December 2014 District Report

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 00:00

A NOTE FROM FREDDIE

Friends,

I hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday season.

December has been a month of celebrations! On December 1st my fellow legislators and I were sworn in for the 2015-2016 legislative session. It was an honor to have my family with me as I took the oath of office to serve as your representative for two more years.

This month, I was deeply honored to be named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. You can read more about the award and the legislation I have authored to improve our emergency system below.

And of course, we are celebrating the holidays and preparing for the New Year. I am grateful to everyone who donated toys to my 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Over 100 local children benefitted from your generous donations and, with your help, we were able to put a smile on their faces in time for the holidays.

Best Wishes,


FREDDIE RODRIGUEZ
Assemblymember, 52nd District

IN THIS ISSUE:


Kimie Metcalf

Kimie Metcalf of Chino was selected from over 270,000 persons served by the Department of Developmental Services to join Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust-Brown to light the State Capitol Christmas Tree!

Every year, the Department of Developmental Services selects one lucky child to travel to Sacramento and participate in the tree lighting ceremony. I was very pleased to welcome Kimie and her family to Sacramento and be on hand to witness her light the tree. She met the Governor, visited the offices of many local legislators, including my office, and she took a special tour of the Capitol.

Kimie’s story is truly inspirational. Kimie, who is now 9 years old, was born prematurely and faced many obstacles including a hole in her heart, blindness in her right eye and the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. At the age of 4, Kimie was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. However, she has not let these obstacles stand in her way. She has received many honors including the 2014 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year for raising $75,000 in 10 weeks to fund research for pediatric blood cancer and she received the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Hometown Hero Award.

It was truly an honor to meet Kimie and hear her story. I am confident she will continue to accomplish great things in her life!

Kimie visited my office along with her mother and representatives of the Inland Regional Center of San Bernardino where she began receiving services when she was born. Kimie’s family credits the Center with helping her achieve so much in her young life.

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EMT Of The Year

I was deeply honored to be named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. The awards were launched in 2007 to honor and recognize exceptional acts and service by individuals working or volunteering in California's emergency medical system.

I have been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for 30 years. It is my passion. Even as I serve in the Assembly, I have not left the profession behind and I still work in the field every chance I can.

When I began serving in the legislature last year, I introduced a number of bills that will improve California’s emergency medical response system and help first responders be better equipped to provide quality, timely aid to those in need. Among the bills that were signed by Governor Brown was AB 1598 which coordinates the training activities of police, fire and medical responders to improve emergency response to active shooting situations.

I am proud to be a voice for my brothers and sisters in the EMS industry and represent their interests in the California State Assembly.

My son Vincent and wife Michelle were with me as I accepted the EMT of the Year award.

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Local Football Championships

Our community is celebrating two high school football championships this month!

On Friday, December 5th the Pomona High School Red Devils won the CIF Southern Section Championship, winning their first title since 1951! I was very pleased to meet up with the team and extend my congratulations at the Pomona Christmas Parade!

The next day, the Colony High School Titans from Ontario won the CIF Central Division Championship, defeating Los Altos High School 35-7. This is Colony High School’s third CIF title!

Congratulations to both teams! What a great season it’s been for local football!

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Holiday Open House

I want to thank everyone who took the time to come to my holiday open house and donate toys to local families in need.

We had a great turnout and collected hundreds of toys that were donated to local children in time for the holidays. Cole Schaeffer Ambulance and American Medical Response (AMR) each participated in the toy drive with an ambulance full of toys to donate.

The holidays can be a rough time of year for many families and I am thankful to everyone for making donations and helping to put a smile on the faces of some of our local families.

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Turkey Give-Away

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I hosted my 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway in Chino on Tuesday, November 25th. Over 170 turkeys and fixings for a full Thanksgiving meal were given away to local families and organizations benefiting needy families throughout our community. The event was made possible by generous donations by the Fontana Water Company, Food 4 Less, Ralphs and Superior Grocers.

