It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your Senator. I know your time is precious‚ so I have just a few important updates for you including:
- A brief update on the bills I introduced this year now that the 2020 Legislative Session is in our rear-view.
- What to do in case you suspect you’re a victim of unemployment fraud which‚ sadly‚ is happening all over the state.
- A link to the state’s tiered reopening guidelines. While I’ve been urging the Governor to take a different approach‚ I want to make sure you have the current information.
- A business revitalization grant from the County of San Diego.
- How you can help the American Red Cross meet its need for blood donations during the pandemic.
- A scholarship grant program for low-to-moderate income families.
As always‚ if there is any way I can assist you‚ please call my office at 619-596-3136 or send me a message here.
Brian W. Jones
State Senator‚ District 38
P.S. Here’s my full COVID-19 resource page which we’re updating regularly.
Last Wednesday was the deadline for the Governor Governor to sign or veto all of the bills that the Legislature sent to him this year. I’m happy to report that FIVE of my bills were signed into law. In total during this two-year legislative session‚ twelve of my bills have become laws.
My goal has always been to fix problems for the people I represent.
SB 878 is a great example of this approach. Now that the Governor has signed it‚ this bill requires all boards and bureaus within the Department of Consumer Affairs to prominently display on their websites the current average time-frame for processing initial and renewal license applications.
After working hard to get an education‚ pass their exams‚ and submit a mountain of paperwork‚ a license applicant shouldn’t have to sit in limbo wondering how many months it will be until they can start their career.
This bill will hold state licensing agencies accountable for their performance by increasing transparency and informing the public how long an application will take to approve.
SB 878 – which had the support of healthcare workers and small business leaders – will go into effect on July 1‚ 2021.
Here is a rundown of my other bills that were signed into law this year:
- SB 723 clarifies the law to guarantee due process rights for an individual choosing to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms.
- SB 1003 helps local governments create recreational opportunities for their citizens by allowing more wheeled-devices to operate at local skate parks other than skateboards‚ such as wheelchairs and scooters. This bill was the product of a years-long partnership between myself and the local leaders who wanted to create more public recreation spaces for our residents.
- SB 1126 ensures justice and public safety – while also saving court resources – by adding a limited exception to when sealed competency records for youth can be accessed by the Court if the youth’s competency is again under question. The bill was sponsored by the California Judges Association and had the support of Peace Officers‚ District Attorneys‚ Public Defenders‚ and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
- SB 1148 allows a more fair market for publishing foreclosure notices‚ thus lowering the cost for someone to buy themselves out of foreclosure and remain in their home.
Fraud and the EDD
Californians from all over the state have reported receiving dozens of letters from the Employment Development Department addressed to individuals that do not reside at their home. This has set off alarm bells for me and other concerned leaders‚ as it appears criminals are working to defraud the unemployment system during a time of crisis.
An emergency audit is underway to understand exactly what is happening.
As we await the results of that audit‚ if you believe you may have been the victim of unemployment fraud‚ please visit this site today: https://askedd.edd.ca.gov/Fraud.aspx.
State’s Tiered Reopening Guidelines for Business
The state of California has established a four-tier system for reopening businesses. Here’s where you can learn more: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
While I’ve strongly urged the Governor to take a different approach to our state’s reopening plans‚ I want to make sure you have the current information.
San Diego County Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant
The County of San Diego has established the Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant Program to provide funding to small businesses and commercial property owners in the unincorporated area of San Diego County to improve the front exterior of their buildings.
For more information on the application process and your eligibility‚ you can visit the County’s website here.
Donate Blood. Save Lives.
During the pandemic‚ I’ve been working hard to help the American Red Cross meet its need for blood and plasma donations. That’s why I’m sponsoring two more Blood Drives in North County. On Monday‚ October 12‚ in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce‚ we’ll hold a blood drive at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce building. On Thursday‚ October 15‚ in partnership with the Valley Center Business Association‚ we’ll hold a blood drive at Valley Center Community Church. In addition‚ I donated convalescent plasma on Monday after personally contracting COVID-19 in August.
To check your eligibility to be a blood donor and to RSVP for one of our two blood drives‚ please click here and use the sponsor code SenatorJones.
If you are not able to attend either of these events‚ I would encourage you to find an upcoming blood drive or office location near you so you can help us save lives in our community.
2020 Matching Grant Program
ScholarShare 529‚ California’s College Savings Plan‚ offers a Matching Grant program designed to assist low-to-moderate income families with paying for their children’s post-secondary education. I want to make sure that my constituents are aware of the program’s existence‚ and I encourage you to review the flyer below to see if your family meets the eligibility requirements.
Senator Brian W. Jones is Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus and was elected to the California State Senate in 2018 representing the 38th Senate District which includes Alpine‚ Escondido‚ Lemon Grove‚ El Cajon‚ La Mesa‚ Santee‚ Spring Valley‚ Poway‚ San Marcos‚ Lakeside‚ Valley Center‚ Rancho Santa Fe‚ Julian‚ Pine Valley‚ Ramona‚ Rancho San Diego‚ Bonsall‚ Fallbrook‚ Borrego Springs‚ and parts of the City of San Diego.