Assemblymember O’Donnell Named Chair of Ports Committee

Sacramento – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) was appointed yesterday as Chairman to the Select Committee on Ports. He issued the following statement:

“My district is home to the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. These two ports are the nation’s busiest cargo hubs that together handle almost half of U.S. imports, and generate over one million regional jobs. The creation of a Select Committee on Ports has been a specific priority of mine and is a direct acknowledgement of their importance to not only my region, but California as a whole.

Long Beach Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell named chair of California ports committee

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, has been appointed chairman of the Select Committee on Ports, his office announced today.

With the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach in his district the committee “is a direct acknowledgement of their importance to not only my region, but California as a whole,” O’Donnell said in a statement.

As chair, O’Donnell pledged to focus on all port-related activity, including waterfront development, goods movement, air quality and economic activity.

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell introduces first bill

LONG BEACH >> Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, has introduced his first bill.

Assembly Bill 204 would allow local governments to continue to control the sale of properties obtained under the former redevelopment law, according to the O’Donnell’s office.

O'Donnell's First Bill In State Assembly Aims To Help Long Beach

Former Fourth District City Councilman Patrick O’Donnell’s first bill as a state Assemblyman goes directly to one of his interests when he was in Long Beach.

O’Donnell’s Assembly Bill 204 would allow local governments, including Long Beach and Signal Hill, to keep control over the use and sale of former Redevelopment Agency properties. Under current law, local oversight boards (typically city councils) would pass all control to one entity responsible for all of Los Angeles County..

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s First Bill – Looking Out for Locals and Cutting through Red Tape

Sacramento – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) introduced his first bill today, Assembly Bill 204, which allows local governments, like Long Beach and Signal Hill, to continue to control the dissolution and sale of long time properties obtained under the former redevelopment law.

Current law requires, by July 15, 2016, local oversight boards to no longer exist and instead have one single entity for all of Los Angeles County.  Given the large number of local boards in Los Angeles this presents a problem of having only one body review hundreds of transactions miles away from the community that is impacted.

O’Donnell Takes Oath of Office In Front of Standing Room Only Crowd

Talks importance of education, ports, job creation, service in laying out priorities


O'Donnell takes oath of office from Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (ret.) while wife Jennifer and daughters look on.
SAN PEDRO - Newly elected Asssemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) was joined by hundreds of community and business leaders, family, friends as well as state and local elected officials this past Saturday aboard the USS Iowa for ceremony celebrating his oath of office.

The ceremony featured an introduction by Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino and a tribute from Congressman Alan Lowenthal, who Assemlymember O’Donnell worked for as a Capitol Fellow when the Congressman was first elected to the California State Legislature in 1998. The event also included live music and traditional Irish dancers.

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell sworn-in aboard USS Iowa in San Pedro

SAN PEDRO >> Freshman California Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, a former Long Beach City Council member, was sworn into office aboard the battleship USS Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles Saturday morning.

“Today is a celebration of democracy made possible in part by the men and women who served on this great ship,” he said. “This is a very hallowed place ... This ship represents the past for sure, but it also represents the future of San Pedro. This ship is one of the building blocks of the rebirth of the waterfront.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell Encouraged by the Governor’s Budget Proposal

Sacramento – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s release of Governor Brown’s proposed budget:

“I want to thank the Governor for his thoughtful budget proposal.  As the Governor said, ‘we saw the boom and the bust and I’m trying to avoid that.’  I couldn’t agree more and believe fiscal prudence will be the new norm.

This budget proposes to increase funding for K-12 education, clearly a priority for Californians, while at the same time having $2.8 billion in our rainy day reserve.  Eliminating the payment deferrals to our schools, giving the Local Control Funding formula an additional $4 billion, and investing in career technical and adult education are all positive steps.