Press Releases

Friday, February 10, 2017

 

Los Angeles, CA — Today, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) spoke to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Workforce Council about the status of California’s teacher shortage, early childhood education, career and technical education, the achievement gap and immigrant students in higher education. The meeting was attended by over 50 business, non-profit and education leaders.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

 

Sacramento, CA — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today named Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin as California Legislators of the Year.

“We are honored to recognize and award Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin as TechNet’s Legislators of the Year for 2016,” said Andrea Deveau, TechNet’s Vice President of State Policy and Politics.  “These legislators are true champions of technology, and we thank them for their leadership and ongoing support of the innovation economy.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) issued the following statement regarding the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Video Response Available in English and Spanish

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
 
SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) responded to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State Address this morning, commending the Governor for his strong vision of California’s future.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) has been named co-chair of the California Environmental Legislative Caucus for the 2017-18 legislative session.    He and Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) were chosen by their peers to lead the caucus, which provides a forum for legislators to discuss and coordinate their actions on environmental challenges facing the state. Currently, 51 Senators and Assemblymembers are members of the caucus.

Adoption Ensures That Electoral Votes for U.S. President Reflect Americans’ Majority Vote

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senators Jerry Hill and Ben Allen introduced a joint resolution today calling upon other states to pass National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation to ensure that electoral votes for the president of the United States reflect the will of American voters.

Friday, December 2, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – On a unanimous vote, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was selected as the Vice-Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus at a gathering of Caucus members in San Francisco today.  Allen is beginning his third year representing the Westside, Hollywood and South Bay of Los Angeles in the California State Senate.

Should Counties Have Elected Executives and Larger Boards?

Friday, October 21, 2016

 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to remove current law’s prohibition on public financing of campaigns was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.

“Californians are demanding greater accountability from their elected officials, and rightfully so.  Anything we can do to empower communities to reduce the influence of money in campaigns is a good thing,” said Senator Allen.

Traditional Polling Places to be Replaced by Convenient Vote Centers

Thursday, September 29, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – A measure authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and Senator Robert Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys) to transform the way elections are conducted was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.  SB 450 authorizes counties to replace neighborhood polling places with conveniently located vote centers and allow voting in the 10 days preceding and election; it also requires every voter to be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot.