News from the Capitol and District – December 2015
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 also invite you to "like" my page on Facebook for daily updates on activities in the district and the Capitol: http://www.facebook.com/AssemblymemberIanCalderon.
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 you and the 57th Assembly District.
Ian C. Calderon
Assemblymember, 57th District
In this Issue:
- Holiday Book & Toy Drive
- Small Business Crawl in Uptown Whittier
- Storm Preparedness: El Niño
- Veterans Driver's License and ID Card
- Earned Income Tax Credit
Holiday Book & Toy Drive
I'm proud to announce that my office is partnering with Los Angeles Unified Preschool (LAUP) for our Annual Book & Toy Drive. We will be accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys and books for children ages 0-5 at our district office through December 15. Please contact Alberto Ruiz at (562) 692-5858 for more information.
Small Business Crawl in Uptown Whittier
Many thanks to the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, Google, & Facebook for joining the Internet Association and me for #CrawlWhittier yesterday. It was great to hear success stories from our local small business owners about how the internet and social media help grow their business, expand outreach, and connect with customers around the globe. Thank you Claudia with Shop The Runway Boutique, Yolanda with Casita Del Pueblo, and Javier with Setá for taking the time to talk to us.
Storm Preparedness: El Niño
El Niño is expected to bring heavy rainfall this year, which could lead to devastating flooding, especially in areas affected by prolonged drought and recent wildfires.
California residents should take steps now to protect their homes, prepare emergency kits and develop emergency response plans. Officials have also been urging Californians to purchase flood insurance, especially those living in high-risk areas. There is a 30-day waiting period before the insurance goes into effect. Please visit floodsmart.gov to assess flood risk, purchase insurance and view tips to prepare for floods.
Veterans Driver's License and ID Card
Veterans have earned a wide range of benefits through their service to our country. However, it can be difficult for vets to verify their service in order to acquire those benefits. In fact, not having proof of military service is one of the biggest obstacles veterans face gaining access to resources, benefits, and services.
California is now offering specially designated ID cards so veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive state and federal veterans benefits. Under the new program, veterans will have a special designation on their driver's license or ID card, which will make it easier for them to access the benefits they deserve.
More information about the program is available at the DMV website.
Earned Income Tax Credit
California is now offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. The state Earned Income Tax Credit is provided in addition to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, and can provide up to $2,600 for qualifying families.
California households with adjusted gross incomes of less than $6,580 if there are no qualifying children, less than $9,880 if there is one qualifying child, or less than $13,870 if there are two or more qualifying children are eligible for the credit.
Visit the Franchise Tax Board's website for a full list of qualifications.