Keeping Up with Assemblymember Cooper – September Issue

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

Last month, I wrapped up my first term representing AD 9. It was an exciting and busy first term, carefully examining and voting on thousands of bills. I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to write or call my office with input on legislation. While we may not always agree on a particular issue, I sincerely value and appreciate your feedback.

In my first term in the Assembly, my colleagues and I championed a $380 million state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that will help over 2 million Californians. We increased the minimum wage to $15 per hour, we increased funding to the Cal WORKS Housing Support Program to help families transition from homelessness, and we made additional investments in early childhood education and higher education.

Additionally, several of my bills, including helping victims of sexual assault were signed into law by the governor.

District Events

Giant Pumpkin Festival

Last month, my office sponsored our first Back to School Fair at the Sam and Bonnie Pannell Center in south Sacramento. We distributed backpacks and school supplies to over 1,500 students and served over 900 families with free haircuts, physicals, flu shots, immunizations, blood pressure checks, dental cleanings, vision screenings, and so much more. Mark your calendars for August 2017 for "Assemblymember Cooper's Second Annual Back to School Fair."

I hope you can join me for my upcoming FREE Financial Literacy Workshops. Come learn how to get more out of your money. Experts will provide information relating to budgeting and establishing credit.

Friday, September 16
4 - 6 p.m.

Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
7335 Gloria Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95831

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.
  • Sam and Bonnie Pannell
    Community Center:
    2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento
    Second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Pocket Food Truck Mania: Garcia Bend Park, 7654 Pocket Rd., Sacramento Third Friday of the month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Start date: October 12

Constituent Services

Asm Cooper's mother

Did you know that my district office can provide a multitude of services, including navigating through government agencies and departments? For example, my mother, Helen, had trouble obtaining her passport. After three months of delays, my district office staff helped her obtain her passport within one week. Many people do not know about the constituent casework program offered through my district office. If you or someone you know has issues with a government agency, please contact my district office at 916-670-7888 to seek assistance.

Out and About in District 9

Sacramento Branch 1060 of the NAACP
Congratulations to the Sacramento Branch 1060 of the NAACP on 100 years of fighting for our civil rights and equality for everyone in the Sacramento region. Thank you for everything you've done!

Courtland 44th annual pear fair
Courtland is peariffic! At this year's festival, I presented a legislative resolution to the Courtland Pear Fair Organizing Committee for all of their time spent organizing the 44th annual pear fair.

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Program
It was great to join students of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Program at their rally at the State Capitol.

Standing with Calfire
I'm proud to stand in solidarity with the hard-working women and men of Calfire in their fight for a fair wage. No one who risks their life for our state should be paid minimum wage.

Boy Scout Troop 259
Congratulations to Boy Scout Troop 259 on their 50th anniversary. Picture here at their celebration event at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket.

Asm Cooper with President of VSP Vision Care, Kate Renwick-Espinosa
I met with the President of VSP Vision Care, Kate Renwick-Espinosa and toured their facilities in Folsom and Rancho Cordova. VSP crafts up to 4,800 pairs of glasses each day and employs almost 500 constituents from my Assembly district.

Asm Cooper at Multicultural Fair
In its fifth year, the Multicultural Fair in Elk Grove was bigger and better than ever. Congratulations to the city of Elk Grove on five years of sponsoring this amazing event.

Asm Cooper with Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
It was a pleasure meeting with these young men and women from the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. Over 400 youth from across the state converged on the Capitol to have their voices heard.

Asm Cooper with Lodi Police Chief Tod Patterson
I had the honor of recognizing Lodi Police Chief Tod Patterson for his service to our community with an Assembly Resolution. Tod is a huge asset to the city of Lodi and is fighting to make our communities safer.

Asm Cooper with Elk Grove Summer at City Hall Program
I had the pleasure of speaking to students at the Elk Grove Summer at City Hall Program. This program provides young people in our community with opportunities to learn about local government, careers in local government, and how to advocate for community change. I was proud to meet so many impressive future community leaders.

Legislative Black Caucus Assembly District 9 scholarship recipients
Congratulations to this year's California Legislative Black Caucus Assembly District 9 scholarship recipients. This year, each recipient received $2500 towards their college education.

Sacramento Banana Festival in Elk Grove
What an amazing day at this year's Sacramento Banana Festival in Elk Grove. One of my favorite events of the year, the festival benefits the National Academic Youth Corps, which provides educational programs to over 15,000 youth each year.

National Night Out
Throughout my career, I have actively participated in National Night Out and this year was no different. I made it out to every city in the 9th Assembly District to partake in this important day for our community and law enforcement. This year, I am pictured with Kathi Windheim, President of the Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library.

With Mr. LeVar Burton
I had the privilege of introducing Mr. LeVar Burton, who is most famous for starring on Reading Rainbow and Star Trek, to the Assembly Floor.

Sacramento Police officers with backpacks
Last month, we provided Sacramento Police officers with backpacks to distribute to the community! SPD South Patrol spent a portion of their shift handing out backpacks to some very happy kids! The backpacks were filled with back-to-school supplies and brought smiles to many kids, including the officers.

American Sikh Public Affairs Association dinner
I was recognized for my community service at the American Sikh Public Affairs Association dinner. Last year, I authored ACR 34, which made California the first state to recognize the anti-Sikh Pogroms that occurred in India. I'm proud to stand with our Sikh community and even more honored to have received this recognition.

Martha Penry
Congratulations to Martha Penry on her retirement from the Twin Rivers Unified School District. Thank you for your devotion to our children and education. You will be missed in the classroom.

Div Shivesh
Thank you, Div Shivesh, for working as an intern in my district office this summer. Div is off to UC Santa Cruz for big things. This is a picture of us at the Elk Grove Multicultural Festival.

California Northstate University (CNSU) White Coat Ceremony
It was a pleasure to speak at the California Northstate University (CNSU) White Coat Ceremony. We have a shortage of doctors in this country and I'm thrilled that CNSU is addressing the shortage by educating future doctors in Elk Grove!

Indus Valley American Chamber of Commerce (IVACC)
I had a great time joining the Indus Valley American Chamber of Commerce (IVACC) for their annual picnic. Thanks to Sukh Singh and IVACC for organizing this marvelous event.

Stonewall Democrats of Sacramento County
I joined the Stonewall Democrats of Sacramento County at their monthly membership meeting and provided a legislative/community update. Thanks to Jann Dorothy and the board for inviting me to speak.

UPS Founders Day
UPS Founders Day! Big thanks to UPS and Bruce MacRae for the tour of the West Sacramento Hub. It was great to see so many UPSers being honored for their safe driving and years of service.

Union for Reform Judaism Camp Newman
Last month, students from the Union for Reform Judaism Camp Newman converged on the Capitol to discuss combating gun violence. I had the pleasure of speaking with them to come up with ideas to kelp keep our communities safe from gun violence.

annual legislative softball game
Here is a photo of my staff and me at this year's annual legislative softball game: Democrats vs. Republicans. The Democrats brought home the title for the second straight year.

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