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2016 Summer Update

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dear Friends,

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

October 11 marked the last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills, drawing a close to the legislative session. As we reflect back on the highlights of the past year, there are plenty of points of meaningful progress to celebrate.

As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I worked with my colleagues to ensure more than $14 billion in additional funding will be dedicated to our schools and community colleges in the coming year. The budget also increases funding for CSU, expands the number of Competitive Cal Grants by almost 15%, and lowered tuition at CSU and UC for middle income families by 20%.

Our schools will also be safer spaces to learn thanks to AB 827 being signed into law this month. The bill requires schools provide 7th - 12th grade teachers information on school site and community resources available to their LGBTQ students. As a classroom teacher with over 20 years of experience, I can tell you school climate has a direct impact on how well students learn and interact with their peers. By fostering a supportive learning experience, we will improve academic achievement and make our schools safer for LGBTQ students.

There is still much left to be done, however. Specifically, as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports, I want to strengthen California's maritime industry with common sense policies that make our ports more competitive. Our state provides financial incentives to most public entities in order to cut energy usage, but we have yet to provide the same assistance to our ports. These financial incentives will ultimately make California ports more competitive and draw additional business to the state while reducing demand on regional power grids and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, I will continue fighting for the Energy Efficient Ports Program I introduced in the Legislature this year.

Heading into the holiday season, we also have more events planned and plenty of exciting announcements coming in the near future. This includes coffee meet-and-greets, a small business summit and much more! Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on programs being offered, legislative news and more.

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. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dear Friends,

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

With the legislature adjourned for summer recess, August provided me with a greater opportunity to do what I enjoy most as your Assemblymember: spend time in the district with constituents like you. My office took full advantage of the summer break by hosting events on issues that ranged the gamut from finding employment opportunities for our veterans, to preventing senior scams, to engaging the public on the recent Long Beach power outages.

Work continued on in the Capitol as well in August with special sessions to address California's aging infrastructure and to secure additional funding for developmental disabilities services. In addition, the legislature acted swiftly to ensure students who were robbed of their final chance to take the high school exit exam can receive their diplomas so they are able to attend college in the fall.

As the legislative session comes to a close, we have even more events planned and plenty of exciting announcements coming in the near future. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on programs being offered, legislative news and more.

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. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Donnell

Monday, August 3, 2015

Dear Friends,

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

As we head into the heart of summer, I'd like to take this opportunity to connect with you on news from around the Capitol and here at home. July was a month of pride, progress and patriotism, but also unexpected hardship for local residents and business owners. Over the past month we celebrated the birth of our country, unveiled a roadmap to improve California's public schools and welcomed the inspirational athletes of the 2015 Special Olympics. Unfortunately, for approximately 30,000 Southern California Edison customers in Long Beach, the month of July 2015 will also be marked by the area's most significant power outages since the 1950s.

In the face of mounting financial losses and frustrations, the community responded in rare form – selflessly coming together to provide aid and relief services to those in need. Local police and firefighters worked around the clock to serve and protect businesses and ensure the public's safety. (Extra)ordinary volunteers from organizations like the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the American Red Cross administered medical care, delivered bottled water and climbed numerous flights of stairs to provide sanitation services to the elderly. They were proud moments for Long Beach and I'm thankful to everyone who pitched in to make the best out of a bad situation.

Our focus now turns to recovery and remedy, which begins with identifying the root cause of the issue. I, along with State Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, have written to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting an independent investigation into the power failures. We appreciate the men and women from Southern California Edison (SCE) who worked on the ground to restore service, but the duration of the first outage and a subsequent outage under similar circumstances calls for a look at our ability to address system failures. Not every accident is preventable, but at the very least there should be a transparent process as SCE takes the appropriate measures to minimize the risks and enhances their ability to get the grid quickly back online.

In addition to our regular features, this edition of the newsletter includes information on events designed to connect individuals and business owners with resources to help recover from the losses they suffered. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on programs being offered, legislative news and more.

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. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Donnell

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the June edition of the O'Donnell Capitol Connection. Students and teachers are relishing well-earned summer vacations, June Gloom is giving way to perfect beach weather and our office is bustling with activity in both the District and the Capitol.

Want news as it happens? Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to read the latest on district events, critical legislation and more.

One of the most exciting developments for the month of June was the passage of the 2015-2016 California State Budget. I've said it before and I will say it again: there is no better investment than the one we make in our children. This year's budget reflects the state's ongoing commitment to fiscal restraint while keeping California students as our highest priority.

By setting aside $4.6 billion in budget reserves and using $1.9 billion to pay down our debts, we've made our state far less vulnerable to the boom-and-bust volatility of past budget cycles while still preserving the flexibility to properly invest in California's future.

To help restore the state's reputation as a world leader in public education, more than $14 billion in additional funding over last year's budget will be dedicated to our schools and community colleges. Additionally, specified funds will go to accelerating the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula so these dollars are promptly put to work for students.

The budget also focuses on providing students with the best and brightest teachers by allotting a $500 million block grant for teacher effectiveness that will improve performance in the classroom. We can't fire our way to better schools, but we can foster the careers of good teachers through expanded and improved training.

A prosperous economy also depends upon a well-educated workforce untethered by the crippling debt of student loans. To help eliminate the financial barriers to higher education, we've increased funding for CSU, expanded the number of Competitive Cal Grants by almost 15%, and lowered tuition at CSU and UC by 20% for middle income families.

Overall, this year's spending plan makes a record investment in public education so generations to come have the necessary opportunities to lead healthy, successful and productive lives.

Budget negotiations weren't the only thing going on this month though. Below you'll find information on the many other newsworthy items and wonderful events we participated in during the month of June. I hope you'll enjoy reading about them as much as we enjoyed doing our part to make them happen!

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Donnell

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the May edition of the O'Donnell Capitol Connection. I hope you all enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend with friends and family close at hand. As we head into summer, there are plenty of exciting events to tell you about and updates to share from both the District and the Capitol. Read the latest news in my May Update:

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Donnell

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

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Sincerely,

Patrick O'Donnell

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dear Friend:

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.

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Sincerely,

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Patrick O'Donnell
Assemblymember, 70th District

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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.

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Sincerely,

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PATRICK O'DONNELL