Summer 2016 – Legislative Updates and Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 00:00

Happy summer! In this newsletter, I update you on some of the legislation I've authored this year and upcoming events in the 29th Assembly District.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office if I can help you.

Sincerely,

Mark Stone signature

MARK STONE
Assemblymember
29th District


Legislative Spotlight

I'm pleased to report that the Assembly has approved several of my bills, which now go to the Senate for consideration in policy committees.  Here are a few of those bills:

AB 2251 (Stone) Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights:  This measure protects student borrowers from confusing loan practices that can create crushing, insurmountable debt and can create a drag on the economy.  It requires loan servicers to provide reliable information about loan repayment options, quality customer service and fair treatment, as well as meaningful access to federal affordable repayment and loan forgiveness benefits.  Attorney General Kamala Harris is sponsoring these key reforms.

AB 1826 (Stone) State Organic Farming Program: This bill updates California's organic farming program to ensure that California's organic producers are not participating in unnecessary, duplicative bureaucratic processes.  This bill helps ensure that the information a producer provides is shared with both the national and state organics programs so that the producer does not have to submit paperwork multiple times.

AB 1997 (Stone) Reforming Group Care for Foster Youth: This bill builds on 2015 legislation that comprehensively reformed the foster care placement system to make sure that youth in foster care have their day-to-day physical, mental, and emotional needs met; that they have the greatest chance to grow up in permanent and supportive homes; and that they have the opportunity to grow into self-sufficient, successful adults.  The bill supports the new law to phase out group homes, provides for recruitment and training of additional resource families, and expands upon requirements to provide appropriate mental health care to youth.

You can search for all of my bills, or any other proposed laws of interest, at the California Legislative Information portal.

Summer Events in the 29th Assembly District

SuperKids Summer Bash Health and Wellness Fair

San Jose families – are you looking to have fun and learn more about living a healthy lifestyle this summer?  Come join me and San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra at the FREE SuperKids Summer Bash Health and Wellness Fair. Kids and families can have fun while learning about nutrition, personal safety, sports, exercise, and more.  Here are event activities:

- Peddle fast to blend your own smoothie using bike power!
- Receive free dental and vision screenings!
- Try our kid cardio activities!
- Parents: receive free car seat safety checks, learn how to register for CalFresh, get a library card and more!
- Be entered to win a grand prize by participating in the vendor Passport Activity!

Saturday, July 30
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Southside Community Center
5585 Cottle Road
San Jose, CA 95123

No RSVP necessary.  For more information about the SuperKids Summer Bash call my office at (831) 425-1503 or (408) 782-0647.

Enjoy & Explore Almaden Quicksilver

Did you know that Santa Clara County Parks is celebrating turning 60 this year? You are invited to join me and Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman in spending the day enjoying and celebrating a local favorite, the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Join us for breakfast and conversation, and then stay to attend fun-filled guided tours of Casa Grande and the town of New Almaden.

Saturday, August 27
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Parking located at Casa Grande Museum:

21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

10  – 11 a.m.  Breakfast with Assemblymember Stone and Supervisor Wasserman at Casa Grande
11 a.m. – Noon Walking tour of the Town of New Almaden
Noon – 1 p.m. Tour of Casa Grande

This event is FREE, but RSVPs are encouraged due to limited space. Please let us know if you have any special needs.  For more information and to RSVP, please call my office at (831) 425-1503 or email angela.gile@asm.ca.gov.

2016 Woman of the Year – 29th Assembly District


From left to right: Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, Chair of the Women's Caucus Assemblymember Christina Garcia, Ann Todd Jealous, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Mark Stone

Congratulations to Pacific Grove resident and community leader, Mrs. Ann Todd Jealous, 2016 Woman of the Year designee for the 29th Assembly District!

Mrs. Jealous is a longtime civil rights activist, teacher, therapist, and author. She dedicates her time to conflict resolution and diversity training at the National Coalition Building Institute and The Village Project, Inc., a non-profit Afro-centric counseling center based in Seaside.  She has enriched the lives of so many residents in the Monterey Bay area through her selfless and tireless work fighting racism and advocating for human rights.  She has served our community for many years, and I'm proud to honor her work in our Assembly District.

2016 Small Business of the Year – 29th Assembly District

I'm pleased to announce the 29th Assembly District's Small Business of the year, Sweet Earth Natural Foods, owned by Brian and Kelly Swette!

The Moss Landing-based company promotes healthy eating in today's fast-paced world through its organic, ready-made, gourmet food products.  All Sweet Earth employees are an invested team of owner-operators who share the company's philosophy that when people are happy, it shows in the food.  The commitment by Sweet Earth Natural Foods to healthy and sustainable living, reverence for the earth, and creating a positive and rewarding work environment represents the best of the 29th Assembly District.


Contacting My Office: Sharing Your Views, Getting Assistance and Visiting My Office

Do you need assistance with a state agency like the DMV, Employment Development Department, or Franchise Tax Board? Do you have questions about state legislation?  Would you like to share a concern or suggestion with one of your state representatives?

I have two district offices to serve Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties:

Santa Cruz County District Office
701 Ocean Street, 318-B
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tel: (831) 425-1503
Fax: (831) 425-2570

Monterey County District Office

99 Pacific Street, Ste 575G
Monterey, CA 93940
Tel: (831) 649-2832
Fax: (831) 649-2935

Santa Clara County residents may contact our district staff by calling (408) 782-0647.

Santa Clara County Mobile Office Hours: Can't make it to one of my district offices?  I invite you to talk to my staff during my drop-in office hours at multiple Santa Clara County locations:

Santa Teresa Foothills
Santa Teresa Library – Community Meeting Room
290 International Circle, San Jose, CA 95119
First Monday of the month from 4 – 6 p.m.

Almaden Valley
Almaden Community Center
6455 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120
Appointments made upon request for the First Wednesday of the month from 8 – 9:30 a.m. Call (408) 782-0647 to schedule.

South San Jose
Peet's Coffee & Tea
1110 Blossom Hill Rd #20, San Jose, CA 95118
Appointments made upon request. Call (408) 782-0647 to schedule.

Click the yellow Contact Mark button on the right side of my Assembly home page to send me a message. I'll respond as soon as I can.