David Hadley, Representing California's 66th District


In this Issue:

An Update from David

“Hatt-a-Tude” Fashion Show and Fundraiser

Japanese Cultural Institute festival

Torrance Education Foundation as my South Bay “Nonprofit of the Year”

Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates 18th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Chinese American Elected Officials (CEO) Lifetime Achievement Award

Rancho Palos Verdes Resident Robert Germinder Honored for Holocaust Memorial Week

Community-Inspired No Idling Zones Resolution Passed by the Assembly

Veteran of the Year

Welcome to El Camino College President Maloney

Office Locations

Capitol Office
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 94249
Phone: (916) 319-2066
Fax: (916) 319-2166

District Office
23211 Hawthorne Blvd,
Ste 200A
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: (310) 375-0691
Fax: (310) 375-8245

Dear South Bay friends,

Summer is here: the sun is shining, my kids are out of school and the beaches are packed. But my new favorite thing about summer is the opportunity to spend July with you in the South Bay. The legislature is in session January through June then adjourns for July before resuming in August. That means I will be in my district office more often (23211 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 200A, at the southwest corner of Lomita Boulevard in Torrance), and I will also see many of you at events throughout the South Bay.

Before the legislature recessed, I was able to accomplish something very near and dear to my heart. I wrote in the April newsletter about António Valdés Jorgensen, a local student who attended Hughes Middle School and is now at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, who brought to my attention a great idea for legislation. Antonio had watched cars idle at schools at the end of the school day as parents waited for their kids and saw an opportunity to reduce pollution and carbon emissions: creating “No Idling Zones.” To carry his idea forward, I introduced a resolution in the Assembly to bring awareness to this issue. In June, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 160 was passed unanimously by the Assembly, with Antonio on hand in Sacramento to see his idea come to fruition!

On July 1, PBF Energy acquired the Torrance refinery from ExxonMobil. As I said to mark the occasion, this is not a celebration, it is a transition. It is not a victory lap, it is a chance for a new beginning. We want the refinery to succeed, but I am here first and foremost to protect the safety and well-being of the people of the South Bay and my office and I will do what we have to in order to accomplish that mission. For example, my office requested the preliminary copy of the CalOSHA report on the collapse of the 300-ton crane that occurred at the refinery last week. We will stay on the case on your behalf.

And of course, I hope you had a great Fourth of July celebration to mark the 240th birthday of our country! We are so fortunate to be living in the South Bay, in California, in the United States of America. May God bless the military and public safety personnel who keep us safe every day.

As always, I want to hear from you! Please contact me at Assemblymember.Hadley@assembly.ca.gov or (310) 375-0691 at any time. My staff and I are here to serve you and I’ll have extra time in July to be down in the district to do so. And of course, if there is a particular topic you would like to see covered in a future newsletter, let us know!

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David Hadley, Assemblyman, 66th District


What’s Been Happening in the South Bay?

“Hatt-a-Tude” Fashion Show and Fundraiser

Assemblymember Hadley at the Hatt-a-Tude Fashion Show and Fundraiser

Everyone had a great attitude at the “Hatt-a-tude” fashion show and fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Committee in Gardena!

Here I am with Torrance Councilman-elect Milton Herring, Gardena Chamber of Commerce president Wanda Love and former Assemblyman Steve Bradford (Mr. Bradford is also running for the California State Senate in November). That is MLK Committee Chair Paulette Francis and DJ Ray in the background!

Japanese Cultural Institute Festival

Assemblymember Hadley at the Japanese Cultural Institute Festival

I had a great time at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Festival, an annual fund raiser held every June. Here I am with my longtime friend Carolyn Aoki-Hyatt and her friend Terri. The weekend was packed with food, games and cultural demonstrations and all proceeds went to a good cause. I look forward to coming back next year!

Torrance Education Foundation as my South Bay “Nonprofit of the Year”

Assemblymember Hadley at the Torrance Education Foundation

I was so pleased to be able to recognize the Torrance Education Foundation as my South Bay “Nonprofit of the Year” for the first annual California Nonprofits Day festivities! Here I am with my friend and TEF Executive Director Susan Swinburne, who came to the State Capitol to be recognized.

