In the News

October 3, 2018

By Emily Stewart

Women are dramatically outnumbered on the boards of directors for the nation’s biggest companies. California just passed a law trying to change that.

October 2, 2018

By Agnes Constante

LOS ANGELES — Two new California laws will require workers in certain industries to go through training to identify human trafficking as part of a package of legislation that advocates expect will help the state address the issue.

September 21, 2018

By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

There seems to be no stopping Toni Atkins.

Born in Virginia, Atkins moved to San Diego in 1985 and was elected to her first term on the San Diego City Council in 2000 at the age of 38.

She began her life in the California Legislature as a Democratic member of the Assembly in 2010. Four years later she became the first San Diegan and the first acknowledged lesbian to be named speaker of the Assembly.

September 13, 2018

By Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos

Governor Jerry Brown takes center stage at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Marisa and Scott to talk about her journey from western Virginia to California, national perceptions of the Golden State, San Diego politics, and her leadership style.

March 21, 2018

By Luis Gomez

Wednesday is a historic day for San Diego, Sacramento and California politics — and one particular politician. When her fellow state senators swore in Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, as their new leader, Atkins became the first woman to serve as senate pro tempore, the first openly gay state legislator to rise to that position at the state capitol and one of the few to have served as both senate leader and Assembly speaker.

March 21, 2018

By John Myers

The story that Toni Atkins tells feels less like anecdote than allegory, a glimpse of how as a legislator she confronts the problems of California using life lessons imported from her childhood in the mountains of southwestern Virginia.

During a weekday morning visit to a San Diego seniors center, Atkins praises the volunteers at a vision clinic offering free eye exams and glasses. After all, she knows a little something about being too poor to buy a pair of glasses.

February 5, 2018

By Taryn Luna

Sen. Toni Atkins becomes the first woman and openly gay leader of the California Senate next month, tasked with guiding the house through an involuntary and overdue culture change after the “Me Too” movement rocked the Capitol.

September 26, 2017

By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Before it happened, no one knew for sure if they could pull it off. In one of the California Assembly's last votes of the session, a package of housing bills squeaked through that will raise billions of dollars for affordable housing and decrease regulations for developers.

September 26, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 214, legislation authored by Sen. Toni Atkins that will strengthen the capacity of the San Diego River Conservancy to protect and enhance historic, cultural and natural resources within the watershed along the 52-mile San Diego River.