News from the Capitol and District – January 2016
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:
- 2016 State of the State
- Legislative Update
- Community Coffees in La Mirada and South El Monte
- Cash for College Workshop at Rio Hondo College
- Free Income Tax Preparation Workshop
- Women of the Year Nominations
- Bassett Innovation Center
- Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy of Courage and Service
2016 State of the State
The Governor did a great job pointing out how far we’ve come in the last few years. His message was clear: we have to continue to invest in our future while also remembering to spend responsibly. Here’s my response to Governor Brown’s State of the State:
I am proud to reintroduce Right To Try legislation this month. AB 1668 will allow patients with a life-threatening disease to seek experimental treatment.
Here’s the latest from the LA Times: Lawmaker to retry 'right-to-try' bill to let gravely ill access experimental drugs.
I am excited to announce that I will be hosting community coffees throughout the 57th Assembly District. This weekend I will be in La Mirada. I look forward to seeing you there!
La Mirada Community Coffee:
Saturday, January 30, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Benton Middle School, Multipurpose Room
15709 Olive Branch Drive, La Mirada
South El Monte Community Coffee:
Saturday, February 20, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
South El Monte Senior Center
1556 Central Avenue, South El Monte
For more information or to RSVP, please contact my district office at (562) 692-5858.
Cash for College Workshop
In partnership with Rio Hondo College and CalSOAP, I am proud to host a Cash for College Workshop.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier
I encourage parents and students to come join financial aid experts and gain access to important information needed to fund your college future. Computer labs and CalSOAP volunteers will be available on site to assist students in filing their FAFSA, DREAM Act, and Chafee financial aid applications.
This community workshop is FREE to parents, college, and high school students. For more information, please contact Samantha Marquez in my District Office at (562) 692-5858.
Free Income Tax Preparation Workshop
In partnership with Chairman Jerome E. Horton of the Board of Equalization, I will be hosting a Free Income Tax Preparation Workshop on February 24, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Rio Hondo College.
Our partners and volunteers from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will provide qualified individuals with free income tax preparation and other community resources and services.
Eligible individuals may qualify for as much as $6,242 in federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), and as much as $2,653 in the new California EITC. Taxpayers who earned less than $53,267 in 2015 may be eligible for the federal EITC, and those who earned less than $13,870 may qualify for the California EITC.
For more information, please contact my District Office at (562) 692-5858.
Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 "Distinguished Women of the Year"
Every March, the State Assembly honors women from across the state for their remarkable contributions to the community in celebration of Women’s History Month. This year, I need your help to nominate deserving women for the 2016 “Distinguished Women of the Year.”
Nominees must live, volunteer, or work in the 57th Assembly District, and may not be a currently serving public elected official. The 57th Assembly District includes all or portions of the following communities: Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, Los Nietos, East Whittier, and South Whittier. To confirm the candidate lives or works in the district, visit http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Please send us a nomination via letter, fax, or e-mail for the 2016 Distinguished Women of the Year Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2016. Awardees will be recognized at a ceremony in the District.
Basset Innovation Center
Congratulations to Bassett Unified School District on the new Bassett Innovation Center in La Puente, which launched this school year. The new center will provide 21st century learning opportunities, enhance instruction, and integrate technology into curriculum at all levels. This state-of-the-art center will prepare our students to be successful in a dynamic and challenging world and contribute to California’s innovation economy.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy of Courage and Service
Civil rights leader, minister and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. King and his courageous leadership forever changed the face of America. He energized the poor and the disenfranchised, worked to end war and gave people the courage to claim their rightful share of America using nonviolent methods to achieve justice, equality, and peace.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement serve as a model for principled leadership and progressive, bipartisan public policy. We pay tribute to his life and will continue to honor his memory each day through public service.