District Messages

This month we focus on one of the leading causes of death in the United States. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. On average, 123 people commit suicide every day in the United States, approximately one person every 12 minutes. An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day, approximately one veteran every 65 minutes. In the United States, rates of suicide are highest among people from 45 to 54 years of age, and rates of suicide among youth who are from 15 to 24 years of age have increased more than 200 percent in the last 50 years. Each life lost to suicide represents a child…
As I mentioned in my email last week, three crucial oversight hearings were recently cancelled. The Wildfire Prevention and Forest Resiliency hearing was scheduled for August 18th after a CapRadio report found that the governor slashed wildfire prevention funding and overstated the total amount of acres treated to prevent wildfires by 690%. Frustrated with the Democratic leadership’s cancellation and indefinite postponement of this hearing, my colleagues in the Assembly Republican Wildfire Working Group and I hosted our own informational forum to discuss the barriers, challenges, and…
Why is the majority party leadership canceling hearings that hold the government accountable to Californians? Three oversight hearings were recently canceled or postponed. These hearings were to supposed to cover crucial issues on wildfires, the Employment Development Department (EDD), and Legislative Audits.At a time when Californians deserve answers on these important and timely issues facing our state, the Legislature should not delay their fundamental oversight responsibilities. The wildfire hearing was scheduled after a CapRadio report found that the governor overstated the total amount…
I am proud to honor Menifee Bicycles, Inc. as the 2021 Small Business of the Year for our 67th Assembly District.  Every year, in celebration of California Small Business Day, the California Small Business Association encourages each legislator to select a small business from their district to recognize for their contributions to their local community and economy. Menifee Bicycles, Inc. is a family-owned business that has been serving Southwest Riverside County since 1982. In addition to selling and repairing bicycles, they have donated their products and services to a number of schools,…
Combating the wildfire issue in California needs to be more than just rhetoric. Californians need these efforts to be effective. In 2020 alone, 4,257,863 acres burned, over 10,000 structures were destroyed, and 33 people lost their lives. Wildfires are again devastating our state as we continue to await promised action, resources, and funding.  This session, I introduced AB 380, which would provide the CA Department of Forestry and Fire Protection with the tools and means necessary to efficiently identify, approve, and complete priority fuel reduction projects around communities that are at…
Today is Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who were wounded or killed in service to our country by the actions of our enemies. It is a medal given, not for achievement, but in honor of sacrifice. The simple purple ribbon, trimmed with white, holding a bronze heart with the portrait of President Washington, denotes one of the highest respects we as a country bestow to our heroes. To this day, almost 2 million Purple Heart Medals have been awarded, many posthumously. It was my honor to introduce ACR 12 to declare August 7th, 2021, as Purple Heart Day…
I am proud to announce that the Governor has signed my first bill, AB 687, which authorizes the creation of the Western Riverside County Housing Trust.    The Western Riverside County Housing Trust will create the necessary tool to foster a partnership between local governments, community-based charities, and builders to address state mandates related to local homeless and housing needs in Riverside County. This legislation will directly assist local cities and agencies in offsetting the costs of these unfunded state mandates.  I was honored to carry such an important bill on behalf of the…
Officially the California State Budget needed to be passed by the Legislature no later than midnight, June 15th, to meet the constitutional deadline. While this technically happened, the initial bill pushed through, a record $262.6 billion spending plan, was a budget framework, a placeholder bill that lacked substance or details.   Since then, the budget has been put together in pieces through various “budget junior” and trailer bills. In fact, right before the Legislature recessed for the summer last week, we reviewed “Budget 4.0,” the fourth budget version in the past five weeks.  …
Today we honor our great nation’s 245th birthday. We remember the courageous leaders who signed our Declaration of Independence that not only recognized our rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but that a government should derive their “just powers from the consent of the governed.” We honor all our brave service members and veterans for continuing to defend our freedoms and thank them for their sacrifice and service. We come together as community, as Americans, to celebrate the spirit of the U.S.A. and enjoy fun, food, family, and fireworks. May you and your family have a…
I am proud to announce that Animal Friends of the Valleys has been selected as the 2021 California Non-Profit of the Year for our 67th Assembly District. Each year, in honor of California Nonprofits Day (ACR 80), Legislators from across the state highlight a nonprofit from their district that has provided exemplary service to their community.   The employees and volunteers at Animals Friends of the Valleys are dedicated to promoting the humane and compassionate care of animals through education and proactive animal services programs. Animal companions bring joy and comfort to so many…