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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

White sharks are being sighted off the California coast more than ever before. As the species interacts more and more with humans, researchers find themselves in need of more funding—and beachgoers will have to reevaluate their relationship with an animal most famous for its villainous role on the silver screen.

When writer Peter Benchley heard about a 4,550-pound shark that was caught near Montauk in 1964, he became fascinated. He jumped aboard fishing boats to hear stories of great white encounters, dove in cages to get looks up close, and eventually wrote his own fictional narrative in 1974, titled Jaws. The subsequent 1975 Steven Spielberg film—about a rogue, 25-foot-long white shark that developed a taste for human flesh and terrorized a small New England town—ignited a fear of sharks that has lasted for generations.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Assemblymember O’Donnell responds to latest development in the effort to keep Community Hospital Long Beach operational 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

California budget includes funds for CSULB Shark Lab

 

(Sacramento) –The 2018-19 budget approved by the Legislature Thursday includes Assemblymember O’Donnell’s request for funding to research the increased number of shark sightings along the California coast.

The budget includes $3.75 million for the world-renowned California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab to conduct research of the rising number of shark sightings and incidents in local waters.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Chair of Assembly Education Committee is pleased that the state is living within its means while prioritizing funding for schools

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

(Long Beach, CA) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D–Long Beach) kicked off Breakwater Awareness Month alongside local beach-lovers, high school surf coaches and students, family and friends at the 9th Annual Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves Ceremony. "We want our waves back," Assemblymember O'Donnell said. "The breakwater is bad for our water quality and bad for our local economy." The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation co-hosted this free event in support of efforts to sink the breakwater.

Monday, June 4, 2018

AB 1951 allows school districts to give 11th grade students a college entrance exam instead of state-required assessment

 

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 1951, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) to provide access to college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT during the school day, passed the Assembly Tuesday and now awaits referral to its first Senate policy committee.