Hall is a part of the new leadership that is setting the pace and charting the course for the next generation of political leaders.
As soon as Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-52) arrived in Sacramento, Speaker Karen Bass (D-47) entrusted him with the reins of leadership as the assistant majority whip for the 2009-2010 legislative session. In his newly-appointed position, Hall intends to hit the ground running and he will not have any time for a legislative honeymoon. His previous experience as a school board member and city councilman in Compton has prepared him will be invaluable to him in the assembly for he will not have any time for on-the-job training.
"We have gone straight into an extraordinary session to deal with the budget crises in the California legislature," Hall said, "normally there is a break, but this is an unprecedented session that has not occurred in several years."
Hall is very upbeat about being one of the freshmen legislators and the welcome that he has received from his colleagues, especially the Speaker. "I think the Speaker is very dynamic; she has a way of incorporating not just seniors and sophomores into her leadership, but also freshmen particularly those with whom she shares the best interest of the State of California, people she can converse and communicate with. I'm very excited about that; I think it's an honor to be a part of the leadership with the speaker who is an advocate for the disenfranchised and the least of these. In my opinion, it's an honor just for her to consider me as a leader and a part of her leadership team."
Though Hall participated in the general swearing-in ceremony that was held en masse for the incoming legislators in state capital, he feels that it is important to share the historic nature of his ascension to the assembly with the community. So Hall intends to have another swearing-in for the community at Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) in Watts whereby the residents can join in the celebration.
"The reality is that we had about a hundred people to come up to Sacramento for the capitol swearing-in. However, we also had several hundred who were unable up to the capital. So I thought since I was elected locally, it is important for my people here to see such a ceremony as momentous as it is. I selected Watts because I'm from Compton, and I represent South Los Angeles, Compton, Long Beach and Paramount. I want to be able to bridge the gap between the various communities and hold different events in every community to show that I represent 100 percent of the constituents of the 52nd (Assembly) District."
Finally, as a important element of his freshman status, Hall laid out part of an ambitious agenda that he hopes to fulfill focusing on the re-opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. trauma center in conjunction with other elected officials whose agendas coincide with his, relative to the trauma center. He concluded, "In addition to working with the Speaker to stop the financial hemorrhaging with a $28 billion deficit, my primary objective is to work with the Senator (Rod Wright) and the Supervisor (Mark Ridley-Thomas) to restore the trauma center, and also to gain full local control of Compton College."