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 Introduces Bill to Reduce Diabetes Disparities in Honor of National Diabetes Month Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) reintroduced the Minority Diabetes Initiative Act (H.R. 3591) in honor of National Diabetes Month. This bill will establish an initiative to provide grants to physicians and community based organizations for diabetes prevention, care, and treatment programs in minority communities. The bill is cosponsored by 41 of the Congresswoman’s congressional colleagues.
"Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and it is having an especially severe impact upon minorities," said Congresswoman Waters.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among persons over the age of twenty, 8.4 percent of Asian Americans, 11.8 percent of Hispanic Americans, 12.6 percent of African Americans, and 14.2 percent of American Indians/Alaska Natives have been diagnosed with diabetes. Among Hispanics, the rates are 13.3 percent for Mexican Americans and 13.8 percent for Puerto Rican American
Congresswoman Waters Urges International Action to Address the Global Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, submitted a statement urging international action to address the global challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias during a hearing in the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The subject of the hearing was “The Global Challenge of Alzheimer’s: The G-8 Dementia Summit and Beyond.”
The Congresswoman’s statement follows:
“I would like to thank Chairman Chris Smith, my Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as Ranking Member Karen Bass, for organizing this hearing and inviting me to participate.
“This hearing, “The Global Challenge of Alzheimer’s: The G-8 Dementia Summit and Beyond,” addresses an important topic. As the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressi
Congresswoman Waters Remembers Lawndale's Mayor Harold Hofmann Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement on the passing of Lawndale’s Mayor Harold Hofmann:
"I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, Mayor Harold Hofmann. He was an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for the City of Lawndale. Serving as mayor for 22 years and as a city council member for ten years, Mayor Hofmann was a kind and gentle man who exhibited his love for Lawndale daily through his words and actions.
"Mayor Hofmann enjoyed working with people to promote good government and safe neighborhoods. He was extremely thankful for the work that we were able to do together that brought resources to the city. He was particularly proud of the Lawndale Community Center, which we worked together to secure funding for.
"Mayor Hofmann was known for his perfect attendance record and his efforts to develop special events and programs. I always looked forward to seeing him at the many events he
Congresswoman Waters Congratulates LAWA and the City of Inglewood on Reaching Agreement for Residential Noise Mitigation Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) congratulated Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the City of Inglewood on reaching an agreement on $7.07 million in funding for noise mitigation efforts in Inglewood. The agreement will provide funding to continue soundproofing residences in the City of Inglewood from the noise of aircraft utilizing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
"I am very pleased that LAWA and the City of Inglewood have reached this agreement for noise mitigation for our constituents," said Congresswoman Waters. "Although Inglewood has previously received noise mitigation funds, not all residents were covered and many have been waiting for years for upgrades to reduce noise in their homes."
"Over the years, discussions with Gina Marie Lindsey, LAWA's Chief Executive Officer, have been fruitful and the work of Inglewood's city officials has all led to this meaningful agreement," continued Congresswoman Waters. "Despite the fact that there have been missteps,