March 2015 District Report
Thanks for reading my March Newsletter!
It's been a busy month both in the District and the State Capitol! In the Capitol, my staff and I worked to introduce our legislative bill package. I'm excited to be the author of some exciting bills that are good for our district and good for Californians.
In the District, my staff and I participated in Snow Day 2015, the Inaugural Saint Patrick's Day parade and hosted my first 70th District Women of Distinction Event.
Know of a small business or non-profit in the district that you want to share with your neighbors? Let my district office know! Each month, we will have a Small Business and Non-Profit of the Month! Maybe you'll see your suggestion in a future newsletter!
As always, my offices are here to assist you with state agencies or departments. For more information on services offered, visit my website or call (562) 495-2915.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- DISTRICT EVENTS
- CAPITOL EVENTS
- LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
- PICTURES FROM THE DISTRICT
- PICTURES FROM THE CAPITOL
- SOCIAL MEDIA
Assemblymember, 70th District
Thousands of residents from across the 70th District joined us for SNOW DAY – a free event for the whole family – at Whaley Park on February 28th. Kids and their parents had a great time sled racing and building snowmen in the snow play areas. My office and I were pleased to speak with constituents, provide a legislative update, and share my priorities in Sacramento. Thank you to our many community partners who hosted fun booths, including face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses, and much more!
Assemblymember O’Donnell sledding down the snow with his wife and daughter
VIRGIN GALACTIC GRAND OPENING
As the Chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace, I am thrilled to welcome Virgin Galactic to their new LauncherOne manufacturing site in Long Beach. With their move to the 70th District, they are bringing new jobs and a new exciting industry – space travel and exploration.
Assemblymember O’Donnell with Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides
Earlier this month, I had the chance to attend a briefing and tour the SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne as well as the Boeing Satellite facility in El Segundo. The future of aerospace is here in California!
Touring SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne
WOMEN OF DISTINCTION
In honor of Women’s History Month, I was proud to host a 70th District Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony, where we highlighted the accomplishments of the women who go above and beyond for our community. It was a great privilege to honor these incredible women who are so clearly making a difference in the district!
Our 2015 Women of Distinction included Tracy Ames, Paula Barrow, Mary Alice Braly, Terry Braunstein, Rose Mary Callahan, Inge Cristiano, Rita Dever, Michele Dobson, Amy Eriksen, Cindy Goodfellow, Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Phyllis Hayes-Reams, Chan Hopson, Jan Hower, Kathy Hughes, Lois Irving, Christina Kreachbaum, Elizabeth Lambe, Denise Likar, Kristy Mandigo Kinkor, Mausami Momaya, Lisa Pavlovich, Sara Pol-Lim, Rose Richard, Jane Roeder, Terry Rogers, Lori Ross, Debbie Rouser, Phyllis Schmidt, Shannon Shoenberg, Corinne Sierzant, Mary Sophiea, Virgia Wade, Jan Ward, Crystal West, Mary Zendejas and Kris Zentgraf. We also recognized our Woman of the Year, Ms. Neena Strichart.
Congratulations to these amazing women!
The 2015 Women of Distinction with Assemblymember O’Donnell
Packed house of guests honoring the 2015 Women of Distinction
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE
Our office partnered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Office California State Board of Equalization to offer free tax preparation at CSULB. More than 160 families took advantage of this free service at the Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fair event. It was great to see more than 60 students volunteer from CSULB’s Accounting Society provide tax preparation assistance to our community.
Assemblymember O’Donnell with volunteers from CSULB
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE MONTH
Melinda McCoy’s Flowers
611 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90807
Melinda McCoy’s Flowers is a great small business located in the heart of the Bixby Knolls community of Long Beach and offers a large variety of fresh flowers and gifts. Melinda McCoy, the owner, and her staff do an incredible job at designing beautiful bouquets, arrangements, and gifts with high quality and value. Visit their website - http://www.melindamccoysflowers.net/ - to learn more.
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH
Power4Youth, one of the largest mentoring programs in the Long Beach area, serves adolescents and teens by providing academic guidance for struggling students by connecting them with caring adult mentors. Power4Youth helps at-risk middle and high school youth to do better in school by addressing the issues that are keeping the students from doing their best, and by motivating them to be good citizens of the community. You can learn more at www.power4youth.org.
MOBILE OFFICE HOURS
Need assistance with a state agency? Want to share your thoughts with legislation or the state budget?
Join us for mobile office hours in the coming weeks! We’ll be stationed at community events across the district on a regular basis to assist you!
Be sure to check out my website at www.asm.ca.gov/70 for the complete schedule!
WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Earlier this month, the California State Legislature celebrated “Women of the Year” at the State Capitol where I had the honor to recognize Ms. Neena Strichart. Ms. Strichart is a small business owner in the Signal Hill area and a dedicated volunteer, working with organizations such as the Friends of Long Beach Animals, the Long Beach/Bellflower Elks Club, the Susan B. Anthony chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and Fast Friends. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Strichart!
Ms. Strichart joining me on the Assembly Floor for recognition
2015 AEROSPACE WEEK
I was proud to author Assembly Concurrent Resolution 43, which recognizes the contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy, security, and educational system of California, its communities, and its citizens by proclaiming the week of March 23- 27, 2015 as California Aerospace Week.
Celebrating Aerospace Week with Bill Buratto, Vice Chair of the Aerospace States Association, California Chapter
Test Driving Smarter Balance
I was pleased to sponsor a Smarter Balance Assessment test-taking event on the 17th. This event gave me, other elected officials, and staffers, the opportunity to test-drive the State’s new summative and formative assessment tests. I was also able to sit down with the California Education Department technologists and assessment staff to ask questions about the implementation of the new assessment program.
Participating in the Smarter Balance Assessment test-taking event
Joint Hearing on Adult Education
As chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I convened a March 11th Joint Informational Hearing on adult education programs. Along with the Assembly Higher Education and Senate Education Committees, we heard testimonies from the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst's Office, the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office, and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office, and local representatives. The Governor's budget proposal provides $500 million for an adult education block grant, which as a former adult education teacher, I know the importance of these programs. While expressing support for the funds, I questioned whether decisions regarding the allocation of Proposition 98 dollars should be made by non-K-12 and Community College entities.
Pony League Opening Day – Speaking at the Long Beach Pony League Opening Day Ceremony
Meeting with Destin Bigsby – I was proud to recognize Long Beach Poly High School student Destin Bigsby for placing second in the national C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition for his documentary “Guns in America”
“Irish for a Day” Parade – I had the great honor of being the Grand Marshall of the Inaugural Irish for a Day Parade
Read Across America Day - Presenting a resolution to Toby Boyd of the California Teachers Association in honor of Read Across America Day
Hearing – Speaking in a Budget Hearing
Be sure to visit my website for information about how I can assist you as your State Assemblymember, to request a meeting, to submit your comment on a bill, to see our upcoming events, and much more!
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