Press Releases

May 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) authored a resolution taken up today on the Senate Floor declaring May as Small Business Month.

“Small businesses are critical to the economic well-being of this state,” Senate Leader Atkins said. “These small businesses represent an overwhelming share of California’s workforce, employing more than 7 million people and generating billions of dollars for California’s economy. They also help define the unique character of our diverse communities.”

May 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The State Senate has announced a plan to ensure safe drinking water throughout California.

The Senate’s proposal would implement a Safe Drinking Water Fund as outlined under SB 200, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel). Rather than relying on new revenues, the Senate’s proposal authorizes the continuous appropriation of $150 million annually from the General Fund, with the same level of protections in place that a new fee would provide to ensure the funds are used only to secure safe drinking water in the most vulnerable communities.

May 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement reacting to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May revision to the proposed state budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:

April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has appointed former Senator, Montebello Mayor and City Councilmember, Vanessa Delgado, to fill the vacancy on the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Governing Board.

April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced the creation of a Senate Select Committee to assess policy options outlined in Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2019 Report: “Wildfires and Climate Change - California's Energy Future.”

April 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s report to address wildfires and climate change:

“I commend Governor Newsom for putting forward his vision for addressing wildfires and how California can meet its ambitious climate change goals. His report is thorough, substantive and well-researched. As legislators, we will continue to address these critical issues – as we did last year with Senate Bill 901. 

March 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and San Diego’s leading environmental and labor advocates united on Friday to detail legislation that will protect key environmental and labor standards from attacks by the Trump administration.

March 21, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) applauded today’s announcement by the California Department of Housing and Community Development that San Diego County was awarded $40 million in grant funding through the No Place Like Home program.

March 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins; Assembly Member Todd Gloria; San Diego City Councilmembers Georgette Gómez (President), Jennifer Campbell and Chris Ward; Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher; Chula Vista City Councilmember Stephen C. Padilla; and Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca issued the following statement calling on San Diego Unified School District Board Trustee Kevin Beiser to resign:

March 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s terrorist attack on Linwood and Al Noor Mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand: