Past Events

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:00

California CompetesThe state's California Competes Tax Credit is an income based tax credit available to businesses that want to grow in California. Starting on March 9th, the application for the next round of funding ($31,000,000 plus any unallocated funds from the previous rounds) will be available for all businesses.

If you know of a small or large business that can benefit from such a tax credit, or are a business owner yourself, please join me and the offices of Senator Anthony Cannella, Senator Bill Monning, and Assemblymember Mark Stone for a California Competes Tax Credit workshop with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and learn how to apply.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Monterey County Agricultural Center
1428 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA 93901

The purpose of the Credit is to attract and retain high-value employers in industries with high economic multipliers. It is available statewide to all industries and does not include any geographic or sector-specific restrictions.

The good news for small business owners is that 25 percent of the total credits available each year are specifically reserved for small businesses.

To see what types of businesses have already benefitted from the California Competes Tax Credit Program, click here.

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Additional details regarding the California Competes program can be found here or call GO-Biz at (877) 345-4633.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 00:00

Santa Cruz Redwoods National MonumentPlease join me and members of our community as we explore the benefits and challenges of creating a national monument here in Santa Cruz, and engage in conversation on how best to protect our treasured open space for future generations.

February 12, 2015
Kaiser Permanente Arena
6-8 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 00:00

Seniors and their families are invited to learn how to protect your money and property, and learn from the experts how to stop and fight fraud and identity theft. I hope to see you there!

"Schemes, Scams & Rip-Offs"
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
9 - 11 a.m.
Oldemeyer Center

986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside
Free and open parking at the Center.

You are welcome to stay for lunch after the Town Hall, but please RSVP to Francine by October 27 at 831-899-6809.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 00:00

Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

State Capitol, Room 126
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection will hold an informational hearing on the impacts of seawater desalination, with panelists including academic experts, coastal and water policy experts, environmental advocates, and desalination industry stakeholders.  Panels will cover the topics of impingement and entrainment, brine discharge, and statewide policy including perspectives on a water loading order.  The media is invited to attend, and the public will be invited to comment.

For more information on the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection, including previous hearing topics, please visit:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 00:00

Please join Senator Bill Monning, the Contractors State License Board and me for a free Senior Scam StopperSM seminar on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Come learn how to protect yourself or a family member from fraud and what to do if you become a victim of a scam. A panel of experts will provide information about fraud relating to home repair, identity theft, mail, auto repair, insurance and more. Seniors, family members and caregivers are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, July 29
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Oak Tree Villa
100 Lockewood Lane
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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For more information or to RSVP, please contact Oak Tree Villa at (831) 438-7533. You may also contact my district office.