Cannella Capitol Update: September 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Dear Friend,

With the end of our legislative session came a number of long nights on the Senate floor debating issues ranging from public pension reform to immigration and restoring the Healthy Families program to the reform of the CEQA process.

There were some significant achievements made, including the passage of a pension reform bill that will save Californians billions in the years to come and an overhaul of the workers’ compensation program that will end inefficiencies and provide better services to those injured on the job.

Governor Brown has until the end of this month to either sign or veto the hundreds of bills that were passed in the final days. My office has been working with his legislative staff on my two bills that remain before him, and I am hopeful they will be signed into law.

Now that session has ended, I am spending my time in the district both talking to constituents and meeting with local officials. I am also beginning to work on the set of legislation that I will introduce in the upcoming session.

I would like to hear from you about your ideas for legislation or any other issues that you might have. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office through my website if you have any questions, comments or insight to share. Help keep your friends and neighbors informed about what’s going on in Sacramento and around the 12th Senate District by forwarding this email so they can sign up to receive my eNewsletters as well.

Anthony Cannella

Bills Before the Governor

Earlier this month, the Governor signed one my SB 736, which provides Merced County with greater flexibility in hiring a new Public Works Department director. There are already a few counties that have been given the same allowances, and it just makes sense that Merced County should also.

As I’d mentioned above, I currently have two bills before the Governor and am working to get them passed. The two pending bills are SB 1563, which supports veterans transitioning to law enforcement upon their return, and SB 1327, which eases the permitting process for small business.

Atwater Community Coffee on October 17

When I am not in Sacramento, I try to reach all of the communities in the 12th District so I can meet face-to-face with people to talk about their concerns and issues. Personal interaction with my constituents is the best way for me to do my job better.

On October 17 from 8 am to 9 am, I will be holding an open community forum in the city of Atwater. If you are in the area, please stop by and join me for coffee at the Atwater Chamber of Commerce. I will talk about my areas of focus for the upcoming session and will answer any questions you have.

The Chamber is located at 1181 Third Street in Atwater.

Gustine Mobile Office Hours on October 9

Please join my staff for mobile office hours in Gustine, where you can 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.

Tuesday, October 9
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Gustine City Hall
682 3rd Avenue

Feel free to call my Merced office at (209) 726-5495 to make an appointment in advance.

Unemployment Assistance

According to the most recent data from the California Employment Development Department, California still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Hundreds of families across our district are still facing a crisis of joblessness, with unemployment rates as high as 41 percent in some parts of the region.

If you or anybody you know has lost their job, I hope you will take a moment to visit my website and learn more about the resources available through the state. In particular, through the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, EDD provides eligible Californians benefits of up to $450 a week to support them as they actively search for work. For more information, please visit my website at, click on the link on the top right labeled “Resources” and scroll down to the blue brochure titled “California’s Unemployment Insurance Program.” The brochure includes information about how to apply for UI, as well as information about other EDD resources designed to help California workers weather this tough job market.

Los Banos Citizens Police Academy

Los Banos residents who are interested in learning more about Law Enforcement can now apply to participate in the Departments upcoming fall Citizens Police Academy. The academy will be held on Tuesday nights from 7 pm to 10 pm and will run from September 25 to November 6, 2012.

Students participating in this event can expect to learn about crime prevention, the inner workings of the Los Banos Police Department and the criminal justice system. Class size is limited and applicants will be subject to a background check before being accepted. Applications for the academy can be obtained at the Los Banos Police Department and anyone with questions can contact Officer Noah Jones at (209) 827-0603.

“These academies are such an eye opener to students who attend. We have received great feedback from past students and we are proud to offer this opportunity to our community members.” -Ray Reyna, Administrative Commander.

Around the Capitol and District

Senator Cannella Speaking to dairy farmers at a rally for more competitive milk pricing at the Capitol
Speaking to dairy farmers at a rally for more competitive milk pricing at the Capitol

Senator Cannella Community Coffee in Salinas
Community Coffee in Salinas

Senator Cannella resenting the Merced Elk's Club a certificate
Presenting the Merced Elk’s Club a certificate of appreciation for their “Friends Helping Friends” program that began giving back to the community in the 70’s.

Senator Cannella talking to a constituent and Monterey County Supervisor Simon Salinas
Talking to a constituent and Monterey County Supervisor Simon Salinas at the Day of the Farmworker celebration in Greenfield.