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perezfile.JPGAssembly Speaker John A. Pérez appeared tired, but relaxed inside his office Friday as he outlined highlights of the legislative session and talked about his priorities for next year.

Nearly 10 hours after the Legislature wrapped up its final session of the year, Pérez said bills to increase the minimum wage and expand healthcare to more than a million Californians will better position the state economically and improve the lives of the working poor.

"There is always stuff you wish you could have accomplished," Pérez said.

The Legislature will reconvene in January, during which time Pérez said issues surrounding water infrastructure and water quality need to be addressed. Pérez held up a bottle of brown water collected from a home in Maywood, a city in southeast Los Angeles County, to illustrate his point.

"There are so many people in the state that deal with substandard water," he said. "It comes out yellow, green or brown. It smells awful."

PHOTO: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, in a 2013 file photo. The Sacramento Bee / Hector Amezcua



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