News from the Capitol and District – March 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.
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It is an honor to serve you and the 57th Assembly District.
Ian C. Calderon
Assemblymember, 57th District
In this issue:
- Statement on Being Appointed Majority Leader by Speaker Anthony Rendon
- Legislative Update
- Distinguished Women of the 57th Assembly District
- Let’s Get our Cities on the Map
- Cesar Chavez Memorial Celebration
I am deeply honored and humbled to be appointed as the Majority Leader of the California State Assembly by Speaker Anthony Rendon.
I am pleased to update you on the progress of legislation I authored this session.
AB 1668 (Right to Try Act): would allow terminally ill patients to seek an investigational drug, product, or device from a product manufacturer when other treatment options have been exhausted. It would remove barriers for patients who need to immediately obtain those treatments, and protects physicians, hospitals, and manufacturers from retribution. Here’s the latest from the LA Times: Lawmaker to retry 'right-to-try' bill to let gravely ill access experimental drugs:
SB 1072 (School Bus Safety):would require school buses in California to be equipped with child-safety alarm systems to ensure that children are not left on buses unattended and in potentially hazardous circumstances.(Co-authored with Senator Tony Mendoza)
AB 1710 (Clean Affordable Vehicle Program): implements a comprehensive program to promote technologically advanced light-duty vehicle deployment in disadvantaged communities. Increasing access to clean transportation will bring much needed environmental benefits to our communities, including reduced air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
AB 2079 (Staffing Ratios at Nursing Facilities): requires skilled nursing facilities to publicly post, at all times, the number of direct caregivers on duty and ensure a minimum number of hours of care by instituting specified staff-to-patient ratios per shift. This bill would raise the minimum number of direct care service hours from 3.2 to 4.1, transforming the care and environment in nursing homes to provide a more person centered level of care. My remarks during a rally with SEIU 2015's Executive Vice President April Verrett and Gary Passmore of Congress of California Seniors:
I’ve introduced a series of bills focused on promoting the American Dream of home ownership:
AB 2281 (Families Compete): provides sellers of homes incentives to sell to families who intend to use their home as their primary residence. By offering monetary and non-monetary incentives to sellers, California families will be able to compete in the residential real estate market against institutional investors.
AB 2282 (Investment Limits): limits institutional investors who buy single-family homes for the purposes of keeping them as perpetual rental properties. AB 2282 limits the total amount of single-family homes that can be purchased, owned, and used more than intermittently as rental properties in a given zip code. Further, the measure also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to obtain data on the number of existing single-family home rentals to help identify where the majority of these investment activities are taking place.
AB 2283 (CalPERS Divestment): prevents CalPERS from making new or additional investments in securitized rental home properties to ensure families do not have to compete against institutional investors to buy a home. Perpetuating these types of investments poses significant challenges for single-family homeownership – something that is already on the decline.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I was proud to recognize the 57th Assembly District 2016 Distinguished Women of the Year and celebrate their unique accomplishments.
The honorees were recognized on March 23, 2016 during an evening ceremony at the Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs.
The Distinguished Women of the Year:
Gloria Alderete | Hacienda La Puente Unified School District & Delta Kappa Gamma Society | La Puente
Gloria Alderete has served the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District for 36 years. She began her career as a teacher at Grazide Elementary School and later taught at Temple, Bixby, and Sparks Elementary Schools. Later in her career, she took on the roles of District Program Specialist and Executive Director of Elementary TK-8. A dedicated community servant and educator, Ms. Alderete is currently the TriPresident of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of key women educators focused on the promotion of professional and personal growth of women educators. She has played a key role in a number of projects such as welcome gift bags for new teachers, the collection of school supplies for low-income students, the Tea of Excellence ceremony, coordinating the Teacher Helping another Teacher Mentor Program, the Foster/Homeless Project, and the Early Career Educators Literacy Grant Award.
Norma Amezcua |Norwalk Lions Club | Norwalk
Norma Amezcua currently works for the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission to provide for the socio-economic betterment of the greater Latino community of California, while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American culture. Born in Mexico and raised in the City of Los Angeles, Ms. Amezcua has dedicated her life to the empowerment of others and has vehemently displayed her passion for community service as the Chair of Education in the Norwalk Lions Club and Commissioner for the City of Norwalk Social Services Department. On her free time, Ms. Amezcua facilitates parenting classes for families who want to improve their advocacy, leadership and child development skills.
Maria Rose Berdin | Old Towne Puente Association | La Puente
Maria Rose Berdin has been a dedicated volunteer and public servant in La Puente for the past 25 years. As Executive Secretary to the Old Towne Puente Association, she has coordinated numerous community events such as Relay for Life, and the Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony held in partnership with the City of La Puente. Ms. Berdin has worked with numerous organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Old Towne Puente Association, Women to Women, Nuvein Foundation, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Marines and Friends, and the Magic Children’s Foundation to bring services and community engagement to the residents of La Puente. In 2011, she received the California Classified Employee of the Year Award for her work with special education students in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Most recently, Ms. Berdin has dedicated her time to the newly chaptered Kiwanis Club of La Puente.
