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ABC 10: California legislators unite to support domestic violence bills

Sacramento, CA (June 12, 2024) - Beneath the shade of a massive redwood tree on California's Capitol, eight California legislators from both the assembly and senate convened Wednesday morning in support of several domestic violence bills attempting to become law.

The collaboration was led by Senator Susan Rubio and Senator Angelique Ashby. Accompanying them were Asm. Blanca E. Rubio, Asm. Jesse Gabriel, Asm. Blanca Pacheco, Asm. Cottie Petrie-Norris, Asm. Mike Gipson and Asm. Eloise Reyes who all discussed these bills.

L.A. Focus: California Hosts Symposium to Connect Small Businesses with Billions of Dollars in Contracts

Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2024) - In the fiscal year 2022-2023, over $961 million was awarded to small businesses in California. The participation goal, as mandated by AB 2019, was 25% but the state surpassed that mark by 9.4%.

AB 2019 was authored by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine). It codifies a 25% small business goal for state procurement and enhances the ability of state agencies to include small and underserved businesses in state contracting.

Spectrum News 1: California bill to require breathalyzers for anyone convicted of a DUI

Sacramento, CA (April 23, 2024) - Two years ago, Angel Renteria was walking her dog when she was struck by a drunk driver. At 16, she spent months on life support and lost the ability to walk or speak.

It's stories like Renteria's that have led Orange County Assembly Member Cottie Petrie-Norris to author a bill to mandate anyone convicted of a DUI to install an interlock ignition device, or IID, such as a breathalyzer, in their vehicle.

ABC 10: California bill for DUI offenders to have breathing devices in cars passes committee

Sacramento, CA (April 23, 2024) - Rhonda Campbell with Mothers Against Drunk Driving says lawmakers have passed a new bill, AB 2210, out of the Public Safety Committee to tackle drunk driving.

After years of fighting to move the bill forward, MADD said the committee agreed to a pilot program covering five counties in California. It would ensure all DUI offenders, including first-timers, are required to install ignition interlock devices, or breathing devices, in their cars to prevent them from driving drunk. The current law doesn't apply to first-time offenders.

CBS 13: California bill would strengthen penalties for first-time DUI offenders

Sacramento, CA (April 18, 2024) - Advocates gathered alongside lawmakers on Thursday to express support for a bill that aims to strengthen the consequences for anyone convicted of DUI, not just repeat offenders.

It would require first-time offenders to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

The bill, also known as Angel's Law, is inspired by Angel Renteria who was run over by a drunk driver while walking her dog in 2022. She was left paralyzed and unable to speak.

Daily Pilot: Three locals honored as Women of the Year by Petrie-Norris

Costa Mesa, CA (March 15, 2024) - Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) honored Women’s History Month Thursday by naming three Orange County residents as 2024 Women of the Year.

Costa Mesa Police Deputy Chief Joyce LaPointe, President of City of Hope Orange County Annette Walker and CalOptima Health community relations manager Soledad Rivera were selected to receive this year’s honor, which recognizes extraordinary contributions and leadership by women.

OC Register: Laguna Woods public library finally gets a home of its own

Laguna Woods, CA (February 2, 2024) - Since 2003, the city of Laguna Woods has had a branch of the Orange County Public Libraries operating from behind a 9-foot counter inside City Hall. Last Saturday, Jan. 27, the city finally celebrated the opening of its very own, newly constructed, 3,400-square-foot library building.

Daily Pilot: Costa Mesa gets moving on park upgrades funded by $11.2M from local lawmakers

Costa Mesa city leaders are beginning to move on a series of park improvements made possible by $11.2 million in funding from two local legislators seeking to expand access to public open space. Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) allocated $1.2 million in the state budget to help widen the footprint of another west-side pocket park, Ketchum-Libolt.