District Update

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 00:00


Dear Friend,

Last month, AB 776 - my legislation to address recent concerns involving the Grape Escape - was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill saved Sacramento’s annual Grape Escape, a not-for-profit fundraising event that brings wine, beer, and food lovers together every June in downtown Sacramento.

Last year, Grape Escape organizers had to cancel the event after a successful 15-year run due to a lack of participation of wineries. These wineries were fearful of participating in the event because of fines levied against eight wineries at the previous year’s event for violating “tied-house” laws. These laws prohibit alcohol producers such as wineries and breweries from advertising an event using a retailer’s name.

Events like the Grape Escape are a tourism boost for the region and showcase our talented local vintners and craft brewers. AB 776 will permit manufactures and retailers to participate together in sponsoring and promoting non-profit fundraising events across the state.

District Events

I hope that teenagers and young adults can join me for my upcoming free Financial Literacy Workshop. Come learn how to get more out of your money. Experts will provide information relating to budgeting and establishing credit.

When: Monday, November 30 from 4-6pm

Where: Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Rd., 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 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Galt Market: 610 Chabolla Ave., Galt
    Second Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    CLOSED ON 11/11/15 FOR VETERANS DAY
  • Belle Cooledge Library: 5600 S. Land Park Dr., Sacramento
    Second Friday of the month, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Pocket-Greenhaven Robbie Waters Library: 7335 Gloria Dr., Sacramento
    Third Wednesday of the month, 5 - 7 p.m. (with Councilmember Rick Jennings)
  • Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center: 2450 Meadowview Rd., Sacramento Second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 00:00


Dear Friend,

Last month, I wrapped up my first legislative session representing AD 9. It was an exciting and busy first year, 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 year 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 funding to 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 have been signed into law by the Governor. Please visit my website for a full list of my legislation. I will also be sending out a legislative summary later this month.

District Events

I hope you can join me for my upcoming Senior Scam Stopper Workshop. 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 this FREE seminar.

When: Monday, October 19 from 1-3 pm
Where: Lodi Memorial Hospital, Classrooms A & B, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi

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 Ave., Galt
    Second Wednesday of every month, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Belle Cooledge Library: 5600 S. Land Park Dr., Sacramento
    Second Friday of the month, 1 - 3 pm
    Start date: October 9
  • Pocket-Greenhaven Robbie Waters Library: 7335 Gloria Dr., Sacramento
    Third Wednesday of the month, 5 - 7 pm (with Councilmember Rick Jennings) Start date: October 21
  • Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center: 2450 Meadowview Rd., Sacramento
    Second Monday of the month, 10 am - 12 pm
    Start date: October 12
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

Last month, my first bill, which will improve outcomes for sexual assault victims – was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill, AB 1475, will define and recognize Sexual Assault Response Teams in statute to ensure interagency cooperation and program coordination to effectively provide needed services to sexual assault victims. Approximately 8.5 million women and men are survivors of sexual assault and this bill will ensure that these victims receive the best possible care, resources, and options available.

District Events

I hope you can join me for my upcoming California Competes Tax Credit Workshop. Come learn how to apply to the California Competes Tax Credit Program and tap into $200 million available in tax credits.

When: Thursday, September 17 at 2pm

Where: Chabolla Community Center, 610 Chabolla Ave, Galt

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 am
  • Galt Market: 610 Chabolla Ave., Galt
    Second Wednesday of every month, 10 am –12 pm
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

This month, I introduced a bill that would protect the public, specifically young people, against exposure to e-cigarettes by ensuring they are accurately defined as tobacco products and fall under the state’s existing smoke-free laws. With flavors like bubblegum, licorice and gummy bear, e-cigarettes are enticing to young people. We cannot remain idle while the rate of e-cigarette use by kids skyrockets as well as the subsequent likely addiction and health problems. Click here to watch a short video on why I am so passionate about this issue.

Public Safety Fair

I hope you can join me for my upcoming Neighborhood Safety Fair and Ice Cream Social. I, along with Sacramento City Councilmember Larry Carr, Sacramento Police Department, Nextdoor.com, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Friends of the Library are hosting a free Neighborhood Safety Fair and Ice Cream Social. Come out and learn how to keep your family and neighborhood connected and safe and enjoy an ice cream cone while cooling off with your neighbors!

Including:

  • Sacramento Police Department K-9 Units meet and greet as well as a demonstration
  • Sacramento Fire Department and Truck
  • Child fingerprinting stations by Sacramento Police Department
  • Sacramento Police Department special equipment display
  • Neighborhood watch program, fire and personal home safety information
  • Family fun activities, games and prizes for kids
  • Free ice cream
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

As you know, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed the state budget for 2015-2016. I am proud that the budget puts education at the forefront — our kids deserve it. Investing in child care, preschool, and K-12 education results in lower drop-out rates, reduced crime, and more academic success.

