June 2014 District Report

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 00:00



For the fourth year in a row, the California Legislature has passed an on-time, balanced budget. The budget we passed reflects our commitment to fiscal discipline by paying down our debt and investing in our shared priorities.

After years of cuts to education, we are able to increase funding to our schools by $5.6 billion and make a substantial investment in preschool and early education. This year’s budget also provides for over $1.2 billion in shovel-ready infrastructure improvement projects that will create jobs, improve our local streets and create affordable housing projects.

Just as important, the 2014-15 Budget invests in California’s future by building our financial reserves. Although our economy is recovering, it is important that we take steps to prepare for another economic downturn. Strong budget reserves are fiscally responsible and build a strong economic foundation for our state.

This was my first budget vote and I was proud to cast my vote for a budget that invests in California’s future and is fiscally prudent. I will continue to fight for opportunities to create jobs, protect public safety and advance educational opportunities for our children, while ensuring that tax dollars are not wasted.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. My door is always open to you.

Best Wishes,

Assemblymember, 52nd District



Mark your calendars! On Saturday, July 19 I will be holding a Summer Open House at my District Office in Chino from 11am to 2pm. We will be recognizing individuals from the area for their achievements, enjoying some good food and talking about issues that are important to our community.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

I look forward to spending time with you and I hope to see you there!

To RSVP, call my district office at (909) 902-9606 or click here.

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On this Fourth of July, we will celebrate the 238th birthday of the Declaration of Independence. Fourth of July is when we celebrate our independence and pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in pursuit of freedom.

Families across the country will come together for picnics, parades and other festivities to celebrate our nation’s birthday. As we celebrate this joyous occasion, it is important that we remember to celebrate safely and responsibly. Please make sure you are aware of city laws regarding the use of consumer fireworks and that you are observing proper safety measures at all times.

I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

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I was pleased to announce this month that Ramona Junior High School in Chino received a $5000 Barona Education Grant. I was asked by Ramona’s  librarian, Alana Forbes, to sponsor  the school’s grant application and I was happy to do so.

The Barona Education Grant Program was created by the Barona Band of Mission Indians to make a difference in the success of students throughout California. The grant funds materials that improve academic improvement and benefit current and future students. Ramona Junior High School will use money from the grant to purchase 130 fiction and non-fiction books to upgrade the student library. They will also purchase several career books.

I am thrilled that Ramona Junior High School received this award. At a time when our schools are still recovering from budget cuts, grants such as the Barona Education Grant are a great opportunity for schools to gain additional financial resources.  Our students deserve to have access to all of the tools that they need to succeed.

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On June 18, two local businesses were honored in Sacramento as Champions of Manufacturing by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. These businesses were among seven honored organizations that have created vital high-wage jobs in California. Combined, our two local businesses have created over 1,200 local jobs. I am proud of these organizations. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Vista Metals, Inc. located in Fontana was founded in 1968. They produce high-quality precision aluminum alloy products for domestic and international markets. Vista Metals products have even reached outer space in the form of wheels for the Mars Rover.

California Steel Industries of Fontana is the leading producer of flat rolled steel in the Western United States. I toured their facility recently and was extremely impressed with their operation.

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California is facing a historic drought and a critical piece of responding to this drought is crafting a comprehensive water bond. Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife joined me in Montclair earlier this month to talk about the various water bond proposals before the Legislature and water issues in our area.  

We had a great turnout of community leaders, water experts and friends and neighbors from the community. Assemblymember Rendon, who is the author of one of the water bond bills being considered by the Legislature, listened to members of our community express their opinions on what our region needs to combat the drought we are facing.

This was the first in what I hope will be a series of informative workshops for decision-makers in our community. If you are interested in attending future workshops or would like to suggest a topic for a workshop, please contact me.

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Have you reserved your Snoopy license plate yet?

Orders are now being taken for special license plates that feature a reproduction of an original Snoopy drawing by PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz. Proceeds from the special Snoopy license plate will create a self-sufficient grant program that will benefit California’s museums.

Our state has an incredible variety of museums from art museums to zoos, children’s museums and science centers. A dedicated grant program will help keep our museums available for everyone to enjoy.

Snoopy license plates won’t go into production until 7,500 preorders are received. There is a fee for purchasing and renewing the plate. For details, or to pre-order your license plate, visit www.snoopyplate.com.

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I rallied with SEIU members at the Capitol in support of restoring hours that were cut to in-home supportive services.

With Montclair Councilmember Carolyn Raft, World War II Veteran Master Sergeant Wilbur Richardson and Senator Norma Torres at the Montclair Memorial Day Ceremony.

To celebrate EMS Week, EMTs from the California Ambulance Association and I taught basic CPR skills to Assemblymembers, including Assemblymember Anthony Rendon.

I continued the EMS Week celebration by visiting a local fire station in Sacramento to thank the fire crew for their service and dedication.

As a former Mt. San Antonio College student, I was happy to join my fellow community college alumni in the Legislature to pose for a photo with Community College Chancellor Dr. Brice Harris.

I had a great time at the 2nd Annual Country Fair Jamboree in Montclair.

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June 28 – Chino Fireworks  Spectacular and Salute to our Armed Forces. Ruben S. Ayala Park, 3 pm
July 4 –   Independence Day
July 11 – 5 pm- 2014 Great Campout at the Pomona Fairplex for children ages 9 to 12
July 19 – 11 am – 2 pm Assemblymember Rodriguez Community BBQ and Open House

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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

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