April 2015 District Report

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the April edition of the O'Donnell Capitol Connection! It's been a busy month both in the District and Capitol. The legislative cycle is in full swing and over 2,000 bills are making their way to the Assembly Floor.

Want to learn more about how a bill becomes law? Contact my District Office today to get a free guide.

Want to share your thoughts on a bill? Share your opinion with me!

In just a few weeks, the Governor will release his revised budget-which we will then soon consider! I will be hosting an informational Budget Town Hall in collaboration with Next 10 on June 6, 2015 from 9am to 11am. Please join us to learn more about the State Budget! Please feel free to contact my district office for more information.

In the District, we've had several great events and tours-and look forward to doing many more! Have an event coming up in the District? My staff and I would love to play a role. Invite me by visiting my website!

If you haven't already done so, make sure you check out my website and follow me on Facebook for the latest information on mobile office hours, community events and updates from Sacramento!

It's an honor to serve you in the State Assembly.



Patrick O'Donnell

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Boeing Tour
As Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, I was able to tour one of Boeing Commercial Aerospace's customer nerve centers and learn about projects they are working on and its significance to California. I also met with senior officials from the company to discuss how I can help advocate for them in Sacramento.

Stand Up for Transportation
I was proud to join Congressmembers Alan Lowenthal & Janice Hahn, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Long Beach Transit in a rally to call on Congress to Stand Up for Transportation. In addition, transit companies from the region came out to show their support and the importance of Congress taking action to advocate for long-term, reliable, sustainable transportation funding. It's not too late to add your voice! Click here for more information.

Los Angeles Chamber Education & Workforce Council Meeting
As Chair of the Assembly's Committee on Education, I was honored to meet with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce to discuss what is going on in Sacramento and how we can work with industry stakeholders to be advocates for students and ensure a trained and prepared workforce.

San Pedro Elks Lodge
I was honored to join the San Pedro Elks Lodge community in celebration of their ground breaking of the new building. It was almost exactly one year ago that we lost the historic San Pedro Elks lodge to a fire, yet now we are rebuilding a new lodge at the same location on a beautiful hill in San Pedro overlooking the Harbor Area and Santa Catalina Island. I greatly look forward to watching this new lodge continue to bring together our community for many years to come.

Earlier this month, I joined Councilman Al Austin, Senator Ricardo Lara, and Mayor Robert Garcia in solemn remembrance of the Cambodian Genocide, a horrible attack against humanity. The Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls was packed with members of Long Beach's Cambodian community, exemplifying the strength of this incredible community. We will never forget the Cambodian Genocide and take every effort to ensure such an attack never occurs ever again.

Senator Lara, Mayor Garcia, Assemblymember O'Donnell, Councilman Austin, and Police Lieutenant Komisza at the Cambodian Genocide Remembrance event

In honor of Earth Day, I was proud to join Friends of the LA River at their 26th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp at their Willow Street Estuary site in Long Beach. The LA River is a vital natural resource in the 70th District, and it was incredible to see so many volunteers turn out to help rehabilitate the river and keep it clean.

With a group of student volunteers at the Willow Street Estuary site CleanUp


I was pleased to join Camp Fire Long Beach this past weekend for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Urban Forest Restoration project. This Urban Forest will be an excellent asset to our community, featuring a variety of educational opportunities for our youth.

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April has been a busy month in Sacramento for me and my staff as several of my bills have started to make their way through the legislative process.

AB 204, which allows local governments in Los Angeles County to continue to control the wind-down of their redevelopment agencies, passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. This bill is sponsored by the City of Long Beach.

AB 678, sponsored by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, creates the Energy Efficient Ports Program and assists in funding energy efficiency upgrades and investments at California's public ports. The Energy Efficient Ports Program provides funding for various energy efficiency investments, including the installation of renewable technologies, the replacement of conventional lighting, the deployment of zero emission vehicles, and other projects that reduce grid-based energy use at the ports. This bill passed out of Assembly Transportation Committee, also with unanimous, bipartisan support.

AB 552, sponsored Construction Employers Association, was unanimously approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bill provides clarity for contractors who accept public works contracts by requiring public agencies to specify, in contract, the amount damages contractors will be responsible for in the case nonperformance.

Several of my bills have also passed out of the Assembly Education Committee. This includes AB 575, which calls for consistent statewide standards in teacher evaluation, and AB 827, which provides more support and a safer learning environment for LGBTQ students. The Education Committee also passed AB 566, which helps ensure that school facilities built under a lease-leaseback arrangement are constructed using a skilled workforce, including apprentices and graduates from state approved apprenticeship programs.

As Chair of the Education Committee, and as a member of the Assembly Transportation, Assembly Judiciary, Assembly Budget, and Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committees, I have also deliberated hundreds of other bills making their way through the legislative process.

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Assemblymember O'Donnell and his wife, Jennifer, at the Catalina Conservancy Ball


Assemblymember O'Donnell, Long Beach City Attorney Charlie Parkin, and several community members celebrating Cambodian New Year

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After a meeting with Steve Vibol Meng and representatives from the Cambodian Americans for Rural Education Foundation

Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell and students in support of AB 916

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Mental Health Awareness Month - May 28, 2015
In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I am proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming Community Health Resource Fair & Art Expo, which will take place on Thursday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year, the San Pedro Mental Health Center will have an amazing line up of service providers in the field of arts, community health, and social services that will share services available to the community.

I'm excited to be partnering with Next 10, to host a budget town hall on Saturday, June 6 at 9am. Be sure to check out my Facebook and website for more details.

I'm pleased to announce we will be hosting a special teacher recognition and appreciation ceremony on June 11th with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. I will be recognizing teachers from across the 70th District who go above and beyond to serve their students and their schools. If you would like to nominate a teacher, please contact Allison in my district office at Allison.Gallagher@asm.ca.gov.

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My District Office is seeking motivated high school and college students as well as recent graduates for our District Internship Program this summer! Summer interns will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the State Legislature and community outreach as well as expand their resume and professional network.

More information and application 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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Sandwich Saloon
The Sandwich Saloon is a small business in San Pedro that supports local little leagues, school fundraisers, and nonprofit organizations. It's a great San Pedro staple supporting our local community for over 29 years. Check out their menu and learn more at http://www.sandwichsaloondeli.com/.

Nonprofit of the month
YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay
The YWCA has continued to serve women, girls and their families through various programs. Their services vary from assisting new mothers with diapers and baby clothes to hosting an annual Racial Justice Breakfast to address the impacts of human trafficking. Their overall mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Learn more at http://www.ywcaharbor.org/.

Congratulations to the Long Beach Polytechnic High students who received recognition for the incredible documentaries they submitted to the national 2015 C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary competition.

These amazing students each created a 5-7 minute documentary highlighting an important political issue - ranging from the Long Beach breakwater to domestic drones to gun control. Congratulations on this distinction and way to go!