Friends and neighbors,
The Legislature opened the 2017-18 Legislative Session on December 5th with the swearing-in of new members, including my good friend Assemblyman Heath Flora from Ripon, and the introduction of over 100 new pieces of proposed legislation. I am finalizing my legislative packet and will introduce those bills in the upcoming weeks and months.
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For the most part, my legislation focuses on the needs of my district. In the last session, I had five measures signed into law, with four of them going into effect on January 1, 2017. One bill, Senate Bill 1112, had an urgency clause and was enacted immediately.
2016 Cannella Bills Signed Into Law
SB 564: Creates a Groundwater Sustainability Agency to address the critical overdraft and management of the Kings Sub-basin
SB 1098: Will improve utilization for California’s youth dental care program - Denti-Cal
SB 1112: Ensures that transfers of ownership of small water utility companies are in the best interest of the customers they serve (enacted in September)
SB 1165: Provides consistency of oversight across the professions overseen by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
SB 1348: Requires state licensing boards to notify veterans of their service experience and education that count toward licensure requirements
Senate Fellowships - Paid
College graduates have an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2017. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials. For more information, or to apply, visit the Senate Fellows web site. The deadline for submitting application is February 13, 2017. Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists.
12th Senate District
Holiday Open House
On December 15th, Assemblyman Adam Gray and I held a Holiday Open House in Merced to mix and mingle with our constituents during this joyous time of year. What a great turn-out!
Water - Going down the drain
The California State Resources Water Control Board held a series of hearings in the Central Valley on their proposed plan to increase river flows. I testified in Merced and Modesto, and was pleased to see hundreds of residents come out to voice their opposition to the Water Board’s plan.
Our families, farmers and economy will be devastated by this plan, and our communities showed a united front against it.
If you would like to send your written comments to the Water Board, the deadline is January 17, 2017. They can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board, State Water Resources Control Board, 1001 I Street, 24th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814-0100
This is from the Valley Mountain Water Policy Summit talking about the importance of the issue from the local, state and federal levels. Good to see so many are focused on making sure Californians get the water they need for crops, personal use and our economy.
Mobile Office Hours Just for You
The mobile district office allows my constituents to 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. Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling my district offices. Mobile Office hours will resume after the holidays, so upcoming dates, times and locations will be published in January’s edition. In the meantime, feel free to contact any of my district offices for assistance.
Around the District
Special Awardees Visit the Capitol
I had the pleasure of once again thanking some special people and organizations for all they do for our communities. Throughout the year, I select 12th Senate District Persons and Organizations of the Year. Early this month, I invited them all for a special tour of the Capitol and lunch in Sacramento. What a great group of doers.
- Man of the Year -- Tony Slaton
- Woman of the Year -- Juli Vieria
- Volunteer Woman of the Year -- Patricia Wilson
- Volunteer Man of the Year -- Joe Carrillo
- Agriculture Woman of the Year -- Barbara Matheron
- Agriculture Man of the Year -- Jim Cunningham
- Agriculture Business of the Year -- Superior Fruit Ranch, represented by Sidney Long
- Veteran of the Year -- Charles “Chuck” Fennessy
- Legion Post of the Year -- Madera Post 1981, represented by Norm Allinder
- Service Club of the Year -- Ceres Lions Club represented by Charles Blanks
- Green Business of the Year -- Label Technology Inc., represented by David Bankson
- Teacher of the Year -- Christopher Van Meter
- Small Business of the Year -- Corbin, represented by Mike Corbin
San Benito Supervisor
My district staff recognizing outgoing San Benito Board of Supervisor Margie Barrios for her 8 years of service.
Monterey County Supervisors
Honoring outgoing Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Fernando Armenta and Dave Potter. Thank you for your service.
Kids Wrapping Gifts For Kids
Students at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Planada have been busy wrapping donated gifts for Planada Elementary School students. Over 554 students will receive a gift thanks to the efforts of CHP, and local community, elected and educational members.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!
What a nice way to get into the holiday spirit. The Capitol has an annual holiday music program, featuring groups from around the state who perform in the Rotunda, and we were honored to have the Los Banos Junior High School Choir perform. Congratulations and thank you for representing your school and community!