The past few weeks have been very busy here in Sacramento as both the Assembly and the Senate have debated many issues.
In the face of the majority party that continues to vote to increase taxes, I have stood up for hard-working families, small businesses, senior citizens, veterans and over-taxed Californians.
As Mark Twain once said, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
The California Legislature begins its month long summer recess on July 21.
I look forward to spending time back in the 28th District meeting with business owners, community leaders, civic groups and residents to listen to their thoughts and concerns.
Meanwhile, as summer heats up across Riverside County, I wanted to share some information to help keep you safe and cool.
Wildfires are always a danger in California, especially this time of year. Click on this link from CalFire. You can download their app and learn what to do in case your home is in danger.
Click here: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
As temperatures soar from Lake Elsinore to the Coachella Valley and Blythe, it is important to drink plenty of water and keep cool.
Here is a listing of “Cool Centers” that are open to the public across Riverside County provided by the Riverside County Fire Department.
Click here: http://bit.ly/2sUmMwv
As always, feel free to contact me at my website www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone or call my offices in Sacramento, Murrieta and Indio if we can be of any help with State related issues.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2tzX8fT
On July 17th, the California State Senate passed an extension of the controversial Cap and Trade program that will result in higher taxes and higher gasoline and energy prices for California consumers.
The legislation, AB 398, authored by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella); and AB 617, authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bellflower), will grant widespread additional powers to California’s Air Resources Board.
In response to the legislation passing, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) issued the following statement:
“This package of bills is nothing more than a huge tax increase on California’s working families who will now have to choose between gasoline and food while making the Coastal elites who fly around the world in their private jets talking about global warming feel good about themselves.”
“These bills were rushed through the Legislature today because the Democrats in charge of Sacramento need the tax revenue to pay for the Governor’s Choo-Choo-Train to nowhere and for more social programs.”
This month we celebrated the 241st birthday of the birth of the United States of America.
On July 4, 1776, 56 men from 13 colonies, with different backgrounds, different religions and different political ideologies, defied their King and declared Independence from Great Britain.
These founding fathers mutually pledged their lives. They risked their fortunes and their sacred honor. All for the purpose of creating a more perfect union that would be called the United States of America.
Watch Senator Stone’s Weekly Capitol Update here: http://bit.ly/2v42ktF
These founding fathers represented diverse groups. Each of them had their own special interests and cared about different reasons for cutting ties to the English King.
They met in the sweltering summer heat in Philadelphia. They listened to each other. They argued with each other in spirited debates. They found room to compromise with one another.
But in the end, they all came together for the greater good of all.
Sometimes, here in Sacramento, the idea of compromise and bipartisanship seems like a relic from a distant age.
The majority party here often speaks of cooperation, but when it comes to the actual practice, more often than not, Republicans find the door closed.
I have called on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together for the common good of 40 million Californians.
It’s time to put aside ideological lines and political grandstanding and do what is best for the hard-working people of our great state.
Senator Stone issued this statement regarding the Democrat majority-vote budget bill:
“While there are some things to like in this budget, including adding to the state’s ‘Rainy Day Reserve’ and restoring the middle class scholarships the Governor had proposed cutting, overall the people of California deserve better.”
“As many California families continue to struggle to afford to buy a home, and pay the highest taxes in the nation, this year’s record $125 Billion in General Fund spending is a 45 percent increase over just six years ago. Are California families 45 percent better off than they were in 2011? I don’t think so.”
“Once again, this year’s budget includes hefty pay raises for state workers. Meanwhile Legislative Democrats have passed an onerous gas and car tax that will hurt the poor and working families.”
“This new tax, signed by the same Governor who vowed not to increase taxes without a vote of the people, is supposed to fix California’s crumbling roads. Yet, before the red ink on the bill had dried, Sacramento Democrats were already plotting to siphon funds away from infrastructure repairs, just as they have done with previous new taxes to fix our roads and bridges.”
Senator Stone’s bill, SB 644, was passed by the state Senate 39-0 and has moved on to the Governor’s desk.
