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 Responds to Downing of Malaysian Jetliner “I was devastated yesterday when I learned of the tragic destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the Ukraine. I condemn this senseless act of violence, and I hope that the individuals responsible for shooting down this plane are swiftly brought to justice.
“As a longtime leader in efforts to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, I was especially saddened to learn that many of the passengers were on their way to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The deaths of longtime AIDS researchers such as former International AIDS Society president Dr. Joep Lange are a profound loss to the worldwide AIDS community. While the exact number of passengers planning to attend the AIDS Conference is yet to be determined, the loss of up to 100 medical researchers, health workers, and community activists will be deeply felt by all who care about ending the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
“I participated in both the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto
Congresswoman Maxine Waters Observes National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a leading advocate in Congress for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment, introduced a resolution (H.Res. 673) in the House of Representatives today to honor National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day and encourage the nation’s health care providers to promote HIV testing among their patients. The resolution was cosponsored by 17 Members of Congress.
“National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day is an excellent opportunity to highlight the important role that doctors, nurses, dentists and other clinicians play in HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, and treatment efforts and to encourage them to promote HIV testing among their patients,” said Congresswoman Waters.
H.Res. 673 urges physicians, nurses, dentists and other clinicians nationwide to become actively involved in HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, treatment, and referral services. It also urges individuals to get tested for HIV and educate themselves about the p
Congresswoman Waters Calls for Thorough Investigation into California Highway Patrol Beating Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement today in light of a video showing a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face on the 10 Freeway:
"In the wake of the recent video showing an African-American woman being viciously punched by a California Highway Patrol officer, we are once again witnessing a brutal attack on a human being by a law enforcement officer. And once again, we are hearing from law enforcement that no one knows the events leading up to what was caught on tape or what prompted the officer's actions. However, I maintain there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway. This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again. There are those who should know by now that we will not keep quiet when incidents like this occur.
"I have been fighting the battle against abusive law enforcement for years and it seems as if som
Despite progress, the struggle for racial parity continues, local leaders say America’s second largest city has seen tremendous change since the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, but the fight for economic equality and racial parity are far from over, local civic and political leaders say.
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a longtime activist and Los Angeles resident since the early 1960s, has seen most of that change — both good and bad. Despite the changes, she says, the struggle continues.
“Certainly there has been improvement. Back then, we were fighting for basic participation in our society as human beings,” Waters (D-Los Angeles) said. “The struggle has evolved to a modern day struggle; how you maintain and improve on what was fought for during the movement.”
“It may not be you have to fight for public accommodations anymore,” she added, “but you have to fight for jobs and access to economic opportunities.”
With a population of roughly 3.9 million residents that is almost evenly divided between whites and Hispanics, 9.6 percent