Press Releases

March 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom to impose an indefinite moratorium on carrying out the death penalty:

“Personally, I commend Governor Newsom for having the courage and the conviction to take this important step.

March 11, 2019

California Senate Leader Toni Atkins, along with Senator Ben Hueso, and Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, invites you to a lively community forum on the state budget and how it works for the San Diego region.

March 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the University of California that student tuition would not increase.

March 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert on the Stephon Clark investigation.

“My heart goes out to Stephon Clark’s family for their tremendous loss. We owe it to them and others to deliver on a use-of-force model for California and the nation going forward.

February 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that the Trump Administration will bar groups that provide abortion referrals from receiving Title X family planning funding.

February 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to recent attacks in Hillcrest, a neighborhood in San Diego.

February 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s forward-thinking State of the State address.

“The Governor spoke some hard truths. He set audacious goals, and he’s assembling a formidable team to achieve them. We will need new ways of looking at old problems, and unprecedented collaboration to meet the challenges ahead. I’m eager to get to work.”  

February 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved $5 million to support nonprofit organizations that are currently responding to humanitarian immigration emergencies, such as the one in San Diego involving thousands of migrant families seeking asylum in the United States.

February 11, 2019

Measure Provides $50 million for Emergency Preparedness, Backfills Local Property Tax Revenue Losses, and Begins Updates to 911 Emergency Phone System

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate has approved AB 72, amending the Budget Act of 2018, authorizing funds to improve emergency preparedness and restore local tax revenue lost as a result of wildfires. The measure passed unanimously and now awaits the Governor’s signature.

February 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement commending Governor Gavin Newsom for withdrawing hundreds of California National Guard troops from the border.