The Legislature ended the 2019 legislative session in the early hours of September 14th, capping off a year of significant legislation that will affect many Californians in some way, covering issues that included water, wildfire prevention, and the freedom to work independently.
In his first year in office, Governor Newsom will have acted upon 1,037 bills by the end of 2019. There were 2,177 bill introductions this year (Assembly – 1,505; Senate – 672). He has until October 13th to sign or veto all the bills that are still awaiting on his desk.
With the Legislature reconvening on January 6th for the 2020 session, I am pleased to be spending more time back in Orange and San Diego counties to connect with constituents and listen to their concerns. For example, I look forward to co-hosting the fifth annual Veterans Resource Fair in Laguna Niguel on October 5th.
As your representative in the California State Senate, please feel free to contact one of my offices if my staff and I can be of assistance. My office is here to serve the residents of the 36th Senate District.
P.S. I recently participated in an in-depth interview with Behavioral Health Action California about improving behavioral health in our state, my time as a social worker, and what led me to public service. Click here to watch the interview.
California State Capitol
- The Governor signed my Senate Bill 141 into law that will require all inmates convicted of a sexually violent offense to be administered a comprehensive risk assessment before their parole hearing. I thank San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan for partnering with me to craft this law. Click here to learn more.
- The Legislature approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 that I joint-authored with Senator John Moorlach that designates a portion of State Route 55 from 19th Street to MacArthur Boulevard in Orange County as the “Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway.” Captain Kreza, who lived in Rancho Santa Margarita, passed away on November 5, 2018, due to injuries he suffered when he was hit by a van.
- The Legislature approved the bills below that I have authored and are on the Governor’s desk for his consideration:
- SB 679 – Streamlines the process for licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs), marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), and clinical social workers (LCSWs) in other states to become licensed in California.
- SB 589 – Prohibits an operator of addiction treatment facilities and sober living homes from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services.
- SB 541 – Requires the California Department of Education to report on the use of existing lockdown drills in K-12 public schools.
In the wake of the tragic bluff collapse in Encinitas in August that took the lives of three people, I requested the White House budget office to approve funding that would help stabilize local bluffs. I also asked the California Coastal Commission to take steps that will help stabilize bluffs and save lives. Click here to learn more.
The Governor has signed Assembly Bill 5, which will significantly limit the ability of Californians to work as independent contractors. I opposed AB 5 because it undermines the principle of equal treatment under the law and deprives many Californians the right to be their own bosses. Click here to learn more.
Military veterans, their families, and the public are invited to attend the fifth annual Veterans Resource Fair that I am co-hosting with Assemblyman Bill Brough at Laguna Niguel’s City Hall (30111 Crown Valley Parkway, 92677) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.
The event will provide information to veterans on benefits and how to file claims. Enjoy lunch catered by a Carl’s Jr. food truck. For more information, click here.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26th aims to provide a safe and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Bring unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications. For more information and to find a location near you, click here.
The events below are just a sample of what’s happening in our beautiful region. While my office strives to include accurate information at the time of publication, event details are subject to change by their organizers.
San Clemente: Seafest
Date: October 6
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 7 Pier (622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672)
About: The Seafest features the first-ever Street Taco Challenge, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show, Children’s Surf Contest, a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation, and more.
Vista: Fire #5 Open House
Date: October 12
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Station No. 5 (2009 S Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081)
About: In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, the Vista Fire Department is hosting an open house at Fire Station #5. Tour the station, meet firefighters, and check out the fire engines.
Mission Viejo: Adult and Teen Workshop on Drug Abuse Prevention
Date: October 16
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692)
About: Adults and teens are invited to learn about drug abuse prevention, usage trends and dangers. There will be educational booths, a drug IQ Challenge, and more. Free event, light refreshments will be served.
Dana Point: Doheny’s Annual Halloween Haunt
Date: October 19
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Doheny State Beach (25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629)
About: Wear your Halloween costumes and explore craft and educational booths, and more.
Oceanside: Fire Dept. Open House
Date: October 19
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Fire Station 7 (3350 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058)
About: Bring the whole family to check out public safety equipment, vehicles, watch demonstrations, tour the firehouse, and meet your Oceanside Fire Department personnel.
Encinitas: Surfing Madonna Beach Run
Date: October 26
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Moonlight Beach (400 B Street, Encinitas, CA 92024)
About: The Surfing Madonna Beach Run is located in the heart of Encinitas, on the beautiful sands of famous Moonlight Beach. The course curves along the waters’ edge along the most scenic beaches in North County San Diego.
In addition to many meetings, briefings and other Senate activities, I also:
- Visited Swift Engineering’s San Clemente headquarters to learn how it’s using technology to address coastal erosion, landslides, and wildfires. Thank you to Rick Heise, Swift’s President and Chief Strategy Officer, for giving me a personal tour.
- Met with Teresa Barnes, RN, the founder of HearCommunication in Carlsbad at my Encinitas office. We discussed accommodations for people who have hearing loss.
- Participated in an interview for Behavioral Health Action California (BHA) at my Laguna Hills office. I’m with Kevin Riggs, an Emmy Award-winning journalist who conducted the interview on behalf of BHA. Click here to watch the interview.
- Delivered a legislative update to the Niguel Shores Men’s Club in Dana Point.
- Showed my support for the National Asian American Coalition and other community leaders at the State Capitol. They won a court order that ordered Gov. Newsom to use $331 million in mortgage settlement money for its intended purpose -- helping struggling homeowners.
- And more!