July 2015 District Report

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 00:00

A NOTE FROM FREDDIE

Friends,
I am very happy to report that my first bill has been signed by Governor Brown! Assembly Bill 162 will help find solutions that can prevent deadly wrong-way driving accidents on our freeways.

I authored AB 162 after a suggestion was brought to me by a Chino resident who was concerned about finding ways to prevent wrong-way crashes. As I researched his proposal, I found that California has not looked at updating the safety measures on our freeway on and off ramps since 1989.

Assembly Bill 162 will require the California Department of Transportation to conduct an up-to-date study of wrong-way accidents that will also evaluate our current safety measures and investigate safety measures implemented and tested in other states. My sincere hope is that we can identify new or improved countermeasures that can help save lives.

While we cannot prevent every accident from happening, it is important that we are aware of what to look for as we are driving. According to the California Highway Patrol, most wrong-way driving collisions happen late at night, so be on the lookout when you are on the freeway. They also recommend that you avoid driving in the far left-hand lane as many wrong-way collisions happen in the fast lane. You can listen to my full public service announcement here.

For more information on AB 162, I encourage you to visit my website. You can read more about my legislation and catch up on what is happening in our community in this month's newsletter.

Best Wishes,

Signature

FREDDIE RODRIGUEZ
Assemblymember, 52nd District

IN THIS ISSUE:


SUMMER OPEN HOUSE

The July 25th Summer Open House was a huge success! A big thanks to everyone who turned out and an even bigger thanks to this year's honorees. It was great seeing so many familiar faces and interacting with members of our community.

Many local community organizations generously donated their time by hosting resource booths for attendees to browse. Home Depot of Chino brought along their very popular birdhouse building workshop for the kids who got to take home their creations. American Medical Response offered an opportunity for guests to learn hands-only CPR which is one of the most important skills that someone can learn. I want to also extend a very big thank you to the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps, Congresswoman Norma Torres, Chino Basin Water Conservation District, American Heart Association, California Highway Patrol, Chino Police Department and Smile on 3 Photo Booth for participating.

It has been a pleasure to serve our district in the Capitol and I was excited to give you all an update on all we've accomplished so far this year. We also took the opportunity to honor outstanding individuals and businesses from around the district that have gone above and beyond to serve our community. The honorees are listed below.

Woman of the Year

Mayor Pro-Tem Deborah Dorst-Porada (Ontario)
Darleen Curley (Montclair)
Linda Takeuchi (Chino)
Emily Bodiyanto (Pomona)

Veteran of the Year

Stephen Manzanares (Pomona)
Peter M. Perrone (Ontario)
Armando Legaspe SFC (Montclair)
Edward Denzin (Chino)

Small Business of the Year

Pomona Valley Towing (Pomona)
Logan's Candies (Ontario)
Dolce Bistro & Bakery (Montclair)
CORE Real Estate Services (Chino)
Speedway Grill (Fontana)

Teacher of the Year

Sean Luebbers (OMSD)
Charlene Guerra (OMSD)
Krista Kandgraf (CVSD)
Ana Lili Perez (FUSD)
Arturo Molina (PUSD)

First Responder

Scott Wallick (AMR Employee)

"Everybody Loves Raymond" Scholarship

Gabriella Trujillo

Latino Caucus $1000 Scholarship

Vanessa Covarrubias (Ganesha High School Graduate)

The Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Scholarship

Adrian Garcia (Diamond Ranch High School)

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

So far this year two of my bills have made it to the Governor's desk and have been signed. Earlier you read about AB 162 to prevent wrong-way driving collisions. The Governor also signed my AB 1104 to help aid law enforcement in obtaining search warrants.

Many more of my bills are set to be heard by the State Senate in August. Here are a few highlights:

  • Assembly Bill 172 seeks to close a dangerous loophole in current law that is putting the safety of emergency room doctors, nurses and other employees at risk. Currently, the punishment for assaulting an emergency care worker outside of the ER is more severe than for an assault that occurs inside the hospital.
  • Assembly Bill 71 will improve police community relations by requiring police departments to report all instances of an officer-involved shooting where either a civilian or a police officer is shot.
  • Assembly Bill 58 improves school safety by requiring that school safety plans include procedures for dealing with active shooter situations.

For more information on my legislation, please visit my website.

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

On August 4, millions of Americans all across the nation will gather to demonstrate their support for anti-crime and anti-drug abuse programs as they participate in the annual observance of National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

"National Night Out" is designed to

  • heighten drug and crime prevention awareness;
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; and
  • strengthen the neighborhood spirit.

National Night Out is an excellent opportunity for the community to come together with local law enforcement to find ways to work together to reduce crime.

Strong police-community relationships build trust between citizens and law enforcement and encourage cooperative crime-prevention efforts. Today 37 million people and 15,000 communities from across the nation participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime."

The events are typically organized by block watches, non-profit organizations, companies, and police departments and can range from a simple backyard cookout to community festivals.

Join me in bringing our communities closer together while raising awareness for crime-prevention. I hope you will attend one of the events in our area.

