Press Releases

Montclair Resident Honored as Veteran of the Year

(SACRAMENTO)- United States Navy Veteran and Montclair resident Donald Vodvarka was honored as the Veteran of the Year for the 52nd Assembly District by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona). Vodvarka served as a Petty Officer First Class during World War II.

“Donald courageously served our country in World War II and continued to serve our community in his post-military career as a volunteer firefighter and police officer,” said Rodriguez. “It is truly an honor to be able to recognize his service and name him our Veteran of the Year.”

Lack Of Data Causes State Audit Delay

(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, released the following statement regarding the Department of Health Care Services’ lack of data on prescribing psychotropic drugs to foster kids:

“I am appalled that inaction by the Department of Health Care Services has delayed the results of an audit examining the alleged over-prescribing of mind-altering drugs to our foster youth” said Rodriguez.  “Here we are almost a year after the committee approved the audit with no results.  By not providing this information, the Department is interfering with the Legislature’s ability to exercise its oversight authority and responsibilities.”

Rodriguez Statement On San Gabriel Valley Complex Fire

(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) released the following statement today in response to the ongoing fire in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa:

“I am deeply grateful for the work being done by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Arcadia Fire Department, LA County Sheriffs, and all of the agencies working together to extinguish this fire. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic.

Rodriguez Honors Mercy House From Ontario as Non-profit of the Year

(SACRAMENTO)- Wednesday June 22nd was the inaugural California Nonprofits Day in the State Capitol honoring the extraordinary work of non-profits across the state. Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) honored Mercy House from Ontario, an organization that assists homeless individuals, as Nonprofit of the Year from Assembly District 52.

“Homelessness is a persistent problem in the Inland Empire and organizations like Mercy House are vital in helping homeless individuals receive the services that they need to get back on their feet,” said Rodriguez. “It is an honor to be able to recognize the outstanding work that they do for our community as our first Nonprofit of the Year!”

California's College Promise Celebrated by Local Elected Officials, Education Leaders

(ONTARIO)- Local elected officials and education leaders came together today to commemorate the creation of California’s College Promise, a landmark grant program that will help students earn college degrees. Last week, Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) announced that $15 million had been secured in the State Budget to fund the grant program.

“California’s College Promise is a victory for California’s students,” said Rodriguez. “Regional College Promise Programs like Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars give students the support  and opportunities they need to achieve their dreams. The state’s investment will enable these types of programs to spread across the state and help more students succeed.”

Rodriguez Statement On 2016-17 State Budget

(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez released the following statement today in response to the legislature passing the 2016-17 state budget:

“Once again, we delivered an on-time, balanced and fiscally responsible budget for California. We deposited over $6 billion into the Rainy Day Fund to prepare for a future economic crisis. During the recession, important programs had funding stripped and too many Californians suffered the consequences. Investing in the Rainy Day Fund will help keep us on track if the economy takes another turn.

Groundbreaking California College Promise Program Secures State Funding

(SACRAMENTO)-  Students in California are one step closer to receiving a life-changing educational experience after a State Budget Committee approved $15 million to create California’s College Promise. Assembly Bill 1741 by Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) will create the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program to incentivize the creation of regional college promise programs that promote college readiness and degree attainment.

“California’s College Promise is about letting students know that we believe in their future and placing their ability to succeed within reach,” said Rodriguez. “Through these programs we can eliminate barriers and close the achievement gap so all students have the opportunity to receive a quality education.”

Assembly Votes To Power Up Field Hospitals

(SACRAMENTO)- The State Assembly voted yesterday to restore funding to California’s mobile field hospitals. Assembly Bill 1578 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) allocates $2 million dollars to restore and refurbish three mobile field hospitals so that they are ready to deploy should an emergency happen.

“When a disaster strikes, nothing is more important than getting medical treatment to the injured as quickly as possible,” said Rodriguez. “We have been fortunate that a major disaster has not hit California, however we must be ready for when one does. The time to prepare for a disaster and restore these hospitals is now.”

CPR In High School Legislation Approved By Assembly

(SACRAMENTO) – In a sweeping vote, the State Assembly approved lifesaving legislation by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona). Assembly Bill 1719 seeks to ensure that every high school student learns CPR.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Officer Shaun Diamond Memorial Highway To Become A Reality

(SACRAMENTO) – A portion of Interstate 10 in Pomona will now be named after fallen Pomona SWAT Officer Shaun Diamond after the State Assembly gave final approval to a measure in honor of Officer Diamond. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 104, authored by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), will declare I-10 from the SR-57 interchange to the North Towne Avenue exit as the “Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond Memorial Highway.”

“Shaun was beloved in the community and by all who knew him,” said Rodriguez. “I am looking forward to seeing the signs on the freeway commemorating his service and sacrifice.”