Legislature Sends Bill To Fix Maywood Water To Gov. Brown

Sacramento, CA – The State Assembly voted 51-22 to send AB 240 by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon to Governor Brown for approval. AB 240 would make mutual water companies more transparent and accountable to the residents that receive water from them. The bill also allows the Water Replenishment District of Southern California to potentially receive millions in grants to improve drinking water quality in Maywood.

Assembly Water Bond Working Group Completes Its Work on New State Water Bond

Leaner Cleaner Version of State Water Bond Submitted For Public Debate

Sacramento, CA – The Water Bond Working Group convened by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and chaired by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon has completed its initial work on rebooting the critically flawed water bond passed by the Legislature in 2009.  Rendon commented:

“I am very proud of the efforts of the Working Group.  Each member dedicated a tremendous amount of time representing the priorities and concerns of their communities and constituents. We convened a very broad and public process to craft a leaner and cleaner proposal to move forward.”

Senate Budget Committee Passes Bill To Fix Maywood Water

Sacramento, CA – The Senate Budget Committee voted 9-5 to pass AB 240 by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon that would make mutual water companies more transparent and accountable to the residents that receive water from them.  The bill also allows the Water Replenishment District of Southern California to potentially receive millions in grants to improve drinking water quality in Maywood.

The residents of the City of Maywood receive water from three private mutual water companies that currently are not subject to comprehensive oversight.  Maywood residents have for years expressed concerns about the quality of the water they receive, citing problems with discoloration, odors and taste.  Various studies have found the presence of manganese and other unhealthy elements in the water.  Some residents have even complained about the physical ailments that have resulted from bathing in the water. 

Assembly Member Anthony Rendon Statement on State Budget

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Member Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement on the State Budget signed by Governor Brown:

“I applaud Governor Brown and my colleagues in the Legislature for passing and signing into law a balanced and cautiously measured budget. However, I am gravely disappointed by the additional blue pencil reduction of $5 million for preschool and the state’s overall latch-key approach toward early education and child care.

Senate Committee Passes Bill To Improve Maywood Water

Sacramento, CA – AB 240, authored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee on a 4-1 vote.

AB 240 takes important steps to remedy the lack of transparency in mutual water companies like the three that currently provide water to the City of Maywood.

Bill to Revitalize General Child Care Passes Its First Committee

Sacramento, CA – The Assembly Education Committee passed Assemblyman Anthony Rendon's AB 273, which provides money to local child care workers in the General Child Care Program for Infants and Toddlers, on a 6-1 vote.

This program serves impoverished children and provides them with full-day, full-year child care. The additional funds will go towards providing sustainable, high-quality learning programs through braided federal Early Head Start support services and GCC-IT. Early Edge California, Zero To Three and the California Child Development Administrators Association sponsored Rendon's bill.

Committee Passes Bill Inspired by Local Government Mismanagement Scandals

Sacramento, CA – The Assembly Local Government Committee passed AB 941 authored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon and sponsored by State Controller John Chiang on a bipartisan 9-0 vote.

AB 941 was inspired by the egregious corruption in the City of Bell that is currently being prosecuted.  Recently, Bell’s former mayor was found guilty on five felony charges for the misappropriation of funds.  The same jury also convicted four former city council members on various counts.  Prosecutors alleged that the six ex-council members, the city manager and another city staff member turned the city treasury into "their own piggy bank, which they looted at will."

Between 2006 and 2010, prosecutors have alleged that these officials received ridiculous salaries for doing no work and were paid nearly $8,000 a month for meetings on four boards that never took place or lasted just a few minutes.

This bill extends the Controller’s authority to: (1) Expedite the identification of fiscal mismanagement, (2) Establish meaningful consequences for local agencies that fail to operate with proper fiscal stewardship, and (3) provide support mechanisms for local agencies to use before they reach a crisis.

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Assembly Member Anthony Rendon was elected to the Legislature in November of 2012 to represent the 63rd Assembly District.  The 63rd Assembly District covers the cities and communities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, and South Gate.  Assembly Member Rendon serves on the following committees:  Budget; Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security; Joint Legislative Audit Committee; Utilities and Commerce; and Water, Parks and Wildlife.

CONTACT: Bill Wong, Office (916) 319-3692, Cell (916) 708-2828, bill.wong@asm.ca.gov

Committee Passes Rendon’s Health Fair Volunteer Bill

Sacramento, CA – The Assembly Business & Professions Committee passed AB 512, authored by Assembly Member Rendon and sponsored by Los Angeles County, on a bipartisan 13-0 vote.

AB 512 extends a law to allow out-of-state health care providers to volunteer at non-profit health events like Los Angeles’ CareNow and CareHarbor Health Events and the Remote Area Medical clinics held in Sacramento and Oakland.  In 2012 alone, these events served more than 28,000 people and even more could be served if qualified out-of-state medical practitioners are allowed to volunteer their services.

Committee Passes Rendon’s Energy Retrofit Jobs Bill

Sacramento, CA – The Assembly Banking & Finance Committee voted 8-3 to pass AB 122 authored by Assembly Member Rendon and sponsored by State Controller John Chiang.

AB 122 creates a statewide financing program to encourage commercial building owners to install energy retrofits. Currently, many commercial property owners do not retrofit their buildings because projects are too expensive, it is difficult to find affordable financing, and the pay-back period for the loans takes too long to realize the cost savings of the loan.