Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell Representing the 70th California Assembly District https://a70.asmdc.org/ en Assemblymember O’Donnell announces $23 million in state budget funding for local investments to enhance quality of life https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220629-assemblymember-odonnell-announces-23-million-state-budget-funding-local <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember O’Donnell announces $23 million in state budget funding for local investments to enhance quality of life</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/29/2022 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-06-29T19:22:16Z" class="datetime">Wednesday, June 29, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span>(SACRAMENTO)</span></strong><span> –</span><span> Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D–Long Beach) has secured $23 million in funding in the state budget to promote local investments and improvements that will benefit the people of Assembly District 70. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Improving the quality of life in our local communities has been a key priority for me throughout the eight years I have served in the State Assembly,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “Our state’s budget not only funds our schools, social services and other vital programs, it also provides important investments in our neighborhoods and communities.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The 2022-23 California State Budget passed by the Legislature will contain funding for the following important community enhancements:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>$3.8 million for completion of the walking trail along the San Gabriel River to the Pacific Ocean.  </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>$1.6 million for completion of the El Dorado Regional Park Youth Softball and Baseball Fields in the City of Long Beach.  </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>$10.2 million for improvements at El Dorado East Regional Park in the City of Long Beach. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>$2.2 million for capital improvements of Camp Fire Long Beach in the City of Long Beach.  </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>$3.7 million for renovation and construction projects of Los Altos Family YMCA in the City of Long Beach.  </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>$1.6 million for improvements at Stearns Park in the City of Long Beach. </span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>“I am proud to have advocated for these projects in our district,” said O’Donnell. “They will enhance our community parks and recreational opportunities especially for our children. I have long said that a tired kid is a good kid and parks keep kids busy. Community parks also pay outsized dividends for everyone in improving mental and physical wellbeing.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The California State Budget legislation has been sent to Governor Newsom’s desk for his signature.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) chairs the Assembly Education Committee and the Assembly Select Committees on Ports and Goods Movement. He represents District 70 which includes the communities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.</span></em></span></span></p></div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:24:41 +0000 parrajf 1226 at https://a70.asmdc.org O’Donnell Statement Regarding SB 866 https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220607-odonnell-statement-regarding-sb-866 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">O’Donnell Statement Regarding SB 866</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/07/2022 - 11:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-06-07T18:31:56Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, June 7, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>“I consider myself a pro-vaxxer and have been vaccinated, boosted and have had COVID-19 twice. Further, I support vaccination requirements for public health purposes. However, S.B. 866 is an overreach. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Therefore, if and when S.B. 866 comes up for a vote on the Assembly Floor, I will not be supporting it for a number of reasons. First, parents have the primary role in raising their children and participating in their medical decisions; the state should be very cautious when attempting to infringe upon that. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Further, we must ask ourselves if this bill is the beginning of a slippery slope…will more laws come forward to disallow parental involvement in making decisions about their minor children?”</span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 07 Jun 2022 18:33:31 +0000 parrajf 1224 at https://a70.asmdc.org Statement from Assemblymember O’Donnell on School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220524-statement-assemblymember-odonnell-school-shooting-uvalde-texas <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Statement from Assemblymember O’Donnell on School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/24/2022 - 15:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-05-24T22:10:33Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 24, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>"As a parent, teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, my heart is in pain hearing about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>"These horrific crimes shatter the safety that all children deserve to feel in their schools. Gun violence is out of control in our country. This must be stopped by keeping guns away from those intent on committing mass violence. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>"As a classroom teacher, I know too many children are rightfully afraid of school violence. With each shooting, new trauma is inflicted on an exponential number of our students. This cannot be normalized any longer. As a member of the California Legislature, we must keep our children and all people safe and I am committed to taking responsible, common sense actions on gun laws and school safety to combat this societal scourge."</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 24 May 2022 22:12:04 +0000 parrajf 1222 at https://a70.asmdc.org Assemblymember O’Donnell calls proposed education funding a good start, but cautions May Revise budget still falls short https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220513-assemblymember-odonnell-calls-proposed-education-funding-good-start <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember O’Donnell calls proposed education funding a good start, but cautions May Revise budget still falls short</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/13/2022 - 12:16</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-05-13T19:15:14Z" class="datetime">Friday, May 13, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><strong>(SACRAMENTO) </strong>– Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revision to the proposed budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year:</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span>“Governor Newsom’s May Revised budget proposal is a good starting point, but it still falls short of reflecting the realities our schools are facing. As a parent, a teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I know the incredible pressure our schools are under. Inflation alone is exerting financial hardships on schools just as it is on families up and down our state. