News from the Capitol and District – October 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Dear Constituents,

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. For daily updates on activities in the district and the Capitol, I invite you to "like" my page on Facebook 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.

Sincerely,

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Ian C. Calderon
Assemblymember, 57th District

In this issue:

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Fall Community Coffees

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting community coffees throughout the 57th Assembly District this fall, beginning with Norwalk and Whittier in November, and Hacienda Heights in December. I look forward to seeing you there!

Whittier Community Coffee:
November 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Whittwood Branch Library
10537 Santa Gertrudes Avenue, Whittier

Norwalk Community Coffee:
November 14, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex
13000 Clarkdale Avenue, Norwalk

Hacienda Heights Community Coffee:

December 5, 2015
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant
15922 East Gale Avenue, Hacienda Heights

For more information or to RSVP, please contact my district office at (562) 692-5858.

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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.

Please visit the Franchise Tax Board for a full list of qualifications.

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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week Parade
Santa Fe Springs Red Ribbon Week Parade

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for drug prevention and a personal commitment to live drug free lives.

This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 23-31, 2015. The State Legislature recently passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 102. The 2015 national theme for Red Ribbon Week is “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

Poster+

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Veterans Day

As we prepare to pay tribute to our nation's veterans on November 11, I'm reminded of the sacrifices our active duty personnel, veterans and their families make for our country. From the daily struggles of having a loved one deployed to transitioning back into civilian life, veterans and their families face unique challenges, and we owe a debt of gratitude to them.

We must continue to honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving the living service members and their families the respect they deserve and access to the services they need. With more than two million veterans living in the state of California, I feel strongly that we need to provide returning veterans or surviving family members the tools they need to succeed.

There are a number of federal and state programs and services for returning veterans. For more information about California’s programs and services for veterans and current state legislation impacting veterans, please visit my website at http://asmdc.org/members/a57/ or call my office at (562) 692-5858.

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Domestic Violence Prevention

Every year, well over one million women are abused by their husbands, boyfriends, or other romantic partners. And women are not the only ones affected—children and men can be the victims of this violence.

According to the California Department of Justice, there are more than 600 incidents of domestic violence reported every day in California on average, however domestic violence does not affect the victim alone, it also affects members of the family. In fact, between three to 10 million individuals are likely to be adversely affected by witnessing domestic violence perpetrated on another member of the family.

Each October, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) joins with law enforcement and health organizations throughout California to sponsor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with activities to increase public understanding of this terrible crime. It is through public education that we can empower victims to seek assistance, and end the ongoing cycle of violence.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, or if you want to report someone who is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the 24-hour-a-day toll-free National Hotline, at 1-(800) 799-SAFE or 1- (800) 787-3224 (TDD).

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Prevention Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote screening and early detection of breast cancer.

Roughly one in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

You have a better chance of surviving breast cancer if it is found early. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get a mammogram.

Two years ago, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a measure creating a breast cancer license plate program in California to help increase awareness and to raise funds for the Every Woman Counts program that provides funding for early detection services for underinsured and uninsured women.

The DMV will start producing the plate once 7,500 pre-orders are received. You can order the plate for yourself or give one as a gift. Part of the cost is tax-deductible. Visit https://pinkplate.org/ to place an order.

Remember to “think pink” and help spread the word about the plate.

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Experience Folk Art LA Plaza

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza) presents the upcoming Folk Art LA Plaza, a festival celebrating the rich diversity of Latin American folk art by showcasing the extraordinary craftsmanship and amazing artistry of more than 20 artists from Mexico, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. The festival will include performances, art workshops, and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the event ticket sales will support children’s educational programming at LA Plaza.

The festival begins with a preview party on Friday evening, November 6 and continues throughout the weekend of November 7-8. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside. For more information and tickets, you may visit: www.lapca.org.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity to our nation, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As technology advances, our lives become easier and more connected. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse.

You can follow simple steps to keep your personal information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can follow to practice cybersecurity during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information, you can visit http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.

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Southern California Edison Income Qualified Programs

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a variety of income qualified programs to assist customers facing economic hardships who need help paying their utility bills.

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs for low-income households provide a monthly discount of about 30 percent off a customer’s bill. They are available to those who meet the income guideline qualifications or have someone in their household participating in at least one of 10 government public assistance programs ranging from Medi-Cal/Medicaid to Supplemental Security Income. Learn more by visiting www.on.sce.com/care.

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