Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

The 2017 legislative year was a landmark one for the 15th District and the State of California.  This year saw the legislature pass legislation to provide billions of dollars in long overdue funding to fix our roads, establish for the first time a permanent source of revenue for affordable housing, strengthen emission regulations to decrease pollution, and limit the role state and local resources play in federal immigration raids, proving that California truly is a home for all.  Eight of my bills were signed by the Governor in addition to a number of measures I coauthored. Our legislative victories addressed issues ranging from child care to disability access to employee wages.  Together, we accomplished a great deal and we will continue to do so in the upcoming legislative year.

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In service,

Tony Thurmond
Assemblymember, 15th District


Thurmond Update

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

As the legislative year continues, I would like to share with you a couple of exciting events and updates about my work in Sacramento and in the district.

In the Capitol

2017 Veteran of the Year

Veteran of the Year


April 2015 Newsletter

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

I'm proud to represent you as the newly-elected Assemblymember in the 15th District. Nearly a third of my colleagues in the 2015-2016 California Legislature are first-term members with many challenges and opportunities ahead. I plan to focus on the interrelated issues of jobs, education, environmental justice and public safety during my time in the Assembly.

To stay informed on what's happening in Sacramento as well as in the 15th Assembly District, please check out our first District Newsletter.

By working together we can give our youth a California as good as its promise, improve our schools, reduce dropout rates, and create sustainable jobs that preserve our environment and invest in job training opportunities to build a 21st-century workforce.

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To receive regular email updates, please visit my website.

In service,

Tony Thurmond
Assemblymember, 15th District

Committee Assignments and Legislative Highlights

I’m excited to serve on the following committees:

  • Chair of the Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services
  • Budget
  • Budget Subcommittee # 6 on Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Labor and Employment
  • Select Committees: Civic Engagement; Expanding Access to California Natural Resources; Homelessness; Improving Bay Area Transportation Systems; Mental and Behavioral Health and Proposition 63 Implementation; the Status of Boys and Men of Color; and the Status of Girls and Women of Color.

My office has introduced several bills. A few highlights include:

  • Assembly Bill 768 which will eliminate the use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, at all baseball venues in California to protect the health of players and to set an effective example for children.
  • Assembly Bill 1014 creates the Early Intervention Attendance Grant to assist schools in resolving chronic attendance problems for students in K-3.
  • Assembly Bill 1025 establishes an elementary school based, tiered mental health services program pilot.

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Satellite Office Hours coming to West Contra Costa County

Beginning April 1st, representatives from my office will be available to meet with constituents on a drop-in basis on the following dates and locations in West Contra Costa County.

  • Richmond: City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza
    • Every 1st Wednesday from 12:30pm-4:30pm beginning April 1
    • Every 3rd Saturday from 9am-12pm beginning April 18

  • San Pablo: City Hall, 13831 San Pablo Avenue
    • April 22 & August 26 from 12:30pm-4:30pm

  • El Cerrito: City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue
    • April 22, July 22 & November 25 from 12:30pm-4:00pm

  • Hercules: City Hall, 111 Civic Drive
    • May 27 and September 23 from 12:30pm-4:30pm

  • Pinole: City Hall, 2131 Pear Street
    • June 24 and October 28 from 12:30pm-4:30pm

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Addressing Environmental Issues in Our Community

On December 3, 2014, I hosted my first Environmental Town Hall two days after I was sworn into office. Panelists from the Sierra Club, Sunflower Alliance, 350 Bay Area, National Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action and the California League of Conservation Voters presented their top priorities. Environmental issues are critical in the 15th Assembly District and I wanted to bring people together to help me start thinking about how to craft a legislative agenda to address environmental issues here and throughout the state.

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Honoring a Civil Rights Leader

MKL Breakfast - Berkeley

Berkeley: Monday, January 19, City of Berkeley Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Breakfast.


MLK Breakfast - El Cerrito

El Cerrito: Monday, January 19, City of El Cerrito 26th Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Celebration: Tribute to Maya Angelou

MLK Breakfast - Richmond

Richmond: Monday, January 19, Richmond Greenway for Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service.


