November 2014 District Report
I am honored by the trust and support you have placed in me to be your representative for another two years. It is a privilege to serve the community I have called home my entire life. I look forward to the upcoming legislative session and will continue to work to make the Inland Empire a better place to live.
In order to be the best representative that I can be, I need to hear from you. I value the feedback and collaboration I receive from my friends and neighbors in the community. If you have an idea for new legislation, please visit my website to download a bill proposal form or call my district office at 909-902-9606.
As we begin to prepare for the holiday season, I wish you and your family the best and I hope your holidays will be filled with happiness.
I encourage all of you to attend my Holiday Open House on December 4th where my staff and I will be available to answer your questions and talk about important issues in our community. I hope to see you there.
Assemblymember, 52nd District
IN THIS ISSUE:
- OFFICER SHAUN DIAMOND
- LOCAL THANKSGIVING DAY EVENTS
- HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
- FREE DENTAL CLINIC
- COVERED CA OPEN ENROLLMENT
- MIDDLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP
- FACTS ABOUT EBOLA
- AROUND THE DISTRICT
- UPCOMING EVENTS
- CONTACT ME
OFFICER SHAUN DIAMOND
On October 29th, our community lost a dedicated public servant when Pomona SWAT Officer Shaun Diamond was killed in the line of duty.
I worked with Shaun for many years as part of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association (DPOA). I was a Pomona City Council Member who sat on the board of the DPOA and Shaun was the officer assigned to the Downtown area and served as the police liaison to the board. Officer Diamond worked very hard to improve the safety of downtown Pomona and he was a pleasure to work with. His loss will be profoundly felt throughout the community.
This terrible tragedy is a reminder of the dangers our police officers face every day on the job in efforts to bravely protect our families, friends and neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Diamond’s family, friends and the entire Pomona Police Department.
The Pomona Police Officers' Association will be accepting donations on behalf of Officer Shaun Diamond's family. Any donations for the family can be made out to the Pomona POA. If paying by check just put Shaun's name in memo line. If cash or gift card please leave a short note who it's coming from.
The Pomona Police Officers' Association will ensure that the family receives all donations.
Pomona Police Officers' Association
174 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
LOCAL THANKSGIVING DAY EVENTS
November 26th - Thanksgiving luncheon at the Chino Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served by Chino Police Department. 13170 Central Ave.
November 27th - The Chino United Methodist Church will hold its annual free Thanksgiving dinner.
The dinner will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in the church’s Social Hall, 5201 Riverside Drive in Chino.
November 27th - The Salvation Army Ontario Corps will hold its annual Thanksgiving meal from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its location, 1412 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario.
The community is invited to eat and take a plate home.
The Salvation Army is seeking donations of turkeys and other items for the dinners.
It is also looking for volunteers to help serve the Thanksgiving meal as well as volunteers for the season bell ringing.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
It’s that time of year again! I am very happy to announce that my 2nd Annual Holiday Open House and Toy Drive will take place on Thursday, December 4th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at my District Office.
We had an outstanding turnout last year and collected toys that were donated to over 100 children throughout our community. I encourage you to come out this year to talk with me about important legislative issues, tour my office and meet my district staff who is here to help you with any state-related matter.
Toy collection boxes will be available at my district office if you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to local families during this holiday season.
Please RSVP by calling my District Office at (909) 902-9606.
FREE DENTAL CLINIC
On Friday November 21st and Saturday November 22nd, the California Dental Association is bringing their services to the Pomona Fairplex for a two-day event. 1101 W. McKinely Ave?
CDA Cares events provide comprehensive dental services and oral health education at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care. The main goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain, eliminate infection, and provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the importance of good oral health. 1101 W. McKinely Ave?
Services offered will include cleanings, fillings, extractions, temporary partial dentures, dentures, oral health education and assistance in finding a dentist for ongoing care. Clinic doors will open at 5 a.m. each day so that treatment can begin at 6:30 a.m. The event will be located in Building 4 at the Pomona Fairplex 1101 W. McKinely Ave.
COVERED CA OPEN ENROLLMENT
Open Enrollment for Covered California has begun!