Here are some of the budget highlights:

  • More than $14 billion in additional funding for our schools and community colleges is vital to our students' future success. 
  • $500 million for teacher effectiveness grants will help our teachers be the best they can be to ensure that all our students get a quality education, one which allows them to succeed and thrive in the future.
  • We have also expanded the number of Competitive Cal Grants by almost 15% - providing an additional 3,250 students access to higher education.
  • We have provided more than $235 million for child care and preschool which means more than 7,000 new children will now have access to full day preschool and 6,800 more California families will have access to child care. This investment in preschool and K-12 education will help families move out of poverty, help working families, and ensures our youngest students are prepared and ready to learn once they start school.
  • $380 million for a state Earned Income Tax Credit will have a meaningful impact on the lives and communities of over two million of the state's lowest paid working people, and will help raise 100,000 children and individuals above the poverty line.
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 00:00


Dear Friend,

Recently, a violent incident involving security guards at a concert in Sacramento made headlines and shined a light on why training and licensing of security guards is critical to our safety.

A bill I have authored this year, AB 1042, would further professionalize the security guard industry and protect the public. If a guard or bouncer wears a uniform or performs a security role, they should meet minimum professional standards and pass background checks. AB 1042 will ensure individuals providing security services are properly licensed, trained and certified.

 

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

We are busy here at the State Capitol. I serve on multiple committees and have over a dozen bills moving through the legislative process. If you have thoughts on any bills pending in the legislature, please contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Assemblyman Cooper

Here are some highlights of my current legislation that is moving through the process:

  • Assembly Bill 390 was recently approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The bill would fix an unintended consequence of Proposition 47 and would allow DNA collection of criminals convicted of crimes that were previously felonies but are now reclassified as misdemeanors. DNA evidence is an essential tool for law enforcement to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent.
  • Assembly Bill 989 was approved by the Assembly, and now goes to the Senate. AB 989 would assist juvenile offenders on their path to becoming productive members of society by allowing probation departments to determine the most appropriate and effective course of assistance and support. More personalized treatment will lead to better outcomes and more successful futures for these juveniles.
  • Assembly Bill 1422 was recently approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee. AB 1422 would require Transportation Network Companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to enroll in the DMV Employer Pull Notice Program which notifies employers when an employee is involved in an accident, convicted of a driving under the influence (DUI) or any other actions taken against their driving privileges. This will improve safety on our roads and ensure that unsafe drivers are taken off the road quickly.
  • Assembly Bill 1493, also recently passed in Assembly Public Safety, would establish the California High Technology Crimes Task Force. As a former Commander of the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force, I have seen first-hand how criminals use technology to find new ways to exploit Californians. Establishing a statewide Task Force will promote a coordinated approach to reducing high technology crimes.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

I am happy to announce that my District Office in Elk Grove has officially opened. You'll soon be invited to an open house celebration but in the meantime, feel free to stop by and greet my staff. The new office is located at 9250 Laguna Springs Drive, Suite 220 in Elk Grove next door to Leatherby's. The District Office can be reached by phone at (916) 670-7888.My district staff can assist you with state-related matters and can help direct you to other community resources.

Facebook Workshop

Please join my office and the Lodi Chamber of Commerce for a Facebook Small Business Workshop to help businesses increase their visibility online. Attendees will learn best practices, success stories and strategies for how to grow, manage, and understand their small business identity on Facebook.

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

The legislative session is under way at the State Capitol. Late last month, I introduced my first bill in the Assembly. Assembly Bill 390 would fix an unintended consequence of Proposition 47 and would allow DNA collection of criminals convicted of crimes that were previously felonies but are now reclassified as misdemeanors. The bill will protect the public safety and ensure the ability of law enforcement to connect convicted criminals with their unsolved crimes of the past.

AB390
With supporters (left to right: San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, Assemblymember Donald Wagner, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, Senator Lois Wolk) speaking at a press conference on my first bill in the Assembly.

If you have not already, please take a moment to visit my website to complete a brief community survey and let me know what issues you would like me to focus on during my first year as your Assemblymember. Your thoughtful responses are much appreciated, so I will know what’s important to you and my district.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

As part of my efforts to inform my constituents on important issues, I will be issuing monthly district updates.

On December 1, I was sworn in as the representative for State Assembly District 9, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Lodi and Galt. It is an honor to serve the people of the 9th District.


After my swearing-in ceremony in the Assembly Chambers on December 1, 2014.

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