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California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins named to three key posts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has appointed Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to three key positions on behalf of the state Assembly.

The Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness, which Atkins has chaired for the past two years, was renewed for the current two-year legislative session, with Atkins continuing to serve as its chair.

Atkins will also represent the Assembly on the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), a position she held during the 2010-2012 legislative session. The OPC is a state body that focuses on protecting California’s ocean and coastal ecosystems.

Also, Atkins was appointed as one of two Assembly representatives on the California Historic and Cultural Endowment, a program of the California State Library that provides grants to preserve historic artifacts that are important to our state’s cultural legacy.

“In order to preserve California’s unique quality of life, it is important that we look both forward to the future and back to the past. The Ocean Protection Council and the Historic and Cultural Endowment serve both of those goals,” Atkins said.

“But many of our fellow Californians have no place to live but the streets and cannot share in the golden dream of California. That is why the work of the Select Committee on Homelessness is so important. I am honored and grateful to Speaker Pérez for appointing me to leadership positions on these critical bodies.”