March 2017 District Report

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dear Constituent,

This e-newsletter is designed to be a helpful publication to keep you informed about issues affecting the 57th Assembly District, as well as the California State Legislature.

I invite you to follow me on social media for daily updates from the district and Capitol:

Facebook: @AssemblyMajorityLeaderIanCalderon
Twitter: @IanAD57
Instagram: @MajorityLeaderIanCalderon

I am also here to assist constituents when they are experiencing difficulties with state agencies. If you are struggling with a state agency and need casework assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My role is to ensure a fair and thorough review of your case and seek a timely response from the appropriate agency.

It is an honor to serve this district. I look forward to working with you to improve the lives of all Californians.

Sincerely,

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Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon
Assemblymember, 57th District

In This Issue:


Legislative Update

I am pleased to update you on the progress of some of my bills this session:

AB 86 (Entrepreneur-in-Residence Act of 2017): establishes the state Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program in order to boost collaboration between small business and government. This measure will authorize the appointment of a maximum of 10 entrepreneurs each year to serve within a state agency as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, with duties as established in the bill, on a voluntary basis. It also would require the secretary of state to establish a formal working group of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to discuss best practices, experiences, obstacles, opportunities, and recommendations. AB 86 will create the framework to utilize their expertise and make state governmental activities and practices more streamlined and accessible.

AB 299 (Immigration Housing Data Collection): would bar all public entities from compelling landlords, rental property owners and managers to obtain information, or take any action, based on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant or prospective tenant. The measure is intended to protect an undocumented person from being targeted and discriminated against by ensuring that those seeking rental housing will not face scrutiny because of their immigration status. It also ensures that rental property owners will not be required to become de facto immigration agents by being forced to surrender tenant records to public entities.

AB 381(Traffic Stops and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Population): creates a Voluntary Deaf or Hard of Hearing Notification Program in order to provide helpful, timely information to law enforcement and greater reassurance to the deaf community. The program would allow a person registering a vehicle or renewing said registration, to voluntarily indicate that a driver of the vehicle may be deaf or hard of hearing.  This would create a notification in the vehicle’s record which would be provided when a peace officer accesses the vehicle’s registration – more commonly known as running the vehicle’s plates.

AB 1408 (Post Release Community Supervision Revocation Hearings): will require the Board of Parole Hearings to consider the entire criminal history of an inmate, not just the most recent offense, when considering them for release from prison. This measure will improve information sharing between the Division of Adult Parole Operations and the county probation departments and ensure that both the state parole and local county probation departments have the information necessary to do the difficult job of monitoring the formerly incarcerated among us. It will also require that upon a third Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) violation, there be a mandatory PRCS revocation hearing. AB 1408 does not undo the steps the state has taken to address its prison overcrowding problem, but it will set some practical ground rules and enhance the tools available to law enforcement operating under these reforms.

AB 1004 (Elected Officials Online Database): requires the Secretary of State to contract with a third-party vendor to establish an online database of elected federal, state, county and city officials. The database will allow Californians to type in their address and instantly learn who represents them at all levels of government, including each elected official’s phone number, email address and office address.

AB 1127 (Diaper Changing Tables): would require baby diaper changing stations be installed in men’s and women’s restrooms in restaurants, department stores and other frequently visited public buildings and businesses in California. This bill will ensure that both moms and dads have a safe, sanitary place to change their baby.

AB 1178 (Annual Student Debt Letter): requires all California post-secondary institutions receiving aid from the California Student Aid Commission to provide annual individualized reports to students including a student’s total cumulative loan amount, the percentage of federal loans borrowing limit a student has reached, and an estimated monthly payment based on a formula created by each institution.

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Distinguished Women of the 57th Assembly District

In honor of Women’s History Month, I am proud to recognize the 57th Assembly District 2017 Distinguished Women of the Year and celebrate their unique accomplishments.

The honorees will be recognized on March 30, 2017 during an evening ceremony at the Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs.

The Distinguished Women of the Year:

Nancy Bashir | Cuddly Canines Rescue | La Habra Heights
Ms. Bashir has been a La Habra Heights resident for the past 25 years. In 1999, she founded Cuddly Canines Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing pregnant dogs, nursing moms, or orphaned bottle babies from high-kill shelters, saving over 10,000 puppies and dogs over the last 18 years. Ms. Bashir currently serves as president of the Kiwanis Club of Hacienda Heights, another nonprofit organization focused on helping youth and the local community.

Cynthia Cabello | Hacienda La Puente Unified School District| La Puente
Ms. Cabello is a resident of the City of La Puente and is currently the executive director of Student and Family Services for Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Her production as executive director of Student and Family Services is a prime example of her value. Some of her notable accolades include the district open house, mental health monthly collaborations for all counselors (Student Support Network), Student Attendance Review Board, equity for all homeless and foster students, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS/RTI/MTSS), Character/Drug-Free and Attendance Months across all 32 school sites, and the reduction of suspensions and expulsions districtwide. In her position, she puts into practice the idea of supporting the “whole child” – which entails medical support, social and familial support, and mental and behavioral health.

Sharon Carter | Whittier City School District | Whittier
Ms. Carter is a Biola University graduate. She majored in music and vocal performance and later received her master’s degree in education and teaching credential from Whittier College. She has been a teacher at Hoover Elementary School of Fine Arts at Whittier City School District for the past 11 years and is the district arts coordinator for the Whittier City School District. Ms. Carter has been instrumental in providing access to the arts to families that do not have the means due to finances or time.

