Press Releases

December 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding a Trump administration’s Rule Change for out-of-work or under-employed SNAP benefit recipients:

“Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration to cut food assistance benefits to as many as 700,000 Californians is cruel and inhumane. The proposed rule ignores the local needs of Californians and removes state flexibility currently allowed under existing law and guidance as it relates to able-bodied adults.

December 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding a San Mateo County Superior Court ruling exempting charter cities from the Housing Affordability Act:

November 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement following the Legislative Analyst Office’s annual report on California’s fiscal outlook:

November 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) this week will give introductory remarks at a Little Hoover Commission hearing to examine the state’s role in identifying and combating labor trafficking. 

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. in San Diego’s East Village. It will take place in the Shiley Special Event Suite. The public and the press are encouraged to attend.

November 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Responding to calls on Governor Gavin Newsom to convene the Legislature in an effort to address the current wildfire and utility power shut offs, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement:

November 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement following the announcement today that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement:

November 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO –Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement today regarding wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and public safety power shutoffs:

October 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement congratulating Senator Jeff Stone:

“I congratulate Senator Jeff Stone on his appointment as Western Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Labor. The California Senate wishes him the best as he begins this new chapter in his career.”

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October 29, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to claims from Republican legislators that backsliding on renewable energy is a solution to preventing wildfires and power shutoffs: