San Francisco Assemblymember Ma sworn-in
Submits public safety bill as party whip
Former San Francisco District 4 Supervisor Fiona Ma was sworn
in today as California District 12 Assemblymember. Named Majority
Whip, Ma wasted no time in submitting her first bill, AB-23, legislation
she introduced to help improve public safety on San Francisco's
December 4, 2006
SACRAMENTO In a formal ceremony today at the State
Capitol, Fiona Ma (D San Francisco) was sworn into office for
the 2007-2008 legislative session.
Ma was elected on November 7 to represent the 12th Assembly District,
which includes the western half of San Francisco, Daly City, Broadmoor,
and Colma. Ma will become the first Asian-American women to represent
San Francisco in the state legislature.
On her first day as Assemblywoman, Ma wasted no time getting
right to work. She introduced her first piece of legislation shortly
after being sworn in. The bill, AB 23 requires crosswalk-stoplights
on state highways in urban corridors be equipped with numbered
countdowns. 19th Avenue, Sloat Boulevard, and El Camino Real are
state highways that would fall under the requirements of the bill.
A July 2006 report issued by the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation
Authority showed that last year there were nearly 700 pedestrian
injuries and 14 fatalities in the city.
I am honored that my neighbors have put their trust in
me as their representative in Sacramento and it is time for me
to go to work and fulfill the promises of my campaign, said
Ma who plans to take her expertise as a CPA and San Francisco
Supervisor to Sacramento to fight for resources to improve the
quality of life of residents in the district.
We laid the groundwork for this effort while I was at the
Board of Supervisors---this bill is the product of that experience,
and will tangibly address the most critical pedestrian safety
problem facing San Francisco and San Mateo.
The legislation continues Mas work as a champion of safe
streets. Ma, most recently served as a member of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors where she authored legislation mandating
school crossing signs and crosswalks as well as the Slow
Down, Look Around campaign.
Ma also supported mandated foot patrols in areas most impacted
by violent crime.
Speaker Fabian Nunez recognized Mas hard work and leadership
qualities by naming her Majority Whip of the Assembly.
I am honored that Speaker Nunez has chosen me to join a
leadership team that is reflective of the diversity of this state,
Speaker Fabian Nunez (right)
Mas top priority in the Assembly will be to improve the
quality of life of residents in the district by growing the economy
and focusing on education, health care, affordable housing, and