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Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris appointed Chair of State Assembly's Utilities and Energy Committee

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) was appointed Chair of the State Assembly's Committee on Utilities and Energy. The Committee on Utilities and Energy has primary jurisdiction over the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, Energy service providers, and the many ways power is generated in California, including via biomass, natural gas, geothermal, hydroelectric, renewables, solar, and wind.

Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris presents $2 Million to City of Irvine for Real Time Crime Center

IRVINE, CA – Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris secured $2 million in state budget funding for the City of Irvine to develop a Real Time Crime Center (RTCC). This will further enable officers, crime analysts, and dispatchers to gather and communicate critical information and effectively capitalize on the expanding range of technologies that increase the apprehension of offenders, prevent crime, promote sustainability, and improve officer safety.

Volunteers Harvest Over 7,000 Pounds of Fresh Produce at Harvest Solutions Farm during Hunger Action Month Event

IRVINE – On Saturday, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D—Irvine) and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County hosted a Harvest Solutions Farm Volunteer Event in Irvine to help harvest seasonal produce so that Orange County residents have consistent access to nutritious food. Volunteers harvested over 7,000 pounds of bell peppers that will be distributed in food boxes by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to individual and families served by the food bank and local pantries.

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris Advances Legislation to Combat Online Fentanyl Sales to Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO – On Monday, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) advanced Assembly Bill 1027, a measure that will strengthen California’s efforts to combat online illicit drug sales, to the Governor’s desk. AB 1027 will assist law enforcement in their investigations by requiring social media companies to retain data associated with the sale and distribution of illicit drugs on their platforms. The bill has received bipartisan support in both houses of the state legislature and will be sent to Governor Newsom for consideration. 

Taylor Made Cuisine Honored as 2023 Small Business of the Year

IRVINE — Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) honored Taylor Made Cuisine, a full-service catering and meal delivery company based in Irvine, as the 2023 Small Business of the Year for the 73rd Assembly District. Each year, Petrie-Norris invites constituents to submit a nomination for the Small Business of the Year and helps honor a small business that has made a lasting local impact.

Governor Signs Bill to Ban Invasive Caulerpa Algae That Threatens Coastal Ecosystems

  • Orange County Coastkeeper and California Coastkeeper Alliance worked with Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris to introduce Assembly Bill 655, which was signed into law by Governor Newsom on July 27.
  • AB 655 bans all sale and transportation of saltwater algae of the Caulerpa genus to reduce the chance of further invasions of our coastal environment.
  • Caulerpa prolifera was discovered in Newport Bay in 2021 and has yet to be fully eradicated.

Orange County Cities Briefed on Federal Funding Opportunities Related to Inflation Reduction Act

Orange County – Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) co-hosted a briefing with U.S. Senator Alex Padilla’s (D-Calif.) office for the Orange County delegation of Assembly Members, Senators, as well as local Mayors and City Managers on upcoming grant opportunities for transportation and infrastructure projects utilizing funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.