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Wage increases good for all

Posted: May 13th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni Last month, some observers remarked that the new minimum wage in California went from idea to legislation to law with lightning-fast speed. But really, the wave that crested with the bill signing had been swelling for quite some time, as activists, union groups, and just plain regular working […]

Important work in Sacramento

Posted: April 8th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni It’s easy at the state capitol to get caught up in negotiations over precise bill language and amendments and so much legalese and legislative jargon. It’s an intense place. And then something happens that reminds us why we take it all so seriously.

Notes from Toni – March 2016

Posted: March 11th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly Sometimes it feels like the past two years went by in a blur. Other times, they felt like a lifetime. On March 7, I handed the keys to the Speaker’s office over to Anthony Rendon, and I became Speaker Emeritus, a title I’ll carry until my days […]

Notes from Toni – January 2016

Posted: January 8th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly Every other January marks an interesting time in the Capitol. As you might know, the state Legislature works in two-year sessions. The current session began last January and concludes on Aug. 31, 2016. Since we’re right in the middle, it’s a good time to reflect on the […]

Notes from Toni – December 2015

Posted: December 11th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni Atkins | Speaker of the Assembly From Dec. 5 through Dec. 11, Paris, France has been hosting the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 21. Nearly 50,000 heads of state, climate leaders, policy experts, and others from all over the world are expected to attend. […]

Notes from Toni — October 2015

Posted: October 9th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Speaker of Assembly As I embarked on this year’s legislative session, one of my primary motivators was a 2014 Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) report showing half of California’s children live in poverty or near poverty. This spurred my colleagues and I to work harder to seek solutions for […]

Notes from Toni – Aug. 14, 2015

Posted: August 14th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Assembly Speaker Taxing road wear Our state highways and bridges and our local streets and roads are in serious disrepair and it’s impacting all of us, from how much we pay to maintain our cars and how much personal time we lose sitting in traffic, to how much our economy […]