District Messages

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.…
February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America and sadly 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart related conditions every year. According to the American Heart Association, however, close to 80% of these cases can be prevented through education and simple lifestyle changes. We often worry about the well-being of our family members, but it is also important to take time to focus on your own health and self-care needs.  Please take a moment to review this helpful information from The American Heart Association:Learn About the Factors That…
Comprehensive wildfire prevention policies must be a top priority for California.Fire season is now year round. In 2020, California set historic records with nearly 10,000 fires burning more than 4.2 million acres and over 10,000 structures, most of which were homes.Having served our great state as a firefighter 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. That is why, as your Representative, I am committed to not only addressing immediate wildfire concerns, but to working with…
Recently, I introduced AB 291, which seeks to relieve the children and spouses of our great men and women in uniform from the undue burden of taxes from SBP payments.   California is one of the few states that fully taxes SBP which allow retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse, child, or other eligible beneficiary after their death. Currently there are just over 28,700 military survivors receiving this benefit within California, with over 92% of them being 65 years old and older.   I was astonished to learn that while California and the IRS do not tax…
Good news for 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. This 2nd round of relief will accept applications beginning TODAY, February 2nd through February 8th.    Those who are awarded a grant will be notified any time from February 11th-22nd.   Any applicant who did not receive a grant in round 1 is eligible and will automatically be considered for the second round without another application being submitted.   All of the…
As the new session continues, I too want to continue to keep you informed, and I am pleased to share another key legislative update.   Today I introduced AB 346, a bill that will require any agency in the state to notify you if your unencrypted personal information was accessed or reasonably believed to have been accessed by an unauthorized person.   Data breaches come in many forms. While the current law requires these agencies to report if any of your personal information was acquired through their computerized data systems, the law does not cover or include informing you that your private…
As the new session gets underway in Sacramento, I want to be sure to share some key legislative updates with you.   Recently, I introduced AB 261 which will increase local emergency service access and response time by lifting burdensome travel restrictions for emergency vehicles.   This legislation will allow first responders to utilize high-occupancy toll (HOT) and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes during both emergency and non-emergency situations. Currently, emergency vehicles are only permitted to use these lanes when responding to an urgent call.   While arriving at an emergency quickly…
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service acknowledges the hard work and sacrifice that it takes to give back to your community. MLK was a true leader and on this day, we follow his example to make our world a better place.  It is not always easy to find ways to volunteer, especially this year, but there are many creative things you and your family can do to serve our community including:  • Pick up trash at a nearby park • Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor• Send military care packages to deployed troops overseas • Provide a meal with Meals on Wheels. Find donation…
The governor recently released his proposed $227.2 billion budget plan for this year. The most surprising thing? Even though most citizens are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, the budget is projecting a surplus! This of course may not be that shocking to most Californians since we pay the highest personal income tax, state sales tax, and gasoline tax rates in the nation. If anything, the governor’s budget demonstrates that the tax burden on families and workers is too high and we need to do all we can to reduce their financial stress.   The governor has proposed allocating funding to re-…
Great news for military families! Beginning January 1, 2021, Californians who are eligible for Paid Family Leave (PFL) may take time off from work to support a family member (spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, or child) in the military who is deployed or being deployed to a foreign country. Qualifying events include activities to manage essential needs during military deployment such as setting up childcare or parental care, attending military sponsored events, attending counseling appointments, or making legal or financial arrangements. This new benefit program…