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  Cárdenas, Tony
<-  2013-01-01  
NameTony Cárdenas
Address13173 Osborne St.
Pacoima, California 91331, United States
Website [Link]
Born March 31, 1963 (57 years)
Last ModifedM@
Aug 21, 2020 03:49pm
InfoCouncilman Tony Cardenas was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996 to represent the Northeast San Fernando Valley for three terms. As the youngest of eleven children Tony Cardenas understands the value of coalitions and working together. Tony Cardenas has been a champion for California’s children. Cardenas fought for and created juvenile justice reforms, at a time when it was neither popular nor considered possible.

Cardenas’ leadership insured that Los Angeles children would not be left out of the equation when the state distributed billions of dollars for new school construction. Los Angeles students finally got a fair share when Cardenas pioneered his “Priority Points” initiative. This increased Los Angeles’ share of school funding from $39 million to more than $650 million. This legislation is providing 78,000 new seats for Los Angeles students.

As Chairman of the Assembly’s powerful budget committee, Mr. Cardenas used his clout to establish funding for the State’s first BEFORE and After school programs. He also provided millions of dollars to make our school buses safer and reduce harmful diesel emissions.

Tony has a history of delivering solutions to difficult problems, when Tony found out that there was only one playground for disabled children in the entire city, he used his talents to secure funding for a total of 15 universal access playgrounds throughout the city of Los Angeles.

Cardenas has skipped the initiation as a new “Councilman” and has been effective by vigorously bringing his state knowledge to the city table. He has already identified one million dollars for the Bridges II Gang Intervention Program. He also ordered a report on the Department of Water and Power’s contracting and procurement practices. As a former businessman, Cardenas understands the importance of small businesses and their need to have a fair shot to do business with city departments. Cardenas also followed through with his promise to reform the city’s archaic business tax system. As Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Business Tax Reform, he made sure the Council passed a new system that allows small businesses to be exempt from the business tax, which means more money in their pockets and more room to grow.

Cardenas has given the Valley a voice. After hearing health concerns of residents surrounding near-by landfills in Sun Valley, Cardenas pioneered a groundbreaking environmental movement tackling industrial polluters. The people of Sun Valley have seen a rise in asthma cases and teachers at Fernangeles Elementary have said they have seen an increase in nosebleeds among school children. Cardenas introduced a motion declaring Sun Valley an “Environmental Justice Improvement Zone.” The motion, with the support of an environmental task force enlisted by the City Attorney, cracks down on violations of Sun Valley industrial businesses. It also puts in place a formal study of the environmental impact these businesses have on the community. State and citywide environmental groups have jumped aboard in support. The motion is a first of its kind and a first for the people of the Valley. Cardenas was also key in passing the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard that says the Department of Water and Power will get 20% of it’s energy from cleaner sources like wind and solar resources. This means cleaner air for the city and healthier lungs for our future Angelenos.



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May 03, 2018 07:35pm News Democratic Rep. Tony Cardenas denies allegation he sexually assaulted 16-year-old girl in 2007  Article IndyGeorgia 

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