July 2014 District Report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 00:00

A NOTE FROM FREDDIE

Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the summer season.

As we all try to find ways to beat the heat this summer, I hope you will consider visiting one of California’s State Parks. Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, boating or just enjoying the outdoors, a California State Park makes a wonderful and inexpensive vacation spot. I encourage you to visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s website to find a park destination to visit this summer.

The summer months can be especially hard on seniors, persons with health conditions and small children. Local cooling centers are available to help you get some relief from the high temperatures. Spending a few hours in an air-conditioned environment can bring down the body's core temperature and make it easier to handle the heat.  

You can visit www.211sb.org or contact the Inland Empire United Way to find a cooling center near you.

As always, if I can be of any help to you on a state related matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes,


FREDDIE RODRIGUEZ
Assemblymember, 52nd District

IN THIS ISSUE:


LOCAL OIL-BY-RAIL HEARING

As Chair of the Select Committee on Local Emergency Management, I invite you to join me in Montclair on Thursday, July 31st for a hearing on local emergency preparedness for the transportation of petroleum products by rail.

Shipments of hazardous materials through California, including highly volatile crude oil, by rail have increased significantly over the past few years. As these shipments increase, so does the possibility of an accident. When an accident does happen, I want to make sure emergency response crews are properly prepared with the training and equipment to handle a hazardous materials spill and protect the residents of California.

What: 

Assembly Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness Informational Hearing

Topic:   

Petroleum Transportation by Rail and First Responder Preparedness – Training and Equipment.

When:

Thursday, July 31
9:30am – 12:30pm

Where

Montclair City Hall Chambers
5111 Benito Street
Montclair, 91763

This hearing is open to the public. You may RSVP here.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

I am pleased to announce that three of my bills have been signed by Governor Brown this month.

  • AB 1561 funds the California Firefighters’ and California Peace Officers’ Memorials in Sacramento. Funds raised are used for ongoing maintenance and repair of the memorials at Capitol Park and annual memorial ceremonies to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the line of duty.
  • AB 1797 will create “earn and learn” job training opportunities in the health care industry. Earn and learn job training programs allow a student to earn a living while learning the skills necessary to turn short term jobs into careers.
  • AB 1727 protects the public by prohibiting the donation of medications that are strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to severe side effects to surplus drug collection programs. 

Heading to the Governor soon will be AB 2298 which provides an environmentally sound reporting alternative to banking institutions by allowing them to submit required weekly reports to the state via email or other electronic, paperless methods.

For a complete list of my bills this session please visit my legislation page.

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SUMMER OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday, July 19th over 140 people came out to my District Office for my Summer Open House! It was great to see so many of you  and meet a lot of new faces from around the community.

It has been an exciting eight months as your Assemblymember and I was happy to give all of those in attendance an update on what we have been able to accomplish these past eight months. We also took the opportunity to honor outstanding individuals and businesses from around the district who have given back to our community. The people who were honored were:

Woman of the Year
Carolyn Hemming (Pomona)
Barbara Madrid (Ontario)
Shelby DeGraff (Montclair)
Jamie Harwood (Chino)
Socorro Enriquez (Fontana)

Small Business of the Year
Pomona Fish Market (Pomona)
Bumstead Bicycle Shop (Ontario)
Los Portales (Montclair)
Executive Plastics (Chino)

First Responders
Robert Coster: AMR
Richard Libed: Cole Shaffer
Justin Nuber: Chino Valley Fire
Andrew Simpson: Chino Valley Fire

Community Hero of the Year
Tony Everage

Veteran of the Year
Xavier Lopez (Pomona)
Lucio Sagasta (Ontario)
Arturo Padilla (Montclair)
Gilberto Rojas (Chino)
Ann Duson (Fontana)

Teacher of the Year
Eufemio Escalante (Ontario)
Gary Yearick (Montclair)
Bruce Kahn (Chino)
Sandy Robinson (Chino)

Champions of Manufacturing
California Steel Industries (Fontana)
Vista Metals Corp. (Fontana)

“Everybody Loves Raymond” Academic Scholarship Recipient
Denise Flores

All of the honorees have done great things for our community, and they have done them without seeking any kind of recognition. They want to help, serve our community, and make things better and because of them our community is a better place.

