September 2014 District Report
A NOTE FROM FREDDIE
October 11th marks my 1 year anniversary as your Assemblymember and I am pleased with all that we were able to accomplish during my first legislative session.
The legislation that I introduced this year reflects my top priorities which are to encourage job creation in the Inland Empire and to protect public safety. I know there is still a lot of work to do, but I think we are off to a great start.
I am pleased to report that Governor Brown has signed four bills that I authored including AB 1797, which encourages job creation by identifying "earn and learn" job training opportunities in the health care field. These types of job training programs allow students to earn a living while learning the skills they need to be successful in their career.
The state legislature has approved three more of my bills and they are on the Governor's desk, waiting for his signature. Currently on the Governor's desk is AB 1598, my bill that coordinates the way first responders train for active shooter situations.
Assemblymember, 52nd District
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Submit Your Bill Ideas
- Backpack Giveaway
- A Conversation About Our Region's Freeways
- Free Pet Adoption Event
- Small Business Fair
- National Fire Prevention Week
- Red Ribbon Week
- Around the District
- Upcoming Events
This is the time of year where we start looking into ideas for new legislation that can be introduced in January. As your Assemblymember, I value the feedback and suggestions I receive from our community. If you have an idea for new legislation, I want to hear from you! Ideas can vary from community improvements to statewide reforms. Each proposal will be fully researched by a member of my staff, and we will contact you if your idea will be introduced as legislation. If you are interested in submitting an idea, please visit my website to download a bill proposal form.
I look forward to hearing from you!
After my first successful backpack giveaway event in August, I held another giveaway earlier this month. We were able to help 250 children receive a new backpack and school supplies to begin the new school year! Having the proper supplies helps children to succeed in the classroom.
Once again, I partnered with the California Institution for Men and Echos of Faith Ministries in Chino who helped to collect the backpacks and supplies. As a parent of four children, I know the new school year can put a financial strain on many families and I am happy to do what I can to help.
On September 17th, I convened a roundtable discussion with state and local transportation officials to talk about improvement projects on our local freeways. We had a robust and productive talk about what our region needs and how the state and local governments can work together to achieve our transportation goals. Representatives from CalTrans-the State’s transportation agency-and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) gave presentations and Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Upland Mayor Ray Musser, Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan Wapner, and Montclair Mayor Pro Tem Bill Ruh also participated on the panel.
To date, $95 million has been spent on local highways and state routes in our district and they expect to invest $295 million more on future improvements. Major improvements are in the works for SR-60 to help deal with the high level of truck traffic. We also discussed ways to increase the amount of funding coming to our cities to better maintain the freeways and mange landscape maintenance on the on-and off-ramps. Overall, it was a great opportunity for local leaders to get face-to-face with transportation officials and advocate for the needs of our region. I appreciate all of the local officials and community members who came to participate in the event.
The Inland Valley Humane Society (IVHS) has dogs, cats, rabbits and birds that are looking for loving homes! On October 3rd I will join Assemblymembers Chris Holden and Roger Hernández in hosting a free pet adoption day. For this one day, IVHS will waive its adoption fees, which covers the first set of shots (4-in-1 for dogs, and FVRCP for cats), rabies vaccination, deworming, spay and neutering costs, microchip, and free two -week follow-up care visits with VCA Animal Hospital in Upland. An annual registration fee may apply according to the city of residence.
Friday, October 3, 2014
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Inland Valley Humane Society
500 Humane Way
Pomona, CA 91766
Visit www.ivhsspca.org for details on adoptions and to view animals that need a home.
On Thursday, October 9th I am co-hosting a Small Business Fair and Expo at the Indian Hills Plaza in Pomona which is sponsored by the Board of Equalization, Senator Norma Torres, the City of Pomona, the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and the Inland Empire chapter of the National Latina Businesswoman Association.
The event will include workshops to educate business owners on the collecting, filing and record keeping of sales and use tax and will also include a small resource fair. Topics will include financial planning for small businesses, information on forms of ownership and creating a winning business plan.
Small businesses are at the center of our economy and are vital to the success of the Inland Empire and California. If you are a business owner, I hope you will consider attending this seminar to hear from experts who can help you make your business even stronger and thrive for years to come.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Village at Indian Hill
1460 East Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
Register at www.boe.ca.gov/seminars or 1-888-847-9652
Due to the drought, fires have become a year-round problem throughout California. The effects of a fire can be devastating, but preparation and preparedness can lessen the impact. October 5th through October 11th is National Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme is "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month"
To find out how to test your smoke alarm and learn other fire prevention tips, visit http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week.
Red Ribbon Week 2014 will be observed from October 23rd through October 31st. The yearly drug awareness campaign is the oldest and largest proactive drug prevention program in the country. It is an ideal way for people, communities, schools and children of all ages to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. The 2014 national theme for Red Ribbon Week is "Love Yourself. Be Drug Free."
The Assembly Democrats baseball team getting ready for the Annual Legislative All Star softball game. Go Blue!
It was an honor to meet the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, when he visited the State Capitol.
It was a pleasure to join the Chino Senior Citizens Center Executive Board to celebrate September's Chino Senior Birthdays. Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating this month!
I enjoyed joining Senator Norma Torres at the Vietnamese Community of Pomona Valley's Mid-Autumn Festival. It was a wonderful celebration of Vietnamese culture and history.
I visited the Ontario Fire Department's Hazmat rig, which is the only one of its kind in the region. I was impressed with how technologically advanced their systems are and I am glad to have it here in the Inland Empire.
I'll never forget waking up on September 11 and getting my children ready for school when I first heard the news that the World Trade Center was on fire. We paused for a moment of silence in Chino to honor those who lost their lives on 9-11.
With Assemblymember Hagman at tonight's Mexican Independence Day Community Celebration in Chino.
I rallied with long term-care workers in Pomona in support of a better sick days policy for workers. Employees, especially those who care for the elderly and those who are sick, should not have to choose between coming in to work when they are sick or forgoing pay.
October 3- IVHS Free Pet Adoption Event, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Inland Valley Humane Society 500 Humane Way, Pomona
October 9- Board of Equalization Small Business Fair and Expo, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Village at Indian Hill, 1460 East Holt Ave, Pomona
October 11- Montclair Fire Department Open House and Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 -11:30 am, 8091 Monte Vista Ave, Montclair
October 23 – October 31 - Red Ribbon Week
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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