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NAJEE’S NOTES: Assemblywoman Autumn Burke backs air quality bill

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke made big news this week. This type of news is sometimes difficult for me to report on because it’s news made by a politician I didn’t vote for, support or endorse when she initially ran for office.

Now she’s a young rising star in the Democratic Party and is at the forefront politically for environmental issues that affect our quality of life.

Burke joined Gov. Jerry Brown July 26, at the Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center for a bill signing ceremony for the air quality companion bill to California’s extension of the cap and trade program.

Burke used the event to highlight job readiness aspects of the cap and trade and air quality bills she strongly advocated, such as workforce development resources that would benefit residents of the Los Angeles region seeking trade skills, job training and employment in the state’s growing clean and renewable economy.

“Through this agreement, we affirm our dedication to provide clean air for all Californians while protecting our environment and economy from the harmful effects of climate change,” Burke said. “There are many facilities in the state that have not been upgraded in decades. This agreement requires that industrial sources regulated under cap and trade be retrofitted to current emission control standards. That’s a major victory for our local environmental economy, air quality and public health.

“Workforce development is a critical component of the state’s cap and trade 2.0 program extension. We would all be ill served if we create an economy of the haves and have-nots. We look forward to receiving the recommendations from the California Air Resources Board and the California Workforce Development Board on how to improve economic opportunity for all Californians and enable residents to take advantage of an opportunity to gain the skills necessary to obtain a job that provides economic security for themselves and their families,” Burke added.

“If we are going to prove to the rest of the world that our climate policies work, our policies must support a strong and growing middle class.”

The bill signed by Gov. Brown is good news for our community. And Burke continues to impress and is making her own mark and path in life and not resting on what family members accomplished. Keep up the good work, young lady. I’m with you now.

Ninth District City Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. and Coalition for Responsible Community Development present the 22nd annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 29 and 30. Thousands of Angelenos will gather in the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles in a celebration of community and music.

The free community festival, which celebrates the rich cultural history of Central Avenue begins at 11 a.m. July 29 along Central Avenue, between Vernon Avenue and King Boulevard.

I’m an avid jazz fan and have attended this festival annually since it began. It’s always a great time that’s had by our community with some of best jazz artists in the city performing. For more information, contact Price’s office at (213) 473-7009 or

The 30th annual Long Beach Jazz Festival is also coming up. It’s the most consistent, most upscale, and most celebrated three-generation, family-produced jazz festival in Southern California.

Under the direction of Kimberly Benoit, president of Rainbow Promotions, this annual three-day event, will again transform Rainbow Lagoon Park into an oasis of premier music, food, health awareness and fun Aug. 11-13.

Because it’s the 30-year celebration, all the bells and whistles are in order. The stellar lineup promises the best in jazz, from traditional to contemporary and fusion, funk, smooth jazz, Latin jazz plus rhythm and blues genres.

Boney James, Najee, Rachelle Ferrell, Will Downing and Bob James are just some of the music royalty who will be part of this year’s festival.

The Long Beach Jazz Festival experience is more than music, mingling, munching and marveling at merchandise. Attendees will enjoy marina breezes and a beautiful lagoon and park setting. The vendor pavilion offers a variety of freshly prepared foods and beverages plus unique clothing, art and accessories.

The second stage in the pavilion features experts sharing knowledge about health and well-being — valuable information for creating healthy awareness of body, mind and soul. When the health speakers are not on stage, diverse musical groups provide listening entertainment.

I’m excited to attend this festival once again and have already bought my tickets and am looking forward to seeing all The Wave readers who always stop me to say hi. For more information, visit

And finally. I refuse to mention his name, but there is more silly stuff coming out the White House. My thoughts are if anyone who is qualified wants to volunteer and risk their lives in service to our country they should be able too. That’s a true patriot.


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