February 2015 District Report

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

Thank you for reading my first E-Newsletter as your Assemblymember.  I'm honored to serve you and be your voice in the State Assembly.  My hope is that these newsletters help keep you informed about what is going on in Sacramento and here at home.

As a classroom teacher, it is an honor to have been selected by the Speaker to serve as Chair of the Assembly's Standing Committee on Education and the Select Committees on Ports and Aerospace.  Additionally, I look forward to the work I will do as a member of the Assembly's Budget, Judiciary, Transportation, and Public Employees Retirement & Social Security Committees.

My office and I have some great events planned, and as always, your feedback and ideas are welcome.  Please feel free to contact me through my website or by calling my District Office at (562) 495-2915 if I may be of any service to you.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Sincerely,

O'Donnell Patrick Signature

PATRICK O'DONNELL

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SWEARING-IN

I was honored to be surrounded by hundreds of friends, family, community members and elected officials at my Community Swearing-In Ceremony aboard the USS Iowa last month.  
The ceremony featured an introduction by L.A. City Councilmember Joe Buscaino and a tribute from Congressman Alan Lowenthal, who I worked for as a Capitol Fellow when the Congressman was first elected to the California State Legislature in 1998. There is more in this Assembly Access video.

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WOMEN OF DISTINCTION

We're currently accepting nominations for women who go above and beyond in our community for our upcoming Women of Distinction event! This event is a celebration of women throughout the 70th District in honor of March being Women's History Month. Please contact Allison in my District Office at 562-495-2915 for more information and to nominate a woman deserving of this recognition.

Women of Distinction - 70th District
March 21, 2015
9:30 - 11:30AM

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FACEBOOK

I'm excited to announce the roll out of my Official Facebook Page! Check it out for important District and State news and community updates.

www.facebook.com/AssemblymemberPatrickODonnell

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EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

California Cash for College

A workshop is being held in the 70th District to help you afford this life-changing educational experience. REMEMBER - The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is due March 2nd and is required to be eligible to receive a California Middle Class Scholarship, Cal Grant funds, and any Federal Aid. 

February 28, 2015
8AM -12PM
Wilson High School
4400 E. 10th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804

 

Snow Day

Come discuss legislation or other topics of concern to the community.
Bring your family and friends for fun in the snow with a sled run, bouncers, hot dogs and more.

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FREE TAX PREPARATION

Did you file your taxes? Do you need to file a tax return but don't know where to start? Free income tax preparation is being offered to qualifying taxpayers with an income level of $53,000 or less. 

My office is partnering with various organizations to bring you free tax preparation. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS program that provides free income tax preparation to low-income, students, elderly, non-resident, and disabled individuals. You will have various opportunities in the month of March to receive assistance with your tax preparation.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
9AM- 2PM
California State University, Long Beach
College of Business Administration
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
To schedule your appointment contact my District Office at (562) 495-2915.

Metered Parking Available
To view campus map Click Here

Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fair
Saturday, March 21, 2015
10AM - 2PM
California State University, Long Beach
College of Business Administration (CBA)
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
To schedule you appointment sign up at www.boe.ca.gov/vita

Thursday, March 26, 2015
12-4PM
Location to be Determined
To schedule your appointment contact my District Office at (562) 495-2915.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell Receives Committee Assignments

I'm pleased to announce that during the 2015-16 Legislative session, I will be chairing the following committees: Education, Select Committee on Ports, and Select Committee on Aerospace. I also will be serving on the Transportation, Judiciary, Budget, Budget Subcommittee on Education, and Public Employee Retirement System committees.

Introduction of Assembly Bill (AB) 204

I'm excited to have introduced my first bill on January 29. Assembly Bill 204 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.  This bill helps local governments avoid costly delays in the conduct of property sales by ensuring local oversight control and is sponsored by the City of Long Beach.

First Assembly Education Committee Hearing

Last week, I chaired the first hearing of the year of the Assembly Education Committee. The focus of the hearing was school construction and modernization. As a teacher for over 20 years, I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues and education leaders to create 21st Century schools, modern classrooms, and enhanced athletic fields.

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PICTURES FROM THE CAPITOL AND DISTRICT

Around The District

Assemblymember O’Donnell taking his oath of office on the USS Iowa

Assemblymember O’Donnell with his family at his swearing-in on the USS Iowa

Assemblymember O’Donnell with his family and former Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal on the USS Iowa

Assemblymember O’Donnell with San Pedro City Councilmember Joe Buscaino

Assemblymember O’Donnell with Congresswoman Janice Hahn

Around The Capitol

Assemblymember O’Donnell with students from CSU Long Beach

Assemblymember O’Donnell submits his first bill across the Assembly desk

Assemblymember O’Donnell presides over his first Committee hearing on Education

Oath of Office

Wear Red for Women

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CONTACT INFORMATION


Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0070
Tel: (916) 319-2070
Fax: (916) 319-2170

District Office:
110 Pine Ave., Suite 804
Long Beach, CA 90802
Tel: (562) 495-2915
Fax: (562) 495-2983

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AssemblymemberPatrickODonnell
Website: http://asm.ca.gov/odonnell

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