Newsletter

Friday, August 25, 2017

As the September edition of the Toni Times was being prepared, my top-priority bill, SB 2, was still under consideration in the Assembly – the deadline for Senate bills to pass “the other house” is September 15th.

SB 2 – the Building Homes and Jobs Act – is part of a package of bills aimed at addressing California’s severe housing crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon pledged to make the package a priority during this year’s session’s home stretch.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This is beginning to be a habit – a good one for the people of California: For the seventh year in a row, the Legislature on June 15th passed a state budget that is balanced and was forwarded to the Governor on time. The 2017-18 budget is strong, prudent and progressive. As in recent years, it saves more money for a rainy day and at the same time invests in programs that will help our residents succeed. I was proud to vote for it.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This is beginning to be a habit – a good one for the people of California: For the seventh year in a row, the Legislature on June 15th passed a state budget that is balanced and was forwarded to the Governor on time. The 2017-18 budget is strong, prudent and progressive. As in recent years, it saves more money for a rainy day and at the same time invests in programs that will help our residents succeed. I was proud to vote for it.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the hiring of Gordon Walker as CEO of San Diego County’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Small businesses, if you think about it, enrich our own personal quality of life and enhance our neighborhoods and communities – from my nail salon in Mission Hills, my massage therapist in Hillcrest, my auto mechanic in Normal Heights, my veterinarian in Kensington, and the wine bar in my own community of South Park / Golden Hill to the network of independently owned endeavors throughout my Senate district and the San Diego region.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Friday, March 24, was a good day for California. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan informed the president that he didn't have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with something that would have been terrible for our state, and the bill was effectively dead.

For now.

That same day - as the Senate Health Committee (I'm privileged to be a member) held an informational hearing at San Diego State University on how the ACA has benefitted California and how Ryan's bill would impact our state - we called what happened in Washington, D.C., a "pause."