E. Vicki Marshall | Valle Lindo School District | Whittier & South El Monte
E. Vicki Marshall was born in New York City to immigrant parents in 1916 and attended Hoboken High School in New Jersey, Hunter College High School in New York, and was a classmate of the legendary Frank Sinatra. Following her passion for education, Ms. Marshall attended the University of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1938. After college she worked as a bookkeeper and when World War II began she answered the call of her country and became the first woman to run the general ledger of a Wall Street Bank. In 1951, Ms. Marshall and her husband Mr. Robert E. Marshall, a Battle of the Bulge veteran, moved to California. Her strong passion for education led her to Whittier College where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education. After a considerable amount of time with Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, she continued her teaching career at Valle Lindo School District in South El Monte where she later retired. During her retirement, Ms. Marshall continued to be a substitute teacher, served the Disabled American Veterans, and was the oldest commander in AMVETS history. Currently, Ms. Marshall continues to remain active in her community as a part of the Red Hat Society and the Gadabouts and attends water aerobics classes daily at the YMCA. She will be celebrating her 100th birthday on April 27th of this year.
Barbara Rabelo | CABE Whittier, Chapter 40 | Whittier
Born and raised in Mexico City, Barbara Rabelo dedicated herself to higher education and received her Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Business Administration from Instituto Politécnico Nacional Escuela Superior de Turismo and was certified as an International Trade Technician from Instituto Politécnico Nacional. With her degrees and certification, Ms. Rabelo embarked on a long and successful career working for top companies and later starting one of her own, all while serving as the Parent Teacher Association President at West Whittier Elementary School, Dexter Middle School, and Whittier High School. She has also served as Chair of Whittier-Pico Rivera Reflections overseeing 35 schools in five school districts, bilingual translator for over 400 schools in Los Angeles County, CABE Whittier Chapter 40, Treasurer for the VIP Latina Business Council, and as a Parent Specialist for Project 2 Inspire. In recognition of her tireless efforts, Ms. Rabelo has received the County of Los Angeles Bilingual Director’s Association Outstanding Parent Volunteer Award, the Whittier-Pico Rivera Parent Teacher Student Association Excellence Award two years in a row, and the California State Parent Teacher Association Honorary Service Award for 13 years of service.
Fran Shields | City of Whittier Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept. | Whittier
Fran Shields, a lifelong resident of Whittier, graduated from Sierra High School. In 1973, she embarked on her long and distinguished career with the City when she accepted her "dream job" as a dispatcher for the Whittier Police Department. Ms. Shields advanced through the ranks and held positions of ever-increasing responsibility. As Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Ms. Shields presided over the City’s 22 parks, two senior centers, 54 full-time employees, 200 part-time workers, and 100 volunteers in a Department with an annual budget of $13 million. As a Member of the Board of Directors of the Whittier Community Foundation, Ms. Shields has played a key role in an organization that has raised more than $350,000 for local projects, such as the Police Memorial of 2010. Many of Whittier's public statues and monuments to the arts and culture are a direct result of her efforts, including the Art in Public Places initiative. During her more than four decades of service to the City of Whittier, Fran Shields has worked conscientiously, tirelessly, and has served on a wide variety of city boards, commissions, committees, and task forces.
Earnestine Tu | Hacienda Heights Chinese School | Hacienda Heights
Earnestine Tu was born in Taipei, Taiwan and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Soochow University in 1976. In 1980 she immigrated to the United States, where she completed a Master of Arts in Music Education at New York University in 1985. For the past twenty-three years, Ms. Tu has been Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of the Hacienda Heights Chinese School which provides after-school, weekend, and summer-time academic training for elementary and middle school students enrolled in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Ms. Tu has also continued her career as a professional piano teacher, and has been a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California since 1988. She has been active in many service and civic organizations, having served as President of the Hacienda Heights Chinese American Association, President of the Hacienda Heights Chinese Senior Association, President of the Soochow University Alumni Association, President of the East Valley Lions Club, Chairperson of Lions Club International, District 4-L2 and Treasurer of the City of Industry Royal Lions Club.
Anna Wu | Kiwanis Club of Hacienda Heights | Hacienda Heights
Anna Wu currently serves as President of the Kiwanis Club of Hacienda Heights, Board Member for the STC Foundation, member of the leadership planning committee for Relay for Life in Hacienda Heights, and Ambassador for the San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Wu is a lifelong resident of Hacienda Heights and discovered her passion for community service as a KIWIN and through the Kiwanis Builder’s Club. Her passion for public service led her to volunteer for then Assemblywoman Judy Chu in 2001 and State Senator Gloria Romero. In 2006, she interned for the White House Media Affairs Office and was given the opportunity to stay on with the office, but chose to move back to California and in 2007 began her public relations career with NBC Universal. In 2008, Ms. Wu set her sights on owning her company and launched Wu & Associates, a global consulting and intellectual property firm based in the City of Industry. As an 18-year member, Ms. Wu dedicates the majority of her volunteer efforts to the Kiwanis Club of Hacienda Heights and enjoys making a positive impact in the lives of her community’s youth.
The Distinguished Women of the Year Ceremony was made possible through the generous support of the City of Santa Fe Springs and Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries.
Earlier this month, I joined Google to host Let’s Get Our Cities on the Map – a free workshop to help local businesses expand their online presence. Businesses learned about search engine optimization (SEO), web analytics, creating a business listing on Google Maps, and building a website.
Thanks to our local chambers - Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, Norwalk Chamber, Santa Fe Springs Chamber, San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, El Monte/South El Monte Chamber, and the Industry Manufacturers Council and Whittier Uptown Association - for partnering with us to support small businesses in the 57th Assembly District.
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.