2016 Summer Update

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

Summer is in full swing and with all the exciting news from both the district and the Capitol; I wanted to take a moment to provide you with a quick update. Remember, you can also keep up with the latest news from my office on Facebook or Twitter.

As always, please feel free to contact my office if you’d like to share your thoughts or need any assistance from staff with state-related matters or agencies.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Donnell

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COMMUNITY NEWS

TERRY GEILING HONORED AS THE 2016 VETERAN OF THE YEAR

TERRY GEILING HONORED AS THE 2016 VETERAN OF THE YEAR
Assemblymember O’Donnell presents Lieutenant Commander Terry Geiling with an Assembly Resolution commemorating his exemplary service and numerous contributions to the community.

Recently, I was proud to name Lieutenant Commander Terry Geiling as the 70th Assembly District’s 2016 Veteran of the Year. Mr. Geiling was recognized as part of the 9th Annual Veterans Recognition ceremony for his outstanding service in the Navy and his admirable work on behalf of the local community.

In addition to his service from 1960 to 1975, both at the Long Beach Naval Station as well as the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Mr. Geiling is President and CEO of the American Gold Star Manor, a senior retirement facility for veterans and mothers who have lost children in the line of duty.

I was pleased to present Mr. Geiling with an Assembly Resolution for a lifetime of achievements that have cemented his reputation as a visionary leader, philanthropist, dedicated family man and proud veteran.

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HARBOR INTERFAITH SERVICES NAMED 2016 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR

HARBOR INTERFAITH SERVICES NAMED 2016 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR
Team members of Harbor Interfaith Services receive an Assembly Resolution for their incredible efforts assisting tens of thousands of homeless and working poor each year.

I also had the pleasure of recognizing San Pedro’s Harbor Interfaith Services as my 2016 Nonprofit of the Year at the California Nonprofits Day Awards Luncheon in Sacramento.

The mission of Harbor Interfaith is to empower the homeless and working poor to achieve self-sufficiency by providing support services including shelter, transitional housing, food, job placement, advocacy, childcare, education and life-skills training.

Joining me for the event were Harbor Interfaith Service’s Executive Director Tahia Hayslet, Director of Development Mike Radice and Board Member David Johnson.

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RED LEPRECHAUN EARNS TITLE OF 2016 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


Assemblymember O’Donnell with Tracy Ames, owner of the Red Leprechaun.

Finally, I want to congratulate Tracy Ames who was my California Small Business Day honoree as the owner of the Red Leprechaun in Long Beach.

Tracy Ames opened the Red Leprechaun in the Zaferia District several years ago with the mission to provide a comfortable, family friendly pub and restaurant environment. Although opening a new restaurant is no easy endeavour, Tracy has managed to grow her establishment as a destination spot for families, companions, and craft beer connoisseurs – an emerging market in Long Beach.

In addition, Tracy has played an active role in the community hosting numerous events for community groups, sponsoring the Long Beach Firefighter’s Irish Heritage Parade and Festival, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the East Anaheim Street Business Alliance.

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CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY TRAILHEAD GROUNDBREAKING


Field Representative Sarah Patterson (center) presents a certificate of recognition on behalf of Assemblymember O’Donnell to Catalina Island Conservancy Chief Operating Officer, Tony Budrovich (right).

The Catalina Island Conservancy recently celebrated the groundbreaking for its new visitors’ center, known as The Trailhead.

The innovative three-story building will feature educational exhibits to provide visitors and residents with insights into the Conservancy’s mission as well as the island’s natural habitat.

The 9,000-square-foot building will have three decks offering sweeping views of Avalon and the rest of the island with multi-purpose meeting spaces that will be available for Conservancy events, community activities, corporate meetings and weddings.

The Trailhead will be Avalon’s first LEED-certified building with a state-of-the-art water-saving and management system, which includes a water harvesting system to capture and reuse rain water for landscaping and other non-potable uses. The Trailhead is expected to officially open in the summer of 2018.

