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Editorial: Fighting for Our Furry Friends - Signal Tribune

They are man’s best friend, the furry felines who make a house a home. Our animal companions are loved just as though they are members of our family. It’s been said that the unconditional love and loyalty of pets can lift depression, ease loneliness and even lower blood pressure. My own family recently grew in size with the adoption of two rescue dogs who bring joy, laughter and love to our lives every single day.

With Stepped-Up Immigration Enforcement, Assembly Bill Aims at Protecting California Students from ICE Raids

As turmoil continues to spill out of the nation’s capitol, lawmakers in California are not slowing efforts to proactively combat policies pushed by President Donald Trump and his staff. Today, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell joined those ranks in introducing a bill that would safeguard school campuses from immigration detentions if adopted by the state legislature.

O’Donnell, who represents Long Beach and is head of the assembly’s education committee, co-authored Assembly Bill 699 with Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco.

Long Beach Press-Telegram: Long Beach’s Patrick O’Donnell hopes to save puppies and other pets with new state legislation

By Tim Grobaty, Long Beach Press Telegram

“Assemblyman Patrick ‘Save the Puppies’ O’Donnell here,” said Patrick “Save the Puppies” O’Donnell by phone on Monday afternoon.

The newly weaned moniker comes from the assemblyman’s introduction of a bill (AB 485) on Monday that would make it more difficult for pet stores to sell puppies, kittens and rabbits that come from –

Legislation targeting shortage of teachers: Lawmaker hopes to make getting credential easier, more affordable for those entering field

Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, proposed Assembly Bill 169 to establish a $20,000 grant program for students enrolled in teaching credential programs specializing in areas of high need. He also crafted Assembly Bill 170 to repeal a law prohibiting state college students from graduating in four years with a teaching credential. - See more at: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-01-23/legislation-targeting-shortage-of-teachers-lawmaker-hopes-to-make-getting-credential-easier-more-affordable-for-those-entering-field/1776425174680.html#sthash.IHBYNd9G.dpuf