Tuesday, August 16, 2011

AIA|LA Breakfast Reception w/ Senator Kevin de León :: Friday, August 26 (8:00 - 9:30am)

Please make plans to attend our upcoming breakfast reception with Senator Kevin de León, which will be on Friday, August 26 (8am) at the offices of HNTB Architecture.

This reception will serve as an excellent opportunity to hear what's on the Senator's mind, as well as, provide a chance to share leadership and insight perspective from the architecture & design community.

The AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee presents...
"VISION 2020: Leading Los Angeles into the Future"
the eighth annual AIA|LA Breakfast Series
Senator Kevin de León - District #22
Friday, August 26 (8:00 - 9:30am)
HNTB Architecture
601 West Fifth Street
Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Advance Registration Required.

TO REGISTER, RSVP directly to WILL WRIGHT at will@aialosangeles.org

AIA|LA recommends to ride METRO. No-host parking provided.

As for the agenda/timeline:
8am - coffee, breakfast/ networking
8:15am - Sen. de León speaks for a few minutes about the various initiatives he is working on, especially with regards to how AIA|LA can provide additional insight, outreach and leadership
8:30am - Q&A roundtable discussion with the architects/designers present.
9:15am - wrap-up & conclusions:  "What can AIA|LA do to serve as the most effective resource to advance various State of California & Senate District #22 initiatives?"
9:30am - end

Senator Kevin de León was elected to served the 22nd Senate District in November 2010. The district includes all or parts of the City of Los Angeles, Alhambra, East Los Angeles, Florence-Graham, Maywood, San Marino, South Pasadena, Vernon, and Walnut Park. Senator Kevin de León previously represented the 45th Assembly District.

Senator De León has spent a lifetime fighting to empower working families and the poor-as a community organizer, English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship teacher, and an advocate for public schools. During his five years at the California Teachers Association, De León fought for additional funding for "high-priority schools" in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children.

As a Senior Associate for the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C., De León advocated for more resources for schools in low-income neighborhoods. He also coordinated a team that fought schemes to take funds from public schools in the form of taxpayer-funded vouchers. At the NEA he also thwarted efforts to impose academic censorship on public school teachers.

Shortly after completing his freshman term in the Assembly, De León was appointed Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee making him the first Latino Chair of this fiscal committee in the last one hundred years. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for reviewing all bills with a fiscal impact. As a result, virtually every bill goes to the Appropriations Committee making it the single most powerful committee in the Assembly.

In addition to his leadership responsibilities while an Assemblymember, Senator De León served on several important policy committees including Health, Natural Resources, Governmental Organization and the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media committee. De León also served on the Joint Committee for Emergency Services and Homeland Security and several select committees including the Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Growth Management, International Trade, and the Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry select committee.

Currently, De León is a member of the State Allocation Board (SAB) which distributes state school construction bond funds approved by the voters. Since De León joined the Board in 2007 the SAB has allocated nearly $1.4 billion in voter approved bond funds for new school construction, modernization, career technical education, and joint-use school projects across the state. Those funds are vital to ensuring that our schools are safe and are wired for modern technologies.

In addition to his focus on improving public schools, De León is committed to improving the air quality in his district, which is criss-crossed by six freeways and has some of the country's worst air quality, as well as expanding park space in critically underserved communities. De León authored legislation that was later inserted into an omnibus measure signed into law creating hundreds of millions of dollars available for alternative fuel research and development.

To improve access to park space to underserved communities, De León authored legislation signed into law in October by Governor Schwarzenegger establishing a needs-based competitive grants program for the distribution of $400 million in Proposition 84 funds for local park assistance and development. That measure will allocate the single largest investment in local park space creation in the nation's history and will insure that those funds are targeted to areas with the highest needs. De León is also a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board, where he is putting his vision for creating green space in heavily-urbanized and park-starved communities to work.

De León has also authored innovative legislation to assist families without access to employer-based retirement plans save for retirement by putting one of the nation's most respected institutional investors, CalPERS, to work for average working Californians. That measure would authorize CalPERS to offer Californians that do not have retirement plans available at work individual retirement accounts (IRA's) to create a financial nest egg when they retire.

The Forty-Fifth Assembly District has been tragically plagued by gang violence. While walking neighborhoods during his first campaign De León stumbled across bullet casing on side walks just feet where children were playing and has ever since been determined to the get handgun ammunition that fuels this violence out of the hands of criminals and gang-bangers. Along with Sheriff Baca and LAPD Police Chief Bratton, De León has championed legislation to require handgun ammunition purchasers to acquire a permit showing they've passed a background check. That permit would cost less than a fishing license and would prevent an estimated half million rounds of ammunition being sold to criminals every year in this state.

Senator De León grew up in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with Honors. He has one daughter.

For more information, please contact:

Will Wright
Director of Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles

3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213.639.0764  phone
213.639.0767  fax

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