Senator De León Seeks Permanent Reform of Troubled City
(Sacramento, CA) – At an emergency committee meeting this morning, the Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) joined by Speaker John Pérez, approved an audit request from Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to seek full transparency from the City of Vernon. JLAC will do a performance audit of the city’s conduct for the past five years, examine current reform efforts and make recommendations for best practices for transparency moving forward. The audit due to be completed in April 2012, will help ensure that Vernon meets its commitments for reform and that the public has a full accounting of the city’s financial condition and governance practices.
Senator De León commented that there is benefit from reviewing what has transpired but the more critical component of the Audit Committee’s action is the ongoing monitoring and action. “The City of Vernon is compelled to clean itself up and I am hopeful with this audit that it will continue to take the steps necessary to build toward a better future,” said De León.
Letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee Seeks Emergency Meeting
(Sacramento, CA) – Seeking transparency around a recent IRS announcement that it was investigating a bond deal by the City of Vernon’s municipal utility, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today sent a letter to the Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee requesting that it hold an emergency meeting next week to consider the request.
(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), released the following statement today regarding the Senate vote on Assembly Bill (AB) 46:
“Today’s vote in the Senate on AB 46 was one step in a process. While I am exceptionally happy that tens of thousands of jobs were spared the ax, the saga of Vernon will not be complete until the City follows through on its commitment to implement the aggressive reforms I proposed. I am seeking permanent and lasting reform in that City, and justice for its long-suffering, neighboring communities. It is now up to Vernon and all eyes are watching.”
Fiscally Responsible Solution to Reduce Workplace Hazards for Hotel Housekeepers
(Sacramento, CA) – A negotiation has been facilitated by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that will help the hotels find a fiscally responsible solution to protecting their workers. The Senator is pleased to announce he is brokering a deal with the Administration that seeks an administrative resolution to reduce workplace hazards for hotel housekeepers. The Administration has committed to developing measures to address the ergonomic hazards in hotel housekeepers’ bed-making and cleaning activities.
(Los Angeles, CA) – Senator Kevin de León is convening a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Sports and Entertainment to examine the proposed downtown Los Angeles Event Center. This hearing will provide the Senate with valuable information from AEG, labor groups, environmental advocates, community based organizations and residents of the community on the impacts of the proposed stadium.
I want to clean up Vernon while protecting the jobs in that city. In this letter I offered the City a comprehensive and aggressive reform plan. If they’re sincere about cleaning up the mess they’ll agree to make the changes, and immediately begin making amends to the surrounding communities by investing in park and open space creation and improving the quality of life in those neighborhoods.
SENATOR DE LEÓN SLAMS CALIFORNIA HOTEL ASSOCIATION FOR CALLOUS REMARKS
Housekeepers No Longer Invisible – Standing up for Health and Safety
It has been written in the media recently that the Legislature is experiencing its first Summer recess in six years thanks to passing a budget on time contrary to our protracted budget negotiations from the last several years. This has provided a perfect opportunity to work on my main passion – producing jobs for California.
De León Bill Protecting Student Athletes from Unscrupulous Sports Agents Signed by the Governor
(Sacramento, CA) - California’s collegiate student athletes scored big when Senate Bill (SB) 238 was signed by the Governor earlier this week. The bill creates penalties for athlete agents who victimize student athletes and comes at a time when there have been numerous ethics and legal violations in NCAA athletics both in California and nationally.
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Press Conference/Community Meeting in LA
(Los Angeles, CA) – Utilizing the Legislative summer recess break, Senator Kevin de León is meeting in Los Angeles with the Chinese business community in advance of a jobs trip to China to discuss ways he can maximize his upcoming trip to learn what might be most beneficial for partnerships between California and Chinese businesses.
"China is an emerging global economic powerhouse. There are certainly lessons we can learn directly and through partnership exploration development that can help us with job creation here in California," said Senator De León. "I'm meeting with the leading Chinese businessmen in my community to learn more about where my emphasis should be and how I might use this trip to benefit their trade and economic development activities."