It has been an honor to serve the Fifth Senate District these past few months. I value your opinion on the issues that matter the most to you, please do not hesitate to visit my website or contact my office should you have any questions or require assistance with any state related matter. I hope you will find this newsletter helpful and informative.
This Just In...
In 2012 voters overwhelming approved Prop 39 which allocates funding for schools to become more energy efficient. Schools in Senate District 5 are scheduled to receive approximately $10.5 million dollars. Please contact my Stockton District Office for more information at 209-948-7930.
First Six Months in Office
Here is a brief glimpse of my activities my first sixth months as State Senator. I look forward to serving my district and if you would like to meet with me or invite me to an event, please Click Here.
Water Hyacinth Hearing
As chair of the Committee on Invasive Species, I hosted a hearing in the Stockton State building to discuss the impacts that invasive water species have had on the Delta waterways. Click Here for more information.
Lincoln High School, Stockton CA
Above is a photo from my tour of Lincoln High School with Instructor Jeff Wright and a student in the Engineering and Construction Academy.
Cinco de Mayo
This past May I participated in the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Stockton. This was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the rich culture and diversity of Stockton.
Dart Facility Tour
Here is a photo from when I visited the Dart Container Corporation in Lodi. The Lodi location produces high quality insulated foam cups. Senate Bill (SB) 529 was going to ban all Styrofoam food containers. I met with officials at Dart to see how this bill would impact their manufacturing and recycling processes.
Woodbridge Winery Tour
San Joaquin County is home to a flourishing wine industry. I had the pleasure of visiting several wineries in the Sutter Home Wine Facility and Woodbridge and Turner Road Wineries.
SB 194 - Helps prevent distraction for teen drivers. This bill has received bipartisan support in both houses and is set to be heard in Assembly Appropriations committee. This bill is sponsored by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and is also supported by many other organizations seeking to prevent distracted driving accidents.
SB 213 - Brings California law into line with a federal court case ruling regarding signature gathering for petitions. Senate Bill 213 was passed out of Assembly Elections on Tuesday June 25th.
SB 688 - Would have exempt pet medicine from sales tax in order to encourage proper medical treatment for pets. This bill would have provided pet owners for accessibility to affordable pet health care. Unfortunately, this bill was held in the Senate Appropriations committee.
Enterprise Zone Program Reform
This Legislative session, the Enterprise Zone Program was targeted for reform in order to ensure that taxpayer's money was being used appropriately to spur economic development in California.
Assembly Bill 93, which the Governor signed into law, included many elements that will provide the business community with the certainty that they need to remain competitive. I fought to include some changes that will help the Central Valley and that were important to the agriculture industry.
I also introduced SB 90, which enables the Central Valley to be an attractive location for new jobs and economic development. The Governor signed SB 90 into law this past summer.
Farm to Fork
The launch of the first-annual Farm to Fork event, held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, was a great success. The idea behind this event was to provide a forum for local government resources, service agencies, Central Valley locally grown agriculture to the community.
The Central Valley is the breadbasket of the world; unfortunately many people live in food deserts that have ery few, if any markets that are selling fresh, quality fruits and vegetables.
This event sparked a conversation about access to healthier choices and provided an opportunity to connect people in the community with valuable resources.
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Acknowledgements and Annoucements
Modesto Fire Chief Gary Hinshaw retirement July 11, 2013 after 35 years of service.
California Health Care Facility-Ribbon Cutting on June 25th 2013.
Stockton Thunder recognized as Western Conference Champions.
Alauna Sessoms-Hall recognized for her many accomplishments, outstanding record of academic excellence, peer leadership and community spirit.