Cannella Column - July 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friends and neighbors,
The Legislature has been meeting every week for months now, and for July Members are back working in their districts. I have several events and activities to attend, and will be working in my district offices. It’s good to be home, and I hope to see you in the community.

In this edition, I cover some of the exciting accomplishments we’ve had on your behalf in Sacramento, as well as momentous happenings throughout my district.

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Anthony Cannella

Happy Birthday America

Image of fireworks

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year as we observe the birth of our Nation and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy living in this great country. It is a time to be with family and friends, barbeques, parades, watching fireworks and reveling in the red, white and blue. Hope you had a celebratory holiday.

Capitol Update

State Budget Passed with Funding for the 12th Senate District

I was pleased that my additions to benefit the District were included in the State Budget that passed the Legislature last month. Funding was included for gang counter-violence in Salinas, constructing/renovating police headquarters in three cities, Salinas River clean-up efforts, a violence interrupter program in Merced County, and public safety equipment for UC Merced. Monies were in the main budget bill, SB 826, which the Governor signed June 27th.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Reform, Not Just Piecemeal

The Legislature recently passed a bill that would streamline certain environmental regulations to replace a portion of the State Capitol. Now, why can’t we do this for transportation projects statewide? Our state depends on a reliable transportation system for the goods that we produce in order to remain an economic leader. As transportation has improved, we have been able to ship the goods produced in all corners of California to markets around the globe. At the same time, we have seen other states and countries build up their infrastructure and become strong competitors for those goods. We have already seen the same streamlining used to ease the construction of a football stadium in Los Angeles and a basketball arena in Sacramento. Shouldn’t we be doing the same for the entire State? Click below to watch video:

Sen. Cannella speaks on the need for CEQA reform

22 Push-ups

Image of Senator Cannella and legislators doing push-ups

Following a recent Senate Session, several Senators (myself included) chose to bring attention to the tragedy of suicide amongst the ranks of our brave military men and women veterans. The 22 A Day movement is a way to acknowledge that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a dangerous contributor to the sad statistic that, on average, 22 Americans who served their country commit suicide. To show our solidarity to fighting this epidemic, each of us did 22 push-ups on the Senate Floor. It is my hope that through awareness and effective programs we can stem this tide.

No Place Like Home Initiative

During debate on a recent budget bill, I stood up to make my support known for an initiative that will re-direct existing revenues to a program that addresses homelessness. California has 20% of the homeless population, more than any other state, and my District suffers from the highest poverty and homelessness. This new competitive grant program would guarantee $500,000 to every county and allocate additional funds based on need and local programming. Click below to watch video:

Link to Senator Cannella speaking in support of No Place Like Home video

My Legislation

I am proud to say that several of my measures moved through various committees last week. Here’s a quick look:

SB 1098: Establishing the Denti-Cal Advisory Group unanimously passed the Assembly Committee on Health

SB 564: West Kings Groundwater Agency passed the Assembly Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife and Assembly Committee on Local Government

SB 1348: Veterans licensing requirements notification bill passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations

SB 1165: Fixing the Engineers Board passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations

SB 1112: Water companies’ transactions passed the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee

District Update

Public Safety Summit

Recently, I held a public safety summit in Merced with local law enforcement and elected officials to discuss the high crime problems, and what we could do about it. One solution, which was included in the State Budget, is the Violence Interruption Prevention Emergency Response (VIPER) program. VIPER is a new, innovative approach for Merced County that takes existing information and directs resources specifically toward reducing homicides. By utilizing strategic partnerships, this program is a creative answer to a problem that is devastating the families of our communities.

AMTRAK – Adding a 7th Line

Amtrak recently added the first new daily roundtrip to the San Joaquin line in 14 years, which runs multiple times daily between the San Francisco Bay Area (or Sacramento) and Bakersfield. There is no denying that our Valley is growing and highways and freeways are more congested than ever. Even if we had the resources to expand all of Highway 99, the congestion would still be overwhelming. I was excited to be there to commemorate the addition.

Joe Carrillo – Volunteer of the Year

I was privileged to recognize the contributions of a well-known baseball coach and retired Deputy Fire Chief, Joe Carrillo, from his home town of Ceres. After retiring from a 30 year career with the San Jose Fire Department, earning a rank of Deputy Chief, Carrillo continued his love of coaching our youth in the techniques and art of America’s past time – baseball. Since 2000, he has coached many teams in the Ceres Youth Baseball League, and he just finished his third year with the Ceres High School JV team. Joe not only coaches our youth on the basics and finer points of baseball, but he also imparts the importance of team work and respect in competition to kids and parents alike.

Image of Joe Carrillo volunteer of the year

San Benito Saddle Horse Show Parade

On June 23rd, I was honored to participate in a parade to kick-off the 83rd Annual San Benito Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo.

Image of Joe Carrillo volunteer of the year

Juli Vieira – Woman of the Year

During the Saddle Horse Show Parade, I was thrilled to surprise my 2016 Woman of the Year, publicly recognizing Juli Vieira’s contributions to the community at the announcers stand. She has done so much for our community as a life-long resident, and President and CEO of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center since 2014. Congratulations Juli

Image of Senator Cannella with woman of the year Juli Vieira

Mobile Office Hours

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. Here are some upcoming dates, times and locations:




July 12


Winton Lifeline Community Center
7081 N Winton Way, Winton

July 12


Soledad Police Dept.
236 Main Street, Soledad, CA 93960

July 14


Civic Center
599 El Camino Real, Greenfield, CA 93927

July 14


Housing Authority of Stanislaus County
1701 Robertson Road, Modesto, CA 95351

July 20


City of King City Hall
212 S Vanderhurst Avenue, King City, CA 93930

July 20


Planada Community Center
9167 Stanford Avenue, Planada, CA

July 20


LeGrand Community Services Center
13038 Jefferson Street, LeGrand, CA

July 21


Gustine City Hall
352 5th Street Gustine, Gustine, CA

July 21


Los Banos City Hall
520 J Street, Los Banos, CA

July 21


Dos Palos City Hall
2174 Blossom Street, Dos Palos, CA

July 27


Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce
137 S 3rd Street, Chowchilla

July 27


Madera County Library
121 N. G Street, Madera

July 28


Atwater City Hall
750 Bellevue Road, Atwater, CA