Winter 2016 District Update
Heading Toward Spring
It's the second year of this legislative session, and my staff and I are hard at work. In this newsletter, I provide information about proposed laws and the state budget, upcoming events, and reminders about how you can contact my office to express your views or receive assistance. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help you.
Proposed New Laws
This year, I have introduced legislation that reflects my priorities of preserving our precious coastal resources, protecting vulnerable Californians, and helping families exit poverty. Throughout the year, I will keep you updated about other new laws I propose this session.
AB 2002 (Stone/Atkins/Levine) - Coastal Commission Transparency: As evidenced by the decision to remove Dr. Charles Lester as the Executive Director, the actions of the Coastal Commission have a profound impact on the lives of Californians. It is without question that decisions of such gravity should be held to the highest standards of public disclosure. However, current law lacks the transparency that Californians clearly expect and deserve regarding who is working to influence decisions that commissioners make. This measure requires that people lobbying Coastal Commissioners become registered as lobbyists and become subject to public disclosure laws, and it helps ensure that future commissioner decisions have higher standards of disclosure and public scrutiny.
AB 2251 (Stone) - Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights: This measure protects borrowers from unfair or confusing loan practices that can create crushing, insurmountable debt for students and create a drag on the economy. Specifically, it requires loan servicers to provide reliable information about loan repayment options, quality customer service and fair treatment, and meaningful access to federal affordable repayment and loan forgiveness benefits. I'm proud to be joined by Attorney General Kamala Harris in pushing for these key reforms.
AB 1742 (Stone) - Restoring Critical Benefits: To fight California's appalling poverty rate, it's time to expand successful safety net programs that were drastically cut during the Great Recession. In spite of a strong economy today, an overwhelming number of California families continue to face tremendous obstacles to exiting poverty and establishing better futures for themselves. This bill provides more support for impoverished families whose adults are transitioning into full employment by extending the lifetime limit to receive CalWORKs benefits, and provides additional protections to wages that working family members earn.
You're Invited: Public Hearing on Beach Erosion and Declining Sand Supplies
As Chair of the Select Committee on Coastal Protection, I will be hosting a special informational hearing in my district to discuss beach erosion and declining sand supplies along the Central Coast and throughout California. You're invited to listen to experts and share your thoughts at this public hearing:
Friday, March 18, 2016
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
8272 Moss Landing Rd. Moss Landing, CA 95039
If you have questions about this hearing, please call my Capitol office at 916-319-2029.
You're Invited: Senior Scam Stopper Seminar in Seaside
I am pleased to host a FREE Senior Scam Stopper seminar with the City of Seaside and the Contractors State License Board. I hope to see you there!
Friday, March 25, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
986 Hilby Avenue
Seaside, CA 939551
Join us and learn how to protect yourself. One in five seniors has been a victim of fraudulent, frequently-evolving scams. Seniors, their families, and caregivers are welcome to attend this FREE seminar. Special guests from the Monterey County District Attorney's Office and the Alliance on Aging will be present to offer additional information.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact my office at 831.649.2832.
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 and mobile office hours in Santa Clara County.
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 the office 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:
Almaden Community Center
6455 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120
First Wednesday of the month - 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Santa Teresa Foothills
Santa Teresa Library - Community Meeting Room
290 International Circle, San Jose, CA 95119
First Monday of the month - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
South San Jose
Peet's Coffee & Tea
1110 Blossom Hill Rd #20, San Jose, CA 95118
Second Monday of the month - 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
You can also send me a question or comment through my website at www.asmdc.org/members/a29. Click the yellow Contact Mark button on my Assembly home page to send me a message. I'll respond as soon as I can.