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The Governor’s proposed increases for schools need to be larger. Particularly, base funding needs to be higher. I am joint-authoring A.B. 1948 by our Budget Committee Chair, Assemblymember Phil Ting, which would raise base-level funding by 15 percent. This is an amount that reflects the true cost pressures schools are facing from inflation, retirement obligations, declining enrollment, COVID-related interrupted attendance, special education imbalance, salary and staff shortage incentive pay, and extended sick leave.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Given the amount of one-time General Funds available, we can responsibly make larger investments in school facilities that exceed the $3.9 billion proposed in the Governor’s revised budget plan. I believe $10 billion of one-time, non-Prop 98 funds is needed to modernize our school facilities, address deferred maintenance, and build new facilities where growth requires construction. Without substantially higher one-time investments, the burden to finance school facilities will disproportionately impact new homeowners through developer fees and higher property taxes. The opportunity presented by the state’s historic budget surplus can responsibly prevent this impact on Californians who already struggle to afford housing in our state.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island and is the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and Chair of the Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> Fri, 13 May 2022 19:16:33 +0000 parrajf 1221 at https://a70.asmdc.org Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Honors 2022 Women of Distinction https://a70.asmdc.org/video/20220406-assemblymember-patrick-odonnell-honors-2022-women-distinction <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Honors 2022 Women of Distinction</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/hardyje" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">hardyje</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/06/2022 - 12:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-04-06T19:23:00Z" class="datetime">Wednesday, April 6, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-oembed-video field--type-string field--label-hidden youtube-container--responsive field__item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DqMQJyoxC3oQ&amp;max_width=0&amp;max_height=0&amp;hash=aE_4hYu8nrTa4Q1ACbp04otuZLBQePPAHKHes315yEA" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="200" height="150" class="media-oembed-content" title="Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Honors 2022 Women of Distinction"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 06 Apr 2022 19:23:27 +0000 hardyje 1217 at https://a70.asmdc.org Assemblymember O’Donnell Honors 2022 Women of Distinction https://a70.asmdc.org/news/20220326-assemblymember-odonnell-honors-2022-women-distinction <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember O’Donnell Honors 2022 Women of Distinction</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/30/2022 - 15:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-03-26T22:18:46Z" class="datetime">Saturday, March 26, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) hosted his annual Assembly District 70 Women of Distinction recognition event on March 26 in celebration of Women’s History Month. The Assemblymember honored 22 outstanding women who live, work or volunteer in the 70th Assembly District and who go above and beyond in service to others. The honorees were nominated by the public and selected by the Assemblymember for their noteworthy and important contributions to our community. A video of the recognition ceremony can be viewed at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQJyoxC3oQ">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQJyoxC3oQ</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This year's honorees are:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Jane Alukonis</span></strong><span>, Education</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Christine V. Barry</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Dina Berg</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Holland Brown</span></strong><span>, Education</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Pheakdey Linde Chea</span></strong><span>, Health Services</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Pam Chotiswatdi</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Joy Contreras</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Charron Gonder</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Jennifer Holland</span></strong><span>, Public Safety</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Constance Jackson</span></strong><span>, Arts</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Geraldine Knatz</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Jennifer Kumiyama</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Debra Montalvo Layton</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Corliss Lee</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Julie Lie</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Brenda Magid</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Theresa J. Marino</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Anoosheh M. Oskouian</span></strong><span>, Business</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Denise Radde</span></strong><span>, Business<br /> <br /> <strong>Naomi Rainey-Pierson</strong>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Hali Wolf</span></strong><span>, Community Service</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span>Susan Wyant</span></span></strong><span><span>, Community Service</span></span><br />  </p></div> <button class="btn btn-info" type="button"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQJyoxC3oQ">View Article</a></button> Wed, 30 Mar 2022 22:22:39 +0000 parrajf 1216 at https://a70.asmdc.org Assemblymember O’Donnell introduces legislation to ban Ranked-Choice Voting in California https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220228-assemblymember-odonnell-introduces-legislation-ban-ranked-choice-voting <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember O’Donnell introduces legislation to ban Ranked-Choice Voting in California</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/28/2022 - 11:35</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-02-28T19:33:45Z" class="datetime">Monday, February 28, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span>(SACRAMENTO) – </span></span></strong><span><span>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) </span></span><span><span>has introduced AB 2808 to ban the election system known as ranked-choice voting.