Kelly L. Garcia | Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District | La Mirada
Kelly Garcia is a STEM teacher at Los Alisos Middle School in Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. A resident of La Mirada and U.S. Navy Veteran, Ms. Garcia has taught at Los Alisos Middle School for seven years and is trained to teach automation and robotics, design and modeling, energy and the environment, science of technology, magic of electrons, flight and space, and introduction to computer science and medical detectives. The following are some of her accomplishments: Los Alisos Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2014; NLMUSD Teacher of the Year, nominee; Master Teacher, Project Lead the Way; and 2017 Gateway Teacher of the Year, Project Lead the Way.

Joan Licari | Hacienda Heights Improvement Association | Hacienda Heights
A proud resident of Hacienda Heights since 1965, Ms. Licari has always had the courage to stand-up for environmental issues and has been instrumental in achieving corrective action for the benefit of local residents. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UC Berkeley and moved on to earn her doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UC Los Angeles. After 37 years, she retired from Cerritos College where she was an earth sciences professor and previously worked as an environmental specialist for the United States Geological Survey in offshore oil and gas operations.

Edith Marcel | Community Volunteer | Los Nietos-West Whittier
Ms. Marcel is a proud resident of Los Nietos-West Whittier and an extraordinary volunteer service member of the Parent Teacher Organization at Ada S. Nelson Elementary School in West Whittier. She has been instrumental in the success of the Healthy Los Nietos initiative, Parents in Action Training – PIH, and Promotoras de Salud. Ms. Marcel established the first Mud Run implemented by Los Nietos School District, which raised over $6,000 and was able to secure grants awarded to the school district from PIH and Action for Healthy Kids. She currently serves as Chairperson for the Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services Inc. policy committee for parents.

Angeles Martinez | Girls Build LA | North Whittier/Avocado Heights
Ms. Martinez is a graduate of La Puente High School (LPHS). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from CSU San Bernardino and her Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from La Verne. After she completed her goals in higher education, she returned to La Puente High School where she is the counselor for at-risk students and founder of the La Puente High School (LPHS) after school tutoring program. In 2016, Ms. Martinez supported LPHS by running Girls Build LA, an organization that empowers women to reach out and make difference in their school and their community. Girls Build LA at La Puente High School hosted a Voter Registration Day where 250 students and community members were registered to vote. Aside from her role at LPHS, Ms. Martinez is a Rio Hondo Step4Ward coordinator.

Nicky McLean | Little Lake City School District (LLCSD) – Norwalk Lions Club | Norwalk
Ms. McLean has been an educator at LLCSD for the past 30 years. She has received the Lakeside PTSA Honorary Service Award in 2002,  Who’s Who of American Teachers in 2006, a finalist for the California League of Middle Schools-Educator of the Year, and was part of the People to People Ambassador Program, US-China Educator Forum in Beijing, China. Ms. McLean is a member of the Norwalk Lions Club and has become a recent member of the United Nations Association-United States, Orange County Chapter. She is the current President of the Little Lake Education Association and works on behalf of the dedicated teachers in LLCSD.

Ruri Pierre | Whittier Special Olympics| East Whittier/City of Whittier
Ms. Pierre has been involved with the Special Olympics since 1976, when she started her career with the organization while attending CSU Fresno. She has coached Special Olympians in several sports and has developed the City of Whittier Special Olympics Program into one of the finest in all of Southern California. In 2010, she was awarded the “Harahan Award” by Special Olympics Southern California for being the “Volunteer of the Year” for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions. In 2009, she helped form the Special Olympics Lions Club in the Whittier Area dedicated to serving the athletes. In addition, Ms. Pierre is a REACH Board Member, a program that serves adults who are developmentally disabled.

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College & Career Fair – Save the Date

College Career Fair

I am excited to partner with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District once again to host the 57th Assembly District College & Career Fair. This year, the fair will be held on Saturday, September 23 at Wilson High School. Please mark your calendars!

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Community Office Hours – La Puente

My office will be hosting Community Office Hours throughout the 57th District in the coming months. I encourage constituents to take this opportunity to meet with my office and discuss issues you may be having with state agencies. We can assist you with the Department of Motor Vehicles, Medi-Cal & Covered California, Franchise Tax Board, Veterans’ Benefits and much more. Our first community office hours will be held during La Puente Live! on Friday, April 7th.  If you have any questions please contact my district office at (562) 692-5858.

La Puente Live! Open Air Market and Street Fair
Old Town La Puente
Friday, April 7
6 to 8 p.m.

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César Chávez Memorial Celebration

Born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, César Chávez founded and led the first successful farm workers union in the United States. He is a symbol of hope, not only to farm workers of all ethnicities, but to all Californians who find hope in justice and peace.

Meeting challenges and obstacles through non-violent tactics, César Chávez helped thousands of migrant farm workers across the country and changed the relationship between farm workers and the agriculture industry. He strengthened efforts of farm workers to have the same dignity and rights of other workers in America. His efforts impacted the entire union movement in the United States.

This year, once again, the Legislature calls upon all Californians to observe César Chávez’s birthday as a day of public service and to recognize the hard work and self-sacrifice that farmworkers go through to feed all the families in our state. We can all learn from César Chávez’s mission of nonviolence, social justice, and selfless service to others.

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District Office Internships

We're currently accepting district office internship applications for the spring. This is a great opportunity for high school and college students to learn about the operations of a State Assembly office and serve their community! For more information, please call (562) 692-5858 or visit https://a57.asmdc.org/2017-student-internship-program.

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