October 2014 District Report

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 00:00



September 30th was the deadline for the Governor to take action on bills that were approved by the State Legislature for this session. I am pleased that Governor Brown signed seven bills into law that I authored, and they will become effective on January 1, 2015.

The bills I introduced reflect my top priorities for creating jobs in the Inland Empire: protecting public safety and improving access to quality health care. For a full summary of my legislation that was signed this year, please visit my website.

We have accomplished some great things together this year. 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.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. I look forward to working with each of you to help the Inland Empire thrive.

Best Wishes,

Assemblymember, 52nd District


Free CPR Certification Course

We received an overwhelming response for the free CPR certification course that I held at my district office last week with Cole-Schaefer Ambulance. The number of requests for registration was 4 times greater than the number of slots that were available. I know how important CPR is and I am thrilled that so many of you have shown an interest in learning this life-saving skill. I am working to organize additional training opportunities to accommodate the overwhelming demand and will keep you posted if any future courses become available.

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Halloween Safety

Halloween is right around the corner! This is a fun time of year for children of all ages. I have always enjoyed helping my kids pick out their costumes every year and taking them trick-or-treating around our Pomona neighborhood. Safety is an important part of making Halloween an enjoyable holiday for everyone. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following tips to keep your family safe this Halloween:

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

For more tips visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

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Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day.

Veterans Day, unlike Memorial Day, not only honors the fallen, but also those still living who have served, or are serving, in the American Armed Forces.

This Veterans Day, let’s recognize our veterans with more than words. Let’s ensure that our servicemen and women in California, as well as their families, know how to access the benefits they’ve earned. If you or someone you know is a vet in need of assistance with education, employment, housing or another issue, or call my district office at (909) 902-9606.

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Napa Earthquake Hearing

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Napa on August 24th caught the region by surprise. This was the largest earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake which measured a 6.9. The city of Napa, and the nearby city of Vallejo, suffered serious infrastructural damage as a result of the quake. Recent estimates put the cost of the damage at over $1 billion.

As Chair of the Select Committee on Local Emergency Management, I called an informational hearing to hear directly from local Napa-area officials how well their emergency response systems worked during and after the earthquake. After any emergency situation, it is important to take stock and review the emergency response to find out what worked well and if there are any gaps that need to be filled.

We were fortunate that the Napa earthquake occurred early in the morning when most people were asleep, but we may not be so lucky with the next earthquake. Now is the time to identify areas of our local and statewide emergency response system that need to be improved to ensure California is protected during the next earthquake.

The committee heard a lot of thorough testimony and a full committee report on the hearing will be available soon. You can watch the full hearing on CalChannel.

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Holiday Open House and Toy Drive

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 are 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.

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Covered California

Open Enrollment for Covered California begins on November 15, 2014.

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 plans 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.

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Local Job Fairs

Chino Job & Resources Fair- Sponsored by New Hope Christian Fellowship and Centro de Esperanza. Tuesday, November 4th 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. New Hope Christian Fellowship 13333 Ramona Ave, Chino, CA 91710. Job seeker registration is free. For more information, visit: http://www.newhopechino.net/job-fair-2014.html.

Local employers looking to hire skilled aerospace workers may be interested in signing up as an exhibitor for the United Aerospace Workers Local 148 Job & Resource Fair. The job fair will be held on Thursday November 13th from 1–4 p.m. at 3971 Pixie Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712. Employers can find more information by contacting Otilia Torres at (323) 730-7900 ext. 236.

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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Wins National Contest

Our very own Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center was the winner of the national Pink Glove Dance Competition for breast cancer awareness!

The Pink Glove Dance Video Competition is an annual national breast cancer awareness campaign and competition sponsored by Medline, a manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies. The competition started because of the overwhelming and enthusiastic response to the original Pink Glove Dance video, featuring 200 workers from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.

For winning the competition, Medline donated $15,000 to the Los Angeles affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation on behalf of PVHMC. Congratulations Pomona Valley Hospital!

Watch video here

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Financial Literacy Workshop

I partnered with Wells Fargo in Montclair to put on two free Financial Literacy Workshops for the community.

The first event was held at Montclair High School for seniors at the school. Bankers from Wells Fargo came to the school to talk with the students about the importance of credit. They learned why credit is important to them, helpful tips on budgeting and what questions to ask when considering credit card offers.

We also held a bigger event at the Montclair Senior Center that was open to the community. Attendees learned about the importance of credit, how to maintain good credit and how to avoid potential credit problems.

The events were part of the Get Smart About Credit October initiative, a national financial education program sponsored by the American Bankers Association to promote credit awareness and financial education. I was very pleased with the number of folks from the community who came out to the workshop. A special thank you to Vice President of Wells Fargo’s Montclair Branch, Virgel Mabini, for his help in organizing and leading these important workshops.

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Around The District

I co-hosted a free bicycle education event for high school students from Pomona Unified High School District. Students brought their bikes to Garey High School to learn bicycle safety tips and participated in bicycle drills.

I co-hosted a free pet adoption day at the Inland Valley Humane Society and I couldn’t resist adopting a pet myself. I’d like to introduce you to the First Dog of the 52nd Assembly District and the newest member of the Rodriguez family!

Pomona Valley Towing is celebrating their 50th Anniversary! It was my pleasure to congratulate owners Dale Schuetz and Michael Payne for 50 years of serving the Inland Empire.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer was in Ontario for Senator Norma Torres’ roundtable discussion with business leaders from throughout the Inland Empire. We talked about how we can work together to encourage local economic development. I told the Congressman that we need more incentives for employers in our region to create jobs and that the Inland Empire needs federal dollars to help improve our roads and highways.

I brought bankers from Wells Fargo in Montclair to host a Financial Literacy Workshop for seniors at Montclair High School. The students learned about the importance of credit, how to establish and maintain good credit and how to avoid potential credit problems.

With Supervisor Gary Ovitt and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at the Annual State of the Chamber and Board Installation.

I talked with students in Ms. Ronquillo's 3rd Grade Class at Mariposa Elementary School about what inspired me to run for office and how our state government works. I always enjoy being able to talk to our future leaders and encourage them to follow their dreams. Thank you for the opportunity to visit!

It is always a pleasure seeing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby and California State Fire Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris were in Sacramento for the California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony. This year 15 fallen firefighters were honored and their names were added to the memorial wall.


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Upcoming Events

October 23 – October 31 - Red Ribbon Week

November 2 – 2 a.m. Daylight Savings Time-Don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour!

November 4 – Election Day

November 11– Veteran’s Day

November 15 – Covered California Open Enrollment Begins

December 4 – Holiday Open House and Toy Drive, 5–7:30 p.m., District Office, 13160 7th Street, Chino, 91710


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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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