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Appropriations Committee Votes To Save Lives

(SACRAMENTO) – The Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced several key pieces of legislation by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) today: AB 1719, aims to teach CPR to high school students; and AB 1578, seeks funding to restore Mobile Field Hospitals, needed during major disasters.

Assembly Bill 1719 is a common-sense piece of legislation aligning California with thirty-two other states already creating a generation of lifesavers. The bill is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

Small Business Spotlight: Speedway Grill in Fontana

Governor Brown has recognized May as Small Business Month. Small businesses embody the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our economy.

In honor of Small Business Month, I want to take a moment this week to acknowledge Speedway Grill in Fontana.

Free CPR Training Offered By Assemblymember Rodriguez

(SACRAMENTO)  In celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week which takes place this year from May 15th – May 21st, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona)  is hosting a free CPR training course in partnership with American Medical Response and Montclair Police Department  Saturday.  Students will receive hands-on training and certification good for 2 years upon completion.

“The time it takes to learn CPR is nothing compared to the reward a person can feel when they save someone’s life,” said Rodriguez. “Fewer than 3 percent of Americans take a CPR class each year. I want to do my part to increase that number.”

Rodriguez Kicks Off Emergency Medical Services Week

(SACRAMENTO)- A week-long celebration honoring emergency medical responders kicked off in Sacramento today. Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino), an emergency medical technician for over 30 years, released the following statement:

“Thirty years ago I became an Emergency Medical Technician because I wanted to help people when they needed it the most,” said Rodriguez. “The men and women I have worked alongside are some of the most dedicated and heroic people I have known. Emergency Medical Services Week is an opportunity to say thank you and honor their service, courage and devotion.”

Rodriguez Statement On May Revise

(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez released the following statement today in response to Governor Brown’s May revisions to the state budget:

“I am pleased to see the Governor acknowledge that we have a persistent homelessness problem and an affordable housing crisis in California. My district, especially the City of Pomona, has been struggling with a homeless epidemic for many years. I am committed to working with my colleagues on the Assembly Budget Committee to craft creative solutions that benefit my community and others like it across the state.

Assembly Approves Bill To Criminalize Drone Operators Interfering With First Responders

(SACRAMENTO) - Assembly Bill 1680  establishes a misdemeanor against drone operators whose aircraft interferes with or impedes the response time of emergency personnel during disaster situations. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), flew off the Assembly floor today on a 78-0 vote.

“As the popularity of commercialized drones increases, so does the danger they pose during times of emergency,” said Rodriguez. “Interfering with first responders in any way hinders operations and puts the safety of the public at risk. During these critical situations we cannot afford added complications.”

Senate Committee Approves Measure To Create The Officer Shaun Diamond Memorial Highway

(SACRAMENTO) - A portion of Interstate 10 in Pomona is a step closer to being named after fallen Pomona SWAT Office Shaun Diamond today after a vote in the Senate Transportation Committee approves the 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."

Rodriguez Honors 9-1-1 Dispatchers

SACRAMENTO- In recognition of 9-1-1 for Kids Education Week and 9-1-1 Heroes’ & Dispatcher’s Day, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) honored a group of 9-1-1 dispatchers on the Assembly Floor.

“As an EMT of over 30 years, I know how important dispatchers are to the emergency response system,” said Rodriguez. “They are often the calm voice amid chaos. I am proud to be able to honor their contributions and recognize the 9-1-1 for Kids program.”

University Of California Leaders To Be Called Before State Oversight Committee

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, announced today he will hold an oversight hearing in response to the State Audit of the University of California.

The State audit revealed that the University’s prioritization of non-resident enrollment has been placing California’s students at a severe disadvantage resulting in less qualified non-resident students being admitted to the UC over more qualified California residents. Among the findings, the audit revealed that, despite a 52 percent increase in resident applications over the last 10 years, resident enrollment increased by only 10 percent while nonresident enrollment increased 432 percent.

Rodriguez Statement On Minimum Wage Increase

Assemblymember Rodriguez released the following statement on the proposed minimum wage increase:

“Raising the minimum wage will greatly benefit working residents in the Inland Empire who are struggling to provide for their families, while also taking a reasonable approach that allows businesses to phase-in the increase over the five years after the measure is adopted in 2017. The ability to pause the increase should economic and budgetary conditions change is important to safeguard against another budget crisis.”

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez represents the 52nd Assembly District which includes the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona and portions of unincorporated Fontana.