Senator Newman Secures Victories for Senate District 29 in State Budget Bill

Tuesday, June 13 2017

Sacramento, CA – In his inaugural term as a California State Senator, Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has successfully secured several victories for the people of Senate District 29 in this year’s State Budget bill.  Public safety, schools, the environment, and local veterans were Newman’s top priorities for SD 29, in negotiations with the Governor’s office.

The following funding items were secured by Newman, who serves as Chair of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee:

  • A four-year Orange County violence reduction pilot program
  • The extension of the School District of Choice program, through July 2022
  • Veteran Resource Center funding of up to $5 million, including $2 million for Norco Community College’s VRC
  • A commitment, in partnership with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, to fund a Veteran’s Cemetery 
  • Inclusion of $15 million for West Coyote Hills open space preservation
  • A citrus pest and disease prevention program to help fight the Asian Citrus Psyllid epidemic in Los Angeles and Orange Counties

“Defending our region’s priorities was my top concern going into State Budget negotiations. I wanted to make sure our local public safety, schools, veterans and environment got the attention they deserved,” said Newman. “I think the compromise reached really helps strike an appropriate balance between meeting the needs of the State as whole and the unique and important needs of our communities here in Senate District 29.”

Senator Newman will be available to give direct comment to the media on Thursday, regarding any of these items. If you have questions before Thursday, please contact Lisa Murphy (916) 651-1979.

Senator Josh Newman represents Senate District 29 which includes cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.