June 2015 District Report

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 00:00



My Community Coffee series kicked off with events in Chino, Ontario and Montclair. I appreciate those of you from our community who came out to discuss important issues in the community, such as public safety, creating jobs and regaining local control of the Ontario airport.

Hearing feedback from my friends and neighbors in the community is one of the most important parts of my job as your representative. If you have not had a chance to make it to any of my coffee events yet, there are still more opportunities. My next two Coffees will take place in Pomona on Thursday, June 11th and Saturday, June 13th.

If you would like more information, or would like to RSVP to any of these events, please visit my website.

Please take a moment to read this month’s newsletter (link to newsletter landing page) and catch-up on what I am working on in Sacramento and at home in the district.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes,


Assemblymember, 52nd Assembly District


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For the second year in a row we celebrated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Sacramento from May 17th to May 23rd!

EMS Week is a national campaign that was started by the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1974 to honor the dedicated Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, Doctors, Nurses, Dispatchers, Educators and Administrators who provide life-saving care to others in their time of need.

This year, I welcomed a group of EMS workers from across the state to the floor of the State Assembly to thank them for their hard work and dedication to saving lives. We also celebrated by holding free hands-only CPR training on the steps of the Capitol for all who wanted to learn!

We rounded out our EMS Week activities by hosting free CPR training and certification at the Montclair Youth Center. A very big thank you to American Medical Response for helping us out and providing the training. CPR is a vital life-saving skill and the more qualified life savers we put in our community the better the chances are that we can improve cardiac arrest survival rates!

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I am honored to announce that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has appointed me to the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.

The NEMSAC provides expert advice and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of EMS and its federal partners on key issues such as data collection, performance measurement, and the EMS workforce. The council is made up of 25 appointees who represent the EMS Stakeholder Community including patients and the general public.

I am deeply honored to have been appointed. Being a first responder is my passion. I work hard to be a voice for the EMS industry in the California State Assembly and I am ready to bring my knowledge and experience to Washington.

What a fitting way to close out EMS Week!

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California is experiencing a devastating drought and state officials have called for a twenty-five percent reduction in water usage statewide. These mandatory water restrictions will affect all of us and it is important that we all do our part to conserve water.

To help bring you information on how you can reduce your water consumption, I am partnering with our local water districts and city officials to bring you a drought resources workshop. At the workshop, you can learn about community efforts and programs that are helping to conserve water, explore the site’s free resources and discover ways to reduce your water consumption.

Saturday, June 27th
12:00PM- 2:00PM
Chino Basin Water Conservation District
Board Room
4594 San Bernardino St.
Montclair, CA 91763

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

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My 2015 Summer Open House and Community Barbeque will be happening on Saturday, July 25th from 11 am to 2 pm at my District Office.

We had a great turnout last year and I look forward to seeing you all again this year. The Open House is a great time to enjoy the company of friends and neighbors, honor outstanding individuals who give back to our community and discuss important legislative and local issues that affect our region.

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

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The legislative session is in full swing in Sacramento and many key bills are making their way through the legislature.

Assembly Bill 1455 to allow the City of Ontario to issue bonds to regain local control of Ontario International Airport was overwhelmingly approved by the State Assembly 75-0! We have a strong, bipartisan coalition of members from across the state who support local control and recognize how important it is to our economy. I am continuing to work with my colleagues in the legislature and local officials representing Ontario and Los Angeles to reach an agreement that will bring control of our airport back home.

Here is an update on some other key bills that I am working on:

  • Assembly Bill 69 and Assembly Bill 71 would improve police-community relations by establishing policies and procedures for footage from police body cameras and creating reporting procedures for officer-involved shootings. Both bills were approved by the State Assembly and are now in the Senate for consideration.
  • Assembly Bill 172 seeks to prevent violence against emergency room workers by closing a dangerous loophole that makes punishments for assaults against emergency workers outside of a hospital more severe than punishments for assaults that occur inside of the ER. This bill was also approved State Assembly 78-0! The bill will now be heard by the Senate.

For more information on all of my legislation, please visit this website.

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Great news for Pomona and the San Gabriel Valley! After almost 25 years, the San Gabriel Valley will have a trauma center once again!

Here is the full text of the op-ed I wrote in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

Last week, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services selected Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) as the county’s next Level II Trauma Center. This is a decision that is long overdue.

For more than 25 years, the residents of eastern San Gabriel Valley have been at a disadvantage having to travel almost 30 miles in their time of need to reach the nearest trauma center that is capable of handling serious emergencies.

I have been an emergency medical technician in the San Gabriel Valley for more than 30 years. I continue to work part time even as I serve in the state Assembly. When an emergency happens, time is of the essence. I have seen first-hand the unfortunate consequences of the delay in a patient’s emergency transport due to heavy traffic, weather conditions and a long distance to travel.

Patients who require the services of a Level II Trauma Center typically include stabbing and gunshot victims, motor vehicle accidents and other serious injuries. These are life and death situations and every second counts. The expectation is that a trauma victim should be at a trauma center within 20 minutes. How many of us can drive from Pomona to L.A. County USC Medical Center — currently the closest trauma center in the region — through L.A. traffic in only 20 minutes?

