Dear Friend and Neighbor,
After a long August and many late nights toward the end of the month, the 2021-22 California Legislative session has come to a close. I am proud to share that 11 of my bills were passed out of the Legislature, four of which already have been signed into law. Under the provisions of California’s state constitution, Governor Gavin Newsom has until September 30th to sign or veto bills passed and forwarded to him by the Legislature.
Among my bills awaiting the Governor’s signature is legislation that will make it easier for consumers to recycle batteries and battery-embedded products; protect election workers and other public servants from threats and intimidation; as well as legislation to create a conservation corps dedicated to restoration and climate resiliency work along the California coast.
Below you’ll find a complete list of the legislation that my team and I successfully shepherded through the legislative process. I’m very pleased with the work that we’ve been able to do so far this year and I look forward to continuing that good work next year, starting in January when the State Senate reconvenes.
As always, if I may be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 714-525-2342 or https://sd29.senate.ca.gov/contact.
All the best,
Senator, 29th District
End of the Legislative Session
The list of my bills sent to the Governor is below:
- SB 835 (Signed into law) – Allows family members of a legislative employee who dies before reaching retirement age to remain on the Legislature’s health plan for up to 120 days
- SB 971 (Signed into law) – Expands access to affordable, pet-inclusive housing for low-income Californians
- SB 991 (Signed into law) – Allows Local Water Agencies to contract with entities that utilize the Progressive Design-Build method in the execution of a public works project
- SB 1064 (Signed into law) – Ensures pest control worker safety and protects workers from financial liability for injuries and death on the job
- SB 855 – Develops a statewide system for capturing data on childhood drownings through a three-year pilot program to be administered by the Department of Public Health
- SB 942 – Funds free and reduced-fare public transit programs on an ongoing basis
- SB 1036 – Creates a conservation corps dedicated to restoration and climate resiliency work along the California Coast
- SB 1131 – Provides protection from harassment and peace of mind to election workers by allowing them to keep their home addresses confidential
- SB 1193 – Enhances customer experience and efficiency at DMV offices
- SB 1215 – Establishes a groundbreaking statewide collection and recycling program for battery-embedded products
- SB 1237 – Waives burdensome licensure fees for active-duty service members
UPCOMING EVENT: Mid-Autumn Festival
Please join us on Saturday, September 10th to celebrate Stanton's third annual Mid-Autumn Festival. This beloved Vietnamese tradition brings families together for a day of games, dancing, and sweet treats. This year’s festival will feature live entertainment, including lion dancing and singing. Complimentary mooncakes, snacks and lanterns will also be available. The event will take place at Rodeo 39, located at 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA 90680, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Small Business of the Year
On August 17th, I had the privilege of recognizing Comic Book Hideout and its owner, Glynnes Speak, as the 29th Senate District's “Small Business of the Year” at a luncheon held in Sacramento by the California Small Business Association.
Since its establishment in 2012 in downtown Fullerton, Comic Book Hideout has flourished, and now boasts an impressive collection of more than 100,000 comics. Not only does the Hideout have a vast selection of books, Glynnes and her team have created an inviting space and an impressive, strong community drawn by a common love of art, music, and of course, comics.
Comic Book Hideout is located in the heart of downtown Fullerton at 215 W. Commonwealth Avenue. Next time you find yourself in the area, definitely try and make time to stop in and check out all the great stuff the Hideout has to offer.
Mobility 21 Annual SoCal Transportation Summit
On August 19th, I had the privilege of serving as a panelist at the annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit, alongside, Toks Omishakin, California Secretary of Transportation, Eric Sauer, CEO of the California Trucking Association, and Lee Ann Eager, Chair of the California Transportation Commission. Maria Salinas, CEO & President of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, did an excellent job moderating as attendees were treated to a robust discussion on plans for achieving California's ambitious clean energy goals and how we can better and more equitably invest in the transportation sector.
Youth Leadership Summit
Most people find it nerve-wracking to speak before a live audience. On Saturday, August 20th, I was a speaker at a breakout workshop for local high school students held as part of the first annual Youth Leadership Summit at the Anaheim Convention Center. I did my best to share some of the lessons I’ve learned (hopefully) over the course of my career. During the workshop, students reflected on how they could use their voices to advocate and advance some of the issues most important to them. I was impressed, and we can all look forward to hearing more from each of them in the years to come.