</span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span>“Ranked-choice voting allows an election to be gamed,” said O’Donnell. “Our democracy and our recent elections may be under heightened stress and scrutiny right now, but our long-established voting system is strong. We are a model for the world. We must not abandon our voting principles to chase the election flavor of the month.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Ranked-choice voting fundamentally alters the way voters choose their elected representatives. This new method of voting allows a voter to cast a ballot for more than one candidate by indicating a first choice, a second, or additional candidates by order of preference. Unless one candidate receives a majority of the vote, the ranked-choice system then calculates the votes using an unconventional and complex methodology.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In California, ranked-choice voting currently has a foothold in Albany, Berkeley, Eureka, Oakland, Palm Desert, San Francisco and San Leandro. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Advocates make no secret of the fact that they want to see ranked-choice voting spread across the entire state,” said O’Donnell. “The election process can be slow and voters sometimes deliver surprises, but the current system where voters clearly select one choice works, even if it means conducting a run-off election. This is the best system out there and California should stick with what works and not follow fads that alter the voice of voters. Elections can be messy and the process takes time, but that’s how democracy works and we should not change it. The right to vote is a fundamental American value and should not be molded into something akin to playing a predictive video game.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>AB 2808 is expected to </span></span></span></span>receive a hearing in a policy committee in the coming weeks<span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###<br /> <br /> <em>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) chairs the Assembly Education Committee and the Assembly Select Committees on Ports and Goods Movement. He represents District 70 which includes the communities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.</em></span></span></span></span></p></div> Mon, 28 Feb 2022 19:35:39 +0000 parrajf 1215 at https://a70.asmdc.org Assemblymember O’Donnell unveils legislation to create accountability for cities and counties amid homelessness crisis https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220222-assemblymember-odonnell-unveils-legislation-create-accountability-cities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember O’Donnell unveils legislation to create accountability for cities and counties amid homelessness crisis</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/22/2022 - 10:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Creates annual report card and empowers neighboring jurisdictions to sue each another if one community is not doing its part</div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-02-22T18:07:01Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, February 22, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span>(SACRAMENTO) – </span></span></strong><span><span>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) </span></span><span><span>has introduced an aggressive pair of bills that will seek to address the homelessness crisis. AB 2630 will require every city and county to submit a standardized “report card” detailing specific information as to its efforts to address the homelessness crisis. A second bill, AB 2631, will allow cities and counties to go to court to take action if nearby jurisdictions are not doing their part to address the homelessness crisis.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The two legislative efforts will collectively be called the Homelessness Accountability Now Act, and will attach hard data and results to the unprecedented tax-payer money the state has given local governments to address the crisis. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The Governor and the Legislature have committed billions of dollars to fight homelessness and we are poised to spend billions more, but what are Californians getting for this money?” asked O’Donnell. “More and more, the public is wondering why the problem doesn’t seem to be improving and, in some cases, the homeless crisis appears to be getting worse. Local governments ask for more money every year from the state, but I want to link more progress with more dollars. The era of local government just sticking out a hand for more money is over.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>AB 2630 would require all cities and counties to submit a report annually to the California Interagency Council on Homelessness providing detailed critical information on local work to combat homelessness. This mandate would apply to all cities (including charter cities) and counties.<br /> <br /> The second bill, AB 2631, would allow cities and counties to sue one another if a neighboring jurisdiction’s failure to effectively address this crisis results in another community being negatively impacted.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“These two bills are a one-two punch. It has the potential to be some of the most impactful legislation because it is focused on transparency, results, and accountability,” said O’Donnell. “Cities and counties are more than willing to use public funding for programs to fight homelessness, but does that money really help get our fellow Californians off the streets and into safe shelters? We need to have those answers.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Over the last three years, California has committed </span></span><a href="https://apnews.com/article/california-coronavirus-pandemic-homelessness-dac338003e3f78986bc9369430cddd0b"><span><span>more than $13 billion to address homelessness</span></span></a><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.capradio.org/articles/2021/03/19/californias-homeless-population-rose-7-to-161000-ahead-of-the-pandemic-new-report-finds/"><span><span>Recent data on homelessness</span></span></a><span><span> shows 161,000 people in California are unhoused. This represents a 7 percent increase from 2019 to 2020 according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“It is time for cities and counties to come clean and show us their real results. We all want to see people getting the shelter and services they need and deserve. Until we have real transparency and accountability, there is no way of knowing if these funds are being spent effectively,” O’Donnell said.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>AB 2630 and 2631 are expected to receive hearings in a policy committee in the coming weeks.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><em>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.