Keeping Up with Assemblymember Cooper – February Issue

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

The legislative session is now under way at the State Capitol. Late last month, I introduced my first bill of the 2016 legislative session, Assembly Bill 1681. The bill would allow law enforcement, with a court ordered search warrant, to access evidence from an encrypted smartphone or tablet of suspected criminals and criminal organizations involved in human trafficking and other serious crimes.

Giant Pumpkin Festival
With supporters (left to right: Courage Worldwide Founder and CEO Jenny Williamson, Human Trafficking Survivor Marti MacGibbon, Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs Association President Kevin Mickelson, California Statewide Law Enforcement Association President Alan Barcelona, Sacramento County Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Natalia Luna, Sacramento Police Department Sergeant Marnie Stigerts, Assemblymember James Gallagher) speaking at a press conference about AB 1681 on January 20, 2016.

District Events

I hope you can join me for my upcoming Senior Scam Stopper Workshops in a neighborhood near you. Come learn how to protect yourself from fraud and discuss related legislation. Experts will provide fraud information relating to home and auto repair, telecommunications, identity theft, Medicare and more. Seniors, their families and caregivers are welcome to attend these FREE seminars.

When: March 28, 10 - Noon
Where: Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex
9014 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove

When: April 18, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Littleton Center
610 Chabolla Avenue, Galt

When: April 19, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Belle Cooledge Community Center
5699 S Land Park Drive, Sacramento

For more information on this and other upcoming events, check my website or call (916) 670-7888.

Mobile District Offices

Please join us for a Mobile District Office coming up in your neighborhood. My staff can help you work with state agencies and connect you with the numerous resources in our community:

  • Lodi Public Library: 201 West Locust Street, Lodi
    Second Tuesday of every month, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Galt Market: 610 Chabolla Ave., Galt
    Second Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Belle Cooledge Library: 5600 S. Land Park Dr., Sacramento
    Second Friday of the month, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Pocket-Greenhaven Robbie Waters Library: 7335 Gloria Dr., Sacramento
    Third Wednesday of the month, 5 - 7 p.m. (along with Councilmember Rick Jennings' Office)
  • Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center: 2450 Meadowview Rd., Sacramento Second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Out and About in District 9

Cosumnes Oaks High School sports teams
I honored the Cosumnes Oaks High School Men's Soccer team and Women's Tennis team on the Assembly floor. Both teams recently won CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship titles. Congratulations, Wolfpack!

Unity and Peace Rally for San Bernardino
After the tragedy in San Bernardino, I joined the Unity and Peace Rally for San Bernardino and Against Hate at the Capitol.

Galt High School Men's Soccer Team
January 8th was a special day for the Galt High School Men's Soccer Team. After winning their Section Championship, I invited them to the State Capitol for special recognition on the Assembly floor. Great job team!

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and as part of the "Not in my City & Not in my State" campaign, I spoke in Elk Grove and Sacramento about the seriousness of human trafficking.

Civil Rights Breakfast
Last month, my office, along with the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted a Civil Rights Breakfast to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and dream. Big thanks to everyone who attended this magnificent event.

MLK March
On Martin Luther King, Jr. day, I honored the life of Dr. King by joining thousands of believers for the annual "March for the Dream." The march kicked off at Sacramento City College and concluded at the Sacramento Convention Center.

State of the State address
I had a great time sitting with the entire bipartisan Sacramento delegation during Governor Brown's State of the State address on January 21st.

Stone Lake Elementary Schoo
On January 26th, we had a group of very special visitors from Stone Lake Elementary School join us at the Capitol. One of my favorite things to do is take students on the Assembly floor and talk to them about California's rich tradition. If your school is coming to the Capitol for a tour, please let my office know!

2016 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium
I enjoyed meeting and listening to many of the region's wine and grape industry leaders about issues that affect their businesses at the 2016 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Did you know that Lodi produces more wine grapes than Napa?

Sports Hall of Fame
After 11 years as a "decent player" and 14 years as a board member for the Pig Bowl presents Guns & Hoses, I was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year's annual football game.

Filipino Community of Sacramento and Vicinity
I had the pleasure of inducting the new 2016 officers of the Filipino Community of Sacramento and Vicinity (FCSV) at their annual induction event.

Speaking out against hate crimes
Speaking out against recent hate crimes against Sikhs at the Bradshaw Sikh temple.

64th annual Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
I attended the 64th annual Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce gala at the Falls Event Center in Elk Grove. The annual event honors incoming and outgoing Chamber Board of Directors and awards outstanding volunteers and businesses in the Elk Grove region.

California Northstate University's College of Pharmacy
I spoke to the California Northstate University's Class of 2019 and applauded them for choosing careers in service at their annual "White Coat Ceremony."

Tet Ceremony
I had the honor of welcoming attendees to the 11th Annual Vietnamese American Community of Sacramento (VACOS) Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival in South Sacramento on January 23rd.

Social Media and State Careers
On Saturday, January 23rd, over 75 participants attended our "Social Media & State Careers" workshop in South Sacramento. In addition to learning about using social media and strategies on how to get a job, participants learned about the new online application process for applying to work for the State of California.

Cash for College workshops
On January 20th and 28th, my office sponsored "Cash for College" workshops at Valley High School and Florin High School in South Sacramento. Students and their families learned how to fill out FAFSA applications and apply for financial aid.

Thank you for taking the time to read my monthly update. Don't forget to check my website. Here, you will find the latest information from both my Capitol Office and District Office on events, legislation, the state budget, and district happenings.

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.


Jim Cooper
Assemblymember, 9th District