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Assemblymember Waldron -Treat Mental Illness As The Physical Issue It Is

By   /  August 10, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — A major side effect of the Coronavirus pandemic is the immense impact on California’s mental health and substance use. Over 22,000 overdoses and suicides are projected to result from forced isolation and rising unemployment.   Parity means substance abuse and mental illness needs to be treated equally as physical health.  90% of […]

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Senator Bates & Senate Committee to Vote To End Popular San Diego Recycling Program

By   /  August 10, 2020  /  Local, State and National  /  No Comments

On Bill to End Popular San Diego Recycling Program – AB 2959 Would Create a Monopoly to Municipal Waste Haulers & Raise New Fees on Local Businesses SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August, 2020) —  Each week, a specialized hauling truck arrives at San Diego’s popular AleSmith Brewery to pick up spent grain and other recovered food […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Jobless Claims Highlight Problems

By   /  August 3, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – The pandemic has thrown millions out of work and created massive problems at California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), the agency empowered to provide Unemployment Insurance (UI) to laid-off workers. Between March and May, EDD experienced a 3400% increase in claims compared to January/February. From March 8 to July 18, EDD processed […]

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Senator Jones -“Remote Voting” & “Proxy Voting” Declared Unconstitutional by Legislative Counsel

By   /  August 3, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Legislative Counsel has ruled that legislators can’t “call it in” – they must be physically present at committee hearings or Floor sessions to cast votes El Cajon, CA – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) today publicly released an official opinion by the Office of Legislative Counsel that declares it unconstitutional to allow legislators to cast […]

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Senator Bates Announces State Funding to Help Low Income Californians with Homeownership

By   /  July 30, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded $6 million to organizations in Orange and San Diego counties to help Californians with low incomes become or remain homeowners. “The economic disaster caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the dream of […]

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Senator Bates Announces More State Funding to Help House Young Adults

By   /  July 30, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded funding to Orange and San Diego counties to help house young adults who are at-risk of becoming homeless. “I appreciate the efforts of the California Department of Housing and Community Development to ensure […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Back To Work

By   /  July 27, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — Several employees in the Capitol and 2 Assemblymembers tested positive for COVID last month which stopped our work in its tracks.  This week marks the start of a short, final month for the 2019 – 2020 session. Public safety is a priority, and I am very proud to join Assemblymembers Cooper, […]

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Senator Brian W. Jones – Community Newsletter

By   /  July 27, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Dear Friends‚ I hope you and your family are doing well. I wanted to provide you with a few updates and share some important information. As always‚ if I can assist you in any way‚ please call my office at 619-596-3136 or send me a message here. Thank you‚ Brian W. JonesState Senator‚ District 38 P.S. […]

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Senate Republicans Respond To California Democrats’ Economic Stimulus Plan

By   /  July 27, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA  – The statement below is in response to California Democrats’ $100 billion proposed Economic Stimulus Package: “These summaries are broad strokes and some may sound appealing – but when it comes to California Democrats’ proposals, the devil is always in the details. Consider what they have done since the start of this pandemic. California […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – DMV Providing 1-Year Extension To California Seniors

By   /  July 23, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember  – The DMV is providing an automatic one-year extension to California’s seniors. Those age 70 or older with a non-commercial driver’s license that expires between March and December of this year now have one year from the original expiration date to get their license renewed. This extension is the latest action to help Californians avoid or delay […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – DMV Update

By   /  July 20, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — The DMV has extended the time for drivers license renewals that had expired during the period of March 2020 on.  All drivers under age 69 were extended until July 31 with expanded online renewal available. Commercial license renewal extended until Sept. 30, 2020.  Learners permits from March 2020 also extended 6 months.  This is […]

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Senator Bates Applauds Allocation of COVID-19 Aid to Local Governments

By   /  July 20, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Finance officially notified the Legislature yesterday on how it will allocate almost $1.8 billion from California’s share of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to cities and counties. The money will help fund public health, public safety, and other services to […]

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Senator Bates Co-Hosts Red Cross Blood Drives

By   /  July 16, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Dear Neighbor, The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause shortages of blood supplies. In partnership with the American Red Cross, I am co-hosting two blood drives in August to help people in need: August 12, 2020: 10 am to 4 pm, Carlsbad August 26, 2020: 10 am to 4 pm, Laguna Hills A photo ID is […]

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Urgent Attention Needed to Prevent COVID Outbreaks in Long Term Care Facilities

By   /  July 16, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

With Major Spike in New Cases; Urge Caution and Thoughtful Approach In Reopening Facilities Dear Governors, Thank you for your leadership in response to this unprecedented health crisis and the action your administrations have taken to prevent the outbreaks of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living communities to protect our residents and dedicated caregivers.  […]

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Gov. Newsom New Order Affects 30 Counties

By   /  July 13, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Citing rising rates of people testing positive for the coronavirus and jumps in hospitalizations, Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday ordered the closure of indoor operations at gyms, hair salons, houses of worship, personal-care services, malls and non-critical office settings. The order affects all 30 counties on the state’s pandemic monitoring list — including San Diego, […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Drug Treatment = Less Crime

By   /  July 13, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron –In California, opioid and heroin use is a major threat to public health, and is the leading cause of death for those under 50. It’s a major cause of crime, and contributes directly to high recidivism rates in our prison system. That’s why I’ve introduced Assembly Bill 1304 (AB 1304), co-authored by […]

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Senator Jones Appointed To California Commission On Disability Access

By   /  July 9, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – State Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Brian Jones (R-Santee) was recently appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to serve on the California Commission on Disability Access. The California Commission on Disability Access works with a variety of stakeholder groups, including disability rights advocates, the business community, non-profits, government agencies, landscape architects, engineers, contractors, […]

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CA Sues Feds to Protect CARES Act Public School Funds

By   /  July 9, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — California, four other states and Washington, D.C., are suing to stop the federal government from siphoning off coronavirus aid meant for low-income schools and sending it to private and religious schools. Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued an interim final rule that requires CARES Act funds be “equitably distributed” to religious and private schools. […]

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“California’s Confused Fight Against the Coronavirus”

By   /  July 6, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

CAL Matters; “Newsom Now Owns the COVID-19 Pandemic” Former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown recently wrote: “From the top down, you can sum up the current fight against the coronavirus in one word: confusion.Nobody seems able to interpret or explain the various and at times contradictory rules, orders or advice. And that […]

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Independence Day Thought – Assemblymember Waldron

By   /  July 4, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron —Independence Day is traditionally a time to go to the beach, have backyard barbecues and close out the day watching fireworks. But this year, the celebrations won’t be as wide-spread, the beaches will be much less crowded. The limited July 4th activities may be appropriate since it provides an opportunity to pause and reflect […]

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