Keeping Up with Assemblymember Cooper - April Issue

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 00:00


Dear Friend,

We are in our fourth month of the legislative session and several of my priority bills have passed committee and are making their way through the legislative process, including:

AB 2663 - The bill will increase state funding for afterschool programs in disadvantaged communities. The bill unanimously passed the Assembly Education Committee and will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 1744 - The bill will establish 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.

AB 1965 - The bill will provide financial incentives for low-income individuals to replace their old, high-polluting, and less reliable vehicles with newer, cleaner, and more dependable vehicles.

If you have thoughts on any bills in the legislature, I encourage you to please contact me, I would love to hear from you.

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: 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 am - 11:30 am
  • Galt Market: 610 Chabolla Avenue,  Galt
    Second Wednesday of every month, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Belle Cooledge Library: 5600 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento
    Second Friday of the month, 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Pocket-Greenhaven Robbie Waters Library: 7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento Third Wednesday of the month, 5 pm - 7 pm (along with Councilmember Rick Jennings' Office)
  • Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center: 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento Second Monday of the month, 10 am - 12 pm

Out and About in District 9

Charlene Lange of Lodi is the 9th Assembly District's Woman of the Year.
I was proud to honor Charlene Lange of Lodi as the 9th Assembly District's Woman of the Year. She has worked 26 years as Lodi's Community Center Director and is co-owner of Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyard in Lodi. Congrats Charlene!

Women's History Day Luncheon
I hosted a Women's History Day Luncheon at the Capitol. It was my pleasure to honor Beth Bartkowski, Caroline Cabias, Sherry Cotta, Erica Evans, Aliane Hassan, Elizabeth Kass, Stephanie Nguyen, Barbara Payne, Rachel Rios, Kim Williams, Kathi Windheim, Nilda Valmores, and Donna Yee for being pivotal leaders in our community. Congratulations ladies!

'Active Parenting of Teens Celebration Dinner' at Laguna Creek High School
I attended and spoke to parents and teens about the importance of saying no to drugs at the "Active Parenting of Teens Celebration Dinner" at Laguna Creek High School.

Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) annual legislative conference
On March 15th, I gave a legislative update and thanked California's probation officers for their service to our state at the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) annual legislative conference.

Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC) annual dinner
I had a great time along with Assemblymember Kevin McCarty at the Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC) annual dinner. The RFDC provides after school learning and enrichment activities to kids in North Sacramento.

'State of the Judiciary' Address
I attended this year's "State of the Judiciary" address to the Legislature by Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye.

Senior Scam Stopper Workshop
Over 75 people attended my office's Senior Scam Stopper Workshop last month in Elk Grove. Experts from the Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Insurance, Department of Real Estate, and local law enforcement agencies provided attendees with information relating to fraud, home and auto repair, telecommunications, identity theft, and Medicare.

State Coalition of Probation Organizations
On March 10th, the State Coalition of Probation Organizations honored me as their 'Legislator of the Year' at their legislative reception. Big thanks to SCOPO for the honor.

Sacramento Central Labor Council & Sierra Building Trades Council
I was honored to join many of Sacramento's labor leaders at the Sacramento Central Labor Council & Sierra Building Trades Council "Issues & Eggs" forum.

Pleasant Grove High School's AP Government class
Students from Pleasant Grove High School's AP Government class visited the state Capitol and I spoke to them about the importance of being politically involved and how we need more women in government.

National Coalition of Black Women (NCBW) Legislative Day
I had the honor of speaking as a panelist at the National Coalition of Black Women (NCBW) Legislative Day. This year's theme was "Black Women Deserve and Want Equitable Justice for All" with an emphasis on Human Trafficking of Black Girls and Women.

Capitol for the California School Boards Association's lobby day
I met with our local school board members at the Capitol for the California School Boards Association's lobby day.

Port of Los Angeles
I toured the Port of Los Angeles with Assemblymember Rudy Salas & Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Did you know that over 1.3 million jobs in the state are a direct result of the port's operations? Also, the largest ships hold over 18,000 containers, stretching 192 miles long!

California Disability Services AssociationI was honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the California Disability Services Association for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their providers who support them.

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.

Sincerely,

Signature
Jim Cooper
Assemblymember, 9th District