The District Dispatch for July 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 00:00


Thank you for taking a look at my monthly newsletter. I am honored to be representing the amazing residents of California’s 62nd Assembly District. The 2017 legislative session is well under way, and I am proud to share with you the policies I will be working to advance this year, ranging from supporting small business growth to combating climate change.  To learn about events being held throughout the district check out our Upcoming Events below.

As always, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to give my District Office a call and let us know how we’re doing.


Autumn Burke
Assemblywoman, 62nd District



From left to right: Governor Jerry Brown, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and Senator Steven Bradford.

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke’s Statement on Passage of Historic Climate Change Legislation

On July 17, 2017, the California State Legislature, in a bipartisan vote, cemented California’s commitment to protecting our environment and economy from the harmful effects of climate change.

When voters passed Proposition 28 to extend term limits, their expectation was for legislators to build relationships and work together to solve the big issues facing our state. Climate Change is the largest threat to organized human existence and is the biggest issue of our time. I was proud to be a part of a bipartisan working group that I believe has met and exceeded the expectation of the people of California with the passage of AB 398. In ensuring no Californian is left behind as we transition from the so called “dirty economy” to a clean and renewable economy, the continued support for workforce development is essential to have a just transition for all workers, so they may continue to provide for their families.

Workforce Development is a critical component of the Cap and Trade program extension. We would all be ill-served if we create an economy of the haves and have-nots. We look forward to receiving the recommendations from the California Air Resources Board and the California Workforce Development Board, as required in AB 398, on how to improve economic opportunity for all Californians.

It will be incumbent upon us to implement and appropriate funding to ensure all Californians have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to obtain a job that provides economic security for their families. If we are going to prove to the rest of the world that our climate policies work, our policies must support a strong and growing middle class.


On June 8, 2017, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke hosted a Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) forum in the City of Gardena. Speakers were present from the Strategic Growth Council (Monica Palmeira, Daniela Simunovic) to help present and answer questions for the community. Assembly Bill 2722, authored by Assemblywoman Burke, created a comprehensive approach to reduce greenhouse gas emission with the Transformative Climate Community Program to target investments through a grant process in disadvantaged communities that are most burdened by and vulnerable to, high levels of pollution.


 On May 11, 2017, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke hosted a Know Your Rights Forum in the city of Lennox. The goal of this forum was to provide as much information as possible about things to do if… *pulled over by immigration officials, *approached at home or living space, *called for questioning and more.

Organizations including Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Center of Human Rights Los Angeles helped provide content and answer any questions the community may have had.



Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (middle) with Ophthalmologist and Optometrist from the California Optometric Association and VSP.

On Saturday, July 29, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles and her Capitol and District Office staff brought together The 3rd Annual Back to School Wellness and Health Fair where hundreds of children received comprehensive eye exams with free prescription glasses, oral health assessments and backpacks filled with school supplies.

This event not only provides access to free, quality health services to children and adults from underserved areas in the 62nd District, but it also highlights the real need for these services. Assemblywoman Burke stated that over the three years this event has been running, thousands of children have received free prescription lenses after receiving a comprehensive eye exam, which it has a profound impact in a child’s ability to learn. “When kids can see, they can succeed,” the Assemblywoman said.

In addition to the health services, eleven hundred backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed hoping that school-aged children in the community have the necessary tools to succeed in school. The attendees enjoyed the sunny day at the park with free lunch boxes, ice cream and the performances of various music artists.


Here’s a look at just some of the legislation that Assemblywoman Burke has introduced.

AB 818: Allows CalWORKs participants who are in the process of obtaining, or who have recently obtained, their high school equivalency, to continue participating in welfare-to-work activities designed to move them to self-sufficiency. The bill extends the 24-month clock for those who are making satisfactory progress but need additional time to complete a high school equivalency as well as for those who have recently done so but need additional time to complete a subsequent activity. AB 818 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday, July 31st 2017.

AB 1520: California is the sixth largest economy in the world while having the highest poverty rate in the nation.  AB 1520 would create the Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act, which would commit California to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next twenty years. AB 1520 does not propose any new taxes or fees. Rather, AB 1520 would create the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Taskforce to work with the Legislative Analyst Office to implement the analytic framework and provide recommendations to the Legislature to accomplish the 50% reduction of child poverty.

AB 1082: Will encourage installation of electric vehicle charging stations at public schools.  California will need 125,000-220,000 stations, more than a 1000% increase from the 10,000 stations we have today.  By providing charging stations at public schools, we can encourage teachers, administrators, employees, and parents to purchase electric vehicles while creating new jobs in the clean energy sector and reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

AB 1083: Will promote installation of electric vehicle charging stations at state parks and beaches.  California will need 125,000-220,000 stations, more than a 1000% increase from the 10,000 stations we have today.  By providing charging stations at state parks and beaches, we can encourage more people to visit our state parks and beaches and create more 21st century jobs for Californians.

For a full list 2017 Legislation, please click



Youth and Veterans Fishing Charities fishing trip attendees

Marina Del Rey Anglers is a nonprofit organization which has been taking kids from at risk environments on fishing trips for over 30 years.  “We teach young girls and boys to fish and be responsible stewards of our marine environment,” says MDRA President Tom Jonynas.  “Our class room is on the Betty-O Sportfishing Vessel out of Marina Del Rey. We invite nonprofit children’s organizations to join our youth fishing program and focus on demographics from at risk environments and groups with the most limited access to coastal recreational opportunities.”

Fishing teaches kids that fish don’t care about gender, ethnicity or disability. Fishing teaches patience, specific skill sets, following instructions, social skills and increases environmental awareness.  Many of these children have never been fishing, ever been on a boat on the ocean and some have never seen the Pacific Ocean.  For most kids this will be the first fish they have ever caught.  The smiles and laughter are instant, which for many of these kids have been absent for too long.  Every volunteer mentoring these trips describes the experience and emotions as one of their highlights. Two years ago MDRA expanded their fishing program to include disabled veterans from the West Los Angeles VA. 

Doctors and Recreational Therapists from the Veterans Affairs Hospital and rehabilitation programs at the VA say fishing may be one of the favorite and most effective forms of recreational therapy for the veterans who are fighting their way to re-enter productive society.

This year MDRA is “ahead of their plan” to take 500 kids and 100 veterans deep sea fishing. This is a very labor intensive effort, but for the MDRA volunteers it is a labor of love.  “We are a fishing club, love to fish ourselves and love to introduce kids to the joys of being on the high seas and catching fish”, states Ray Eichel, an MDRA board member who supervises almost every trip of the summer.  “We also teach the kids about pollution and how we can all help protect the marine environment, which is critical for all fishermen and all citizens.”  Phil Bell runs all of the Veterans Fishing trips and describes how honored and humbled his volunteers feel being able to support our vets who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms and liberties we all take for granted.

Starting next month we will be highlighting a constituent or organization that is fighting to make a difference in our District. We’d love to hear your suggestions. Please send them to, and we look forward to hearing from you! 


L.A. Career Fair –Sales & Professional Job Fair

Wednesday, August 2nd
Hilton Hotel LAX

5711 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90045

Travel Club Sign Ups Lawndale

Thursday, August 3rd
8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Council Chambers

Grand Opening ART LANDING Gallery

Saturday, August 12th
Art Landing

CA 90301

Concert on the Lawn & Ice cream Social

Saturday, August 12th
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
City Hall Lawn
1700 West 162nd Street
CA 90247

The 11th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair

Saturday, August 19th
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90008

Students think S.T.E.A.M Expo 

Thursday, October 19th
Los Angeles Trade Technical College

400 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90015