Even though this year February has an extra day, it just flew by! The 24th was the final day for legislators to introduce new bills for the year. I’m excited about the bills I authored and coauthored and will be working hard for them to become law.
As I’d said, I am carrying legislation that benefits our district and gets people back to work. I have also focused on eliminating regulations that stifle business. For example, I have authored a bill that would save Californians millions on their utilities, SB 971. The Merced Sun-Star ran my guest column, ’Renewable’ energy law carries a painful price tag, that explains exactly why we need the bill to pass this year.
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Day of Remembrance
On February 4, I attended the Livingston-Merced Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League’s 3rd Annual Day of Remembrance. The event honored the Japanese-Americans that were sent to internment camps during World War II. It was held at the Merced Fairgrounds where those from our community were processed before being sent to the Amache Relocation Camp in Colorado. We paid homage to the more than 4,500 citizens from our community and throughout Northern California who were forced out of their homes, carrying only what they could hold.
If you get the chance, please visit the “Only What You Can Carry” monument at the Merced Fairgrounds, which serves as a constant reminder that we shouldn’t hide our past—we should learn from it.
With Japanese Consul General Hiroshi Inomata at the Japanese American Citizens League Annual Day of Remembrance
This month I held community coffees in Hollister and Salinas. At both coffees, I gave updates on the state budget and my legislative goals for the year. They were great opportunities for me to also hear concerns from the district. The coffee is a great forum to have an open dialogue about what state government is up to and what can be done to improve things. I’m looking forward to having more coffees throughout the district as the year goes on.
On February 11th, I was able to go out to see the Teens Run Modesto group in action. Teens Run Modesto is a 26 week program that culminates in the students running the Modesto Marathon on March 18. I was pumped up to see how many teens were out on a Saturday morning to practice.
Not only do the students prepare for a marathon, but the program also emphasizes goal setting and character development. If you would like to support the program, please visit http://teensrunmodesto.org/.
In addition to the great scores I’d received from the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Taxpayers Association, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association and the League of California Cities, the National Federation of Independent Business Voting Record, the California Small Business Association and the California Small Business Roundtable, TechAmerica gave me the California Technology Champion award.
From Robert Callahan, TechAmerica’s Director of California State Government Affairs:
"Senator Cannella’s steadfast commitment to creating high-tech jobs distinguishes him as an accomplished leader. We were thrilled to see Senator Cannella emerge as a new technology leader in 2011. We look forward to his continued support for the technology industry as we move forward in the 2012 legislative session.”
Regulatory Impacts on Agriculture
Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee (which I chair) held an informational hearing in Salinas on regulatory impacts on agriculture. I heard directly from those involved in the agriculture community exactly how they are impacted by state regulation.
California agriculture is the most regulated in the nation, requiring farmers and ranchers to comply with everything from environmental quality to product maturity standards. With a slow state economy and the state budget far into the red, it is important that we look closely at our regulations to ensure that they are accomplishing their goals without being needlessly burdensome.
Read the press release to learn more about this important topic.