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SUMMER INETRNS JOIN TEAM O’DONNELL’S DISTRICT OFFICE

I am proud to welcome an ambitious group of new summer interns who will assist with the day-to-day activities of my District Office.  The summer internship program gives young people experience with the legislative process, community outreach, and constituent services in order to foster their future career goals.

As a classroom teacher, I am a firm believer in providing students with the opportunity to learn more about the State Legislature as they work to expand t resumes and professional networks. The knowledge I gained from my own internships proved to be instrumental in helping me find my own calling as a public servant.

I look forward to working with these talented young individuals to ensure they get the most out of this unique learning experience. We have seven local high school and college interns joining the team:

  • Ilene Gonzalez: Ilene will be embarking upon her senior year at Long Beach’s Cabrillo High School this coming fall. She is interested in pursuing a career in law and is actively involved with Cabrillo’s teen court and mock trial programs.
  • Breana Nguyen: Breana recently completed her freshman year at Irvine Valley College where she is majoring in political science. Breana applied for the summer internship program because she admires the Assemblymember’s work on behalf of students, particularly those in the LGBTQ community.
  • Sterling Raiklen: Sterling is entering his junior year at Long Beach’s Millikan High School and possesses a strong interest in policy and the internal workings of government.
  • Destiny Saucedo: In the fall, Destiny will be a senior at San Pedro High School and is heavily involved in education policy as a member of LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King’s advisory council. In addition, she is a member of the International Trade Education Program.
  • Richenny Bovannak: Richenny is a junior at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science where she is involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition team, the school orchestra, as well as the debate and speech club. She has also demonstrated an early love for public service as the secretary on her class’s elected board.
  • Vanndearlyn Vong: Vanndearlyn is going into her senior year at Long Beach’s Millikan High School. She is active in the Cambodian community in Long Beach, having volunteered with Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Woman of the Year, Chan Hopson, and the Khmer Parent Association.
  • Sara Zarate: Sara will be entering her senior year at Long Beach State where she is involved in the President’s Ambassadors program and serves as President of Tri Delta Sorority. She is majoring in political science with an emphasis in law, policy, and politics.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

The Assembly is on recess until August 1, but before session ended we were able to pass a fiscally sound budget that invests in California’s future.  The 2016 budget agreement commits us to living within our means even as we increase 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, the State Legislature adopted a spending plan that protects students from the draconian cuts of the past and helps ensure our future economic stability.

As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, my top priority is restoring California’s reputation as a global leader in education. This budget takes us a step closer by expanding access to preschool and child care services, dedicating new investments for career technical education, as well as allocating funds to increase enrollment at UC, CSU and community colleges.

Additionally, several of my bills have passed out of the Assembly Floor and are now being considered by the State Senate.  These include:

  • AB 1771 cracks down on human trafficking by enhancing 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.
  • AB 2246 will help prevent teen suicides by equipping California’s teachers with the tools they need to support the needs of at-risk kids. The bill requires local school districts to develop a suicide prevention plan based on model policy so that parents, teachers and schools are able to partner together in order identify the early warning signs of suicidal depression and ensure kids in crisis  get the counseling necessary to prevent a tragedy.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

BACK TO SCHOOL CONCERT IN THE PARK – SAVE THE DATE!

Join me and Councilwoman Suzie Price for a Concert in the Park, Friday, September 9th at Marine Stadium Park. We’re excited to present 80’s cover band Knyght Ryder for a free night of family-fun entertainment. Thank you to the Port of Long Beach for sponsoring the evening’s festivities.

Concert in the Park
Friday, September 9th
Marine Stadium Park
6:00pm-7:30pm

MORE CONCERTS & MOVIES IN THE PARK

My District Office Team will be having pop up office hours at several concerts and movies in the park this summer. Stop by and say hello. For more information, call my District Office at 562-429-0470.

For more information you can also email Allison Gallagher at allison.gallagher@asm.ca.gov.

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ASSEMBLY FALL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

My District Office is seeking motivated high school and college students as well as recent graduates for our District Internship Program this fall! Interns will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with state government and community relations.

More information and applications available on my website. Questions? Please contact Allison Gallagher in my office at 562-495-2915 or allison.gallagher@asm.ca.gov.

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