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Thursday, February 15, 2018

AB 2591 seeks to extend the date by which the hospital must meet seismic compliance


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New bill increases funding for removal of abandoned oil and gas facilities in Long Beach tidelands


(SACRAMENTO) –Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 2404 Wednesday to remove the limit on the amount of revenue deposited into the State’s Oil Trust Fund. This fund is solely used to clean up abandoned oil wells within the Long Beach tidelands that are no longer in use.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New legislation introduced in partnership with CSU Long Beach’s Shark Lab

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 2191 Monday to fund research of the increasing numbers of sharks along the California coast, as well as protection efforts for sharks and beachgoers.  

“As a parent, my priority is the safety of our kids,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “This bill is about learning why there are more sharks and how to deal with the increase so we can keep our kids safe at the beach.”

Monday, February 5, 2018

Governor Brown’s budget proposal includes funding to increase number of qualified special education teachers

 (SACRAMENTO) – The Governor’s proposed budget includes funding for increasing the number of special education teachers, consistent with Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s (D – Long Beach) Assembly Bill 169, which addresses the teacher shortage in critical key subjects.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Chair of Assembly Education Committee joined by educators and students to support AB 1951

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), joined by educators and students, introduced the Pathways to College Act (Assembly Bill 1951) Tuesday.

The bill works to open doors to higher education for parents and students by allowing school districts to offer college admissions tests like the SAT or ACT during the school day at no cost to students. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chair of Assembly Education Committee applauds fiscal responsibility, calls for more efforts to fund K-12 Career Technical Education programs

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement Wednesday regarding Governor Brown’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year:

Friday, January 5, 2018

By Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell

Schools must prepare students for college — or for work.

Every good paying job does not require a college degree and every student is not going to get a college degree. Statistics support these facts. Thankfully, California’s education policy is starting to support these facts as well.

Approximately 30 years ago, California educational policy altered its course. It went from a model that offered students “multiple paths” to success (i.e., vocational opportunities) to a “one-size-fits-all” approach in which every student would get a four-year university degree.