February 2014 District Report

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 00:00



The legislative session is in full swing. Last month, I listened to Governor Jerry Brown deliver his State of the State address. The Governor talked about the progress California has made and called for necessary investments in a rainy day fund to prepare for rough times that may lie ahead.

The next few months in Sacramento will consist of policy hearings on legislation and budget discussions. Back home, I am meeting with our neighbors and local leaders in the community to gather input on legislative issues.

I hope to see you at one of my Neighborhood Coffees this month where we will have an opportunity to sit down and talk face-to-face about the issues affecting our communities.

I am looking forward to a productive year.

Best wishes,

Freddie Rodriguez
Assemblymember, 52nd District

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In order to be the best advocate for your interests, I need to hear from you. I will be hosting a series of neighborhood coffees in each of our cities to meet my neighbors and discuss legislative issues of importance in our community. I was pleased that so many of you were able to come out to the first two coffee events in Ontario. There are still many coffee events coming up. I hope to see you there.

Thursday, February 20th
Montclair City Council Chambers
5111 Benito Street, Montclair
5pm to 8pm

Saturday February 22nd
Montclair Police Department
Emergency Operations Center
4870 Arrow Highway, Montclair
10am to 1pm

Thursday, February 27th
Preserve Community Center
15800 Main St, Chino
5pm to 8pm

Thursday, March 13th
Ralph Welch Center
1000 S. Buena Vista St, Pomona
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Saturday March 1st
District Office
13160 7th Street, Chino
11am to 2pm

Saturday, March 15th
La Casita Teen Center
499 E. Arrow Hwy, Pomona
10am to 12pm

To RSVP or for more information, please contact my District Office at (909) 902-9606.

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The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan and avoid paying a penalty is March 31, 2014. After this date, you will have to wait until the next open enrollment period to sign up.

You can sign up for an insurance plan through Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace. Covered California helps Californians obtain quality, affordable health insurance that cannot be denied or cancelled due to pre-existing conditions and allows individuals to compare and purchase insurance plans.

Certified enrollment counselors are available to assist you. Contact a Covered California counselor by:

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

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California is facing a severe water crisis. Citing what he says is the worst drought California has ever experienced, Governor Brown issued a Drought State of Emergency Declaration and urged Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent.

Fortunately, Southern California water agencies have done a good job storing water and making preparations for a drought such as the one we are experiencing, but it is still important that we all work together to conserve water. Simple acts such as turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth can save up to 10 gallons a day. Using a broom to clean your driveway instead of a hose can save anywhere from 8-18 gallons of water each minute.

For more information on ways you can conserve water, please visit www.saveourh2o.org

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On January 17th we observed the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake. Just two days before we paused to remember this tragic event, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck just outside Fontana. Since then, there have been a handful of small tremors throughout the Inland Empire.

These events remind us how important it is to be prepared for a disaster because one can strike at any moment. Throughout my career as an Emergency Medical Technician, I have seen first-hand how the impact of a crisis situation can be softened if a family has a well-rehearsed disaster plan.

A survey conducted in 2010 found that only 40 percent of Californians have made family disaster plans and less than 35 percent have learned how to make their home safer in case there is an earthquake. As your Assemblymember, I want to make sure that you and your family have the tools and resources you need to protect yourselves during an emergency.

Please visit my disaster preparedness page to learn how to create a family disaster plan, put together an emergency preparedness kit and connect to other useful resources.

Preparation saves lives.

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Heart disease is the number-one killer of Americans. To promote heart health and focus attention on risk factors associated with heart disease, the American Heart Association sponsors American Heart Month each February. Even though great strides have been made in cardiovascular research, there is still a lot to be learned. Studies have shown that early identification of risk factors can prevent the likelihood of developing heart disease and reduce the chances of experiencing a heart attack. Abstaining from smoking, controlling cholesterol levels and staying physically active are just some of the ways you can take steps to reduce your risks of heart disease. I encourage you to consult your physician and discuss how you can keep your heart healthy.

Knowing the risk factors of heart disease is equally as important as knowing how to react if someone you love experiences a sudden health emergency. One of the most important skills to have is knowledge of how to perform CPR. Studies have shown that immediate CPR performed on a person experiencing cardiac arrest can double or triple their chances of survival. It is estimated that 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur in the home, however over 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act because they do not know CPR or are out of practice. Becoming certified in CPR is quick and simple and can enable you to save someone's life. Contact the American Heart Association for information on a CPR course near you.

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On March 3rd, schools, libraries and bookstores all across the nation will participate in Read Across America Day. Originally created in recognition of the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2nd, Read Across America has become an event to promote reading every day of the year. The National Education Association (NEA) asks adults to take the time to read to their children throughout the year, especially the times when school is not in session. Contact your child's school to find out if they are hosting any special events to commemorate Read Across America Day and visit the NEA's website for more information.

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Last month I met with local law enforcement and fire leaders to discuss public safety issues throughout the 52nd Assembly district.

My good friend Larry Egan, Executive Director of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association, was honored by the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley and I was pleased to present him with a Certificate of Recognition commemorating his accomplishments. Congratulations Larry!

I toured the Inland Empire Utilities Agency in Chino which serves over 830,000 residents throughout the Inland Empire.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Chair Janice Rutherford, Assemblymember Rocky Chavez and I joined California Steel Industries CEO Ted Tamai for a tour of the CSI facility in Fontana.

I toured the Caltrans Transportation Management Center in Fontana and discussed repairs to the I-10 and SR-60, completion of SR-71 and maintenance of the highway on/off ramps.

I had an opportunity to congratulate an outstanding group of young athletes at the Chino Youth Boxing Club Awards Banquet.

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February 17, 2014 - Presidents Day
March 3, 2014 - Read Across America Day
March 31, 2014 - Covered California Enrollment Deadline

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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

You can also visit my website at www.asmdc.org/rodriguez

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