Keeping up with Assemblymember Cooper - February Issue

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 15:30

A California Appellate judge recently ruled that a man originally sentenced to 35 years-to-life for stabbing his girlfriend and sexually assaulting two teenagers is now eligible for early release under Proposition 57, the California Parole for Nonviolent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative.  While Proposition 57 promised to keep violent offenders in prison, the list of crimes considered as non-violent are unimaginable – including child sex trafficking, domestic violence, and the sexual assault of an unconscious or disabled person.

Victims’ rights groups and legal experts all warned that Prop 57 was too risky and would likely lead to the early release of some of society’s worst criminals.  I believe the electorate was misled, and that we will ultimately pay the price if we don’t start an honest conversation about the impacts of this faulty proposition.  It’s time for legislative leaders, criminal justice reform groups and public safety experts to come together to address this issue.


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Out and About in District 9

It’s citrus season in California! Last month, Senator Susan Rubio, Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio and I joined Assemblymember Devon Mathis on a tour of Wonderful Citrus in Delano. This facility produces 750,000-five pound bags of Halos per day, and employs 1200 workers. During our visit, Wonderful announced that their baseline pay will now start at 5 per hour! Thank you, Wonderful Citrus for investing in the Central Valley.

It’s citrus season in California! Last month, Senator Susan Rubio, Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio and I joined Assemblymember Devon Mathis on a tour of Wonderful Citrus in Delano. This facility produces 750,000-five pound bags of Halos per day, and employs 1200 workers. During our visit, Wonderful announced that their baseline pay will now start at $15 per hour! Thank you, Wonderful Citrus for investing in the Central Valley.


Our group also visited Kings River Packing in Sanger. The Hazelton family started growing oranges in 1857.  Now they farm over 3,000 acres, and pack over 8,000 acres for farmers in the Fresno region.  It’s farms like this that help feed the world!

Our group also visited Kings River Packing in Sanger. The Hazelton family started growing oranges in 1857.  Now they farm over 3,000 acres, and pack over 8,000 acres for farmers in the Fresno region.  It’s farms like this that help feed the world!


Last month, I was recognized with a “Friends of Housing” award by the North State Building Industry Association.  Thank you NSBIA, it is an absolute honor receive this recognition.

Last month, I was recognized with a “Friends of Housing” award by the North State Building Industry Association.  Thank you NSBIA, it is an absolute honor receive this recognition.


Congratulations to my friend, Tony Thurmond, on being sworn in as our new State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Congratulations to my friend, Tony Thurmond, on being sworn in as our new State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


I also cheered on my District Director, Mikey Hothi, at the” Fight to Win” pro Jiu-Jitsu competition.  He won by submission

I also cheered on my District Director, Mikey Hothi, at the ”Fight to Win” pro Jiu-Jitsu competition.  He won by submission!  Congratulations, Mikey!


I had the pleasure of welcoming members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation tribal council to the State Capitol.

I had the pleasure of welcoming members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation tribal council to the State Capitol.


It’s always great to see former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with Senator Anna Caballero.

It’s always great to see former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with Senator Anna Caballero.


I took part in another amazing Women’s March in Sacramento.  It was great to see so many people marching in solidarity to end violence against women.

I took part in another amazing Women’s March in Sacramento.  It was great to see so many people marching in solidarity to end violence against women.


This year’s “March for the Dream” in Sacramento was a huge success.  It’s always inspiring marching with our brothers and sisters in remembrance of Dr. King.

This year’s “March for the Dream” in Sacramento was a huge success.  It’s always inspiring marching with our brothers and sisters in remembrance of Dr. King.


Brian Maienschien is a great Assemblyman who has consistently shown an ability to work across party lines for the betterment of all Californians. Welcome to the Assembly Democrats, Brian!

Brian Maienschien is a great Assemblyman who has consistently shown an ability to work across party lines for the betterment of all Californians.  Welcome to the Assembly Democrats, Brian!


Thanks to my colleagues, Assemblymember Autumn Burke and Assemblymember Heath Flora, for joining me at the 45th annual Guns & Hoses charity football game.

Thanks to my colleagues, Assemblymember Autumn Burke and Assemblymember Heath Flora, for joining me at the 45th annual Guns & Hoses charity football game.


It’s always great to see wine makers from AD 9 at the annual Family Winemakers of California reception.  Here I am with Pete Downs of Family Winemakers of CA and Robert Smerling of Cabana Winery.

It’s always great to see wine makers from AD 9 at the annual Family Winemakers of California reception.  Here I am with Pete Downs of Family Winemakers of CA and Robert Smerling of Cabana Winery.


It was such a privilege to receive a community service award from Asian Resources Inc. The surprise presentation by my friend and colleague, Assemblymember Evan Low (who did more roasting than presenting), was unforgettable.

It was such a privilege to receive a community service award from Asian Resources Inc. The surprise presentation by my friend and colleague, Assemblymember Evan Low (who did more roasting than presenting), was unforgettable.


I’m always happy to connect with the Consumnes Firefighters Community Support Foundation at their Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser.  This fantastic event is for a great cause. Here I am with Galt Councilman Rich Lozano, CSD Fire Chief Mike McLaughlin, and CSD Director Rod Brewer.

I’m always happy to connect with the Consumnes Firefighters Community Support Foundation at their Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser.  This fantastic event is for a great cause. Here I am with Galt Councilman Rich Lozano, CSD Fire Chief Mike McLaughlin, and CSD Director Rod Brewer.


I was happy to join the California Farm Bureau for their dinner in Sacramento. It’s so nice to meet folks from up and down the state who contribute to our state’s #1 industry, agriculture!

I was happy to join the California Farm Bureau for their dinner in Sacramento.  It’s so nice to meet folks from up and down the state who contribute to our state’s #1 industry, agriculture!




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