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May 15, 2007

Assembly Member John Laird to receive honorary degree from Gavilan College

GAVILAN COLLEGE: At their May 8 meeting, the Gavilan College Board of Trustees voted to award an honorary degree from Gavilan College to Assembly Member John Laird, in recognition of his individual efforts in legislation that had a direct positive and long-lasting impact on Gavilan College's ability to improve its educational programs for its communities.

Assembly Member John Laird has continuously supported issues important to California Community Colleges: first as a member of the governing board of a community college district and later as a member of the Assembly. Assembly Member Laird was instrumental in the 2006 passage of SB 361 which created a new funding mechanism ensuring equal amounts of funding for all students throughout the state. SB 361 also recognizes the additional costs incurred by rural districts like Gavilan College in providing support and additional resources to their communities. Assembly Member Laird has been available to the students and faculty of Gavilan College, and has reached out to the Board and the administration to seek information about issues of importance to the college.

First elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2004 and 2006, Assemblymember John Laird represents the 27th State Assembly District, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, including the northern communities of the Gavilan Joint Community College District. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Mr. Laird served two terms on the Santa Cruz City Council, two terms as Mayor, and eight years as a Cabrillo College Trustee.

In his first term in the Assembly, Mr. Laird was appointed chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee (one of only five first-term members to chair a standing policy committee), and he authored 30 bills signed by the Governor including the legislation creating the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Assembly member Laird serves as Budget Committee Chair and is a member of the Natural Resources Committee. He has authored bills on topics including the Coastal Commission's program to ensure public beach access; strengthened protections for the California Sea Otter; the state's flood control levee system; and control or eradication of invasive tamarisk in the Colorado River watershed. He is currently carrying a number of bills related to climate change and ocean policy.

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