August 2015 District Report

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 00:00



We did it! We won local control of Ontario International Airport!

I was thrilled to be with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario Councilmember Alan Wapner as the historic agreement to transfer control of Ontario International Airport back to the City of Ontario was announced.

This is a huge victory for Ontario and the Inland Empire. Returning the airport to local control means improving our regional economy, creating more local jobs, and encouraging more airlines to fly into Ontario.

Restoring local control has been my top priority. I am extremely grateful to Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Wapner for working tirelessly to reach an agreement and to everyone involved who helped make it a reality. This truly was a team effort.

I am also grateful to Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez for his partnership on our AB 1455. I am thrilled that our legislation helped play a role in making this agreement possible and demonstrating the strong state-wide support for local control. Our bill never received a single “no” vote and passed the State Assembly 75-0.

The transfer of the airport will take a little over one year to complete and I look forward to being there when the keys are handed over!

Great things are in store for the Inland Empire!

Best Wishes,


Assemblymember, 52nd District



Wildfires have hit California extremely hard this year due in large part to the drought. The brave men and women of California’s fire services have done an exceptional job putting their lives on the line to combat these fires and keep our communities safe, however the increase in popularity of consumer drones has been making their jobs more difficult and threatening public safety.

Last month, the sighting of five drones in the area of a wildfire that closed Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass and destroyed numerous vehicles, caused the grounding of air tanker crews for 20 minutes while flames continued to spread. In Fresno, a life-flight helicopter nearly collided with a drone.

Drones hold great potential for emergency responders. They can be used to aid in search and rescue, deliver life-jackets or Automated External Defibrillators to persons in need and help assess the damage of a mass-casualty incident such as an earthquake or active shooter situation. But this technology must be used responsibly so that it is benefitting the public good instead of endangering it.

Last week I held a hearing of the Joint Committee on Emergency Management, in partnership with the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, to hear testimony from experts on the benefits and dangers that drones pose to emergency responders. You can watch the full hearing here.

I appreciate everyone who testified at the hearing and shared their perspectives. I am joining with my colleagues in efforts to ensure that drones are used to their full potential without interfering with emergency responders.

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So far this year two of my bills have made it to the Governor's desk and have been signed. Assembly Bill 162 will help to prevent wrong-way driving collisions by requiring Caltrans to study new and innovative methods of deterring wrong-way drivers. The Governor also signed my AB 1104 to help aid law enforcement in obtaining search warrants.

Many more of my bills are set to be considered by the State Senate in September. Here are a few highlights:

Assembly Bill 172 seeks to close a dangerous loophole in current law that is putting the safety of emergency room doctors, nurses and other employees at risk. Currently, the punishment for assaulting an emergency care worker outside of the ER is more severe than for an assault that occurs inside the hospital.

Assembly Bill 71 will improve police community relations by requiring police departments to report all instances of an officer-involved shooting where either a civilian or a police officer is shot.

Assembly Bill 58 improves school safety by requiring that school safety plans include procedures for dealing with active shooter situations.

All bills must be passed by September 11th and the Governor has until October 11th to sign or veto legislation.

For more information on my legislation, please visit my website.

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It’s that time of year again! The LA County Fair kicks off on Friday, September 4 and runs until Sunday, September 27!

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 Day parade, a Community Hero presentation and a host of other special events.

Pomona Day - Friday, September 4

Community Heroes:

  • Young Hero Briseyda Mata-Garcia is a volunteer at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. She regularly completes two volunteer shifts a week and regularly fills in for other volunteers. She also volunteers at other Pomona institutions.
  • Pomona Unified School District Superintendent Richard Martinez will be recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. He will be recognized for his work across the community but in particular for his work in support of Pomona Unified families.
  • Ethel Gardner is Pomona’s Senior Community Hero. Through the Kennedy Austin Foundation, which she founded, Gardner assists families who have lost children. Gardner is also a member of Pomona Cares and as part of that group has taken the lead in assembling Pomona Cares packages delivered to families of homicide victims.

Montclair and Ontario Day - Friday, September 11

Community Heroes:

  • Adult Community Hero: Emma Casillas
  • Senior Community Hero: Irene Norquist

Chino Day - Wednesday, September 23

Community Heroes:

  • Augustine Tapia, President of Chino Valley Historical Society
  • Brianna Cabrera is part of the Best Buddies program and a nonprofit to help kids with intellectual disabilities. She is also part of the track team and cheer squad at Don Lugo High School and is currently raising a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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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Labor Day is a day to honor the many individuals who struggled and sacrificed to give hard-working Americans both dignity in the workplace and a good standard of living. This September 7,look back on the history of the American labor movement and celebrate the achievements of its many heroic leaders. The organized labor movement fought for the benefits that America’s workforce enjoys today including the 40-hour work week; health and social services benefits; child labor laws; Social Security; the minimum wage; occupational safety and health laws; public education; and family leave.

This Labor Day, as you are enjoying the holiday with your friends and your family, I hope you will take a moment to honor the contributions of America’s workforce.

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September is National Preparedness Month. This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community.

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This year’s theme is Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Learn more by visiting FEMA’s website.

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Suicide Prevention Day is observed worldwide on September 10.

According to the recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report: Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year. World Suicide Prevention Day is sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization. This year’s theme is Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.

On September 10, I encourage you to join with others around the world who are working toward the common goal of preventing suicide. If you or someone you love may be considering suicide, the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1 (800) 273-8255. The hotline is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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It was an honor to recognize the work of retiring Los Angeles County Firefighter Roland Dykes with members of Fire Station 187 in Pomona. Thank you Roland for 31 years of dedication and brave service to our community!

Had an opportunity to test drive a bulldozer at Holt of California. It’s a lot different than driving an ambulance! Thank you Family Business Association for hosting the event!

Presenting the City of Pomona and Pomona Police Department with a resolution in honor of ‪National Night Out. Thank you for organizing another successful event with lots of great information, resources, and activities for the kids

Presenting a resolution commemorating National Night Out to Captain Simmons of City of Chino Police Department with my grandson, Jacob!

Enjoyed stopping by Relay For Life of Chino to benefit the American Cancer Society! It was great to see some familiar faces for such a great cause.

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September 4 -27: Los Angeles County Fair
September 7: Labor Day
September 10: Suicide Prevention Day
September 11: Last day for bills to be passed for 2015

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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.

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

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