SACRAMENTO, CA – Despite relentless campaigning in the Los Angeles city races and record spending by candidates and ballot campaigns, low voter turnout was widely apparent yesterday. The initial turnout is reported to be about 19%, one of the lowest on record. This number compared to the 54% of area residents who voted in the most recent Presidential election.
“Aligning these races would help increase turnout in elections that hit closest to home and save taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “It’s critical we consider the positive impact this would have by making Angelenos a more important part of the political process.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Proposition 39 Co-Chairs Tom Steyer and Senator Kevin de León issued the following statement responding to the Governor’s latest proposal for expending the Proposition 39 funds dedicated to energy efficiency projects:
“Proposition 39 was years in the making. After several unsuccessful legislative attempts, we appealed directly to the voters. In that initiative we pledged strict accountability using benchmarking and exacting measurement and verification to guarantee the voters will see energy efficiency results and maximum job creation.
After Election Day, we held stakeholder meetings and hearings across the state on how to best allocate the Proposition 39 funds and we concluded that that smartest investment is energy efficiency retrofits for schools, to create long-term cost savings and direct more money back into the classroom.
We applaud the Governor for targeting schools for these funds. Our belief is that the funding formula needs to focus on the accountability and transparency necessary to meet the spirit and intent of Proposition 39.
While the funding formula reflected in the Governor’s May Revision needs additional work to address the accountability and transparency standards that serve the public interest, we are grateful that the Governor is working with us to achieve the promises of Proposition 39. We believe in the next few weeks we can work out an implementation plan to achieve Proposition 98 deficit reductions while laying the groundwork to report back to the voters the precise outcome of the expenditure of this public money.
Our goal is that at the conclusion of this program we will be able to tell the voters exactly how many kilowatts per hour were saved, how much greenhouse emission reductions were achieved, how many jobs were created, how many dollars were put back in the classroom, and how student achievement and health were improved. We look forward to working with the Governor to deliver very clear and measurable results.”
Dozens of children from the Betty Plasencia Elementary and Plasencia Magnet School in Los Angeles traveled to Sacramento today to demonstrate their support for solar power in California.
Holding signs reading “I Heart Solar Power” and “Go Solar CA,” the children held back-to-back events with Sen. Kevin de León and Assemblymember Gomez to rally for solar power, clean air, and environmental responsibility. Before a crowd gathered under the Capitol Rotunda, the children sang “Here Comes the Sun” and “Solar Power to the People,” conveying their vision for California, including Los Angeles, to be powered by clean energy.
SACRAMENTO, CA—To reduce gun violence in our communities and to further the state’s efforts to get firearms out of criminals’ hands, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Senate Bill 38 (SB 38) the Gun Amnesty Program, which would give persons who are armed and prohibited from possessing firearms a brief opportunity to voluntarily surrender their guns before the Attorney General executes orders to confiscate them. The measure will create an incentive for individuals to surrender their illegally possessed firearms.
“This is one last chance for criminals,” said Senator De León. “By creating a strong incentive for these people to surrender their firearms we will effectively reduce the backlog on the APPS list and free up resources for the Department of Justice to concentrate on the most dangerous outlaws.”
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RIVERSIDE, CA – To implement Proposition 39 passed by the voters, Campaign Co-Chair Senator Kevin de León is convening the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Riverside. The hearing will examine the best ways to implement Proposition 39 to create jobs and improve schools.
Friday, April 5th
Riverside Adult School – Board Room
6735 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside
LOS ANGELES – Californians are strongly in favor of keeping ammunition out of the wrong hands according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll released today conducted by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Republican polling firm American Viewpoint. A clear majority, 79% and an overwhelming majority of gun owners, 66% want to require ammunition buyers to provide a thumbprint and ID for background checks.
As part of the package of gun control bills introduced by the Senate Democrats, Senate Bill 53 (D-De León) requires anyone wishing to purchase ammunition to pass a background check. The California Police Chiefs Association has announced their support and declared the passage of SB 53 a priority. The bill is also supported by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, California Chapters; California Partnership to End Domestic Violence; City of Beverly Hills; City of Oakland; County of Los Angeles; Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Los Angeles Community College District; Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, County of Los Angeles; Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles; and Women Against Gun Violence.
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FRESNO, CA – To implement Proposition 39 passed by the voters, Campaign Co-Chair Senator Kevin de León is convening the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Fresno. The hearing will examine the best ways to implement Proposition 39 to create jobs and improve schools.
Thursday, March 7
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Hugh Burns State Building – Assembly Room
2550 Mariposa Mall, Fresno, CA 93721
SACRAMENTO – The director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) met with the Senators today and pledged to work with Senate investigators exploring allegations that the agency has not properly enforced state regulations.
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Monday & Tuesday - February 25-26
Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)