MLK Breakfast - Hercules

Hercules: Saturday, January 17, Hercules Library, African American Heritage and the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker: Chancellor Helen Benjamin, Contra Costa County College District


MLK Breakfast - Oakland

Oakland: Monday, January 19, Oakland's 23rd Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally. "Keeping the Dream Alive through Education, Non Violence, and Justice"

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Youth Mental Health Forum Recap

Mental Health Forum

On Friday, January 23, 2015, The Lincoln Child Care Center coordinated a Mental Health Forum in Oakland. I was pleased to join the panel to discuss the importance of mental health policy for children and families. The panel included youth impacted by the mental health system, as well as doctors, community advocates, service providers and legislators who shared their ideas for increasing access to needed mental health services. My policy experience at Lincoln Child Center advocating for at-risk youth helped inform my legislation, Assembly Bill 1025 that establishes an elementary school based, tiered mental health services program pilot.

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U.C. Berkeley Astrophysicist Awarded at Capitol

Dr Gilbor Basri

On February 9, 2015, I had the honor to recognize the University of California's Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and professor of astronomy, Dr. Gibor Basri as the 15th Assembly District's Black History Month Awardee. I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Basri nearly 15 years ago when he and his wife were serving on the board of an education program called 'I Have a Dream' and committed to serve students in the part of Oakland that has the highest dropout rates.

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Public Safety: Reducing the Use of Deadly Force

On February 23, 2015, I convened a strategy session with Mayors, Police Chiefs, City Managers and other key stakeholders within the 15th Assembly District for a first of its kind meeting. I wanted to start a conversation in direct response to the rulings in Ferguson and Long Island that disproportionately impact African American and Latino communities. The strategy session focused on a single question – How can we maximize the safety of the public while minimizing the use of deadly force?

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Covered California Enrollment

Covered CA

Our office along with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) sponsored a Health Enrollment event on February 14, 2015 at DeJean Middle School. Over 28 Certified Covered California representatives answered questions and assisted with the enrollment for Covered California and Medi-Cal in English and Spanish. More than 100 persons attended to enroll in health coverage by the February 15th deadline.

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15th Assembly District Woman of the Year

Ying Lee

On March 10, 2015, I had the pleasure of presenting the 15th Assembly District's Woman of the Year Award to my friend and mentor Ying Lee to recognize her years of work. It was an honor to seat her at my desk on the floor of the Assembly with her children and grandchildren in attendance. Ying Lee is a former Berkeley City Councilmember and tireless social justice activist.

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Apply for the 2015 Summer Internship Program

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond is looking for enthusiastic young people, between the ages of 18 and 24, who live in the 15th Assembly District, to be unpaid interns in his district office (1515 Clay St, #2201 Oakland, CA 94612) for this summer, from May 25 to August 7, 2015. Interns would work either from 9am to 12:30pm or 1pm to 5pm. Interns work 5 days a week and some weekends.

The Duties of a District Office

  • Advocate for constituents in matters of state services in the form of casework
  • Host events and community forums to bring people together to build a strong consensus of the district
  • Collaborate with local municipalities, organizations, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to ensure all aspects of an issue are taken under consideration
  • Work with the Capitol Office to ensure the legislative and district agendas are in sync

What we are looking for:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Critical thinking and ability to troubleshoot issues
  • Ability to multitask
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ready to learn!

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist with day to day management of the District Office, process office mail, answer phones, and respond to constituent correspondence
  • Take the lead on constituents’ casework by identifying which state department the issue is with and advocate for our constituents to resolve such issues
  • Join the staff in the field, interact with community members, engage with local elected officials, collaborate with each other to provide the best constituent outreach possible
  • Help staff to plan and host district events, from community forums to press conferences

It is the District Office’s mission to ensure by the end of the Internship Program, all interns will have a strong core understanding of how to work in a professional setting, become knowledgeable in policies that affect all Californians, and leave the office with the knowledge of the rewards of public service. We strongly believe interns should get just as much knowledge and access as we, the District staff, get from your hard work.

If you have any questions, please contact the Intern Coordinator, Brandon Baranco at 510-286-1400. If you are interested in applying, please email an up-to-date resumé and Letter of Intent to Brandon.baranco@asm.ca.gov with a subject line, “Summer 2015 Internship Application – First/Last Name”

**Deadline to Submit an Application is Monday, April 27, 2015**

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.

Important Links


Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015

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