The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. There are 80 members in the Assembly, representing an approximately equal number of constituents, with each district having a population of at least 420,000. Due to the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the Assembly has the largest population per representative ratio of any state legislature lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United States; only the federal U.S. House of Representatives has a larger ratio. Since a ballot initiative in 1990, members of the Assembly are restricted by term limits, confining them to three two-year terms (six years). The Assembly convenes at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
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While Barack Obama toured rural parts of the Midwest this week, the Congressional Black Caucus drew thousands of people to job fairs in Detroit and Atlanta. Driving the turnout was a sobering fact: The unemployment rate among blacks hovers around 16% Among the most prominent voices in this week’s discussion has been California Rep. Maxine Waters, a former Black Caucus chair. In a series of interviews with TIME, she explains the potential ways to create jobs in cities, the President’s relationship with blacks, and what’s at stake as Congress prepares to consider more cuts in ...
On Meet the Press today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters called for President Obama to take a more forceful approach to a jobs program, and likely made Republicans drop their jaws with the amount of money she argued the United States should invest in such a plan.
David Gregory asked Waters if it would be possible for the president to take on an ambitious role in working on job creation in Congress, given the recent partisan fights over the debt ceiling. Waters put the impetus on Obama to take the first step.
by Josh Feldman
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) had some harsh words for the Tea Party at a forum in Inglewood, California Saturday.
With California's jobless rate now 12 percent, the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation after Nevada, talk about jobs, the economy and the partisan squabbling in Congress dominated the “Kitchen Table Summit.”
Congresswoman Waters and Congressman Enyart Lead 126 Members Urging Robust Funding for TIGER Grants July 30, 2014
Congresswoman Waters and Congressman Enyart Lead 126 Members Urging Robust Funding for TIGER Grants
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Congressman William L. Enyart (IL-12) sent a letter expressing extreme disappointment in the drastic cuts to TIGER grant funding for fiscal year 2015 in the House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations (T-HUD) bill. TIGER is a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure by states, local governments, and transit agencies like Metro in Los Angeles County. The letter was addressed to Chairman Tom Latham and Ranking Member Ed Pastor of the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee. A previous TIGER grant facilitated the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor.
The letter urged support for, at a minimum, the Senate Appropriations Committee funding level for TIGER grants of
Congresswoman Waters' Statement on Cal/OSHA's Decision to Cite Menzies Aviation for Safety Violation Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement today regarding the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupation Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) announcement to fine Menzies Aviation $77,250 following an investigation into the February death of an employee at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
"I applaud the announcement by Cal/OSHA to fine Menzies Aviation $77,250 for several safety violations uncovered during its investigation into the death of airport worker Cesar Valenzuela. I find it deeply disturbing that these violations may have contributed to Mr. Valenzuela's death.
"Cal/OSHA determined that Menzies employees have been subject to unsafe working conditions at LAX. According to reports, Menzies was fined nearly $95,000 in 2013 for unsafe practices at LAX including the type of violations that if not fixed could result in the death of a worker. The airport administration and the airlines must take responsibility
Congresswoman Waters to Travel to Hometown of St. Louis for Funeral of Michael Brown On Monday, Aug. 25, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) will travel to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri to attend the funeral of Michael Brown at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. She released the following statement today:
"I am particularly sympathetic to the parents and relatives of Michael Brown for their loss, and am unsettled over the circumstances of his death. I was reared in St. Louis, Missouri, attended elementary school and was a graduate of Vashon High School. Still today, I have many family members in St. Louis and recently buried my mother there, Velma Carr Moore, a longtime resident of St. Louis.
"I have closely followed the daily reports regarding the circumstances of Michael Brown’s death and have paid close attention to eyewitness accounts of the shooting. I have also continued to watch the televised protests that have been going on for the past 13 days in Ferguson. I am reminded of the police shootings that
Congresswoman Waters Applauds Passage of Veterans’ Health Bill
July 30, 2014
Congresswoman Waters Applauds Passage of Veterans’ Health Bill
Washington, DC– Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) voted in favor of the Conference Report for the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230), which passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 420 to 5.
“I am proud to support the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014. This legislation will help to ensure that all of our nation’s veterans are able to receive the health care they need when they need it,” said Congresswoman Waters.
The conference report provides $10 billion in emergency funding to allow veterans who have been waiting for more than 30 days for an appointment at a veterans’ health facility to access health care outside of the veterans’ health system. The conference report provides an additional $5 billion to hire more primary care physicians, spe