The residents of the San Gabriel Valley have waited long enough. Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is the right choice. As I told the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, PVHMC is uniquely positioned to provide this much-needed service. It is ideally located near the 10, 57, 60, 71 and 210 freeways; has an emergency department that treats 85,000 patients per year and is being expanded by 40 percent in size; and will include a medical staff of experienced trauma surgical and orthopedic trauma groups, 9 board-certified neurosurgeons and an extensive outpatient rehabilitation program.

One of my top priorities has been to bring high-quality trauma care to our region. That is why I, along with a broad coalition of my colleagues, have fought to make sure L.A. County knows that PVHMC is the most deserving choice to become a trauma center. That is why I have also been working with my fellow Assemblyman Roger Hernández on Assembly Bill 430, to provide better accountability and transparency of Measure B funds in L.A. County that will help to address the most pressing trauma and emergency room needs in the region.

While the selection of PVHMC by the Department of Health Services is a promising step in the right direction, the approval process isn’t over. I am grateful for the support of Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Hilda Solis for a trauma center in Pomona, and I urge the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to approve the designation of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center as our regional trauma center.

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For many of us, the images of the wrong-way driving collision that occurred on Highway 60 early last year are still fresh in our minds. I introduced legislation at the beginning of the year that requires the Department of Transportation to look into new and improved safety measures that can keep wrong-way drivers off of the freeway and hopefully prevent deadly accidents.

Unfortunately, Sacramento and San Diego has experienced a deadly spike in wrong-way driving accidents. Since January, there have been 4 crashes that have resulted in the deaths of 14 individuals. In the just the past month, there have been 3 accidents and 6 deaths in San Diego.

I am deeply saddened by these tragic incidents, but I am also frustrated and angry. It should not take legislation for California to look into ways to protect our motorists. I have been working with the Director of the Department of Transportation and have introduced measures to fast-track my Assembly Bill 162 so that we can find answers now, and not later.

If you would like more information on my bill and the tragic events in Sacramento, click here.

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We had a great show of support for our bill to teach hands-only CPR in high school!

Earlier this year, I shared a video with you which told the story of 17 year-old Morgan Wilson who died of sudden cardiac arrest during tennis practice. When Morgan collapsed, she did not receive CPR from a bystander. Morgan’s mother Debbie came to Sacramento to share Morgan’s story with the Education Committee.

Stories like Morgan’s happen every day across the country. If a cardiac arrest victim receives immediate CPR from a bystander, their chances of survival can double or even triple, however nearly 70 percent of victims do not receive CPR from a bystander. Teaching CPR in high school will put qualified lifesavers in our community year after year and dramatically impact the chances of survival for cardiac arrest victims.

Unfortunately, our bill was held on the suspense file by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and our efforts for this year are over. But we are not done fighting! CPR is an essential life skill and I will continue to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn it!

Please click here for more information on AB 319 and to see press coverage of our CPR efforts!

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As a former Star of Life, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the CA Ambulance Association's Stars of Life Awards Banquet. The EMTs honored went above and beyond the call of duty to help those in need. They are true heroes.

Earlier this month I met with officials from the Chino Police Department and was shown demonstrations of how they handle their body camera equipment and footage. The fine men and women of our local police forces do a great job protecting our community.

I met with my Small Business Advisory Council to talk about how we can help our local small businesses thrive.

I celebrated Read Across America with the students at St. Paul's Church. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The city came out in full force for Pomona Beautification Day! Team Rodriguez, the Pomona chapter of the CA Conservation Corps and Miss Pomona candidates worked on cleaning up Ralph Welch Park.

The city came out in full force for Pomona Beautification Day! Team Rodriguez, the Pomona chapter of the CA Conservation Corps and Miss Pomona candidates worked on cleaning up Ralph Welch Park.

Very happy that San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos came by my Capitol Office. I am glad to be working with him to move San Bernardino County forward.

We have had a great turnout for my Community Coffee events. Hearing feedback from our community is the most important part of my job.

Speaking to the guests at the Pomona Chamber of Commerce 2015 Legislative Luncheon.

Working very hard to get local control of the Ontario Airport. Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and I toured the Ontario Airport with Councilmember Alan Wapner, Former Assemblymember Mike Roos, Supervisor Curt Hagman, Ontario City Manager Al Boling and Congresswoman Norma Torres to get support for our AB 1455. Although not pictured, Mayor Paul Leon also participated in the tour.

Inland Empire UFCW members were in Sacramento discussing issues affecting grocery store workers in our community and across the state.

Always a pleasure to see my friends from the Greater Fontana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento.

Honored to share a few words at the unveiling of East Valley Community Health Center's new community art mural in Pomona.

Thanks to The Home Depot in South Chino for allowing me to take a tour and learn more about your programs for community involvement and efforts to go green. I appreciate your dedication to helping improve our communities!

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June 11th- Pomona Community Coffee; Starbucks 68 Rio Rancho Rd, Pomona, CA 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
June 13th- Pomona Community Coffee; Starbucks 101 W Mission Blvd Suite 106, Pomona, CA 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
June 20th- Juneteenth
June 27th- Drought Resources Workshop; Chino Basin Water Conservation District Board Room, 4594 San Bernardino St. Montclair, CA 91763, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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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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