District Messages

With the largest overnight price increase in seven years, gas prices in California have surged past $6 per gallon...again. On average, California's drivers are paying over $2.50 more per gallon of gas than drivers in the rest of the country!  Yes, you read that correctly. Right now, the national average price for a regular gallon of gasoline is $3.80. In California, it is $6.35, and in Riverside county, it is $6.31.  Though the price of crude oil has declined, over the last 10 days, California’s cost has risen by over 84 cents per gallon. Every other state is seeing relief from high gas…
My legislation to add needed clarity to executive emergency powers and restore government transparency and accountability during state emergencies has been vetoed by the Governor.  AB 1687 provides that the Governor may only suspend a statute or regulation during a state of emergency in connection with the specific conditions of that emergency, to clarify the broad ambiguities of the Governor’s authorized powers and ensure that these powers are limited and focused.   Currently, the California Emergency Services Act (CESA) gives the governor broad authority to suspend any regulation or statute…
I am proud to announce that the Governor has signed my legislation to streamline the process for emergency vehicles to use toll facilities, saving time and money, while reducing paperwork for emergency service providers.AB 2270 requires toll agencies, upon the request of an agency operating emergency vehicles, to establish mutually agreed upon terms for the use of the toll facility (e.g. toll roads, high-occupancy toll lanes, toll bridges).   Emergency vehicles are exempt from paying tolls under specific emergency circumstances but are otherwise liable for charges. An invoice is mailed each…
As Vice Chair of the Committee on Emergency Management and a former firefighter, I was proud to join with my colleague, Assemblymember Rodriguez, to introduce ACR 210, designating September 2022 as California Emergency Preparedness Month.   We are all aware of our state’s vulnerabilities to natural and man-made disasters, and being prepared for the possibility of an emergency can make all the difference.   This became especially evident during our region’s most recent incident, the Fairview Fire. Extreme weather conditions showed us just quickly incidents can evolve, underscoring the…
This year, I was pleased to introduce HR 83, a resolution that recognizes September 17-24, 2022, as Constitution Week in California. This celebration, first created by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1956, commemorates America's most important document. The Constitution is our foundation, our heritage. It established the framework of our government; and preserves and protects our unalienable rights, the freedoms “We the People” are blessed to enjoy as Americans. This week, please take a moment to reflect on the importance of this document by reading it, teaching your…
September 11, 2001, has left a permanent mark on all of our hearts.   We all remember exactly where we were the moment the world changed.   Today we remember and honor the thousands of lives lost in the terrorist attacks on that tragic day. We pause to reflect on how blessed we are to live in this great country, and we remember that what binds us together as Americans will always be stronger than our differences.   It is unbelievable to think that it has been over 20 years since the terrorist attacks shook New York City, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and our nation to its core, forever changing us…
As you know, the Fairview Fire is moving quickly near Hemet and the surrounding unincorporated communities, having reached 7,091 acres and spreading. CALFIRE’s latest update indicates that the fire is 5% contained and 7 structures have been destroyed, with many more damaged. Unfortunately it has claimed the lives of 2 civilians fleeing their home. Another civilian has suffered severe burns and is receiving medical care.   The fire began shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday near Fairview Avenue and Bautista Road and is spreading rapidly due to dry vegetation, extreme heat in the triple digits, and…
Late last week, the 2021-2022 Legislative Session officially adjourned. A total of 4,476 bills were introduced and of those, 1,500 were Senate Bills and 2,976 were Assembly Bills. There are now more than 900 bills sitting on the Governor’s desk awaiting action. He has until the constitutional deadline of September 30 to either sign, veto, or allow a bill to become law without a signature. As your Representative, I want to be sure to keep you updated on the status of some of the most prominent and controversial bills introduced this year. Here is a rundown:  Bills Currently Sitting on the…
Sadly, in the United States, a person commits suicide every 11 minutes. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34, the third leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15-24, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44.  September is National Suicide Prevention Month and this year, I introduced ACR 135 to proclaim the week of September 4, 2022, through September 10, 2022, as Suicide Prevention Week in California to raise awareness of this public health issue. Every time a…
I am proud to announce that the Governor has signed my legislation to create a more streamlined way for Veterans to connect with CalVet and increase their access to information about available services and benefits.AB 1633 creates a pathway for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems to share the contact information of student Veterans using GI benefits, with the student’s permission, with the California Veterans Administration (CalVet).   One of the primary reasons Veterans struggle when coming back to our communities is simply the lack of connection…