(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.
On June 11th, the “Eye of Diablo”, the historic aviation Beacon which sits atop Mount Diablo and shines in honor of those who served at Pearl Harbor each December 7th, was lifted off of its perch to undergo much needed restoration. During recent budget cuts and tightening of belts, a precedent setting partnership has formed to make this project possible for the community and local Pearl Harbor Survivors. Assemblymember Buchannan wrote and helped pass legislation to allow non-profit Save Mount Diablo to oversee the work and fundraising for the Beacon Restoration Project on behalf of California State Parks. Many businesses have stepped up to offer services for the project. Shell Refinery Martinez and Maxim Crane donated a crane and rigging crew to safely lift the Beacon off of the Summit Building so work could begin. Local companies like Redwood Painting and Global Village are helping to provide some of the services and expertise for the Beacon’s repairs. To help raise the remaining funds needed to properly rehabilitate the Beacon, Chevron created a Public Service Announcement about the project and the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation have offered to match donations up to $50,000 to help reach the $100,000 goal for the project. Together, these private, public and non-profit partners are hoping to ensure that the Beacon will shine over the community for generations to come in remembrance of those who gave their lives for us at Pearl Harbor.
(Sacramento, CA)— Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) recognized Colleen and John McCormick, owners of Lamorinda Music as the 2013 Small Business of the Year for the 16th Assembly District.
"Colleen and John McCormick provide a wonderful service for the community and I am proud to honor them as the Small Business of the Year," Buchanan said.
As we celebrate the Day of the Teacher throughout California, I want to let teachers know that YOU are my heroes. There is no industry that is more important than public education and no profession that is more important than teaching. You prepare our children to be the workers, leaders, and innovators of future generations. You believe in them when no one else does. You give them a future.
Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy and the real engine of our economy. California is the home of the aerospace industry, technology, bio-technology, and information technology and many other industries because our parents and grandparents had the courage to make significant investments in our schools, colleges, and universities, even in times of great economic stress.
I ask that all of us renew our commitment to public education. If past generations were willing to spend more money on education and expand opportunity during times of war and great financial hardship, surely we can do the same for our children and grandchildren.
I urge others to join me today in celebrating our teachers and recognizing the tremendous work they do every day to inspire our children and youth to reach their full potential. I also urge you to take a few minutes to reflect on the special teachers who have made a difference in your lives or the lives of your children and say thank you.
Wednesday May 15th, at 1:00 PM
1500 St. Marys Rd.
Friday May 17th, at 10:00 AM
Walnut Creek Senior Center
Wednesday May 29th, at 10:00 AM
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway
Friday, May 31, at 9:30 AM
John Muir Women's Health Center
1656 N. California Blvd, #100
The California Highway Patrol will be presenting Age Well, Drive Smart at 4 locations in the district in May/June. The 2 hour program is designed for those who have been driving for many years to fine tune their driving skills and to refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road. The goal of these classes is to reduce motor vehicle collision and pedestrian deaths and injuries experienced by older Californians and to increase seniors' alternate transportation options when driving is no longer an option. There is no need to RSVP to participate in this free class sponsored by the CHP and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
California Democratic Assemblymembers have announced numerous measures to help curb the ongoing epidemic of gun violence, and pledged to work with the State Senate and Governor to enact new weapons safety legislation. To learn more about the various measures introduced in the Assembly, click here.
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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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