August 2014 District Report

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 00:00



This month the Legislature came together in a strong, bipartisan agreement to pass a new water bond that will be on the ballot in November.  The new bond will replace the bond that was approved for the ballot in 2009.   The $7.54 billion bond is fiscally responsible, ensures water reliability and addresses our state’s critical needs during this historic drought. 

The new and improved water bond invests significantly in areas that will benefit the Inland Empire. Among the investments are $900 million dedicated to groundwater cleanup, $750 million for water recycling projects and $520 million for projects that provide clean, safe, and reliable drinking water.

In addition, the water bond dedicates $3 billion to water storage and dam construction, which is an essential component in ensuring water reliability and preparing for another drought.

What a great time for California!

Best Wishes,

Assemblymember, 52nd District



The Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2298 which modernizes the way banks can submit required weekly reports to the State. AB 2298 protects the environment by allowing banks to submit their reports to the state electronically instead of being required to use US mail.

AB 1598, my bill to improve emergency response to active shooting incidents, is now headed to Governor Brown! I introduced this bill in response to the shooting at LAX last November. I heard too many stories of injured victims having to wait to receive medical treatment. My bill would require our law enforcement, fire and emergency medical agencies to coordinate their training and response to active shooter incidents.

Heading to the Governor soon will be:

  • AB 1620 which creates the California Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Commission.
  • AB 2044 which protects elderly residents of assisted living facilities and improves their quality of life.
  • AB 2530 strengthens voter protections by requiring county elections officials to visually review signatures on vote-by-mail and provisional ballots in cases where computer software determines the signature does not match the voter’s registration signature.

You can stay up to date on all of my legislation by visiting my legislation page.

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On July 31, 2014, I held an informational hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness to collect testimony on how well our local communities and first responders are being trained and equipped to respond to a “worst case scenario” oil spill by rail and to learn what California can do to help them be prepared.

Crude oil is highly volatile and as more and more rail shipments are coming through California, the possibility of an accident significantly increases. Proper training and preparedness of our local emergency responding agencies are key to ensuring the damage from a hazardous materials spill is contained after an accident.

Representatives from the two major railway companies as well as local fire chiefs from Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties and from the cities of Montclair, Chino and Ontario, were on hand to provide testimony. From their testimony we learned that that there are significant gaps in their preparedness and their ability to respond to significant oil-by-rail spills.

In the coming months, I will use the findings of this hearing to begin addressing these gaps to make sure our local firefighters have the tools they need to protect our communities.
A full report of the findings will be available later this fall.

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The back-to-school season can be rough financially on many families in the Inland Empire. I wanted to do something to make it a little bit easier for families who are sending their children back to school this month.

I partnered with the California Institution for Men (CIM) and Echos of Faith Ministries in Chino to give free backpacks and school supplies to school children in grades K-8 from our community. The kids who came to get backpacks were treated to various activities and child safety information was available for parents.

Howard Gains, Community Resource Manager at CIM and Ron Copeland with Echoes of Faith Church were instrumental in donating the backpacks and supplies and organizing this event. I was happy to work with them! Having new school supplies helps to create a productive learning environment for our students.

I will be holding another backpack giveaway on Saturday, September 13th from 10 am to 12 pm at my District Office. Students must be in grades K-8 and reside in Chino, Ontario, Montclair or Pomona. The student and a parent or guardian must be present.

If you have any questions, please call my District Office at (909) 902-9606.

Public Information Officer Jenifer Paredes and local volunteers helped to distribute backpacks to the students.

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Are you interested in a career as a firefighter? On Saturday, September 13 the Annual Firefighter Career Expo will be held at the CA Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s Firefighter Candidate Testing Center at 626 N. Eckhoff St, #100 in Orange, California 92868.

The Firefighter Career Expos are designed to welcome and encourage interested candidates to find out if they have what it takes to become a firefighter. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet one-on-one with fire department recruiters
  • Try their hand at the Candidate Physical Ability Test
  • Learn what to expect on the written test
  • Find out about Veterans’ Benefits
  • Take an up-close look at apparatus displays
  • Enjoy refreshments and a barbeque

The expo is free to attend. If you are interested, you can pre-register at

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It’s that time of year again! The LA County Fair kicks off on Friday, August 29th and runs until Sunday, September 28th!
The fair has been drawing enthusiastic crowds since its opening in 1922 and it is one of the largest fairs in the United States. I am proud to be from Pomona where the fair is held every year at the Fairplex.

Throughout the duration of the fair, local cities will be honored during LA County Fair’s Community Days. On these days, the Fair will feature a Community Days parade, a Community Hero presentation and a host of other special events.

Pomona Day - Friday, September 5
Montclair and Ontario Day - Wednesday, September 10
Chino Day - Thursday, September 25

I always enjoy attending the LA County Fair each year with my family and this year is no different. I hope to see you all at the fair!

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Because of my background in emergency services, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins asked me to record the weekly State Assembly Radio Address and talk to Californians about preventing and preparing for Wildfires. With the historic drought conditions we are seeing in California, wildfire occurrences have increased significantly.

Wildfires destroy millions of acres of land and threaten the security of your loved ones. With the extreme drought this year, we cannot afford to be careless. Here are some wildfire safety tips:

  • Remove all flammable vegetation, such as pine needles, leaves or twigs, from within five feet of your home.
  • Keep wood piles at least 30 feet from your home. And,
  • Develop and practice a home evacuation plan, making sure that your family knows how to reach each other in case of an emergency.

Please click here for more information and to listen to the entire radio address.

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I had a great time around the district at National Night Out. I met Upland’s REACH team at one of Ontario’s NNO events.

Celebrating Pomona’s Senior Birthdays for the month of August!

I toured Northview Dairy in Ontario with owner Daryl Koops and California Dairies representative Darrin Monteiro. Northview Dairy has been operating in Ontario for over 30 years!

I spoke to the Chino Rotary Club about my fight against higher gasoline prices.

The Pascua family from Ontario visited Sacramento earlier this month and stopped by my Capitol office to say hello. It was great seeing them.

I was proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Chino Relay for Life.

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August 29 - LA County Fair Begins
September 1 - Labor Day
September 5 - Pomona Day at LA County Fair
September 10 - Montclair/Ontario Day at LA County Fair
September 11 - 9/11 National Day of Remembrance
September 13 - Backpack Giveaway, District Office, 10 am – 12 pm
September 25 - Chino Day at LA County Fair

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My District Office is open and ready to serve you. Contact my office if you need help with any state related matter.

District Office
13160 7th Street
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 902-9606

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