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Congresswoman Waters' Statement on Cal/OSHA's Decision to Cite Menzies Aviation for Safety Violations

Los Angeles, CA – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement today regarding the California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupation Safety and Health's (Cal/OSHA) announcement to fine Menzies Aviation $77,250 following an investigation into the February death of an employee at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

"I applaud the announcement by Cal/OSHA to fine Menzies Aviation $77,250 for several safety violations uncovered during its investigation into the death of airport worker Cesar Valenzuela. I find it deeply disturbing that these violations may have contributed to Mr. Valenzuela's death.

"Cal/OSHA determined that Menzies employees have been subject to unsafe working conditions at LAX. According to reports, Menzies was fined nearly $95,000 in 2013 for unsafe practices at LAX including the type of violations that if not fixed could result in the death of a worker. The airport administration and the airlines must take responsibility for maintaining safe working conditions at LAX.

"We cannot continue to allow companies like Menzies to operate in an unsafe manner at LAX, putting both workers and passengers at risk. The traveling public and employees that work at LAX deserve better. Airport workers should be able to do their jobs without the fear of losing their lives.

"Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the operator of LAX, has been investing in structural improvements to attract domestic and international travelers and help maintain the airport's standing as an economic engine for the region. But the best way for LAX to be a world class airport is to put safety first. It's time for the leadership at LAX to step up and show their commitment to holding airline contractors accountable. I see no reason why LAWA should continue contracting with Menzies Aviation, which has been fined and cited on more than one occasion for unsafe practices."


Governor Signs Assemblymember Holden’s Bill Recognizing President Obama in California Textbooks

"The President Barack Obama Curriculum Act"

Sacramento - President Barack Obama will take his rightful place in California textbooks under legislation signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1912 authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), will be the first step toward acknowledging President Obama's legacy for generations to come. The measure enjoyed overwhelming, bi-partisan support as it made its way through the legislative process this year.

"I am very grateful to Governor Brown for signing this important legislation and to the lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who agreed that this presidency should not be relegated to a footnote in textbooks," said Assemblymember Holden. "We want to make sure that future generations understand that the election of our nation's first African American President was a historic step in the effort towards equality and that previous elections involved intimidation and violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting."

AB 1912 asks the State Board of Education and the Instructional Quality Commission to include the significance of President Barack Obama's election in the state's history and social science standards for grades seven to twelve. The state's history-social science standards haven't been revised in nine years due largely to the state's fiscal crisis. The next review and adoption of instructional materials will not take place until the 2015-2016 school year.

"Just 145 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and only a generation removed from the civil rights struggles, President Obama's election represented the moment when all things seemed possible," concluded Holden.


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