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.

Nationally Renowned Scientists Release Statement about Toxic Health Effects of Lead-Based Ammunition

Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon and Richard Pan Say Scientific Evidence Shows Need for AB 711 to Phase Out Lead Ammunition

Sacramento – Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) today touted a report published by the leading scientists in the field of lead poisoning who say that “overwhelming scientific evidence” shows the toxic effect of lead-based ammunition on human health and the environment. 

"Environmental exposure to lead is known to cause neurological deficits in intelligence and behavior in children.  Lead ammunition is now the second largest use of lead in the United States," said Dr. Pan, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee. "As a pediatrician, I am proud to cosponsor AB711 to phase out use of lead-based ammunition and reduce lead in our environment."

Speaker John A. Pérez Announces Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Chair

SACRAMENTO –Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced a new Assistant Majority Floor Leader and a new Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Chair, replacing former Assemblymember Ben Hueso, who was sworn into the Senate today. These appointments are effective immediately.

Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) will take over the position of Assistant Majority Floor Leader, replacing Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lynwood).

Assemblymember Rendon is the new Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.