I want to thank AMR, Chino Valley YMCA, San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency, South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and Cole Schaefer for having booths available for the public and  Chino Valley Professional Firefighters Local 3522 for supplying and cooking the food.  This event was a success thanks to all of your hard work!

While the Summer Open House was an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments, I know there is still more work to be done. My friends and neighbors in the district are an important part of making this community great. Our community is at its best when we are working together and I look forward to continuing that work with all of you.

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AB 69: PREVENTING GASOLINE PRICE INCREASES

Beginning January 1, 2015, greenhouse gas emission from transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, will be subject to the California Air Resources Board cap-and-trade program. The cap-and-trade system was established by Assembly Bill 32 in 2006 with the goal of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and improving environmental conditions. Under the cap-and-trade program, a statewide limit or cap is set on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. A business must purchase carbon allowances for every one ton of carbon gas they emit. Funds raised from carbon allowances will be put toward innovation and investment in clean energy.

I support the effort for cleaner air and the reduction of pollution caused by fossil fuels, however I am deeply concerned about the impact AB 32 will have on gasoline prices after January 1, 2015. For this reason, I have requested a three-year delay in the implementation of AB 32 (2006) regulations to transportation fuels and signed-on as a co-author of AB 69 which would implement this delay.  Large oil companies can certainly afford to pay for carbon allowances.  But there is nothing in the law that would prevent oil companies from passing these costs to consumers. 

Our families, and our barely recovering economy, are not prepared for an immediate 15-cent to 70-cent increase in the price of a gallon of gasoline and diesel.  If you have any questions about how AB 32 will affect you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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CHINO RECEIVES STATE GRANT TO IMPROVE PARKS

Exciting news came to Chino this month when The California Department of Housing and Community Development announced that Chino would be receiving a $580,650 grant from the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program.

The Housing Related Parks Program awards local governments who have invested in developing affordable housing with grant funding so that they may develop or refurbish local parks, community centers or recreation facilities.

We need more programs like the HRP program to encourage and reward housing development. I commend the city of Chino for its investment in affordable housing and I look forward to seeing how it will put the HRP grant award to good use in our community.

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

Every year, the first Tuesday in August is designated as National Night Out, a national campaign that has been called “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood unity and sends a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Neighbors are encouraged to leave their homes for the evening and participate in block parties and neighborhood get-togethers to meet their neighbors and local law enforcement officers.

I encourage you to learn more about National Night Out and contact your local city hall to find out if your city will be sponsoring any National Night Out activities.

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AROUND THE DISTRICT

Michelle and I enjoyed participating in Ontario’s Independence Celebration Parade.

I enjoyed speaking to the Chino Kiwanis Club about the bills I introduced this year to expand job training opportunities in the Inland Empire.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has a new office on Euclid Avenue! I presented a certificate commemorating the occasion to Chamber President Steve Eckerson at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location.

My Grandson Jacob joined me in my Sacramento office for a day. It was great having him there.

We had a great meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about the need to restore local control of Ontario Airport and extend the Gold Line all the way to the airport.

Frank Garcia retired as Executive Director of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce this month. He has served the City of Pomona in various capacities for over 40 years. Thank you, Frank for your dedication to making Pomona a better place to live.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

July 31 –Informational Hearing “Petroleum Transportation by Rail and First Responder Preparedness – Training and Equipment. 9:30 am, Montclair City Hall
August 4- Online Employment Workshop. 10 am  - 1 pm. Ovitt Family Community Library, Ontario
August 5- National Night Out
August 31-Last day for the legislature to pass bills for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session

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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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