Keeping Up with Assemblymember Cooper – March Issue

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

We are in our third month of the legislative session and we are busy here at the State Capitol. I have introduced over a dozen bills and they're moving through the legislative process. If you have thoughts on any bills in the legislature, I encourage you to please contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Assemblyman Cooper

Here are some highlights of my current legislation that is moving through the process:

AB 2663 - Afterschool Programs
Increases state funding for afterschool programs.

AB 1965 - Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Plus-Up
The bill would provide financial incentives for low-income individuals to replace their old, high-polluting, and less reliable vehicles with newer, cleaner, and more dependable vehicles.

AB 1681 - Human Trafficking Evidentiary Access
Provides law enforcement and intelligence officials access pursuant to a court ordered search warrant to encrypted data on smartphones or tablets.

AB 390 - DNA Collection
Restores DNA sample collection for crimes that were previously felonies, but reclassified to misdemeanors after the passage of Proposition 47.

AB 2564 - Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)
Will eliminate tax credits for California's wealthiest for the purchase of electric vehicles under California's Clean-Vehicle Rebate Project and refocus resources to middle-class and lower-income communities.

AB 1289 - TNC Driver Safety
Requires transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft to conduct comprehensive criminal background checks on their drivers.

AB 1744 - Standardized Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
Establishes a statewide standardized sexual assault examination evidence kit "rape kits" for use by all California law enforcement agencies. Currently, there are over 12 different rape kits used throughout the state, which increases the chance for errors to occur.

AB 1926 - Trades Apprentice Fair Pay: Public Works Projects
Requires employers on public works projects to pay a trades apprentice fair pay when dispatched to a work site.

AB 2028 - CalPERS Service Restoration
Restores CalPERS service credits for wrongfully terminated school and safety employees.

AB 2166 - UC/CSU Campus Wide Fees
Exempts surviving children and spouses of fallen peace officers and firefighters from UC/CSU campus-wide fees.

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 a.m. - Noon
Where: Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex, 9014 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove

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

When: April 19, 10 - 11:30 am
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 noon

Out and About in District 9

James A. McKee Elementary school Capitol visit
I welcomed two classes from James A. McKee Elementary school to the State Capitol and brought them on the Assembly floor! Don't forget... if your school is coming to the Capitol, please let my office know.

Galt FFA Fundraiser
I stopped by the Galt FFA Fundraiser. Did you know that the 9th Assembly District produces over $2.3 billion annually in agricultural commodities?

Elk Grove Education Association
I had the honor of addressing members of the Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA). I also presented their President, Maggie Ellis, with an Assembly Resolution for her dedication and service to teachers in California.

Membership Kick-off for API RISE
On February 5th, I attended a Membership Kick-off for API RISE at Louie's Restaurant. Pictured here with (left to right: May O. Lee, founder of Asian Resources Inc.; Frank and Gloria Louie, owners of Louie's Restaurant; Dr. Timothy Fong, California State University Sacramento; Elaine Abelaye-Mateo of Everyday Impact Consulting; and Priscilla Enriquez, Chief Giving Officer for Sacramento Region Community Foundation).

Punjab Mail USA
I honored Punjab Mail USA for their service to our community on National Mother Language Day. Punjab Mail USA has a readership of over 200,000 and does a great job of keeping community members informed.

Caffe Latte!
Congratulations to the 9th Assembly District's February Small Business of the Month, Caffe Latte! I'm pictured here with owners Daniel and Teresa LaVelle. Located in the Pocket area of my district, Caffe Latte is a great coffee shop and serves as a vital community center for locals. Help me bring awareness to notable small businesses in our community. Please nominate an outstanding small business in the 9th Assembly District for "Small Business of the Month" by filling out a short entry form.

Tax Help Day
On February 6th, my office helped sponsor a Tax Help Day in Elk Grove. Pictured here with Benita Meyers, Enrolling Agent and member of the California Society of Enrolled Agents Board of Directors, who managed the event.

Sacramento Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce Lunar New Year
I had a wonderful time celebrating the Lunar New Year with the Sacramento Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce at their annual Lunar New Year parade.

District Intern Blake
Speaking with my intern Blake about his experience in my office. While interning in my district office, Blake has focused on helping support victims of sex trafficking. If you or someone you know is interested in an internship, please contact my district office.

Hearing on Law Enforcement, Medicine, and Technology
I was a panelist at a hearing on Law Enforcement, Medicine, and Technology. The hearing featured great dialogue on DNA and how crucial it is in solving crimes. We also discussed why my bill, AB 390 is so important to California's DNA database.

New Leaders Council
I had the pleasure of speaking to the New Leaders Council about my experience in politics and gave tips on running for elected office to our future leaders.

Jack & Jill of America
I honored organizers of Jack & Jill of America with an Assembly Resolution for their dedication to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty at their "Before the Impact" event in Elk Grove.

Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce 2016 State Legislative Summit
On February 11th, I spoke as a panelist at the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce 2016 State Legislative Summit; we discussed the future of California's small businesses, transportation needs, and modernizing our state's water infrastructure.

Sacramento Central Labor Council crab feed
I joined community leaders and sat with Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 at the annual Sacramento Central Labor Council crab feed.

With Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis
On February 19th, I, along with Mayor Gary Davis had the pleasure of welcoming Uber to the City of Elk Grove at their grand opening of their new office near Laguna Boulevard and Highway 99.

YMCA Youth in Government
I spoke to over 3,000 students from throughout the state as part of the YMCA's Youth in Government program at their annual event at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Sweet Potato Festival
I had a great time at the 27th annual Sweet Potato Festival in South Sacramento on February 13th. Pictured here with: Karen Massie and Petrie Byrd.

Lodi Winegrape Commission
I had the pleasure of honoring representatives from the Lodi Winegrape Commission, California Association of Winegrape Growers, and several of Lodi's prestigious wineries with a Resolution on the Assembly floor for Lodi being recognized as "Wine Region of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Cash for College week
I joined volunteers as part of "Cash for College" week at the KCRA 3 call center to help answer callers' questions about obtaining financial aid and grants.

California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) reception
In celebration of Black History Month, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) held a reception to honor the achievements of African Americans in our community. It was my pleasure to honor Cassandra Jennings as our "Unsung Hero" for the 9th Assembly District.

Coffee with Cooper
I had a great time catching up with constituents and with Sacramento Vice Mayor, Rick Jennings at Caffe Latte in the Pocket-Greenhaven area of Sacramento during my "Coffee with Cooper" office hours on February 23rd.

James A. Mckee Elementary school visit
On February 26th, I had an amazing start to my day! I spoke to two 5th grade classes from James A. Mckee Elementary about why education is so important and how we need more women and minorities in government. Big thanks to Nancy Fox and Principal Looper for this wonderful experience.

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