Press Releases

July 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on today’s passage of AB 1054 on wildfires:

“I am proud that the Senate has passed AB 1054. I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate, in particular Senators Dodd, Hertzberg and Hueso, for the tireless effort to see this important issue through.

July 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on today’s announcement that the 2020 Census questionnaire will not include a citizenship question:

June 27, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Department of Commerce v. State of New York:

“Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court affirms what we have known from the start: this Administration’s story on why it needed to add a citizenship question and thus silence the voices of millions of those in marginalized communities by inserting fear was a sham. 

June 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – In a letter sent today to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) expressed support for additional federal funding to reimburse state and local governments and groups providing humanitarian support for new immigrants as negotiations between the House, the Senate and the White House continue.

June 21, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) this week named the San Diego Chicken Pie Shop as Small Business of the Year for 2019 in District 39.

“The Townsend family has made the Chicken Pie Shop an institution in San Diego,” Atkins said. “It has thrived for eight decades because it adheres to several core principles: high-quality product, first-rate customer service and an undeniable sense of community. There’s a reason I’ve held more than a few lunch meetings at this wonderful restaurant.”

June 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit clearing the way for the Title X Gag Rule to go into effect:

June 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee has appointed Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice to the California Coastal Commission and San Francisco County Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, J.D. as an alternate.

June 13, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2019                                                                                                           

CONTACT: Lizelda.Lopez@sen.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), today announced changes to the Senate’s committee membership assignments for the 2019-2020 Legislative session.

June 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Budget Committee Chair Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the main budget bill today:

“Today the Senate passed a strong budget that stands on its own and meets our constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget by June 15.

June 7, 2019

"As leaders of the Assembly and the Senate, we are deeply concerned about the statewide strike called by the National Union of Healthcare Workers in its contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente.

"This will be extraordinarily disruptive. We cannot underestimate the impact of 3,500 mental health caregivers not showing up to provide care to millions of Kaiser patients who depend on it.