March Newsletter

Legislative Highlights

SB 1370 - will place a water bond on the November 2014 ballot that prioritizes water storage benefiting all Californians. SB 1370 will scale back the original $11.1 billion water bond voted on by the Legislature in 2009. Having a price tag of $5.1 billion, SB 1370 would maximize limited public resources by greatly increasing California's water storage capacity. California is currently facing one of the driest years on record. Reservoir levels throughout the state remain at dangerously low levels and the crisis has emphasized the need for our state to increase its water storage capacity. There is no realistic solution to California's diverse and ever-increasing water needs that does not rely heavily on additional storage. Although our population has nearly doubled over the past few decades, we have not significantly increased our water storage capacity.

SB 989 - Senate Bill 989, will require the EDD and DMV to collect and send voluntarily completed forms to the Department of Veteran Affairs on at least a quarterly basis and add a link to their Internet websites that directs parties to the DVA's Internet website. It is estimated that if California could increase participation in these veteran programs, over $330 million could be returned to the state and local economy.

SB 829 - The City of Escalon obtained grant funds from the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act to acquire property outside the City limits for a creation of a new park adjacent to a planned housing development. The developer canceled its development plans, which left the City with undeveloped parkland outside City limits where no residents would reside. This parkland is remote, and without housing to support utility infrastructure, park development became unnecessary. This bill would authorize the City of Escalon to sell specified property acquired by the Act at fair market value to expand an existing park within City limits.

Please Join Me

Senate Agriculture Committee Informational Hearing
re: Future Farmers of America Funding
March 18th
State Capitol, Room 112

Income Tax Preparation Information

VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities.

TCE - Tax Counseling for the Elderly

The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

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Low Cost Automobile Insurance

To drive responsibly - and legally - you need auto insurance. California's Low Cost Automobile Insurance is a state-sponsored program that makes insurance affordable for California's residents that are income eligible with good driving records. To see if you qualify and to locate a certified agent in your local area please visit or call 1-866-602-8861.