September 2015 District Report

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this month's edition of the O'Donnell Capitol Connection.

It's back-to-school time for parents and students, which also means another legislative year has come to a close. I always say: a busy kid is a good kid. Likewise, a busy representative is a good representative, so I took full advantage of the end of session by spending time in the district with constituents at community and legislative events.

We had fun under the sun at the season's final Concert in the Park, but we also took the time to address serious issues like California goods movement at an Assembly Select Committee on Ports hearing. In addition, we connected small businesses with marketing professionals at Facebook to help them promote their businesses and I even got a chance to meet with the leaders of tomorrow at this year's first ASI student government meeting.

If you were unable to join us this month, we have more events planned, so stay tuned by following me on Facebook and Twitter to check out pictures, videos and more! You'll also get the latest updates on programs being offered, legislative news and community events.

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


Patrick O'Donnell


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Assemblymember O'Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports, addresses stakeholders on the state of goods movement in California.

As Chair of the Assembly's Select Committee on Ports, I was proud to host our first hearing at the Port of Los Angeles. Industry leaders educated my colleagues and me on issues facing the region as well as how we as policy leaders can help keep our ports competitive.

One of the topics we discussed at length was the importance of investing in green technology and infastructure to help not only protect our environment, but to drive down costs and spur economic growth.

Career technical education was also center stage as a means of ensuring we have a qualified workforce that will propel development within the maritime industry.

I would like to thank Assemblymembers Mike Gipson, David Hadley, Bill Brough and Tom Daly for joining me at this informative session and I look forward to continuing to work on these issues with them.

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Hundreds came together for the season's final Concert in the Park to connect with Assemblymember O'Donnell and hear local favorite, Knyght Ryder, an 80's tribute band.

I was excited to co-host a Concert in the Park with Long Beach Councilwoman Suzie Price earlier this month.

Hundreds of local residents joined us for an evening of fun, family, and friends with a performance by Knyght Ryder, a local 80s tribute band. Kids, parents and grandparents all danced the night away at what was a wonderful send-off for the summer's Concerts in the Park.

You can check out some of the moves on display on my Facebook page. It's definitely worth the visit!

Thank you to all who joined us and stopped by my table to discuss issues facing both Long Beach and California as a whole.

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Assemblymember O'Donnell addresses a group of business owners interested in growing their sales through social media marketing.

Social media has quickly become an integral part of our daily lives and many entrepenuers are leveraging these new platforms to vie for consumers' attention. I was proud to partner with Facebook and Long Beach City College to bring a Small Business Boost event to Long Beach that gave local business owners a leg up in their online marketing efforts.

At the free seminar business owners were able to learn firsthand some of the tools Facebook offers to help promote businesses.

By sharing these new tricks of the marketing trade, businesses are now equipped to increase their exposure and enage their customers using less expensive techniques than ever before.

I was also happy to provide information on some of the many assistance and incentive programs California offers to help businesses thrive.

For more information or additional resources, please contact my district office.

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Bixby Knolls Improvement Association hosted their inaugural Business Improvement Breakfast where Assemblymember O'Donnell gave a legislative update and discussed CA Competes as well as other state economic programs.

One of my top priorities in the Assembly is improving the business climate in California, especially for the small businesses that represent 99% of all employers in our state.

We have a strong community of small businesses that give Long Beach its unique character and I am always looking for opportunities to lend my support to their continued success. That's why I was honored to join local business owners from the Bixby Knolls district to discuss a variety of resources available to businesses through the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

It was an excellent chance for me to provide information on services being offered by the state, which include streamlined permitting, technical assistance, financing and state procurement. Thank you Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) for allowing me to present on these resources as well as for the opportunity to connect with the local business owners on state legislation.

If you would like more information, visit the BKBIA website or GO-Biz online .

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Assemblymember O'Donnell addresses a full house at the Smarter Senior Forum hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Business and Consumer Affairs. Also in attendance were Supervisor Don Knabe and Councilman Joe Buscaino.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the Smarter Senior Forum. These events are coordinated on a semi-regular basis by the Los Angeles County Department of Business and Consumer Affairs in order to educate seniors on how to guard against various consumer scams and protect their financial assets.

Thanks to a grant received from the Department of Community & Senior Services Adult Protective Services, we were able to speak to the community about their concerns and provide educational materials on subjects that ranged from handling elder abuse cases, estate planning, living trusts, wills, charity scams, as well as special property tax programs for seniors.

I want to thank everyone who helped make the forum a success, including my fellow local elected representatives, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and Councilmember Joe Buscaino.

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Assemblymember O'Donnell presents at the CTA Service Center One Legislative Breakfast and shares his education policy priorities as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

I also enjoyed the opportunity to join local teachers and education leaders at the CTA Service Center One Legislative Breakfast this month.

Local elected officials shared their vision for improving access to quality education in California and I was able to discuss my education policy priorities as the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

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The California Legislature completed their legislative work for 2015 this month, and five of my bills moved to the Governor's desk where they await his final action. Among these are bills that support California's students as well as California's ports:

  • AB 580, which directs the Department of Education to develop model protocols for how school staff can identify and assist students with mental illness.
  • AB 827, which ensures that teachers and school staff serving students in 7-12 grades know what school site and community resources are available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.
  • AB 1312, which will provide more time to develop the technologies needed to meet upcoming regulations on invasive species in the ballast water of ships.

The Legislature also passed a bill I co-authored, SB 63, which will allow for the creation of seaport infrastructure financing districts to fund projects in harbors and ports. These districts will bring new opportunities for investment and economic development to our ports. The Governor will have until October 11th to make a final decision on these bills.

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Join the Khmer Parent Association and me for the 11th Annual Khmer Health Forum this Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parr Health Enhancement Center inside St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach.

In addition to free health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose and respiratory checks, presentations will be given on Hepatitis B, glaucoma and chronic disease prevention. Free flu and pneumonia shots will also be administered for anyone aged 60 or older thanks to the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

A continental breakfast as well as a healthy lunch will be provided courtesy of the Port of Long Beach and the California Endowment. Be one of the first 150 registrants and you will automatically receive tickets for opportunity drawing prizes.

For more information, you can contact Allison Gallagher in my district office at or call my district office at 562-495-2915. You can also visit my website under the "upcoming events" section.


The Department of Motor Vehicles Long Beach field office located at 3700 East Willow Street will be temporarily closed for approximately three and a half months due to planned renovations. The office will be closing on October 30, 2015 at noon and is scheduled to reopen on February 15, 2016.

During the closure, customers requiring in-person services will be directed to the following field offices, within a 13-mile radius.

Bellflower DMV
9520 East Artesia Boulevard
Bellflower, CA 90706

San Pedro DMV
1511 North Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Compton DMV
2111 South Santa Fe Avenue
Compton, CA 90221

Westminster DMV
13700 Hoover Street
Westminster, CA 92683
The DMV encourages customers to take advantage of other service options available online at or by calling (800) 777-0133.

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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 fall! 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 applications are available on my website. Questions? Please contact Allison Gallagher in my office at 562-495-2915 or

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