February 2015 District Report

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 00:00



February has been a busy month!

I have enjoyed seeing so many of you around the community and at my Covered California, Low Cost Auto Insurance and Cash for College events this month. Helping connect you with important resources is just one of the ways I am working to help you.

There is one more Cash for College opportunity if you have not been able to make it to one of my events. The final Cash for College event will happen this Friday, February 27th at the Ovitt Library in Ontario from 3-6 p.m. Completing the FAFSA can be complicated and we will have volunteers standing by to assist you.

To RSVP for this event, please call my District Office at (909) 902-9606.

In this month's newsletter you will read about the legislation I have introduced in Sacramento, find details on my first two Community Coffee events, and learn about a very important enrollment extension from Covered California.

Best Wishes,

Assemblymember, 52nd District


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Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey I sent out last month asking you what issues you felt were most important to our community. Overwhelmingly, you said that regaining local control of Ontario Airport was the most important issue and I couldn’t agree with you more. Restoring local control of the airport is vital to the economic growth of our region.

Last week, I announced the formation of the Ontario Airport Working Group; a group made up of Assemblymembers and State Senators from San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties.  The goal of this working group is to bring local leaders together to find a reasonable and fair solution to the Ontario Airport saga.

The transfer must happen as soon as possible under terms that will allow Ontario Airport to prosper and attract more flights.  I will continue to work with my colleagues and officials from Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports to come to a resolution that brings control of our airport home.

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I have been hard at work in Sacramento working on legislation that will help our communities. Here is a quick update on the bills that I have introduced:

AB 22 Oil-by-Rail Spills: Firefighters Training Programs Reimbursement-The bill would make it easier for local fire departments to send their firefighters to first-responder trainings related to oil-by-rail accidents by establishing a reimbursement program to pay for the cost of the training.

AB 58 School Safety Plans: Active Shooter Training-The bill would add a requirement that active shooter training be included in School Safety Plans to keep students and school personnel safe when individuals with guns show up on school campuses.

AB 69 Body-Worn Cameras for Peace Officers-The bill would require all law enforcement officers statewide to wear body cameras when interacting with the public.

AB 71 Statewide Report for Officer-Involved Shootings-The bill would create a statewide database of statistics on all officer-involved shootings that result in the injury or death of an individual or a peace officer.  Currently, there is not a national or statewide database on how police officers use force, and how it is used against them.

AB 102 Railroad Accident Prevention and Immediate Deployment Force (RAPID) Program-The bill would re-establish the RAPID Program to enable first responders to quickly and effectively respond to hazardous materials spills.

AB 151 Apprenticeship Tax Credit Program - The bill would allow an employer to claim a tax credit of up to $2,000 for each registered apprentice incentivizing employers to expand or create apprenticeship programs and creating high wage jobs.

AB 162 Wrong-Way Drivers Crash Data Evaluation-The bill requires the California Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify and evaluate new and alternative ways to reduce the number of deadly wrong-way accidents that occur on California's freeways.

AB 172 Preventing Workplace Violence in the Emergency Room (ER)-The bill would increase protections for all health care workers by increasing the penalties for assaulting an emergency medical provider inside of an emergency room equal to an assault that occurs outside of the hospital, clinic, or health care facility.

AB 319 CPR Instruction in High Schools-The bill would require CPR training as a standard part of high school curriculum and would empower these students with lifesaving skills, better preparing them for an emergency at home or work.

AB 503 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Quality Improvement Data Sharing-The bill would improve the quality of data shared between hospitals and emergency medical providers, such as ambulance companies, to evaluate and improve the quality of medical care.

AB 510 Updating 9-1-1 Location Standards-The bill would make it easier for 9-1-1 centers to determine the location of a person who calls 9-1-1 from a cell phone and get them aid as quickly as possible.

ACR 7: National Night Out-The resolution declares Tuesday, August 4, 2015 as National Night Out in California and urges the people of California to participate in community events that promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in the fight for safer streets.

ACR 10 Emergency Medical Services Week 2015-The resolution would proclaims May 17th through May 23rd as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in California and honors  Emergency Medical Services personnel throughout the state.

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I am pleased to be partnering with California Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton to bring you a free Income Tax Preparation and Resource Fair.

Volunteers will be on-hand to provide free income tax preparation services to households with incomes of $53,000 or less. The event will also host a free resource fair that is open to the public and can help connect you with job preparation assistance, low-cost auto insurance and Covered California experts, among many others.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
College of Business Administration, Building 163
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

To reserve your appointment time, please call: (909) 869-2365

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I am pleased to announce the first two dates for this year's Community Coffees. I enjoyed holding these events last year, meeting more friends from the community and hearing your thoughts and opinions on important issues affecting our district.

