Newsletter

Monday, October 30, 2017

Our San Diego River is a jewel – a 52-mile rural and urban waterway running from Julian to Ocean Beach – and for many local residents, it remains undiscovered. I want to do everything I can to help enhance access to the river and continue to protect its entire 440-square-mile watershed.

Overseeing the river is the San Diego River Conservancy, a state agency whose role is to preserve, restore and enhance the river and watershed. In 2015, the Gov. Jerry Brown signed my bill, AB 392, making the San Diego River Conservancy a permanent agency. With the stroke of his pen, our local conservancy joined nine other permanent California environmental conservancies, putting it in position to receive more consistent funding.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On Thursday night, September 14th, with little time to spare before the end of this year’s legislative session, the state Assembly provided the 54 votes needed to pass my highest-priority bill, SB 2. The next day, the Senate sent the bill to the Governor for his signature.

SB 2 -- the Building Homes and Jobs Act -- has been a labor of love of mine for seven years, and with the help of many of my colleagues and countless housing, business, labor and environmental advocates, as well as my tenacious staff, we got it across the finish line. Governor Brown has signaled that he will sign the bill, and I am grateful for his support.

SB 2 will create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, generating an estimated $250 million each year.

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."