</em></span></span></p></div> Tue, 22 Feb 2022 18:09:32 +0000 parrajf 1214 at https://a70.asmdc.org Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation to Ease the Supply Chain Crisis in California https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220218-assemblymember-odonnell-introduces-legislation-ease-supply-chain-crisis <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation to Ease the Supply Chain Crisis in California</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/18/2022 - 10:58</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-02-18T18:56:49Z" class="datetime">Friday, February 18, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span>(SACRAMENTO)</span></strong><span> –</span><span> Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell is leading a multipronged effort to strengthen our state’s strained supply chain. O’Donnell has introduced a resolution declaring a supply chain crisis in California and legislation to help the state’s ports cope with the increased volume of imports that has led to long delays, particularly at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span>“With high levels of container cargo shipments expected for the foreseeable future, it’s vital that we address one of the most obvious areas of congestion in our supply chain—the lack of sufficient truck chassis. If we can’t efficiently move containers at our ports, the whole system will continue to be impacted.”</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span>Truck chassis are the trailers that trucks use to move containers.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We simply need more truck chassis. With growing worldwide demand, it makes sense that California creates the solution here at home, to not only keep our economy moving, but also create good manufacturing jobs at the same time.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>AB 2227 would establish a tax credit of up to 6 percent for manufacturers of truck chassis built in California. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This legislation was introduced to coincide with California Ports Day, a day of outreach to California leaders on the importance of California’s ports and the enormous role they fill in the nation’s intermodal supply chain.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The pandemic-induced global disruptions to the intermodal supply chain have resulted in a crisis which has negatively impacted the health, safety, environment, and economy of the State of California,” said John McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA).  “We are committed to continue to work hard with Assemblyman O’Donnell and his colleagues to tackle these challenges, address the crisis, and find creative ways to make California’s ports and supply chains more resilient, efficient, and effective.”</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span>“On behalf of the California Association of Port Authorities, I’m proud to support these important initiatives that will help get goods moving across the supply chain,” said Danny Wan, </span></span></span><span>CAPA President and Port of Oakland Executive Director</span><span><span><span>. “Home to our nation’s three largest container ports and responsible for handling 38% of containerized imports in the nation, California Ports play a critical role in our state and nation’s economy.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ACR 140, also introduced by O’Donnell, officially designates the congested supply chain for imported and exported goods as a crisis which requires a multi-faceted and proactive response.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) chairs the Assembly Select Committees on Ports and Goods Movement. He represents both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Assembly District 70 which includes the communities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span> </span></span></p></div> Fri, 18 Feb 2022 18:58:52 +0000 parrajf 1213 at https://a70.asmdc.org Assemblymember O’Donnell Takes Action Against Soaring Catalytic Converter Thefts https://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220217-assemblymember-odonnell-takes-action-against-soaring-catalytic-converter <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember O’Donnell Takes Action Against Soaring Catalytic Converter Thefts</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/parrajf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">parrajf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/17/2022 - 10:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-02-17T18:20:22Z" class="datetime">Thursday, February 17, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span>(SACRAMENTO)</span></strong><span> –</span><span> Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) has introduced AB 2407 to address the dramatic rise in catalytic converter thefts. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, catalytic converter thefts increased by 400% countywide in 2020.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>AB 2407 would tighten requirements on the sale of catalytic converters to junk dealers and recyclers to crack down on criminal activity. Specifically, AB 2407 would require any person or business that buys a used catalytic converter to:</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span>Share the information they are required to collect about the seller with local law enforcement.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Obtain a thumbprint from each seller and keep it on file for two years.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Sign up to receive notifications about catalytic converter theft in their area.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>The bill would also add catalytic converters to the list of stolen metals currently tracked on a theft alert website maintained by the metal recycling industry. Law enforcement and individuals can report thefts and the information will alert metal recyclers within a 100 mile radius of the theft.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“These outrageous crimes can be committed in as little as two minutes and may net the thieves a few hundred dollars,” said O’Donnell. “For vehicle owners, the repairs cost thousands of dollars, plus the costs of losing the use of your car for days or weeks. These thefts are out of control and we must increase accountability. By making it harder for the criminal to turn a quick buck, we can reduce the incentive to commit these crimes in the first place.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Catalytic converters are emission control devices on vehicles that reduce pollution. They contain small amounts of highly valuable metals, including platinum, rhodium, palladium and iridium. This makes them attractive targets for thieves.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>AB 2407 is expected to receive a hearing in a policy committee in the coming weeks.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) chairs the Assembly Education Committee and the Assembly Select Committees on Ports and Goods Movement. He represents District 70 which includes the communities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.</span></em></span></span></p></div> Thu, 17 Feb 2022 18:21:37 +0000 parrajf 1212 at https://a70.asmdc.org