Keeping Up with Assemblymember Cooper – May 2017 Issue
It’s been a very busy legislative session here at the State Capitol. Thousands of bills have been introduced and this month I’d like to spotlight my priority bill, AB 16, which would allow the collection of DNA upon conviction of only crimes that were previously felonies but are now misdemeanors. DNA evidence is an essential tool for law enforcement to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. It is indisputable that lesser public offenses of fraud, property crime and drug possession are linked to the more serious violent crimes of rape and murder. Bottom-line, AB 16 will help protect women, solve cold cases and protect the innocent.
Cooper DNA Legislation a #ColdCaseBreaker
(Sacramento) – DNA helped solve a 43-year old killing of two Yuba County girls - 12-year-old Valerie Lane and 13-year-old Doris Derryberry. That’s why Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), along with crime victims’ families and bill supporters, are calling for the passage of Assembly Bill 16. Assemblymember Cooper’s legislation would allow the collection of DNA upon conviction of crimes that were previously felonies but are now misdemeanors. “DNA evidence is an essential tool for law enforcement to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent,” said Assemblymember Cooper. Here’s more on the story of the two Yuba County girls and AB 16 in this Assembly Web Report.
AD 9 Town Hall:
I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my thoughts about recent legislation. I’m looking forward to answering your questions and hearing your concerns about the issues that are important to you, your family, and your community. See you soon!
June 22, 6-8 p.m.
Elk Grove Council Chambers
8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove CA, 95758
Announcing our all new 2017 Young Assemblymembers Program:
The Young Assemblymembers Program is a four-week long program which is open to 10, 11, and 12 grade students entering the 2017-2018 school year. The program has been created to provide students that reside in California’s 9th Assembly District with an opportunity to develop skills in leadership, team building and problem solving, and to understand the importance of civic participation and the legislative process.
The four-week long program is free of charge. The program offers workshops on legislation, community service, critical thinking, and conflict resolution. Students will participate in an initial two-day leadership development training to sharpen and learn leadership skills. At the end of the four weeks the participants will be able to effectively communicate with others, have knowledge of community organizations and experience in community service projects, while also possessing knowledge of the legislative process and the workings of the California State Legislature. These students will be able to refer to their time with the program as work and volunteer experience.
The program aims to spark an interest in these young adults to become active in their communities and take part in the democratic process by providing them with important information.
The Young Assemblymembers Program schedule is every Tuesday and Thursday from July 11 to August 8 from 2 to 5 p.m., and will take place at the State Capitol.
- Friday, June 9: Application deadline
- July 11 & 13: Workshops on Leadership Development, Legislative Process, Media, and Professionalism
- July 18 & 20: Workshops on Community Organizations and Community Service
- July 25 & 27: Workshops on Homelessness and Affordable Housing
- August 1 and 3: Tour of State Capitol, Assembly Floor and Program Completion Ceremony
Applications are due June 9. Click here to submit your application now!
For more information on this and other upcoming events and programs, check my website or call (916) 670-7888.
Mobile District Offices:
Please join us for a Mobile District Office hours 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 W. Locust St., Lodi
Second Tuesday of every month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Belle Cooledge Library: 5600 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Second Friday of the month, 1 to 3 p.m.
- Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center: 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento
Second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon
Out and About in District 9:
A huge thank you to the California Narcotic Officers' Association for naming me their 2016 Legislator of the Year. After spending over 10 years in narcotics this is truly an honor.
Thanks to United Way California Capital Region and Valley High School for hosting a Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) event! This program helps so many families in Assembly District 9.
My office is partnering with South Sac area high schools to award students who have improved their academics. I had the pleasure of recognizing 141 students from Florin High School. Fifty-two of them had the opportunity to tour the Google campus. Huge shout out and thanks to Mufaddal and the Google team for a great tour and discussion! Great job kids! Keep up the good work.
Another successful Ag Day at the Capitol! Big thanks to our local Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters for all their help.
Our second stop of our Academic Improvement Tour at South Sac area high schools; awarding students who have improved their grades & attendance. I had the pleasure of recognizing 460 students from Valley High School. Fifty-five of them had the opportunity to tour Facebook! Great job Vikings!
I stopped to give the Greater Lodi Area Democrats a legislative update and am also happy to see this group growing! Thank you for your hard work in representing Democrats from San Joaquin County!
I had the pleasure of taking a very informative tour of New Hope Dairy in Galt. Did you know that cows eat 120 pounds of food per day? Including hay, grain, almond hulls and even bakery waste including Twinkies! Thanks Arlen for the awesome tour.
Big turnout at the South Land Park Neighborhood Association (SLPNA) meeting! Big thanks to SLPNA President Brian Ebbert and the board for your hard work and commitment to our community.
Another fantastic Lodi Wine and Food Festival! Lodi wine never disappoints.
Great to see Councilmembers Darren Suen and Pat Hume at the Elk Grove Police Department Explorer’s crab feed!
Thank you to the California Professional Firefighters and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County for your testimony in support of AB 1120. Butane Honey Oil explosions are no joke. We must protect our citizens and first responders!
Congratulations to Paesanos Elk Grove on being named AD9's Small Business of the Month for March! Established in 2005, Mr. Rhodes and his team have been serving up delicious Italian food for 12 years!
I had a great discussion with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio during his trip to Sacramento.
Third and final stop of our Academic Improvement Tour at South Sac area high schools. I had the pleasure of recognizing 50 students from the “Sacramento Pathways to Success” program at Luther Burbank High School for improving their grades. Students earned an Assembly Certificate of Recognition and their spot to tour the San Francisco 49ers headquarters at Levi's Stadium. Thank you to my buddy, Rahul Chandok and his team for putting together the 49ers STEAM Education Program. Our students were the first high school to be part of this amazing program!
What an amazing operation the Russian River Brewing Company has. Thank you, Natalie and the entire crew for arranging this great tour.
Was great to see physicians from the San Joaquin County Medical Society at the Capitol! Thanks for stopping by and representing the central valley.
Announced the introduction of AB 600 helping incentivize manufacturers to stay and expand in California. Fighting for middle-class jobs for the Central Valley!
We must never forget about the Holocaust. Last month, Muriel Brounstein of Folsom shared with me her family's harrowing experience of the Holocaust. Learning about Muriel's family's horrific story is a testament of their strength. I was proud to honor Muriel and her family during the Assembly's Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.
Big thanks to the California Correctional Supervisor's Organization (CCSO) for inviting me to speak at their annual conference. Did you know CCSO is over 5000 members strong, representing California's department of Corrections and the department of State Hospitals?
It's a great month to Love Lodi! This community service event gets bigger each year. Congratulations to Glen Barnes and company for organizing another successful Love Lodi event.
Always pleased to join the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter. Thank you for putting together a great town hall
Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.