Bi-partisan group of California lawmakers calls on House leaders to stop harmful Farm Bill amendment

37 legislators ask Pelosi and McCarthy to protect California’s food safety and environmental and animal protection laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today thirty-five state legislators joined Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly's Water, Parks & Wildlife committee in signing a letter addressed to House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy requesting their leadership in stopping a harmful amendment to the Farm Bill. The so-called "King Amendment," named after its author Rep. Steve King of Iowa, would nullify dozens of California's laws.

Governor Signs Bill To Help Deliver Clean Water and Governance To Maywood

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 240 by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon was signed by Governor Brown.  AB 240 addresses the water quality problems in the 63rd Assembly district by requiring mutual water companies like those that that deliver water to Maywood’s residents to comply with the Brown Act and the Public Records Act—two icons of public agency law.

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.

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