December 2015 District Report

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 00:00



On December 2, our community was hit by unspeakable tragedy. It is still hard to comprehend that terror struck so close to home.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the 14 souls who lost their lives, the 22 who were injured, the survivors and their families, friends and co-workers. Too many families were torn apart and lives changed forever by a senseless act of violence.

As we continue to heal and rebuild, I am comforted in knowing that when our first responders were called to duty that day, they performed selflessly and heroically. The emergency response by agencies throughout the Inland Empire was seamless and coordinated and is a perfect example of how police, fire and emergency medical services should work together to protect our community.

I know that our region is strong and we will not let this one incident define us. We have come together as a community and must continue to do so to support one another. If I can be of assistance to anyone who has been affected by this tragedy, please do not hesitate to call my office at (909) 902-9606.

Together we will continue to be #SBStrong.

Best Wishes,

Assemblymember, 52nd Assembly District

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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. Trees should be placed next to your container on the curb by 6 a.m.
    • Pomona: Curbside pickup on regular trash pickup day through the second week of January.

      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 or recycling drop-off center.
Together we can help to protect our environment and keep our communities beautiful.



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This month I held my 3rd Annual Holiday Open House and Toy Drive!

It was great to see so many friendly faces from the community stop by my open house. Ambulance crews from American Medical Response and Cole-Schaefer Ambulance each donated an ambulance full of toys to kick off my Holiday Toy Drive!

Throughout the entire toy drive which ran from December 5 – December 19, we collected over 400 toys that were donated to families throughout our community. It was heartwarming to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they received their new toys!

I am extremely grateful to everyone who donated toys to make this possible. Because of your generosity, hundreds of children were able to have a bright holiday season. I look forward to next year’s toy drive!


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One of my top priorities is helping to bring resources to families in need throughout the 52nd Assembly District. This year I once again partnered with the Fontana Water Company, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Stater Bros. and other local non-profits to participate in “Operation Gobble.”

Thanks to their generous donations, we were able to donate 140 turkeys, canned vegetables and other fixings for a full thanksgiving dinner to local families and organizations who feed the needy for Thanksgiving.

I started my Thanksgiving Turkey Drive when I was a member of the Pomona City Council and I am thrilled to be able to continue it now that I am in the Assembly. There are so many families in need in our community and I am happy to be able to give back and help put a hot meal on the table for families in need on Thanksgiving. 




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California is now offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. In addition to the federal EITC, the new state Earned Income Tax Credit will put more money in the pockets of those who need it most.

If you qualify for the CA EITC and the amount of the credit is greater than the tax you owe, you will receive a refund.

The state Earned Income Tax Credit is available to California households with adjusted gross incomes of less than $6,580 if there are no qualifying children, less than $9,880 if there is one qualifying child, or less than $13,870 if there are two or more qualifying children. See below for more qualifications:


  • You must file a state tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not otherwise required to file.
  • You must have earned income from W-2 wages, salaries, tips, or other employee compensation subject to California withholding. (For the CA EITC, earned income does not include income from self-employment.)
  • You, your spouse, and any qualifying children must each have a social security number issued by the Social Security Administration that is valid for employment.
  • You must file using the single, married/registered domestic partner (RDP) filing jointly, or head of household filing status. The “married/RDP filing separately” status may not be used.
  • You must either:
    • Meet the rules for those without a qualifying child; or
    • Have an individual that meets the entire qualifying child rules for you or your spouse if you file a joint return.
  • Your principal residence must be in California for more than half the tax year.
  • Both your adjusted gross income and earned income (defined above) must be no more than:
    • $6,580 if there are no qualifying children.
    • $9,880 if there is one qualifying child.
    • $13,870 if there are two or more qualifying children.
    • Your investment income, such as interest, dividends, royalties, and capital gains cannot exceed $3,400 for the entire tax year.

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Hank, Shay, Dorothy and Ken from the California Teacher’s Association came to my open house and donated toys to my 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Thank you for the donations! It was great to see you!

At the Ontario Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner celebrating their 15th Anniversary!


Great event at the dA Center for the Arts to welcome home Pomona-Native Samee Ochoa. Thank you for dedicating your talents to the City of Pomona!

Very happy to see that thousands of residents attended the Chino Christmas Parade this year. It was a pleasure to wish the city a happy and safe holiday season.

Proud to take part in the the City of Pomona's Christmas Parade and to recognize Lt. Ronald McDonald for 50 years with the Pomona Police Department, Grand Marshal Vincent Velasquez, and others. Thanks to everyone who came out to share in the festivities!

Assemblymember Cheryl Brown and I spent some time with the first responders on the scene of the terrible tragedy in San Bernardino. These fine men and women cared for the victims without any hesitation or protection in an active shooter situation- some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with before at AMR. Their work alongside both fire and law enforcement showed how crucial it is that agencies are able to communicate and work together in an emergency. While we continue to keep the victims in our hearts and minds, I cannot thank our first responders enough for the work they do on a daily basis.

Happy to spend some time at the Pomona Chamber of Commerce's Annual Holiday Luncheon and Salute to Public Safety to recognize local heroes from the Pomona Police Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department including longtime colleague Greg Davis. We responded to many emergency calls together in the San Gabriel Valley.

My district staff did a great job organizing our 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Thank you for all the work you do serving our community!


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January 1- New Year’s Day
January 4- Legislature Reconvenes
January 18- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 31- Covered California Open Enrollment Ends


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

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