The bill calls for the forfeiture of a boat if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causes the death of another.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2uaJO5G
This legislation is the result of the efforts of the Breslin Family of Murrieta whose daughter Tiffany, 14, and a family friend, Desiree Hobil, 19, who were killed on the Colorado River in 2008 when they were hit by a drinking boater.
The Breslin family formed Tiffany’s Gift, a non-profit organization, to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and boating.
Learn more about Tiffany’s Gift: http://www.tiffanysgift.org/
Now in his third year in the State Senate, and his 25th year as a public servant, Senator Stone is highly regarded as a “voice of reason” in the often contentious climate of Sacramento.
He is often on his feet on the Senate floor to support legislation that benefits hard working families, small businesses, senior citizens and veterans.
However, more often than not, Senator Stone rises to oppose legislation that reaches even deeper into the pockets of hard-working Californians, and will drive business and jobs from the state.
Here are a few of the Senator’s recent floor speeches and committee comments on behalf of the people of California.
Senator Stone opposed SB 2 which raises taxes and adds to the cost of buying a home.
Watch here: http://bit.ly/2vdJ4dm
Senator Stone opposed AB 450 which conflicts with federal law and places additional burdens on employers.
Watch here: http://bit.ly/2tfkOpT
Senator Stone opposed SB 97 which benefits a union at the expense of senior citizens.
Watch here: http://bit.ly/2uS8pKp
Senator Stone’s floor speeches are available for viewing of his website – www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone
Senator Stone honored the Assistance League of Temecula Valley as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 28th Senate District.
The Assistance League of Temecula Valley, a 501(c) 3, was incorporated in 1989 with about 50 volunteer members and was chartered in 1993 as the 81st chapter of the National Assistance League.
Across the nation, more than 26,000 volunteers in 120 chapters focus on making their communities better. Last year these chapters combined to return almost $39 million and provide 3.34 million service hours to their local communities.
For over 27 years, the Assistance League of Temecula Valley has dedicated itself to serving the people of Southwest Riverside County by providing resources to meet the growing communities of the region.
Last year the 250 volunteers of the Assistance League of Temecula Valley donated more than 34,000 hours of service and returned more than $378,000 to the communities they serve.
“As both a Temecula City Councilman and a Riverside County Supervisor, I have seen firsthand the impact this great group of volunteers has had on the people of Southwest Riverside County,” said Senator Stone. “Through programs like Operation School Bell, which provides school clothes to many youngsters in the region, The Thrift Shop, which raises money for numerous philanthropic programs, and many other endeavors, the Assistance League has greatly enhanced the lives of thousands of people in our community.”
The recognition was part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol.
Our Veterans and Active Duty military men and women have no bigger supporter in the California State Senate than Senator Stone.
United States Navy Petty Officer Second Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, a 2012 graduate of Chaparral High School in Temecula, was one of 7 sailors killed on June 17th when their ship, the USS Fitzgerald, and a large container ship collided off the coast of Japan.
Two days later Senator Stone adjourned the state Senate in memory of Carlos Sibayan.
Watch the Adjourn in Memory here: http://bit.ly/2sR2JPL
Petty Officer Sabayan, who lived in Chula Vista with his family, was one of two Southern California sailors killed in the accident.
The other, Petty Officer Third Class Shingo Alexander Douglas was from Oceanside and had graduated from Fallbrook High School in 2010.
Petty Officer Sabayan, 23, was a member of the Navy Junior ROTC Program at Chaparral High School and joined the Navy not long after graduating – following in the footsteps of his father who recently retired after 21 years in the Navy.
Petty Officer Sabayan was buried with full military honors in Chula Vista.
Read the full story in the San Diego Union-Tribune: http://bit.ly/2tCfVsL
With the Legislature in session, Senator Stone’s days and nights in Sacramento are filled with committee hearings, floor sessions and meetings.
But the Senator and his staff also make time to meet with business leaders, volunteer organizations and other groups from across the 28th District and all of California.
