Yesterday, the fourth thug who assaulted my son pled guilty to felony assault. And this afternoon, I heard good news with bigger, broader implications.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to sign into law Assembly Bill 2165! Not only that, but his staff is arranging for a special signing ceremony in San Diego next Tuesday morning, to which they’re inviting local and state dignitaries, my family, and the press.
I’m proud to have brought this very worthy piece of legislation to the citizens of California. I’m also very grateful for the symbolic closure this signing ceremony will bring to my family.*
Pictures…oh yes, there will be pictures!
UPDATE: Take a peek at the signing ceremony photos, Web video and news articles here and here.
*USA TODAY printed an article that explains my connection to this bill. It’s available here. Also, I first blogged about it here.
OH MY GOODNESS!!! Many, many congratulations for your family’s victory and for your victory on behalf of other families. You deserve to be walking on sunshine, my dear.
Oh my GOD!!! You did it!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Could you please kick Ah-nold in the crotch whenever he’s done signing the bill for me? thx.
Um, no. Even though he’s not very tall, he’s still got quite a few inches on me in height and girth. And besides, I’ve been told security’s going to be VERY tight.
yeah, I know. How about I give you $20 to say, “thank you, governor girlyman” whenever he’s done signing the bill? :o)
Congratulations! Looking forward to pictures!
Congratulations, Melodye! I’m proud and inspired.
Truly exciting news! Can’t wait for the pictures!
Wow! You should be proud of yourself. YOU made a difference!
YAY! Congrats, Melodye– I’m So very happy for you!!
You made a difference! You have much to be proud of. And I’m proud of you!
Congratulations! I’m so excited for you. Can’t wait for the pictures!
Yayayayayay! I’m so excited for you, Melodye!
For you and all the other Mama Bears out there, good for you!!!!!
I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU. MAZEL TOV. I must educate myself and learn about this bill and learn about what YOU DID to effect a change in society and the law.
Proud to be your friend,
(truth? the only Arnold I love is =my= father) :}
Thanks, Pamela. These kind words made my day.
Re the backstory…I left you a link in one of your posts, and I posted links to the story in this entry, too.
Politics makes strange bedfellows, doesn’t it? This bipartisan issue is worth a reach across the aisle.
What you did will help others.
That’s so great Melodye!
I just started reading about what you’ve been able to accomplish is truly inspirational. Just the fact that you didn’t let it go and fought on all this time shows that keeping in the fight is so important. Thanks for sharing how change can be accomplished. Hopefully others will follow your wonderful example.
Thank you so much for these kind words. I really appreciate your support of the bill and my efforts. I do hope that others will take up this issue in their states. Though it doesn’t lead the list of important issues facing our nation, it’s still important — for so many reasons.
By the way, I hope it’s OK that I be-friended you. 🙂
That is absolutely fantastic! You should be so proud of yourself. This is huge…wow, wow, wow. The world would be such a better place if there were more people with your heart and determination.
Can’t wait to see those pics! 🙂
THanks for your sweet words. Actually, I’m most proud of the fact that my son came through this experience with heart, body, and spirit intact. This signing ceremony will pay tribute to him and his courage. 🙂
That’s because he has your heart and determination as well! *wink* So glad to hear that is doing well after this whole ordeal.
Hugs to you and your family. 🙂
WOW!!! That’s amazing!! 🙂
I wasn’t even aware of all this. I can’t wait to check it out. Don’t forget to share your pics.
This brought tears to my eyes – YAY!!!!!!
I’m so excited for you and for all Californians. This is a great day! I can’t wait to see the pics!
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