Legwatch 2013-14


Alex Padilla Senate District 20, Democrat


Alex Padilla

Term limit: 2014


Personal data

Capitol office
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4020
Fax: (916) 324-6645

Senate Committee on Banking, Commerce and International Trade

Senate Floor

Senate Committee on Education

District voter registration
Democrat: 54%
Republican: 24%
Other: 22%

District makeup
Most of the eastern and central portions of the San Fernando Valley, including the small incorporated city of San Fernando (population 23,500) and the Valley communities of Sylmar, Pacoima, Sun Valley, North Hollywood, Arleta, Van Nuys, Mission Hills and Reseda.

Source: California Target Book


Manufacturers in this district


Alex Padilla biography:
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Alex Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in June 1999 and has worked effectively to make the Valley a stronger and safer community. He has expanded after-school programs, created quality jobs, and made our neighborhoods safer with increased police and fire resources.

A proud graduate of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Alex Padilla has a first-hand understanding of the value of a quality public education. His education priorities include providing students with up-to-date text books and ensuring that every student can read at grade level by third grade, providing teachers with the support and resources they need to do their job, and providing parents with the information they need to help their children succeed academically.

Under Alex's leadership, the nationally-recognized LA's BEST after school program expanded to serve 16 schools in his council district. He worked with the LAUSD School Construction Team to site and construct new schools for the Valley, relieving overcrowded schools and reducing class sizes in the process. He fought to build new, state of the art libraries in his council district. The Lake View Terrace Branch was a first for that community and was recently honored by the U.S. Green Building Council with the Platinum Level LEED Award. He also led the effort to site the new Children's Museum of Los Angeles in the Valley which will also be built in an environmentally sustainable manner and emphasize environmental awareness and education for children and families.

Alex Padilla has worked to recruit and retain jobs in the Valley and to fund job training programs. He played a key role in bringing much needed housing and retail developments to his district, including a Wells Fargo Bank Branch to Pacoima, only the second bank branch to serve that community. Alex worked with the North Hills community to develop the Paseo Sepulveda shopping center, which has revitalized that neighborhood with new jobs, businesses, and retail services. He strongly supports community based organizations that provide job skills training, including the Valley Family Technology Project, Youth Opportunity (YO!) Valley, and the Valley Economic Development Center.

To keep our neighborhoods safe, Alex Padilla has pushed to hire more firefighters and police officers and expanded community based policing efforts. He led the effort to build the LAPD Mission Area Police Station, the department's first new division in 27 years, to better serve the Valley with more police resources and quicker response times. Alex negotiated the construction of a fire station and regional firefighter training facility at the site of the former General Motors plant in Van Nuys, as well as an additional full service fire station in Sylmar to help reduce response times to emergency calls and provide better services to that neighborhood.

Alex's commitment to a clean and healthy environment began when he stood with neighbors in front of the Lopez Canyon Landfill and was an early part of the fight to shut it down. At the time, he was just 15 years old. As a Los Angeles City Councilmember, Alex continues to be a champion for our environment. He voted against extending the city's contract with the Sunshine Canyon landfill's operator and strongly opposes the expansion of Bradley Landfill. He has worked to bring more parks and open space to the Valley, including new, smaller neighborhood parks and soccer fields. He also led the effort to transform Hansen Dam into an outdoor recreational center that families in the Northeast Valley are proud to call their own. To help clean our air, Alex pushed to adopt a renewable portfolio standard so that by the year 2017, the city's Department of Water and Power produces 20 percent of the city*s power supply from renewable energy sources. In 2004, Alex helped craft and pass Proposition O, the $500 million general bond measure to clean up the polluted storm water that flows to our rivers, lakes, and beaches.

Alex Padilla's leadership has been recognized locally and nationally. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to serve as Council President. In 2005, he was elected to serve as President of the League of California Cities. He currently serves as Chair of the Los Angeles Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association, as a Board Member of the Children's Museum of Los Angeles, and as an Advisory Board Member of Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND).

Prior to his election to the City Council, he served as staff to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and then-Assemblymember Tony Cardenas. He successfully managed the campaign for State Senator Richard Alarcon in 1998 and served as the Southern California Field Director for the Coordinated Campaign of the California Democratic Party.

Alex Padilla holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship Program in Leadership and Public Affairs. He grew up in Pacoima and now owns a home in the same neighborhood.

