of Engineers Gives Green Light to Long Beach Breakwater Study

Once upon a time, before the construction of the breakwater off the Long Beach coastline in the 1940s, the city was renowned for its waves, which drew surfers from across the region to a beach that had been dubbed the “Waikiki of the Southern California.”

Since then, the bay has been transformed into a waveless, swimmer-less and pollutant-filled body of water that advocates have pushed for years to have restored, partially or completely, to its former glory.

AB 827 Bill Lauded by LGBTQ Supporters in Long Beach

After reviewing nearly a thousand bills, Governor Jerry Brown approved Bill AB 827 on October 7, among other actions.

The bill “provides safer learning environments and support for LGBTQ students” by ensuring that schools offer middle and high school teachers, as well as LGBTQ students, information and community resources on how to handle any verbal, physical and online harassment on school site.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Statement on Northrop Grumman Long-Range Stealth Bomber Contract

(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in response to one of the largest contracts in the Air Force’s history being awarded to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the development and building of 80 to 100 long-range stealth bombers.

“As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, I am excited at the possibilities this contract holds for California.  As a leader in aerospace, research and education, I look forward to working to bring as many of these jobs to the region as possible.  Aerospace is alive and well in California and continues to soar to new limits in its potential.”

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

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Give Teachers Support Resources for LGBTQ Students Signed into Law

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the Governor signed AB 827 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) into law. The new law provides greater support for LGBTQ students by ensuring schools provide teachers information on related school site and community resources available to their students.

“My experience as a classroom teacher has taught me one of the most important keys to academic success is a safe and inclusive learning environment,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, who chairs the Assembly Education Committee. “With the passage of AB 827, we will ensure our LGBTQ students have access to community resources and teachers are able to foster supportive learning environments, improve academic achievement and make our schools safer.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Address Wall Time Signed by Governor

(SACRAMENTO) – Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1223 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach). AB 1223 takes the first step in addressing delays in ambulance patient offload time at hospital emergency departments, also known as “wall time.”

When there are delays in the admission process, EMS crews must wait, leaning against the hospital wall, with their patients until they can be admitted, hence the term wall time. The bill requires the California Emergency Medical Service Authority to create a methodology for the reporting of wall time.

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Give Teachers Support Resources for LGBTQ Students Goes to Governor

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the Legislature passed AB 827 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach). AB 827 offers more support and provides safer learning environments for LGBTQ students by ensuring that schools provide 7th – 12th grade teachers information on school site and community resources available to their LGBTQ students.

“I can tell you first-hand that school climate has a direct impact on how well students learn and interact with their peers,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, a classroom teacher, who chairs the Assembly Education Committee. “LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide and suffer significantly higher dropout rates than their straight peers. Giving teachers the tools they need to foster a supportive learning experience will improve academic achievement and make our schools safer for LGBTQ students.”

Long Beach Officials Ask Tough Questions About Disaster Preparedness at Town Hall

There was plenty of great feedback from the community at Saturday's town hall. I want to thank everyone again for taking part in this important first step to ensuring the future stability of Long Beach's power grid.

One thing everyone agreed on was: communication from Edison is key to getting resources to where they're needed most and successfully managing these events.