Assemblyman Anthony Rendon Introduces Proposal for Lower L.A. River Revitalization

Update to L.A. River Master Plan focuses more attention and resources on Lower River

Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today introduced Assembly Bill 530 to spur much-needed revitalization of the lower portion of the L.A. River. The bill will establish a local working group tasked with updating the Los Angeles River Master Plan.

“The L.A. River should represent more than just a filming location for television shows and movies,” Rendon said. “Communities should have the opportunity to reconnect with the river that flows through their neighborhoods and engage with the natural environment around them.”

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon Statement on Attorney General’s Decision on Daughters of Charity Sale

Sacramento, CA – In response to Attorney General Kamala Harris approving the sale of the Daughters of Charity Health System to Prime Healthcare, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement:

I am exceptionally disappointed in the Attorney General’s decision to approve the sale of the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) to Prime Healthcare.

Community groups like those in the southeast Los Angeles County district I represent have organized for over a year to ensure a result that maintains the quality healthcare facilities they rely on. Today, the Attorney General dismissed those voices.

I remain gravely concerned about Prime’s ability to carry out DCHS’s mission of serving the poor and working on behalf of the community given the company’s history of cutting services, eliminating patients’ insurance contracts, raising prices, and laying off workers at hospitals it acquires.

Just yesterday, a San Bernardino Superior Court Judge found Prime Healthcare-owned Chino Valley Medical Center in contempt of court on 14 counts of needlessly admitting emergency room patients into the hospital in violation of the court's order to notify the patients' personal physicians.

Nonetheless, I will work – up to and including pursuing legislation – to ensure that Prime Healthcare lives up to the conditions placed on the sale, including keeping the hospitals open and key services available for 10 years, investing $150 million in capital improvement expenditures at the facilities over the next three years, and assuming payment of current and former employees’ retirement plans.

Rendon Appointment Ushers in Transparency for Transition to a Renewable Future

Sacramento, CA – After Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced his appointment as chair of the Utilities and Commerce Committee, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) expressed his appreciation and called for greater transparency as California transitions to a renewable future.

“Speaker Atkins’ appointment is a great honor for me, and I look forward to working closely with my committee members and all those who care about California’s energy future,” commented Rendon.  “Transparency in deciding how California’s businesses and families invest in energy will play a critical role in assuring our state’s vibrant, smart and safe renewable energy future.”  Rendon expects the Committee will exercise careful oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission in the years ahead.

Rendon Applauds Transparency in Historic Groundwater Legislation

Sacramento, CA – After Governor Brown signed the bills establishing groundwater management  across California, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon hailed the work of the legislators and the Governor who led the public debate that made this landmark legislation possible.

Rendon emphasized the importance of transparency: “The Governor and the Legislature working together, in an open and transparent process, is what makes important but controversial legislation succeed.  Public debate works.   The Legislature has worked on groundwater management bills for the last decade, and the Brown Administration proposed it back in the 70’s.  But, this year, the Governor, Senator Pavley, and Assemblymember Dickinson collaborated to bring everyone – including opponents – to the table for public debate and discussion.  They organized 14 public meetings and supported many other public discussions, through the California Water Foundation and the Association of California Water Agencies.  That transparency made the difference.”

Assemblymember Rendon Statement on Passage of New State Water Bond

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) released the following statement after passage of a new water bond to be considered by the voters in November.

“The passage this evening of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 reflects the culmination of more than a year of work by the Assembly on crafting a water bond for the people of California that involved a groundbreaking open and transparent process.

Water Conservation Tips

SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, shares some water saving tips.

This week’s English radio address is 1:08.

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Assemblymember Rendon Announces Amendments to Expand Water Storage

Increased Funding Will Create Jobs and Protect State from Future Droughts

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, announced today that he is proposing amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 1331the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014—to increase funding for above and below ground water storage from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion. The Assemblymember was joined by Central California lawmakers and industry trade groups who support the proposal.

“After holding hearings across the state, it’s clear that Californians want more storage in order to meet the growing water needs of our state,” said Assemblymember Rendon.  “This increase in water storage funding will help protect California from future droughts and provide tens of thousands of new jobs at the same time.”