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Manufacturers' legislative scorecard
Padilla's :
2011-12: 46% (11-13) 2009-10: 20% (2-8) 2007-08: 13% (4-27)OVERALL: 26% (17-48)
  VOTE  Indicates vote for manufacturers' interests or an Abstain vote
2013 votes
AB 10 - Minimum wage YES
AB 1165 - Cal OSHA abatement YES
AB 12 - Regulatory reform / implementation
AB 327 - Net Energy metering and RPS YES
AB 93 / SB 90 - Sales tax exemption
SB 118 - workforce development
SB 54 - Risk management / labor union apprenticeship work YES
2012 votes
AB 1062 - Public social services YES
AB 1500 - Corporation taxes: apportionment: single sales factor: Middle Class Scholarship Fund YES
AB 1990 - Renewable energy resources: renewable feed-in tariff set aside for most impacted and disadvantaged communities
AB 2439 - Corporation taxes: disclosure
SB 1118 - Solid waste: used mattresses: recycling and recovery
SB 1161 - Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communications service
SB 1402 - Economic development: California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index
SB 535 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund YES
SB 568 - Polystyrene Food Containers YES
SB 863 - Workers' compensation
SB 965 - State and local government
2011 votes
AB 1062 - Arbitration: appeals YES
AB 559 - Civil actions: costs YES
AB 1155 - Workers’ compensation. YES
SB 202 - Elections: ballot measures YES
SB 116 - Income taxes: exclusions: deductions: sales YES
AB 724 - Clean Energy Jobs and Investment Act YES
SB 508 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative time period YES
AB 1319 - Product safety: bisphenol A YES
SB 547 - Public school performance accountability
SBX1 2 - Energy: renewable energy resources YES
SB 617 - State government: financial and administrative accountability
2010 votes
AB 1998 - Solid waste: single-use carryout bags. YES
AB 2446 - Graduation requirements
SB 1391 - Income taxes: business tax incentives: reporting information and recapture YES
AB 1405 - AB 32 Community Benefits Fund YES
AB 737 - Solid waste: diversion YES
SB 657 - Anti-Human Trafficking Corporate Policy Mandate YES
AB 2738 - Regulations: agency statement of reasons
AB 569 - Meal periods: exemption YES
SB 1272 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative limitations YES
AB 2666 - Corporation taxes: Franchise Tax Board: tax expenditures: Reporting Transparency in Government Internet Web site. YES
2008 votes
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement YES
AB 2279 - Medical Marijuana   Employment Discrimination YES
AB 2386 - Agricultural Employee Card Check YES
AB 2547 - Oil Spill Prevention and Response YES
AB 2648 - CTE
AB 2855 - CTE, Partnership Academies, Green Tech & Goods Movement
AB 2944 - Corporate Director's Duties YES
AB 2947 - Anti-Arbitration   Elder Abuse YES
AB 2969 - Medical Treatment Utilization Reviews YES
AB 437 - Employer Liability Expansion YES
SB 1113 - Attorneys Fees & Costs YES
SB 1115 - Permanent Disability Reports   Apportionment YES
SB 1161 - Cleanup of Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks
SB 1313 - Product Safety   Perfluorochemicals YES
SB 1338 - Pre-Designation of Physician YES
SB 1608 - Disabled Persons: Equal Access Rights
SB 1717 - Permanent Partial Disability Benefits YES
SB 1717 - Permanent Partial Disability Benefits YES
SB 1762 - Climate Change Institute YES
SB 375 - Regional Planning YES
SB 974 - Port Container Fees YES
2007 votes
AB 1673 - Manufacturer's Rebates   Mandate YES
AB 8 - Health Care Coverage YES
AB 8 - Health Care Coverage YES
AB 1618 - Corporate Interest Expense Deduction YES
AB 537 - Family and Medical Leave YES
AB 1045 - Working Conditions YES
AB 1108 - Phthalates in Children's Products YES
SB 727 - Family Leave   Grandparents, Siblings and Grandchildren YES
SB 936 - Permanent Disability Schedule YES
SB 836 - Fair Employment   Familial Status YES
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Plastic bag makers air TV ads opposing Padilla's proposed ban - May 13, 2014
The Capitol’s years-long debate over plastic grocery bags is heading to a TV set near you, as a ...  Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee

Call For Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Renewed - Jan. 31, 2014
Less than a month after the city of Los Angeles implemented its ban on single-use plastic grocery ...   Staff in the EGP News

California tries bag ban, again - Jan. 27, 2014
The bill was introduced by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on Jan. 24 at Command Packaging — a ...  Gayle Putrich in the Plastic News

L.A.'s Latino senators divided on banning plastic bags - June 10, 2013
Think Latino Democratic lawmakers from Los Angeles vote the same way on key bills? Think ...  Marc Lifsher in the L.A. Times

California Senate trashes plastic bag ban - May 31, 2013
A proposal to ban plastic shopping bags in California went the way of so many plastic bags – into ...  Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee

CMTA Capitol Updates
2014 General Election: Great place to start for CA manufacturing agenda

This year CMTA took an active role in supporting good candidates that would fight to make the ...  Nov. 5, 2014 update

CMTA asks for veto on bag ban

On the last day of session, the Senate passed SB 270 and sent it to the Governor.  Sept. 11, 2014 update

A bag ban is back

Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) is the author of  May 15, 2014 update