For as long as I’ve been in public service, I have taken my role in helping shape the future of the Sacramento region very seriously. Thanks to your continuous support, I humbly look forward to two more years of working together to make Assembly District 7 one that all of us can call home.
The end of each year provides a special opportunity to reflect on what our community has achieved together. I hope you will take a moment to read about our achievements and more in our final newsletter of 2016.
Our Winter Newsletter has stories on:
- A brief look back: Legislative Highlights of 2016!
- Warming Pet Drive
- 2nd Annual Hunger and Homelessness Community Awards
- Operation Gobble
- 2nd Annual Holiday Reception and Toy Drive
- Winter Cash for College workshops
As we look ahead to 2017, I encourage you to continue reaching out to my office with opinions and questions about policy, for assistance and resources, and to stay engaged in your local government. Please contact my District Office at (916) 324-4676 should you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you again for your support. I will continue to serve our district and work tirelessly on your behalf.
Assemblymember, 7th District
In This Issue:
The 2016 legislative session concluded on August 31, and it was a very productive session in many ways. A special thank you to everyone who emailed, called, wrote letters, attended committee hearings, or came to the Capitol to speak to me about legislation that mattered to you.
I am thrilled to share several key pieces of legislation this year that Governor Brown signed into law:
Lower American River Conservancy (AB 1716)
With Assemblymember Ken Cooley, I authored this bill to create a new state conservancy to benefit the Lower American River. The American River is vitally important to the people, economy and culture of Sacramento. Since the founding of Sacramento in 1848, the American River has been a defining element of our region. It is a shining example of how an urban river can be utilized as a public good, while still maintaining its environmental integrity. (Signed by Governor)
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (AB 1661)
As members of the State Assembly, we follow Assembly Rule 24 which requires each of us to attend a sexual harassment prevention course within six months of assuming a supervisorial position and every two years thereafter. However, current law does not explicitly require city and county elected officials to attend similar training.The cost to cities to litigate and/or settle sexual harassment claims cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars which results in a significant loss of revenue which diverts funds from essential constituent services. (Signed by Governor)
Concussion Management for Youth Sports (AB 2007)
This year I was privileged to work with Dr. Bennet Omalu, famed forensic pathologist, and the California Athletic Trainers to ensure that kids playing non-school based youth sports are still covered by the state's concussion management protocol. One bad concussion, untreated, can create a lifetime of health issues.This bill would help ensure kids get the right treatment, right away. (Signed by Governor)
Child Welfare Services (CWS) (AB 2015)
Strengthens oversight over child welfare services at the county level to give a clear picture of what protocols and practices are successful and identify where counties can improve the delivery of support services to children served throughout the CWS system. (Signed by Governor)
Organic Waste Recycling (AB 2396)
Clarifies that state agencies must report their organics waste recycling efforts to CalRecycle. (Signed by Governor)
2nd Annual Hunger & Homelessness Community Awards
On any given night, nearly 2,700 Sacramentans sleep without a roof over their heads. As our nights grow longer, and evening temperatures continue to drop, finding a solution to hunger and homelessness becomes increasingly important and time-sensitive.
On November 16, 2016, as our nation celebrated National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, I proudly hosted the 2nd Annual Hunger and Homelessness Community Awards.
In honor of the late Grantland L. Johnson's life and legacy in public service, The Hunger & Homelessness Awards recognize unsung heroes in our community whose volunteerism and dedication sometimes goes unnoticed-but who have deeply impacted the less fortunate among us. We also highlighted heroes whose tireless activism is promoting meaningful systemic change and bold advances for the ways our region is handling hunger & homelessness.
(From left to right: Brian Augusta, James Faygo Clark, Paula Lomazzi,
Armando Flores, Asm. McCarty, Dawn Dunlap, Janet Whalen Zeller,
Dominic Allamano, Shawn Harrison, Evan Jacobs)
This evening was only made possible by the generous support of the Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA), Sacramento Hunger Coalition, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, River City Food Bank, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, and State Senator Richard Pan.
Warming Pet Drive
Throughout this season of giving, offering care and services for families in need sometimes includes support for our furry friends too, who are also subject to braving the winter season without a home.
Throughout November, my office collected blankets and booties, rain coats and sweaters, leashes and collars, and other needed supplies for pets of the homeless to help keep them warm this winter. Front Street Animal Shelter graciously provided free animal adoption vouchers in exchange for each donation provided.
In collaboration with Loaves & Fishes, the Mercer Clinic provides veterinary services for the pets of Sacramento's homeless. November's event was extra special for my office, as we teamed up with the clinic to distribute items donated to our Warming Pet Drive.
Remaining donations will be available at the Sacramento Warming Center - the pool clubhouse at Southside Park - which opens when temperatures at night drop to 30 degrees.
The holiday season is a wonderful time to express gratitude for the many blessings we've received, and remember those families who are less fortunate.
The 2nd Annual "Operation Gobble" turkey collection and giveaway provided over 250 turkey dinners (with the fixin's, too!) for Sacramento families in need.
In the spirit of expressing gratitude, I'd like to acknowledge American Water, AT&T, Cares Community Health, General Produce, Raley's, and Sacramento Mutual Housing Association, without whose generous support this event would not have been possible.