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Newest speaker from LA area swears in today

anthony-rendon-speaker.jpgAnthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon, the state assemblyman from the Paramount and Lakewood area of southeast LA County, takes the oath today to become the next speaker of the Assembly. He joins the recent run of speakers from Southern California, and most have been from the Los Angeles area. Mayor Eric Garcetti is headed up to Sacramento for the proceedings. If it seems like his name has been in the news a long time, it's because Democrats selected Rendon to be next six months ago. He will succeed Toni Atkins, the speaker from San Diego was is termed out and running for the state Senate.

Rendon's ascendancy means that both top elected posts in the state legislature will be held by Latino Democrats from here. State Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles is the Senate's president pro tem. What makes Rendon, 48, different than recent speakers is the extended term limits mean he could stay in the post until 2024 and become the longest-serving speaker since the era of voter-mandated term limits began in the early 1990s.

From AP story:

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood will be sworn in as the state's 70th speaker on Monday to lead a chamber of 51 Democrats and 28 Republicans….

He was integral in negotiating a $7.5 billion water bond that voters passed in 2014, but Rendon is best known for his positions on education and the environment.

Before running for office, he led a child development program in Southern California and directed the California League of Conservation Voters.

Some of his stances put him at odds with Gov. Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat. Rendon supports expanded funding for pre-kindergarten, taxes on oil extraction and decreased fracking in urban areas, all of which contradict the governor's views.

Brown vetoed his three bills last year that would have required greater disclosure from California's Public Utilities Commission.

Rendon said he has "serious questions" about the costs and science behind Brown's plan to divert water to Southern California using two massive water tunnels. Rendon also expressed concerns about the Brown administration's revised plan for a $64 billion high-speed rail system, which is now planned to head to the San Francisco Bay Area before heading to Southern California.

Also this take from KQED: Rise of Latino Political Power in Sacramento Could Give New Momentum to Health Care.

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