I’m very pleased to be able to honor Il Trullo Ristorante in Yorba Linda as the 29th Senate District’s August Restaurant of the Month. Since its grand opening in May of 2020, Il Trullo has become a premier destination for Southern Californians seeking traditional, home-style Southern Italian food. Owner Renato Rosato is passionate about sharing authentic Italian recipes and sourcing only the highest-quality ingredients, whether from Los Angeles' early-morning fish markets or imported directly from Italy.
If you’re ever in the mood for delicious spaghetti or hearty meatballs, pay Il Trullo a visit at 18504 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886.
Nancy Carlberg, President of the Friends of the Anaheim Public Library, is our August “Citizen of the Month.” Through her tireless work at the library, Nancy has infused a lasting and positive impact on the community. As a group, this organization seeks to strengthen the library's resources within the community and advocates for the welfare of the library. Since the pandemic's start, Nancy has organized monthly book sales to benefit vital library programs, like the children’s book collection and the library’s Summer Reading program. Thank you, Nancy, for ensuring that Anaheim’s libraries continue to flourish and that reading remains accessible and inviting for the entire community.
Submit your nominations for Restaurant of the Month: https://airtable.com/shreBlAwjd2SPFIJs and Citizen of the Month: https://airtable.com/shruzKflt1TVWpJVU
I’m lucky to have the privilege of serving you. As always, please let my office or me know how we may be of service.
To contact the member of my team responsible for your community, click on their name to send an email:
- Diamond Bar, Industry, Walnut, and Rowland Heights: Brandon Wong
- Fullerton, La Habra, and Stanton: Scott Do
- Anaheim, Chino Hills, and Placentia: Nathan Bass
- Buena Park, Brea, and Yorba Linda: Kasey Condon
- Cypress, La Palma, and West Covina: Elizabeth Lavezzari
Below is a list of resources that may be helpful to you and your family:
As of July 16th, the number 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code to route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) and is now active across the United States. The hope is that the line will serve as a universal entry point so that no matter where someone is in the U.S., they can easily access 24/7 emotional support.
When people call, text, or chat 988, they’ll be connected to trained counselors who are part of the existing Lifeline network. Counselors will listen, understand how callers’ problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect callers’ to resources if necessary.
The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will continue to remain active and available.
CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program
The CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows qualified low-income residents the option of using CalFresh food benefits to purchase meals from approved participating restaurant vendors. RMP is a program run in all 58 counties in California.
Eligibility for the RMP includes people who receive CalFresh Food benefits and are:
- An adult aged 60 or older.
- A person with a disability.
- The spouse of an individual who belongs to one of the above categories.
- A person experiencing homelessness.
For more information on the program, and to search for participating vendors, please visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/rmp.
CalFresh RMP offers restaurant owners and vendors the opportunity to participate and support the community while increasing revenue. Interested owners or vendors may visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/rmp/partners for instructions about applying. Orange County is recruiting local restaurants to participate. For more information, please click here.
Youth Climate Commission LA County
LA County is launching the Youth Climate Commission in coordination with the Chief Sustainability Office.
The Commission will make recommendations, provide ideas and advice to the Board of Supervisors about the County's climate-related goals, policies and initiatives. To be eligible, individuals must be residents of Los Angeles County, identify as a young adult and be over the age of 18. Selected commissioners will serve a one- or two-year term.
Eligible candidates can apply at this link. Applications are due by September 15th at midnight.
California Coastal Cleanup Day
In honor of Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17th, Caltrans is partnering with the CA Coastal Commission to host a number of community waterway cleanups. Find a local cleanup near you here.
Anaheim Public Library Book Sales
Proceeds from the Friends of the Anaheim Public Library book sales support the children's book collection and engaging programs like the Summer Reading Program. Book Sales are hosted by the Friends of the Anaheim Public Library at Central Library (500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805).
Check out one of their upcoming sales:
- Friday, Sep. 16, 2022, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Central Library
- Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Central Library
- Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Central Library
- Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. at Central Library