Here are just a few of the events that have taken place recently in Sacramento.
Senator Stone recently met with officials from Cal State San Bernardino’s Transportation Center to discuss transportation challenges in Inland Southern California.
Easterseals California recently honored Senator Stone with a 2017 Senate Champion Award during their Annual Easterseals California Awards Dinner in Sacramento.
Easterseals California created its Senate Champion Award to honor public officials, both elected and appointed, for their work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Senator Stone was pleased to meet with members of the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity in his Sacramento office.
This time of year Senator Stone spends each Sunday thru Thursday in Sacramento representing the people of the 28th Senate District.
On the weekend he is always happy to return home and travel across the District meeting with many wonderful people and groups. Here are just a few of the places the Senator has been recently:
Senator Stone congratulated Yaelin Ramirez, a graduate of Indio High School now attending College of the Desert, who received a scholarship from the Desert Contractor’s Association.
Senator Stone met with Gabriella Sanders, Miss California Teen with the National American Miss Pageant, in his Murrieta office. Gabriella, who was homeless for a time as a young child, is focused on building programs to help homeless teenagers. She is truly an inspiration.
Senator Stone met with Dr. Judy White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, in his Murrieta office. The two discussed how they could work together to improve educational opportunities for California’s children.
Senator Stone nominated Shivela Middle School in Murrieta for an education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians. The Barona Band donated $5,000 to the school to be used for books in the Shivela Library. School Librarian Ginelle Dexter—who retired at the end of the school year—accepted the check from Senator Stone. Thank you to Barona for supporting our schools.
Senator Stone met with City of Lake Elsinore officials and the state Department of Fish & Wildlife to discuss improvements that can be made in and around Lake Elsinore for boating, fishing and camping.
Every month Team Stone travels across Riverside County attending events, meeting with constituents and listening to business owners, local officials and the hard working people of the 28th Senate District.
Here are just a few of the places Senator Stone’s staff visited recently:
Team Stone likes ice cream sandwiches and was happy to attend the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for The Baked Bear on Winchester Road. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone was honored to help salute Donald “Donnie” Simpson who was recently awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Feb. 12, 1967. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate from Senator Stone at the ceremony at American Legion Post 53 in Hemet.
Read the Press Enterprise article here: http://www.pe.com/2017/07/01/five-decades-letter-hemet-man-receives-a-silver-star/
Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Stairlifts Made Simple on Ynez Road. Staff Intern Bailey Mejia congratulated the business on behalf of Senator Stone. (Photos courtesy TVCC)
District Director Glenn Miller congratulated Senator Stone’s Indio office intern, Jocelyn Larios, as she graduated in the Top 10 from Shadow Hills High in Indio. Great job Jocelyn and thanks for all your hard work.
Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Advanced Cardiovascular Service on Technology Drive. Staff Intern Bailey Mejia presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone enjoyed meeting so many people at the All Chamber Mega Mixer in Murrieta. The sold-out event brought together many great businesses and nonprofits from across Southwest Riverside County.
Team Stone joined with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Stephen Burchard Realty in Palm Desert. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Cruise Planners of Southern California. Staff Intern Bailey Mejia presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone helped honor scholarship awardees of the East Valley Republican Women Federated. District Director Glenn Miller presented certificates on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone attended the Jamil Dada Character Excellence Youth Awards Ceremony in Moreno Valley. Gloria Sanchez, volunteer representative for Senator Stone, presented certificates to these wonderful young people on behalf of the Senator.
District Representative Monica Idnani joined with the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Orange Twist on Bob Hope Drive.
Team Stone attended the Menifee State of the City event. It’s always exciting to learn what’s happening in this great city. District Representative Debbie Herrera and Gloria Sanchez, Senator Stone’s senior citizen volunteer representative, attended.
Team Stone joined with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Loan Depot on N. Palm Canyon Drive. District Representative Monica Idnani congratulated the business on behalf of Senator Stone.