(Sacramento, CA)—It is time California schools teach students how to create technology, not just use it. AB 1764 is an important first step towards that end. Highlighting the interconnections between computer science and mathematics will make computer science more accessible and ensure that more students are given the tools they need to pursue the college and career pathways in this critical field. By the end of the decade, over half of all jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States will require highly technical computer knowledge and experience.
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) encourages women to reduce their risk of heart disease through early detection and action. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 86 recognizes the month of February as American Heart Month and February 7th as Wear Red Day, a campaign by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women’s heart health issues.
This week’s radio address is 2:47.
Friday, February 7, 2014 marks the close of the 10th year of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement and the 11th annual National Wear Red Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women and promoting women's heart health. I was proud to introduce ACR 86 on the Assembly Floor yesterday, which recognizes the month of February 2014 as American Heart Month in California and February 7, 2014 as Wear Red Day in California. Will you join me in showing your support by wearing red on Friday, February 7?
We've made significant progress, but we have far to go. Here's why:
- One in three women will die of heart disease.
- More women's lives are taken by heart disease than all cancers combined.
- Heart disease kills more women than men.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Heart disease risk factors for women are high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, stress, age, race, and family history of heart disease.
Here's how you can join in:
Go Red. Show your support on National Wear Red Day and encourage others to do the same. Collective action can be the difference between life and death.
Speak Red. Inspire others and be inspired. Tell your story, offer your wisdom and learn from other women at GoRedForWomen.org.
Take care of your heart. To make a habit of healthier food choices, visit GoRedForWomen.org.
Demand change. Speak up for public policies that advance heart health for women. Become a voice within your community and other women's voices will join in.
Help us make America Go Red and save women's lives! If you have any questions regarding National Wear Red Day or for more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org/WearRedDay.
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
(Sacramento, CA)—I praise the Governor’s efforts to establish a meaningful rainy day fund to minimize the tremendous volatility in the budget that we have seen in recent decades. The huge swings in revenue have made it extremely difficult to sustain critical programs and services.
I was very pleased to hear the Governor’s top priorities for dealing with the severe drought facing California are conservation and water storage. Conservation will have an immediate impact. Increased storage will provide more certainty over the long term and promote regional planning for water sustainability. Recharging our aquifers should be the first priority for storage as it is the easiest way to expand capacity.
(Sacramento, CA)—The Governor’s budget confirms that California’s economy is on the path to recovery with revenues increasing and our unemployment rate decreasing. His budget recognizes that to ensure our state’s fiscal health over time, we must manage our money wisely, pay down our wall of debt and prioritize programs and services that build a strong economy and safe communities.
As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I am pleased to see the Governor’s continuing commitment to increase funding for both K-12 and higher education. The budget retires the remaining $6.4 billion in deferred payments, enabling school districts and community colleges to avoid short term borrowing costs and to plan for the future. It also increases Proposition 98 spending by $6.1 billion. While this does not fully restore funding to pre-recession levels, it will have a significant impact on the ability of schools to fund and restore critical services.
(Sacramento, CA) – Today Governor Brown signed Assemblymember Buchanan’s AB 620, a bill to protect vulnerable members of our communities. This bill requires certain care facilities serving adults with developmental disabilities and the elderly to develop plans to notify family members and law enforcement when an individual under their care goes missing.
According to Assemblymember Buchanan, “This bill was a high priority for me. It was brought to me by a constituent, Denise Lester, after her developmentally disabled daughter was missing for over seven hours from a care facility, and subsequently required three days hospitalization. Another case in our county had a tragic ending when an Alzheimer’s patient was found dead after wandering from her care facility. We were surprised to learn that current law has no requirement for a facility to notify family or law enforcement.”
Pleasant Hill – Assemblymember Buchanan honored senior volunteers at Culture to Culture’s 6th Annual Senior Volunteer Awards. The Culture to Culture Foundation is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to promoting mental health and emotional wellness in the Bay Area’s Asian-American community.