If you are already enrolled in a health plan through Covered California, you should expect to receive a renewal notice any day now. Consumers who complete the renewal process will hear from their insurance providers in December. If you take no action, you will automatically be renewed into your existing health plan. If you are on a Medi-Cal health plan, you do not need to visit the Covered California website unless you are contacted directly by Medi-Cal.
If you have not signed up for a health plan or wish to make changes to your current plan, including adding a family member, the open enrollment period will last from November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015.
You can visit www.coveredca.com to learn more or to begin shopping for a health plan.
My office can also be a resource for you to help answer any Covered California related questions. You can reach my District Office at (909) 902-9606.
MIDDLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP
The Middle Class Scholarship was established to provide relief to tens of thousands of undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000. This financial aid will help California students pay for tuition and other mandatory student fees.
In its first year of implementation, $107 million was set aside for the Middle Class Scholarship, but fewer students than anticipated applied to the program.
That means there are millions of untapped financial aid dollars still available for middle class students!
Recently, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance convened regarding the implementation of the Middle Class Scholarship. The Committee tasked the California Student Aid Commission with revamping its outreach efforts and keeping the registration open for students interested in applying for the Middle Class Scholarship.
If you know an undergraduate student interested in attending, or already attending, a University of California or California State University school who would like some assistance paying for college, please let them know about the Middle Class Scholarship and encourage them to apply today.
Please visit the Funding Your College Future website for more information.
FACTS ABOUT EBOLA
State and local public health officials in California are monitoring the situation related to Ebola closely. We are taking steps to keep Californians safe from the spread of this disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control criteria, at this time, there have been no patients admitted to California hospitals who are considered to be at high risk of Ebola.
State public health officials continue to believe the risk of the spread of Ebola in California is low, even as the situation is evolving.
For more information, please visit the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) website.
AROUND THE DISTRICT
I had the pleasure of attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the Puente Avenue grade separation project. Projects like this will help to reduce traffic congestion, improve emergency response times and move freight efficiently and effectively across southern California.
I went on a tour of the Ontario Fire Department’s Bomb Squad. Their unit serves Ontario, Montclair and Chino and is one of two FBI certified bomb squads in San Bernardino County. They let me try on one of their blast suits which weighs over 80 pounds! The Inland Empire is very fortunate to have such an outstanding bomb squad!
I spoke to the kids and family at the THINK Together Lights On! Afterschool event at Vista Grade Elementary school in Ontario. THINK Together currently operates 63 after-school programs in our community that serve over 5,500 local students on a daily basis. These programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning.
We broke ground on the newest Mission Grove Partners development in Ontario. This project will create 300 construction jobs in the city of Ontario.
We had an overwhelming response to my free CPR certification course. CPR is a critical, life-saving skill and I am thrilled that so many friends from the community are interested in learning how to perform CPR. Thank you to Arnold Newman from Cole-Schaefer for leading the instruction. I look forward to scheduling more CPR courses in the near future!
I had a great time celebrating Montclair’s senior birthdays. Everyone was in the Halloween spirit and having a lot of fun.
I spoke at the California State Retirees Board of Directors Meeting in Ontario to thank them for their hard work and dedication to our citizens.
I kicked off No Shave November with the Ontario Police Department at their fundraising pancake breakfast. The department has a fundraising goal of $10,000 which will be donated to the No Shave November organization for cancer awareness and research.
The Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance was at the Capitol to commemorate Veterans Day. The wall honors service members, first responders and civilians killed by terrorism.
November 21- 22- California Dental Association Free Dental Clinic, 5:00 am, Pomona Fairplex Building 4
November 27- Thanksgiving Day
December 1- Legislature Reconvenes, Members are Sworn in for 2015-16 Legislative Session
December 4- Holiday Open House and Toy Drive, 5-7:30 p.m., District Office, 13160 7th Street, Chino, 91710
December 6- Pomona Christmas Parade, 10:00 a.m.
December 13- Chino Youth Christmas Parade and Fair, 9:00 a.m.
December 25- Christmas Day
December 31- New Year’s Eve
January 1, 2015- New Year’s Day
My District Office is open and ready to serve you. Contact my office if you need help with any state related matter.
13160 7th Street
Chino, CA 91710
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