Stone Sentinel: August 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Welcome to the August 2017 edition of the Stone Sentinel.

I hope you had a wonderful summer.

The State Legislature, which has been on summer recess since mid-July, heads back to work on August 21st.

It is always good to get out of Sacramento and be home in Riverside County. My staff and I have spent time recently traveling around the 28th Senate District meeting with groups, business owners and families and listening to their ideas and concerns.

It’s pretty obvious as we travel that there is a great disconnect between what goes on in Sacramento and what is really happening in California.

As I head back to the State Capitol, I encourage you to continue to check out my website – www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone – “like” me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SenatorJeffStone – and follow me on Twitter @SenJeffStone.

I also encourage you to call our offices to express an opinion, tell us your thoughts and concerns and let us know if you are having a problem dealing with a State Agency.

You can email me by connecting through my website:

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You can also call or visit my offices in Sacramento, Indio or Murrieta.

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We are here for you.

It is an honor to represent the 28th District in the State Senate.

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Darkening Skies over Sacramento

eclipse map across the US

In ancient times, the Greeks believed a solar eclipse was a sign the Gods were angry and meant the beginning of disasters and destruction.

On Monday, August 21, for the first time in almost a century, a total solar eclipse will be visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States.

That same day the California State Legislature returns to work in Sacramento after a month-long recess.

Coincidence?

Already this year the legislature has passed, and Governor Brown has signed, the largest spending plan in state history.

An onerous gas and car tax that will hurt the poor and working families has also been approved. In November the price you pay at the pump will jump at least 19 cents a gallon.

Another bill, AB 398, already signed, sealed and delivered this year, is nothing more than a huge tax increase on California’s working families who may now have to choose between gasoline and food.

The list of new laws already approved this year that hurt the poor, the middle-class, small businesses, senior citizens and hard-working families is unprecedented in our state’s history.

The Senate even approved a single-payer healthcare plan with an estimated price tag of $400 billion each year – more than double the current state budget – with no way to pay for it.

Fortunately the Assembly put that bill on hold, but it’s not dead yet.

And that was before the upcoming eclipse.

Two topics will dominate debate in the next month here in Sacramento.

Expect to hear plenty about affordable housing in California and the continued effort by Legislative Democrats to turn California into a Sanctuary State.

We all know there is an affordable housing crisis in our state. So far this year the legislature’s solution to the problem has been to increase – that’s right, increase – the fees a buyer must pay when purchasing a home.

In Riverside County the soft costs – taxes, fees, etc… – for a new home exceeds $100,000 for a modest house. That’s before the first nail is pounded into the first board.

Instead of trying to reduce those costs, look for Democrats in the Legislature to propose a multi-billion dollar bond ballot measure for affordable housing that, if passed, will increase the enormous size of the debt they are already passing on to our grandchildren.

Additionally, the Sanctuary State bill, SB 54 – already passed by Senate Democrats on a party-line vote – is set to be heard in the Assembly.

If it becomes law, SB 54 will protect dangerous, undocumented immigrants, who have already been convicted of serious crimes. The law will prohibit cooperation between local and state law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities whose job it is to get and keep these dangerous individuals off our streets and out of our neighborhoods.

The federal government is already threating to withhold millions of dollars in funding to California cities who have declared themselves Sanctuary Cities. They will likely do the same for the entire state if this bill is passed.

Now is the time to contact your elected leaders in Sacramento to let them know you oppose the effort to make California a Sanctuary State.

Soon the skies will darken at mid-day in a once-a century event in the United States.

Perhaps when the eclipse is over, the State Legislature and Governor Brown will see the light of day when it comes to what needs to be done to make California great once again.

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Welcome Consuelo Arias to Team Stone

Consuelo Arias

Senator Stone added another valuable member to the team this month with the addition of Consuelo Arias, who will serve as a District Representative.

Consuelo grew up in Whittier. She attended UC Riverside and graduated with a degree in Political Science/International Relations. While completing her undergraduate degree she interned with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors as the Youth Advisory Council Intern for then-Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone.

After completing her degree from UC Riverside, she pursued a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Consuelo is happy to once again have the opportunity to work with Senator Stone and to help serve his constituents.

Prior to coming to work for Senator Stone’s office, Consuelo worked for the TRIP Program with Independent Living Partnership. As a program analyst, she helped provide transportation for elderly and disabled individuals who were unable to meet life sustaining needs due to lack of transportation.

Consuelo is fluent in Spanish and English. She will be working primarily in the District Office in Indio, but will also be spending time in the Southwest office in Murrieta.

Welcome to the team.