(Sacramento, CA)— Today the legislature passed AB 375, a bill that could become “one of the State’s most important and overdue education reforms in more than a decade,” according to the Los Angeles Times. AB 375 protects children and streamlines the teacher discipline and dismissal process, saving school districts time and money while ensuring student safety.
Assemblymember Buchanan said, “I am gratified that after long debate and months of hard work, AB 375 is on its way to the Governor’s desk. The current system results in dismissal disputes taking years to resolve with costs that can exceed $100,000. The only people who win are the attorneys. This is a major step in the right direction.”
(Oakland, CA)—Today the California State Assembly approved AB 1008, authored by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), which keeps San Leandro Hospital and Alameda Hospital open by allowing Alameda Health System (AHS) to retain the current workforce and ensure continuity in retirement and other employment benefits. Additionally, AB 1008 ensures that AHS negotiates with physicians on staff prior to any decision to contract out the medical services. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the measure passed:
"AB 1008 is the culmination of a strong effort by my office, in conjunction with Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, to keep San Leandro Hospital open, protect the jobs and benefits of hard-working nurses and health employees, and prevent unnecessary contracting out within the new Alameda Health System," said Bonta. "Without AB 1008, AHS would be unable to offer new contracts to employees at San Leandro Hospital that maintain parity with their current benefits structure, which would lead to the closure of San Leandro Hospital. It is absolutely essential to maintain the robust, high quality health care services that San Leandro Hospital provides," Bonta concluded.
It is both an honor and a privilege to represent you in the State Assembly. Our schools and districts are among the highest scoring in the state. Our communities have high expectations for our children and support our schools with both money and time. You make a difference!
As summer winds down and California’s six million children head back to school, I would like to share some thoughts. No industry is more important than public education. Our public schools give all of our children, regardless of circumstances, the opportunity to learn and achieve their dreams. When I speak to top executives of technology companies, they tell me they are located in the Bay Area for one reason: our intellectual talent.
This year, our districts will prepare for the implementation of the new Common Core curriculum and the Smarter Balanced tests in the 2014-15 school year. Governor Brown and the Legislature included $1.25 billion in the budget over the next two years to support this transition. The English Language Arts curriculum will include a greater emphasis on non-fiction reading, recognizing that our students must be able to read history, math and science texts with the same fluency as literature. The math curriculum places greater emphasis on understanding concepts, recognizing that success in math and the development of problem solving skills requires more than rote memorization. These changes will also foster success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas.
School districts have the option to administer the Smarter Balanced tests in paper and pencil format for the first three years and transition to the computer adaptive format in the third year. Ensuring our schools have both the equipment and bandwidth is an enormous challenge.
I support these changes, but also know that successful transition and implementation require staff training as well as instructional materials that are aligned with the new curriculum. I hope all members of the education community – administrators, educators, staff, parents and students – will engage in the conversation and support the new standards. It is also important to continue to recognize the importance of the arts and extra-curricular activities for developing well-rounded students.
To all the teachers and staff who are preparing their classrooms for the new school year, thank you for choosing to become educators and for all the work you do to provide a high quality education for all our children.
To parents and community members, thank you again for your ongoing support.
Finally, to our students, I hope you enjoy the school year, but more importantly, I hope you enjoy learning. It is a lifelong journey.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Buchanan welcomes her 2013 Summer District Office Interns to the State Capitol. Interns provide critical staff assistance throughout the year and get to see the legislative process first-hand.
“The Governor and legislative leaders have reached a compromise on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This revolutionary change in the way schools throughout the state will be funded is long overdue. By increasing the funding for all school districts beginning with the next school year, we can begin the process of reinvesting in education, which has been devastated by over $20 billion in cuts imposed due to the economic downturn of recent years.
Education leaders from throughout the state consistently communicated to me that all districts should be restored to their 2007-08 funding levels and that the base grant needed to be increased to reflect existing core categorical programs that serve all students. The budget has been increased to restore funding for all districts to their pre-recession levels, adjusted for inflation.
