Cannella Capitol Update: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dear Friend,

The past month has sure been an exciting one. Governor Brown signed into law each of my bills sent to his desk. I have been able to spend much of my time outside of Sacramento, meeting with constituents and community leaders across the district. Not only that, but I have received recognition from the California State University and from the California Chamber of Commerce for my 2012 voting record. And the Giants won the World Series!

When I meet with groups or government officials, my goal is to find out what I can be doing better to strengthen our economy and our communities. Now is the time where I begin to work on ideas for legislation for the upcoming session, and personal interaction with directly affected by the actions of state government is the best way for me to understand what needs to change.

I would like to hear from you about your ideas for legislation or any other issues that you might have. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office through my website if you have any questions, comments or insight to share. Help keep your friends and neighbors informed about what’s going on in Sacramento and around the 12th Senate District by forwarding this email so they can sign up to receive my eNewsletters as well.

Sincerely,
Anthony Cannella


Bills Signed Into Law by Gov. Brown

As the end of the Governor’s bill signing deadline approached, I worked to get my remaining bills on his desk signed. I am pleased to say that the efforts paid off and both were signed into law. Those bills were SB 1563, which supports veterans transitioning to law enforcement upon their return, and SB 1327, which eases the permitting process for small business.

I am looking forward to the upcoming launch of the “One-Stop Shop“ website that will be created by SB 1327 and will be sure to update on its progress in the coming months.

The Governor signed each of my bills that were sent to him this year, including SB 736, which provides Merced County with greater flexibility in hiring a new Public Works Department director, and SB 1357, which makes it easier to remove a corrupt public official from office.


Legislative Scorecards

When With the end of session, many different groups with business at the Capitol look back at the voting records of legislators and issue “scorecards” based on the votes most pertinent to their group. For the second year, I received a 100% from the California Chamber of Commerce for my voting record on legislation that affects California businesses and economy!

CalChamber president and CEO Allan Zaremberg said the following:

“In Senator Cannella’s first two years, he has shown that he is solidly in support of California’s businesses. He has emerged as a strong advocate for economic growth in the Senate. CalChamber looks forward to working with Senator Cannella in the future to provide our state a more friendly business climate.”

I also received a 75% rating from the California State University, which was the highest score of any Republican senator.


Atwater Mobile Office Hours on November 13

Please join my staff for mobile office hours in Atwater, 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.

Tuesday, November 13
8:45-9:45 am
Castle Vista Seniors Community Center
2300 Cascade Dr.
Atwater

For directions, visit their website at: http://www.mercedatwaterretirementcommunity.com/

Feel free to call my Merced office at (209) 726-5495 to make an appointment in advance.


Tax counseling volunteers needed

The Patterson and Newman Family Resource Centers are seeking volunteers to staff their free tax preparation assistance program that will be offered from January through April.

No experience is required to volunteer. The resource center will provide the necessary training to assist others in filing their returns. Community members seeking additional information about becoming a volunteer are asked to call Miriam Fernandez at (209) 862-0295 or via email at mfernandez@centerforhumanservices.org.


Monterey County Library seeks input for Strategic Planning

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) is in the process of creating a new Strategic Plan and needs the help of Monterey County residents to make this a useful and realistic document. They are asking people from all parts of Monterey County, whether a library user or not, to go to www.MCFLplan.org and fill out an online survey to help plan the future of the County library system. The survey takes just about 10 minutes to complete and will remain open through November 10th. The results of the survey are anonymous.

Once the Strategic Plan is completed, MCFL staff will use it for making decisions and planning for future programs, for budgeting and updating outcome measurement standards, and for guiding decision making over the next 3-5 years regarding the use of MCFL’s resources in a rapidly changing world.

For more information, please go to www.MCFLplan.org or call (831) 883-7573.


Around the Capitol and District

Senator Cannella Speaking to dairy farmers at a second rally for more competitive milk pricing at the Capitol
Speaking to dairy farmers at a second rally for more competitive milk pricing at the Capitol. I wanted to let them know they are being heard and are making a difference.
Senator Cannella speaking to the members and board of El Concilio
Speaking to the members and board of El Concilio, a group that has been providing services to the community for 43 years.

Senator Cannella touring Modesto Irrigation District’s new McHenry Solar Plant
Touring Modesto Irrigation District’s new McHenry Solar Plant.

Senator Cannella speaking to the Atwater Chamber of Commerce at their monthly coffee
Speaking to the Atwater Chamber of Commerce at their monthly coffee.