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Team Stone on the Move

The hot, muggy weather didn’t keep Team Stone from traveling across the 28th Senate District. Our staff traveled to ribbon cuttings for new businesses in Riverside County, spent time with civic and community groups and helped dedicate new facilities across the region.

Here are some of the places Team Stone visited in recent weeks.

Team Stone at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new office headquarters of Beshay Enterprises in Murrieta

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new office headquarters of Beshay Enterprises in Murrieta. District Representative Debbie Herrera grabbed a shovel to help David Beshay begin construction of his new building.

2017 Great Futures Breakfast

Team Stone attended the Great Futures Breakfast of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest County.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin speaking at the 2017 Great Futures Breakfast

District Attorney Mike Hestrin and Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff were among the speakers who praised the efforts of the Boys & Girls Clubs and stressed the importance of providing positive opportunities for our youth.

Debbie Herrera was a guest speaker at the Professional Women’s Roundtable luncheon at 8-Bit Brewery in Temecula

District Representative Debbie Herrera was a guest speaker at the Professional Women’s Roundtable luncheon at 8-Bit Brewery in Temecula. Debbie told the group about her life and her many duties working for Senator Stone.

Debbie Herrera of Senator Stone's office speaking at the Professional Women's Roundtable luncheon

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, located on Murrieta Hot Springs Road

Team Stone joined the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, located on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, to the community. The new restaurant brings dozens of jobs to the region. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone with the CHP at the National Night Out event

Communications Director John Hunneman stopped by the CHP booth to thank these great officers for helping to protect residents of Southwest County at the National Night Out event at Town Square Park in Murrieta.

Team Stone t the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Southwest Juvenile Courthouse

Senator Stone’s District Director Glenn Miller was among the speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Southwest Juvenile Courthouse.

Ribbon cutting at the Riverside County Board of Supervisors' new facility

Senator Stone was a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors when plans for the much needed facility in French Valley were approved. Congratulations to all involved.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Baron’s Marketplace

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Baron’s Marketplace on Rancho California Road in Temecula.

Staff intern Anna Gorski presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Staff intern Anna Gorski presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Paychex

District Director Glenn Miller joined with the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Paychex on Highway 111 in Palm Desert.

another California prision

Team Stone joined with Riverside County officials at the “Topping Out Ceremony” for the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio. Senator Stone served for several years alongside John Benoit on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Team Stone at the Topping Out Ceremony

District Director Glenn Miller and District Representative Monica Idnani represented Senator Stone at the ceremony and spent time with John Benoit’s wife, Sheryl.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting for Crab Boil Catering

Team Stone joined the crew from Crab Boil Catering for their ribbon cutting ceremony at the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce. District Representative Debbie Herrera congratulated the business on their one-year anniversary on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the opening of the new offices of Financial Accounting Services

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley and Murrieta Chambers of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the new offices of Financial Accounting Services on Enterprise Circle North in Temecula.

District Representative Darrell Connerton congratulated the long-time business on behalf of Senator Stone.

District Representative Darrell Connerton congratulated the long-time business on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Casa de Silvia

Team Stone joined the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Casa de Silvia on Miles Avenue in Indio.

District Director Glenn Miller congratulated the restaurant on behalf of Senator Stone.

District Director Glenn Miller congratulated the restaurant on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Temecula Tractor Supply Company

Welcome to Temecula Tractor Supply Company. Team Stone joined the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony at their beautiful new store located on Anza Road at Highway 79 South.

District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

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Thanks to our great interns

With summer coming to an end, it’s time to say good-bye and thank-you to the interns who have done such great work in our Sacramento, Indio and Murrieta offices and now head back to school.

Senator Stone with Naweed Tahamas, intern

Among them is Naweed Tahamas who worked in Sacramento and now returns to UC Berkeley.

Senator Stone with Albert Hu, intern

Another of our Sacramento interns is heading back to school. Thanks Albert Hu for all your hard work.

Senator Stone with Joseph Tejada, intern

Joseph Tejada, from the Coachella Valley, spent several months working as an intern in the Sacramento office. The Desert Sun newspaper recently did a profile of Joseph. You can read it here: http://desert.sn/2unwbgS

Baily Mejia (intern) representing Team Stone

Baily Mejia (left) did a tremendous job in the Murrieta office all summer, including representing Senator Stone at numerous events across Southwest Riverside County. Baily begins his senior year at Cal State Fullerton this fall.

Anna Gorski, intern, from Murrieta Valley High School

Anna Gorski presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone to Baron’s Marketplace in Temecula. Anna is a senior at Murrieta Valley High School this fall and intends to continue her internship at the Murrieta office as her schedule permits.

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