Assemblymember Buchanan gives a legislative update to Moraga residents and the Chamber of Commerce.
Assemblymember Buchanan and Controller John Chiang discuss the state budget at a forum hosted by the East Bay Leadership Group, formerly the Contra Costa Council.
Assemblymember Buchanan presents a resolution honoring their 25th Anniversary to the Contra Costa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Each year Assemblymember Buchanan displays student art in the District Office for a couple months, followed by a Student Art Reception in the office. Our artists this year hail from Christiansen Middle School, Mendenhall Middle School, and Livermore High School - all in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.
A series of Pancake Breakfasts were held in the district this spring. Assemblymember Buchanan had an opportunity to meet constituents and listen to their concerns, to discuss the budget, her legislation, and the Delta.
Assemblymember Buchanan addresses education finance at the California State PTA Convention in San Jose.
(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Joan Buchanan recognized United States Army Specialist Belia Martinez, of Livermore, as the 2013 Veteran of the Year for the 16th Assembly District today, at a ceremony in Sacramento.
Specialist Martinez grew up in south Texas, adjacent to the Mexican border. Although her family struggled to make ends meet, she knew that a formal education would provide opportunities for her future. She worked hard in high school and following her graduation, enlisted in the United States Army. She served in South Korea and Washington State, ending her active service as an E4 Specialist. Martinez continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve at the conclusion of her active duty. She also went on to study at Texas Women’s University with the financial support she received from the U.S. Army. She successfully earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business.
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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:37
Buchanan Bill on Juvenile Sex Offenders Signed into Law by Governor
Sacramento - Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) is pleased to announce that Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 324 into law. AB 324 clarifies the status of the law with regard to the commitment and housing of juvenile sex offenders in response to a recent court case that would prohibit the…Continue reading...
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:59
Assemblymember Buchanan Announces the Submission of California's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Application
Sacramento - Assemblymember Buchanan is proud to announce that Governor Brown, along with State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education Chair Michael Kirst submitted the application for the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT-ELC) on October 17, 2011. The goal of…Continue reading...
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 08:08
Buchanan Bond Initiatives Reform Bill Signed into Law by Governor
(Sacramento, CA)— Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) is pleased to announce that Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 732 into law. The bill passed through both houses of the Legislature with unanimous support. AB 732 requires an explanatory table, which will appear in the ballot pamphlet, summarizing the Legislative Analyst's estimate…Continue reading...
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:57
Buchanan Double Fine Zone Bill Signed into Law by the Governor
(Sacramento, CA) - Today Assembly Bill 348 (Buchanan), re-authorizing a Safety Enhancement-Double Fine Zone along Vasco Road was signed into law by the Governor. Vasco Road has an accident rate twice the state average for similar roads. Last year, Marco Ortiz, an Alameda County Deputy Sheriff from Brentwood, was killed…Continue reading...
Monday, 06 June 2011 14:13
Buchanan Honors The Brass Bear Deli as 2011 Small Business of the Year
(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) today recognized Mehran Hamzeh, owner of the Brass Bear Deli, as the Small Business of the Year for the 15th Assembly District. "Mehran and Sheida Hamzeh are wonderful individuals and I am proud to honor them as the Small Business of the Year,"…Continue reading...
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 11:07
Assemblymember Buchanan Wants to Save Education from the Budget Ax
(Sacramento) - As the California budget deadline approaches, many are bracing for devastating cuts. In an interview on "Comcast Newsmakers," California State Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) says she knows California's budget situation is dire, but says we need to keep education funding as a priority. Learn more in this Assembly…Continue reading...
Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:42
Buchanan Bill to Inform Voters About Fiscal Impacts of Bond Measures Receives Unanimous Support in Assembly
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) announced the unanimous passage of her bill, AB 732, out of the Assembly this morning. This legislation would require the Legislative Analyst's Office to draft an easy to understand table, outlining the fiscal impact of implementing a bond measure on both state and…Continue reading...
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