Combating the Wildfire Issue in California needs to be more than just rhetoric. Californians need these efforts to be effective. Our lives and our future depend on it. As a retired Fire Battalion Chief and firefighter serving in the State of California for 35 years, I have experienced firsthand the dangerous, devastating and life-altering effects a fire can have on families and businesses in our communities.
Republicans questioned why other lawmakers are proposing to raise taxes for gun-violence programs when the governor says the state has a $75-billion budget surplus. “If this is important, for Pete’s sake, fund it,” said Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta). The bill by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) fell eight votes short of the 54 needed for approval. It would have created a 10% excise tax on retailers for the sale of new handguns and an 11% tax for long guns Read More...
A large crowd attended the event, which included Mayor Bill Zimmerman, Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt, City Council members Dean Deines and Robert Karwin, and other dignitaries. Veterans in attendance wore caps and shirts in recognition of their service and stood when their military branch’s service anthem was played.
Today we take a moment from the weekend activities to honor those who have sacrificed to make such a day possible. Memorial Day is a time to mourn and honor the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our great nation and defend our freedoms. Originally known as Decoration Day, this day was set aside to recognize the immense cost paid by the country in the Civil War. Families and communities would go to cemeteries and decorate the graves of our nation’ Read More...
This week, two bills that I am proud to Co-Author passed out of the State Assembly with bipartisan support and are now on their way to the Senate; both protect the rights of crime victims.AB 939 (Cervantes) provides that in a sexual assault trial, the manner in which the victim was dressed during the offense cannot be used as evidence of consent. Victims should never be blamed or feel shame by being asked, “What were you wearing?” after bravely coming forward to report Read More...
Combating the Wildfire Issue in California needs to be more than just rhetoric. Californians need these efforts to be effective. Our lives and our future depend on it.  As a retired Fire Battalion Chief and firefighter serving in the State of California for 35 years, I have experienced firsthand the dangerous, devastating, and life-altering effects a fire can have on families and businesses in our communities. The addition of more firefighters to the frontlines is Read More...
“Unfortunately, we’re way behind on prevention mitigation and we have to continue to catch up,” GOP Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, a veteran firefighter from Murrieta, said during an online discussion hosted Wednesday, May 19, by the Public Policy Institute of California. “We have to do the work before (fires erupt) so we aren’t in the situation we’re in now.”
The Governor has released the May Revision of his Budget Proposal, which includes a total budget of $451.7 billion, with $267.8 billion going towards a state spending plan. You can read it HERE The good news? We have a projected $75 billion surplus. The bad news? We have a projected $75 billion surplus. Having an additional $75 billion after most citizens have been bearing the brunt of a pandemic for over a year proves that the tax burden on families and workers is too Read More...
Its National Charter Schools Week. All kids deserve a quality education tailored to their diverse needs and the needs of their community.   Charter schools allow parents, teachers, and community leaders to create a curriculum that empowers and challenges students to unlock their full potential while focusing on meeting the individual needs of each student through accountability, flexibility, and innovation.   Unfortunately, there is a proposal currently making its way Read More...
May is National Military Appreciation Month.   There is no way to pay back the sacrifices made by our veteran heroes and their families, but in Sacramento, we should do all we can to ensure their commitment to our country has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.   Here are just a few of the bills I am proud to author:  Supporting Military FamiliesAB 291: Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP) allows retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse, Read More...