January brings with it a Legislature in full swing at the Capitol. Legislation is introduced, committee members are selected along with some committee hearings, and gubernatorial appointments confirmed. Not to mention the Governor introducing his budget proposal and delivering his State of the State Address.
For me, I was honored to be selected as a new member of the Committee on Governmental Organization, while continue to serve as the Vice Chair of Transportation Committee, the Vice Chair of Rules Committee, and a member of the Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.
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What do we do in Sacramento? Find out by applying to the Senate Fellowship Program. It Pays!
College graduates have an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2017. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials. For more information, or to apply, visit the Senate Fellows web site. The deadline for submitting application is February 13, 2017. Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists.
Have a Heart
February is American Heart Month to raise awareness of heart disease. It’s not just men who suffer from cardio vascular disease, it is the #1 killer of women too. February 3rd is National Wear Red Day, so show your support by putting on those ruby red shoes, red tie or suit, and then know your own risks by visiting the American Heart Association.
My Legislation, Your Legislation
So far, I have crafted over a dozen pieces of legislation to make important changes that will benefit our district, improve our business climate and help California to continue growing. Many of these ideas come from you, my constituents, through business meetings and listening to community leaders throughout my district. You can view my current and past legislative measures by going my website.
Every January, California’s Governor sends his proposed budget to legislators outlining his priorities for the year. The Legislature then holds hearings and then begin to weave in their priorities until we have some sort of consensus before the fiscal year-end in June. Generally, I was pleased that Governor Brown took a fairly cautious approach, and I am hopeful we can start to address some of California’s shortfalls, such as building more water storage, improving our transportation system, and streamlining regulations so we can create more jobs.
Confirming Gubernatorial Appointees
As the Vice Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, I had the opportunity to question Randy Fiorini, the Governor’s Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, on effecting important water policy that encourages more storage and a focus on the water needs of Californians. Ultimately, the Senate confirmed Mr. Fiorini to another term, and I was happy to add my vote.
Congratulations to the Merced County Sheriff’s Posse who proudly represented both Merced County and the State of California in the Presidential Inaugural Parade.
25 Years of Service - PART of our Community
Preventing Alcohol Related Trauma and Substance Abuse in Salinas, South Monterey County, and On the Peninsula (PARTS) organization celebrated 25 years of serving the community. My Salinas district office presented a Senate resolution on my behalf to South County PARTS Chair Darlene Acosta. Congratulations and thank you!
Merced Police Officers Sworn-In
The Merced Police Department is making our streets safer by adding new officers to their ranks. Congratulations and thank you for your service.
Great American Day Activities
Martin Luther King Jr., a great American who through civility and respect made great contributions to our society, was celebrated this month. Many communities throughout our district held commemorations, including the Christian Love Baptist Church in West Modesto.
Office Hours In Your Neighborhood
The mobile district office allows my constituents to receive personal assistance on a variety of issues, including help with the DMV, the Employment Development Department, or matters involving other state agencies or state legislation. Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling my district offices. Click here for upcoming dates, times and locations.
Need Help With Your Taxes - Free?
The California Society of Enrolled Agents are holding several tax assistance programs throughout the state including in Salinas and Hollister. The Tax Help Day is February 4th to answer your questions on tax credits, deductions, maximizing rental property or owning a home, and more. For more information call 1-800-TAXPRO-5 or visit www.findanea.org/tax-help-day.
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