California Senate Leader Kevin de Léon Blasts Trump at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Kevin de Leon

California State Senate leader Kevin de Léon on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump’s policies, pledged to tackle housing costs, and support the film industry in a wide-ranging State of the State address to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking at the third annual luncheon on the Paramount Pictures lot, De Léon, a Los Angeles Democrat, said he and other California political leaders are positioning the state as a champion of clean energy, even if Trump’s administration has pulled out of the Paris climate accord.

“We’re not going to allow one election to reverse our progress,” De Léon said, detailing how California leaders are forging ahead with their plans to reduce carbon emissions.


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He said that while California was not a state when the country was founded, “We are clearly now the keeper of its future.”

De Léon was a sponsor of legislation in 2014 that approved film tax credits to retain film and television production in California.

“We made an aggressive statement that we want California to remain the entertainment capital of the world,” he said, adding that “it’s paying off.”

In its first year, the program awarded $234 million in tax credits to 55 projects, including eight films, he said. That resulted in $1.5 billion in direct in-state spending, including $600 million in wages.

The tax credits, he said, helped the Los Angeles area become the filming location for “Veep” (from Maryland).

“These are real jobs we are bringing back from places like Vancouver and New York,” he said.

Sponsored by Paramount Pictures and Variety, the event drew local political leaders, Hollywood businesses, as well as Marc Evans, president of Paramount’s Motion Picture Group.

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  1. Vince Tagliano says:

    “We are clearly now the keeper of its future.”

    Sorry Kev – but that future does not include anyone and everyone from Mexico, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

  2. Gregg W. says:

    Thank you Kevin De Leon and please don’t let yourself be tainted by money interests through your career. You’ve got a good start going and people like me are paying attention. Keep fighting for the people of California and you will go far.

  3. This man supports the breaking of federal law for the purpose of helping friends at the citizens expense. What corruption and lies. We have to deal with Trump and it is not pretty. I noticed you aren’t waving the break the law flag today with the whopped puppy look. We got Trump because you and your buddies, on the make California part of Mexico band wagon, couldn’t tell the truth about what is happening in California and around the country. Some people of a certain color are being treated differently then other people. That is racism, Making laws in state that protect people who have broken federal law is not the way to make change.

  4. One wonders if any of these backers of the ILLEGALS are getting a Kick Back from Mexico because as we know ILLEGAL ALIENS are a CASH COW for Mexico . ILLEGALS send Millions of our dollars a year back to MEJICO . Just saying . They are so Adamant on protecting their own interest or Pockets

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