Our lives and our communities are so greatly enriched by the work our many nonprofits do. I chose the TEF as my inaugural honoree both because of the great work they do for the students of Torrance, and because our public schools are what make the South Bay so special.

Congratulations and thank you, Torrance Education Foundation!

Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates 18th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Assemblymember Hadley honoring recipients at the Kiwanis Club Rolling Hills Estate

I had the privilege of honoring scholarship recipients at the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates’ 18th Annual Scholarship Luncheon. While academic achievement is important, you do not have to earn straight “A’s,” or have “important” parents to receive one of these scholarships. Serving others and having “heart” are given high consideration in the Kiwanis Club’s review process. Congratulations and good luck to all of the worthy recipients!

Chinese American Elected Officials (CEO) Lifetime Achievement Award

Assemblymember Hadley presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Charlie Woo

I was proud to join the Chinese Elected Officials (CEO) organization in Alhambra to present their Lifetime Achievement Award to Charlie Woo. Mr. Woo, who lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, is the co-founder and CEO of MegaToys and the founder of the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE). It was an honor to be part of the ceremony and I would like to thank Mr. Woo again for his service to the community.

Rancho Palos Verdes Resident Robert Germinder Honored for Holocaust Memorial Week

President inauguration for South Bay Korean Senior Citizen Assoc.

I was able to recognize Robert Germinder (center) at Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes as my 2016 Holocaust Memorial Day honoree, here alongside Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei. Mr. Germinder was a Jewish child born in Poland in 1935, he lived a harrowing life during World War II and the Holocaust.

He and his surviving family reached the United States in 1947, where he has dedicated his life to raising awareness about the events that occurred. He was unable to make it to the ceremony in Sacramento because he was participating in the March of the Living in Poland, a 3-kilometer walk from Auschwitz from Birkenau as a silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust.

What’s Been Happening in Sacramento?

Community-Inspired No Idling Zones Resolution Passed by the Assembly

No Idling Zone Resolution passed by the Assembly

I was inspired to introduce ACR 160 after my meeting with Grades of Green in the spring of 2015, and specifically my discussion with then-middle-schooler António Valdés Jorgenson who pitched me on this idea. António had done a lot of research and his passion on the subject was contagious!

Some schools in the Beach Cities have already posted “no idling” signs, to remind parents and caregivers that our children’s health and our environment will benefit from our cars not idling. ACR 160 encourages such responsible behavior statewide.

So it was a great pleasure to be able to recognize António and Grades of Green in the Assembly on Thursday. Here I am pictured with António, Grades of Green founder Kim Lewand Martin and Senior Program Manager Emily Gee.

And that green card - that was produced for me and signed by all the students at Robinson Elementary in Manhattan Beach (where I got a chance to speak to them about the resolution, Picture 2) to advocate for ACR 160!

A great example about how one middle-schooler’s great idea can be passed by the State Assembly in one year - thanks António!

Veteran of the Year

Assmeblymember Hadley honoring Edna Davis for 2016 Veteran of the Year

I was honored to welcome Manhattan Beach resident Edna Davis to the Capitol this month as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the South Bay. The 94-year-old Davis proudly served as a member of the WASPs (Women’s Air Force Service Pilots) during World War II, bringing credit and distinction to herself as one of the first female pilots to serve in the United States military.

Davis began her military career in 1943 at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. She was one of 17 women pilots transferred to Dodge City to learn to pilot the Martin B-26 Marauder, a notoriously hard to fly World War II bomber. Davis earned further distinction that year as the first woman to ever solo pilot a B-26. Following her service, Davis earned her commercial pilot’s license and has continued her involvement with the WASPs, ultimately serving as the organization’s vice president, secretary and treasurer, and as a board member for the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.

I take immense pleasure in expressing my sincere appreciation to Edna Davis for her dedication to duty and country. She is an inspiration and I was honored to recognize her as the South Bay Veteran of the Year.

Welcome to El Camino College President Maloney

Assemblymember Hadley welcoming Dena Maloney

Up in Sacramento, I got to welcome Dr. Dena Maloney, the new president of El Camino College, to the State Capitol. It was great to meet with Dr. Maloney and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for El Camino College under her leadership!