The first two coffees will take place in Chino:

Thursday April 16th
5 - 7 p.m.
Canabru Coffee Shop
14521 Ramona Ave
Chino, CA 91710

Saturday April 18th
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
12150 Central Ave
Chino, CA 91710

Details for Community Coffees in Ontario, Montclair and Pomona will be coming soon.

To RSVP, please call my District Office at (909) 902-9606.

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Good News! Covered California has extended this year's deadline to enroll in health insurance to April 30th!

Covered California is offering a special enrollment opportunity for consumers who did not know or understand there was a tax penalty for being uninsured in 2014 or who learned they may face a penalty for 2015. Consumers are eligible to apply for health coverage during special enrollment by attesting that they did not realize there was a tax penalty.

If you still need to enroll, you may do so at CoveredCA.com where you can also find the nearest Certified Enrollment Counselor or Certified Insurance Agent to help you enroll. You may also call the Covered California Service Center, at (800) 300-1506, where a representative will help you.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, you may call my District Office at (909) 902-9606.

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I am pleased to announce that I have selected Ontario City Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada as the 2015 Woman of the Year for the 52nd Assembly District!

Councilwoman Porada is a shining example of a dedicated community representative. I see Debra at almost every community event I attend in Ontario. She has been instrumental in revitalizing the Downtown area and bringing jobs to our community. She truly does go above and beyond for the residents of Ontario.

Debra has been a member of the Ontario City Council for 6 years and she has been an Ontario resident for 32 years. Debra has been instrumental in keeping and creating jobs in Ontario and providing residents with the best police and fire/paramedic services the region has to offer. As a registered nurse she promotes disaster/earthquake preparedness and encourages residents to have a 10 day supply of food and water in their homes.

“I belong to a club of wonderful people,” said Porada. “Ontario Kiwanis, Ontario Heritage, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Museum of History and Art Ontario, Euclid Avenue Nativity Scenes, Kids Come First Clinic, my family, my co-workers, my council colleagues and Ontario city staff.  Great things happen when great people work together and support each other. I am grateful to every one of them.”  

Debra will be honored at the annual Woman of the Year Ceremony on the Assembly Floor in Sacramento on March 9th.

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National Women's History Month is celebrated annually in March. Every year, the National Women's History Project (NWHP), the sponsor of National Women's History Month, picks a theme that highlights the contributions of women to our history. This year's theme - "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives" -- presents the opportunity to weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric of our nation's history. Each March, during National Women's History Month, we acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of those who have helped to improve the status of women in our society.

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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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Cesar Chavez's legacy is commemorated by observing a day in his honor each year to coincide with the labor leader's birthday. This year's celebration will take place on March 31st , hisactual birthday.  

An inspiration to many, Chavez organized the United Farm Workers Union, the first successful farm workers union in the United States. He was a tireless advocate for the dignity and rights of farm workers and a strong believer in non-violence. The impact he had on the lives of not just farm workers, but all Californians, is tremendous. His legacy will live on and continue to inspire others.

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The Cabrera family signed up for health insurance at my Covered California Event this month. If you have not signed up for a health plan, the deadline has been extended to April 30th!

I took a tour of the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. I got to see first-hand some of the world-class training that our CHP cadets get during their 27 weeks at the Academy.

I met with local healthcare workers in my District Office today to discuss ways we can continue to provide quality medical care to our community.

A successful first Cash for College event! Thank you to Chaffey College students for volunteering to help families fill out the FAFSA.

Celebrating the Year of the Goat with the Vietnamese Community of Pomona Valley. Happy Lunar New Year! 

It was great to see so many eager young students at the Mt. SAC cash for college event this weekend. These events are so important to help families connect with resources that can help make higher education more affordable.

I met with bright young students from Cal Poly Pomona in my District Office. We must do everything we can to make higher education accessible and affordable to everyone. Our hard working students and their families cannot afford any more tuition increases.

Getting ready for my ride-along with the CHP. I saw what our patrol officers go through on the freeways on a Friday night. Please drive safe! 

It was a pleasure speaking with the members of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership about the projects I am working on here at home and in Sacramento to help create local jobs and keep our economy moving.

I returned to my alma mater Garey High School for the PUSD Does Science event and saw some incredible projects. It's wonderful to see so many students with a passion for science. Great work everybody

It was great to see everyone at my Low Cost Auto insurance Workshop. Thank you to the CA Department of Insurance representatives and Congresswoman Torres for taking time out of your Valentine's Day to help our community.

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February 27: Cash for College Workshop, Ovitt Family Library, Ontario, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

March 3: Read Across America Day

March 7: Free Income Tax Preparation and Resource Fair, CalPoly Pomona, College of Business Administration, Building 163, 3801 West Temple Avenue 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

March 31: Cesar Chavez Day

April 30: 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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