Ontario: 7/30/15 (5pm-8:30pm) Community Block Party @ Dorothy A. Quesada Center 110 S. Bon View Ave. Ontario, CA

Pomona: 8/4/15 (5pm) Pomona Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Plaza

Montclair: 8/4/15 (7pm) Alma Hofman Park, 5201 Benito

Chino: 8/4/15 (5pm-8pm) Event Location TBD

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VETERAN OF THE YEAR

It was a pleasure to honor Stephen Manzanares of Pomona as the 2015 Veteran of the Year from the 52nd Assembly District.

Manzanares enlisted in the Army in 1946 at the age of 18. He trained with the 82nd Airborne and later earned his jump wings and glider wings with the "K" Company 504 in North Carolina.

After leaving the service, he worked for 40 years at the Fairplex in Pomona as the foreman overseeing grounds and maintenance. He is an active member with AMVETS Post 113, the Hispanic American Airborne Association Post 804, the American Legion and the State Honor Guard Chapter 82 which participates in burial ceremonies for veterans.

In addition to his numerous veterans' organizations, Manzanares is an active participant in his local neighborhood watch program.

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Manzanares was honored in Sacramento on June 24th during the 8th Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon. The Luncheon is an annual event hosted by the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

I was humbled to have honored Pomona Valley Towing as the Small Business of the Year from the 52nd Assembly District.

Pomona Valley Towing is a family owned and operated business that has been providing emergency towing and roadside services to residents of the Inland Empire for over 50 years.

In addition to providing quality service to their customers, Pomona Valley Towing gives back to the community through groups such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and our local schools.

Founded in 1964 by Charles Edgar Payne, Pomona Valley Towing grew out of Payne's love and dedication to his community. Before founding the company, Payne was known as the man you could call if you were stranded on the side of the road.

California Small Business Day is an annual celebration to recognize the contributions small businesses make to California. Honorees spend the day in Sacramento where they are awarded by the legislature and participate in small business seminars and workshops.

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I thank the Payne family and all of their employees for serving our community

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SMALL BUSINESS TAX SEMINAR IN SPANISH

I am pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Board of Equalization's Free Small Business Tax Seminar in Spanish at the Ontario Convention Center on Monday, August 24 from 9am-2:30pm . This seminar will include presentations from the Board of Equalization, Internal Revenue Service, Employment Development Department and Franchise Tax Board.

Here you can learn about maintaining better business records, avoiding common problems with sales tax, and the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. The workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish. If you are interested in attending, please call 1-888-847-9652 to RSVP.

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AROUND THE DISTRICT AND CAPITOL

I had the opportunity to support our LA County Firefighters during their "Fill-The-Boot" campaign in Pomona. Thank you station 183 for partnering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and leading the fight against muscle disease!

Thanks to Anheuser-Busch Distribution Center in Pomona for providing over 200 local jobs. I appreciate you allowing me to learn about your role in serving the Southern California region!

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I was happy to share a few words to celebrate Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center as the new home to the East San Gabriel Valley Trauma Center. One of my top priorities has been to bring high-quality trauma care to our region and my colleagues and I have fought long and hard to make this a reality. Once the trauma center is operational, residents of the eastern San Gabriel Valley will no longer have to travel 30 miles to receive high-level trauma care.

My AB172 to protect doctors and nurses in the ER passed the Senate Public Safety Committee! Thank you to nurses Jen and Michelle for sharing your stories with the committee members and testifying in support of the bill!

Had a great day with Ontario Fire Chief Floyd Clark, Ontario Firefighters and Councilmember Alan Wapner at the Ontario July 4th Parade!

Great turnout at my Drought Resource Workshop at Chino Basin Water Conservation District! Close to a hundred residents had the opportunity to learn about local water policies and resources, get info on rebates and programs, and take home water-wise gardening equipment. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Congratulations to all the high school and college students who celebrated their commencement with the Vietnamese Community of Pomona Valley! Thank you, Dr. Vo for always inviting me to be part of these special events.

I was very happy to welcome Kathy Kinley and Penny Keach to my Sacramento office. Both are retired teachers from Ontario and Pomona and are active members of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators. Penny taught three of my children in elementary school at Ranch Hills Elementary.

Enjoyed discussing ways we can ensure access to quality healthcare with passionate representatives from Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties.

I participated in active shooter training with the fine men and women of the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. Holding regular drills is an essential part of being prepared for an emergency. My AB 1598 from last year made sure police, fire and EMT agencies are working together to coordinate training for active shooter events to respond in the most efficient way possible. I was impressed with how prepared our local agencies are to assist us during an emergency. Great Job!

Honoring Congresswoman Norma Torres at the Fontana Democratic Club with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Assemblymember Cheryl Brown.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

August 1st - Chino Relay for Life, Ayala Park, 14225 Central Ave, Chino 91710, 9 am

August 2nd- Special Olympics Closing Ceremony, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

August 4th - National Night Out. For event details around the district, click here

August 24th - Small Business Tax Seminar in Spanish, Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E.Convention Center Way, Ontario, 9 am - 2 pm.

September 4th- Los Angeles County Fair Opening Day

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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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