District Messages

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 28 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving crashes every day — that is one person every 52 minutes and nearly 30% of all deaths on California roads. As you well know, our 67th district is all too familiar with having to cope with drunk and impaired driving fatalities. Though it is often an uphill battle, we have to do all we can to combat and prevent these tragedies from happening. That is why I have joined with my colleague Assemblymember Fong to introduce AB 863. This bill would prohibit any supervising driver…
Last year, the California Department of Justice published a report detailing the 13,929 untested rape kits in possession of Law Enforcement Agencies and the Crime Laboratory. The survivors of this heinous crime deserve justice, and the Assembly should be doing everything we can to put the perpetrators behind bars. For this reason, I am proud to co-author Assembly Bill 18 (Lackey) which would require law enforcement agencies to submit any rape kit received before 2016 to a crime lab by January 2023 and the lab to process that evidence kit no later than January 2024. We know that these kits may…
There is a new deadline for individuals to file both their federal and state income taxes.    The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS recently extended the federal income tax filing date from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. In response, California has also extended the state’s tax filing and payment deadline to May 17, 2021.    This extension will provide taxpayers with additional time to navigate a complicated tax season as we recover from the COVID-19 lockdowns.    You do not need to claim any special qualifications for the extension, however you are still encouraged to file as soon as…
Sacramento committee meetings have kicked into high gear as we began reviewing some of the over 2,000 bills introduced this year. In the Assembly Public Safety Committee, of which I am a member, my first bill passed through without any “no” votes and with bipartisan support. AB 409 would allow victims and witnesses of gang crimes to petition law enforcement to redact their identities if they feel that their life could be in serious danger because of their role in reporting information related to a crime. I was honored to have the Riverside Sheriffs' Association speak in support and help…
Attention small business owners!   You may be eligible for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program which provides grants from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.   The latest round of relief will accept applications beginning TODAY, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st.   Any applicant who did not receive a grant in previous rounds is eligible and will automatically be considered without another application being submitted.   All of the information you may need, including how to qualify, how to apply, and other FAQ’s can be found…
As your elected Representative and your voice in Sacramento, I wanted to keep you apprised of any updates both here in the District and up at the Capitol.   Today Assembly Speaker Rendon announced the Select Committee Assignments for the 2021-22 legislative session, and I am honored to now serve as a member of the following: Select Committee on: Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities Domestic Violence Early Childhood Development Economic Development in the Inland Empire I look forward to being a…
In November 2018, California voters passed Proposition 7 by 60% to set the state on Daylight Saving Time (DST) year-round. So why are we still adjusting our clocks twice a year? Well Prop 7 was actually an authorization by the voters permitting the State Legislature to introduce a bill changing the times and dates of DST. During the 2019-2020 session, AB 7 was introduced to authorize permanent year round DST. It needed a two-thirds majority to pass in both houses and while the Assembly approved it with no opposition, it stalled in the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee.…
As we continue to recover from the shutdown and move forward with the reopening of schools, sports, and other activities, our young children and teens are still struggling with the mental effects of this past year.   Please share these resources with your kids if they are overwhelmed and showing signs of sadness or anxiety: California Youth Crisis Line – Ages 12-24 can call or text 800.843.5200 or chat online for 24/7 crisis support Teen Line – Teens can talk to another teen by texting “TEEN” to 839863 or call 800.852.8336 Additionally, the burden we have had to carry as parents has also…
It is tax season again! This time of year, scammers often impersonate IRS or State Franchise Tax Board officials in an attempt to steal your identity or access your financial information.   Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to these scams:  The IRS or CA FTB will not: - Call to demand an immediate payment.- Ask for bank account, credit, or debit card information over the phone. - Call and threaten legal action or to contact local authorities. - Require you to use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card  If you get a suspicious email: - Do NOT reply to the message.-…
The state could be holding some of your money! The California State Controller's Office has close to $10 billion in unclaimed property. California law requires banks, insurance companies, corporations, and other entities to submit their customers’ property to the state when there has been no activity for a period of time. California safeguards this lost or forgotten property as long as it takes to reunite it with the rightful owners. Common types of unclaimed property include bank accounts, stocks, bonds, uncashed checks, insurance benefits, wages, inheritance, and safe deposit box contents.…