As summer comes to a close and kids return to school, the Legislature returns for the final month of this year’s session. We still have many important issues to tackle and it will definitely be a very active few weeks.
Over the legislative recess, activity on legislation has not stopped. We are continuing to work on a water bond for the November ballot and it will most likely be the top issue when we return to the Capitol. I also expect that groundwater regulation will also be a major part of the discussion. There are proposals out there that will place statewide regulation on groundwater storage and removal.
During this drought, we have seen a greater reliance on groundwater in communities across the state. It is important that we are careful in how we regulate groundwater going forward. We do have to have some controls, but policies should be developed at the local level. We have many solutions, such as withholding grant funding unless a local jurisdiction has policies in place. A one-size-fits-all solution will not work and I think the state has shown repeatedly that with a statewide approach to regulation, we all lose.
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As a father of four, I know a child’s health is critical to his or her educational success. That is why I have partnered with the Alisal Family Resource Center to host the Back to School Health Fair for K-6 students in east Salinas on Saturday, August 9. The event will be a one-stop venue where parents may bring their children to receive medical information, dental screenings, eye exams, and Child ID Complete Kits, a comprehensive tool for parents to record a child’s vital identification.
It is a free event; there is no cost for the public to attend. The participating health care provider organizations will deliver their valuable services directly to area children who need and want these services in an easy-to-access venue.
My staff will also hold mobile office hours at the fair and have fact sheets available with information on relevant legislation.
Back to School Health Fair
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Alisal Family Resource Center
1441 Del Monte Avenue
Salinas, CA 93905
Sponsors of the event (to date) include the Alisal Family Resource Center, Monterey County Health Department, Natividad Medical Center, United Way Monterey County, California Medical Association, California Dental Association, California Optometric Association, and Salud Para La Gente.
August 5 is the 31st annual National Night Out, the nationwide event designed to increase awareness in communities of crime prevention programs, including neighborhood watch, town watch, law enforcement agencies and other anti-crime efforts. Since 1984, the National Association of Town Watch has provided resources and information for communities to participate in the National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” Created to promote safer communities by highlighting local crime prevention groups, businesses and agencies, National Night Out is now observed by 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities across the country.
Representatives from my staff will be available at several events to offer assistance to individuals on a variety of different issues, as well as provide child identification kits and other helpful information/resources. For more information about these National Night Out events and what services will be provided, please call (209) 726-5495.
National Night Out Events:
Merced National Night Out
Madera National Night Out
Madera County Courthouse Park
Salinas National Night Out
Ceres National Night Out
Ceres Community Center
Patterson National Night Out
Various locations throughout Patterson
Los Banos National Night Out
Pine St. between Delaware and Illinois Avenue
Hollister National Night Out
Downtown Hollister/San Benito Street
Americans across the nation will celebrate National Parks Month this August, and you should plan to get out and visit one of our country’s 401 national parks! The United States has been preserving our country’s natural treasures from Acadia National Park in Maine to Zion National Park in Utah. Here in California we are blessed with many of the country’s most stunning wonders, including Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and the Redwood National and State Parks. Nearly three quarters of these national parks are admission free, but frequent park goers may want to purchase an $80 annual park pass, which provides entrance into all national parks and forests, in addition to many other federal lands. Free admission to national parks will also be offered on Founder’s Day, August 25, to commemorate the creation of the United States National Parks Service in 1916.
Mobile Office Hours
Please join my staff for mobile office hours throughout the district, where you can receive personal assistance on a variety of issues, including help with the DMV, the Employment Development Department, or matters involving other state agencies or state legislation.
Friday, August 8
9 - 10:30 a.m.
City of Newman
938 Fresno Street
Friday, August 8
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Friday, August 15
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
2701 Fourth Street
One of the reasons that I love my District because everyone cares so much about their communities. In Los Banos, The Salvation Army and Merced County Food Bank are giving food boxes to individuals and families impacted by the drought. The Drought Food Assistance Program is giving away 1,000 food boxes at 1231 Fourth Street in Los Banos. Please spread the word to anyone who would benefit from this program.
I was honored to be named an Honorary Section FFA Member for the Stanislaus/Tuolumne Section FFA at the Stanislaus County Fair. The FFA program is invaluable in keeping our agricultural history alive and training the next generation of farmers.
I had a great day in Patterson, touring the Amazon Fulfillment Center and Granger Distribution Center, meeting with some great folks at the Hammon Senior Center and dropping by Blues Café, where they let me sign the wall. Great day in the Valley!