I am honored to be able to help local charitable organizations and families in need put a warm meal on their tables during this holiday season. I am thankful to everyone who helped to make this event a success by donating their time and resources to a worthy cause. The holiday season can put a financial burden on many local families and it is important that we come together as a community to help our neighbors.

Sal Belloso (middle) of the East Valley Community Health Center in Pomona accepted turkeys on behalf of the center. A special thank-you to Josh Swift (right) of Fontana Water Company for donating turkeys and helping to hand them out.

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How To Recycle Your Holiday Trash

As the holiday season comes to a close, many of us are left with a large amount of trash to dispose of. I want to take a minute to remind you that many items that you accumulated during the holidays may be recyclable.

A few common items we should all recycle:

  • Holiday Trees and Wreaths: Trees and wreaths may be cut up and disposed of in yard waste bins. If you do not have the ability to cut up your trees, most cities offer curbside pickup for a limited time following Christmas.
     
    • Chino: Curbside pickup on regular trash pickup day for two weeks after Christmas. Any tree taller than 6 feet must be cut in half.
       
    • Montclair: Curbside pickup on regular trash pickup day through the first week of January. For residents who do not have curbside pickup, a 40 yard container is located at:

      Chino Basin Water Conservation District
      4594 San Bernardino Street
       
    • Ontario: Curbside pickup on regular trash pickup day during the first two weeks of January.
       
    • Pomona: Curbside pickup on regular trash pickup day from December 26th – January 17th.

      All stands, ornaments, hooks, lights, tinsel or other non-organic materials must be removed from the tree prior to being placed curbside.
       
  • Wrapping Paper: Most wrapping paper, as long as it is not foil or metallic paper, is recyclable. Wrapping paper can be placed in your curbside recycling bin or taken to a local drop-off center.
     
  • Cardboard: Holiday cards, item packaging, gift boxes and other cardboard materials can be recycled through your local curbside recycling program or at a drop-off center.
     
  • Foam packaging, cups and food containers: Most electronic items come surrounded by foam packaging. This packaging and other foam products identified by a #6-PS symbol are able to be recycled if your city or drop-off center accepts them.
     
  • Holiday Lights: There are many programs that allow you to ship your old, unwanted or non-functioning holiday lights for recycling. In addition some local recycling centers or hardware stores will allow you to drop off lights with them.

If you have any questions about approved recyclable materials, please contact your local public works department, recycling drop-off center or hardware store.

Together we can help to protect our environment and keep our communities beautiful.

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Around The District


There was some amazing artwork at the 8th Annual Chalk Art Festival in Downtown Pomona.

 

 


I joined local business leaders to support Luis and Elaine Calvo's 2nd Annual Toy Drive benefitting the Chino Neighborhood House which serves children and families within the Chino Unified School District.



Montclair Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Ruh and representatives of the Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS were in Sacramento for the swearing-in festivities. It was great to see them!

 



I was happy to join Claremont McKenna College and the Arbol Verde Preservation Committee to celebrate the book release of "Mexican American Baseball in the Pomona Valley" and recognize players who played on segregated Mexican American baseball teams in the 1930s-1970s. This wonderful book tells the story of how baseball played a major role in advancing social equality and civil rights in the Pomona Valley.



My wife Michelle and I had a great time participating in the Pomona Christmas Parade.

 

The Annual Firefighter Recognition Breakfast in Montclair honored the outstanding men and women of the Montclair Fire Department. Deputy Fire Chief Steve Jackson was named Employee of the Year and James Colby was selected as Firefighter of the Year. I thanked them and the entire department for everything they do to ensure the safety of Montclair and its residents.



I had a great time at the Chino Youth Christmas Parade!

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Upcoming Events

December 25- Christmas Day
January 1- New Year’s Day
January 5- Legislature reconvenes for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session
January 19- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15- Covered California Open Enrollment Ends

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CONTACT ME

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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