Keeping Up with Assemblymember Cooper – November Issue
Last month, I wrapped up my fourth legislative session representing Assembly District 9. It was an exciting and busy year and 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.
I am proud of the work that my colleagues and I have accomplished since 2014. We have made great progress, increasing investments in education, health, human services, transportation and so much more. We quadrupled our State’s Rainy Day Fund which now has $8.5 billion saved away. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) projects this to increase to almost $13 billion by 2018.
Additionally, the Governor signed several of my bills into law this year including, Assembly Bill (AB) 2769, the Personal Information Protection Act. AB 2769 will help protect your personal information from your driver’s license or identification card from being collected, stored, or shared when your driver’s license or ID is scanned or swiped for age verification purposes. With so many data breaches, it is more important than ever that we protect our personal information and safeguard access to your data. I’d like to thank the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature for recognizing how important it is to protect our data.
Assemblymember, 9th District
Mobile District Offices
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Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
Gloria Dr., Sacramento, CA 95831
3rdThursday of every month; 3pm - 5pm
Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822
2ndFriday of every month; 3pm - 5pm
Nonie Wetzel Courtland Library
170 Primasing Ave, Courtland, CA 95615
3rdWednesday of every month; 3pm - 5pm
1000 Caroline Ave, Galt, CA 95632
2ndTuesday of every month; 3pm – 5pm
201 W. Locust St, Lodi, CA 95240
1stTuesday of every month; 3pm – 5pm
Out and About in District 9:
Always happy to surprise kids visiting our beautiful Capitol with a sneak peek into the legislature and what it takes for a bill to become law.
Pacific Coast Producers is one of 3 peach processors in the country. This facility only runs 3 months out of the year and processes 300,000 tons of peaches during that time period. California produces 85-90% of peaches in the US.
Happy to support the Pony Express PTA in South Sacramento. I dropped off over 200 backpacks & supplies to Pony Express Elementary. Every child deserves an opportunity to receive a quality education & supplies to help them be successful in school.
I had the pleasure to honor Coach Jeff Carlson in recognition of his 18 years as Head Baseball Coach at Elk Grove High School. Thank you for your service to youth in our community! AD9 sends their highest regards to you.
Congratulations to Punjab Mail USA on being named AD9’s Small Business of the Month. Thank you, Gurjatinder for all that you do in our community.
I had the pleasure of meeting one of my constituents, Buck, at Elk Grove’s POW/MIA Remembrance event. Buck went MIA for an entire month after his helicopter was shot down in the jungles of Vietnam. After Buck was shot down, he had to bury his comrade after carrying him on his back for several days. It is these acts of courage and sacrifice that we honor and remember. We can never thank our MIA & POW’s and their families enough for their sacrifices made to defend our freedom.
I had a wonderful time at Elk Grove’s Weekend in Greece at Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church.
I’m happy to support St Hope’s 29th anniversary of making a difference in the Oak Park community. Through investment in public education and economic development, St Hope has increased Sac High’s college acceptance rate to 90%!
I toured the Central Valley with Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio. First stop of the tour brought us to Bee Sweet Citrus in Fowler. Founded in 1987, they package and ship 10 million packages of 17 varieties and 122 sizes and grades of citrus per year.
Another stop of our Central Valley Ag tour brought us to California Dairies Inc. in Visalia. They produce 800 million pounds of powdered milk and 380 million pounds of butter each year. Two hundered truckloads of milk arrive every day at this 24hr/365day facility!
Day two of our Central Valley Ag tour brought us to the town of Delano. Jasmine Vineyards is a family owned business that has produced table grapes since 1947. Sixty five percent of these grapes will be consumed domestically; the rest is exported to 17 different countries. They employ 850 farm workers and do daily blood pressure checks to cut down on heat stroke & exhaustion.
Next we visited Wonderful Pistachios in Lost Hills. This facility processes 1200 truckloads of pistachios per day and over 500 million pounds of pistachios per year. They employ 2400 workers and provide their employees with a free health center including free prescriptions, a gym, and a low-cost cafeteria. They even pay their employees bonuses to lose weight & eat healthier. They are also very active in education and have put millions into the cities of Lost Hills & Delano. Thank you, Wonderful Company for the tour and for investing in the Central Valley.
Elk Grove is now home to a Costco! This gentleman came out from the Bay Area and waited in line at 4am for their grand opening! Welcome to Elk Grove, Costco!
Happy to join Assemblymember Heath Flora on a tour of Black Stallion Winery in beautiful Napa. Always great to meet new business owners from California’s vibrant agriculture industry. Thank you, Heath for organizing the tour!
This year’s Sacramento Farm to Fork Festival was amazing with lots of locally grown food and live entertainment.
Great listening to the residents of Lodi at last month’s Town Hall. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a lively discussion and to the City of Lodi for supplying the venue.
Happy to support the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and the South Sacramento Community for National Coffee with a Cop Day. I contributed to the tab for community members to get a free coffee and to meet their neighborhood sheriff’s department personnel.
Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival! Now an EG tradition, began in 1994 as a small harvest celebration is now Elk Grove’s largest family festival and attracts an estimated 50,000 guests each year.
It was an honor to join team Tapio for this year’s JDRF Run/Walk. Last year, my friend’s son, Nick, a HS student was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Today’s walk is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) flagship event for funding research on T1D. No organization makes a bigger impact on the fight against Type 1 Diabetes than JDRF.
Congratulations to this year’s Sacramento Fire Department’s promotional ceremony recipients! Happy to join Mayor Steinberg & Councilmember Rick Jennings in support of our local fire department.
I hosted two 5th grade classes from Bowling Green McCoy Academy from South Sacramento to the Capitol. We ate pizza and floss danced on the west steps. I made a commitment with these brilliant kids that if they improve their grades, attendance & citizenship this year that I will take them all on a trip to the San Francisco Exploratorium.
I enjoyed the 10th annual California Legislative Black Caucus policy institute. It was great to hear former Speaker of the Assembly, Willie Brown's thoughts on California politics.
In the Assembly, I have fought tirelessly to fund CA’s Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) task forces. Last month, I took Assembly and Senate Budget staff to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force HQ to see firsthand what the task forces do. As a Sheriff’s Captain, i spent 3 years commanding this task force. I cannot express how important ICAC is at combatting child pornography, cyber bullying, and the sexploitation of children and even toddlers. The state allocated $5 million over the next two years in this year’s state budget. This is huge, but this is a drop in the bucket when you see the type of disgusting pictures, videos, posts and interactions on the dark net.
Great to see Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and Hindus coming together to celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights), which celebrates the victory of light over darkness. Thanks to the City of Elk Grove Multicultural Commission for organizing this event to bring our community together.
Wrapping up the month, we had a bipartisan capitol costume contest during our lunch break to thank staff after a very busy legislative year. It was great to see so many Assembly, Senate, Republican, and Democratic staffers dressed up. Thank you to all capitol and district legislative staff for all of your hard work!
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.