May and June are two extremely busy months in Sacramento as members of the Legislature present their bills for consideration and the Governor’s May revision of the State budget is unveiled and debated.
I never forget that the people of the 28th Senate District elected me to represent their interests here in Sacramento, not those of the lobbyists, special interests and the big labor unions that control so much of what goes on in the State Capitol.
It’s not always easy, but I will continue to speak out for the rights of law-abiding citizens, including gun owners, and to try and make life better for working class families, small business owners, veterans and seniors citizens.
As you read this newsletter, and watch the videos, be assured we are working only for you here in Sacramento.
We have also taken time this month to remember our fallen Veterans on Memorial Day, marked the 72nd anniversary of D-Day and salute our flag on Flag Day.
I also want to take a moment to congratulate all of the graduates in the Class of 2016. Traveling across the district, I am always astounded by the accomplishments of our high school and college students. Our future looks very bright.
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.
Have a great summer.
In his June 3rd Capitol Update, Senator Stone detailed how legislation he proposed to help veterans and seniors stay in their homes, and working class families pay for college, was deemed by liberal Democrats to be “too expensive,” while bills they supported – that will cost $4 billion – will benefit those in this country illegally and hurt small business owners.
On the Senate floor, Senator Stone took on those who are willing to spend billions of dollars on more and more government regulations that drive jobs from the state, and to provide tax-payer funded benefits to those in our country illegally, but would not even let his bills to help keep veterans and seniors in their homes and allow working-class families to send their kids to college come to a vote.
In May, Senator Stone stood firm against an onslaught of bills proposed by Sacramento liberals that targeted the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Californians, but did little or nothing to curb gun violence or keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
“I voted to oppose a large slate of gun control bills that will do nothing to make the people of California safer,” said the Senator. “These bills infringe on the constitutional rights of people to own guns and pushes our state down a slippery slope that could ultimately allow the government to confiscate the legally owned weapons of law abiding Californians.”
Despite his effort, those bills passed the Senate along party lines and are likely headed to the Governor’s desk.
“I am hopeful that Governor Brown will veto this legislation, as he has vetoed similar bills in the past,” said Senator Stone. “Hopefully, my colleagues will continue to explore meaningful solutions to gun violence by supporting gun laws already on the books that penalize criminals instead of infringing on the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners.”
View several of Senator Stone’s floor speeches opposing these bills here:
In two ceremonies, one in Wildomar and the other held in Indio, Senator Stone presented the 28th Senate District 2016 Veterans Service Awards to 11 deserving veterans.
Each of these veterans, who were nominated by the VFW, American Legion and community leaders, were cited not only for their military service, but for their volunteer efforts in their communities when their military service was done.
Veterans honored at the Wildomar ceremony were USAF Lt. Col. Frank Correa, USMC Maj. Bruce Cripe, USMC Sgt. Maj. David Barragan, USN Chief Petty Officer Michael McCracken and USMC L.Cpl. Jonathan Favillo.
Veterans honored in Indio were US Army Spec. 4 Juan Martinez, USAF Airman 2nd Class Herman Granados, USN Petty officer 3rd Class Steven Waggoner, USMC CWO Jeffrey Gonzalez and USAF Lt. Col. Dean Hunter.
Senator Stone expressed his gratitude on behalf of the California State Senate and the People of California for the dedication and sacrifice of these great veterans.
Here is a link to the KESQ News 3 report on the awards ceremony: http://www.kesq.com/news/american-legion-hosts-first-annual-veterans-service-awards/39774656
In a little more than a year, Senator Stone has earned a reputation as the Republican Party’s most vigorous debater on the floor of the California State Senate.
In May and early June, more than 250 bills were debated and voted upon by the Senate. Senator Stone sought common ground where he could, but also stood firm on the core conservative values the people of the 28th Senate district elected him to represent.
Here are a few of the Senator’s comments from the most recent floor debates.
Senator Stone opposed SB966 because illicit drug manufacturers and distributors need to be held accountable
Senator Stone stood up for small business and against even more unnecessary regulations.
Senator Stone supported SB 817 to restore funding to four Riverside County cities.
Senator Stone’s SB 1261 passed the Senate with unanimous support.
Senator Stone stood up for senior citizens and small businesses.
From the beginning of May until mid-June, California’s budget for the coming year is examined, reviewed, debated and voted on.
As a member of Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Senator Stone took an active role – often in the face of heavy opposition – to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and in the best interest of hard-working Californians.
Watch Senator Stone’s report on the budget process here: Video - Senator Stone works for taxpayers and against special interests
On May 30, the nation paused to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Senator Stone and his staff attended numerous Memorial Day observances across the 28th Senate District.
Watch Senator Stone’s Memorial Day salute here: Video - Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for Freedom
June 6 marked the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion which helped turn the tide in Europe in World War II in favor of the Allies.
June We will never forget those of the Greatest Generation who won the war and saved the world.
Watch this historical video of General Eisenhower’s D-Day message to his troops: https://www.facebook.com/DeptofDefense/videos/10154288047990719/
You can order an American or California State flag that has been flown over the State Capitol in Sacramento from the California State Senate.
Find the order form here: Flag Order Form (PDF)
Fly it proudly.
Learn more about Flag Day here: http://www.usflag.org/history/flagday.html
During a meeting of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, Senator Stone proposed taking half of the money Governor Brown requested to build two brand new office buildings for state workers in Sacramento, and to upgrade other facilities, and instead putting those taxpayer dollars to work repairing California’s crumbling roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
The Governor’s proposed budget would take $1.5 billion from the state’s general fund in the coming year to build a new $530 million office building for the state’s Natural Resource Agency along with $226 million to replace a vacant state owned building. The rest of the money would be used to study making repairs on the State Capitol and for other repairs to buildings around the state.
The Senate’s version of the same measure would allocate $1 billion toward those new buildings for state workers in Sacramento.
In late May, the California Transportation Commission voted for $754 million in cuts from the state’s transportation program over the next five years and to delay another $755 million in much needed projects.
The collapse of the bridge on Interstate 10 at Tex Wash, east of Coachella, in July 2015 illustrates the rapidly deteriorating state of California’s roads and highways and the urgent need to rebuild our State’s crumbling infrastructure.
“I made a motion to take $754 million from the budget plan to build new offices for state workers and use it to restore cuts in much needed transportation projects,” said Senator Stone. “These cuts will either delay or cancel much needed road projects across the state.”
Included in the cuts are $41.5 million for the second phase of the French Valley Parkway in Temecula, $32 million to add truck lanes on State Highway 60 through the Badlands east of Moreno Valley and other projects across Riverside County.
“While there is no doubt repairs to some state buildings are needed, it seems more appropriate to fix the roads we drive on and the bridges we cross and reduce congestion on the freeways we’re stuck on because of traffic before we give new buildings to bureaucrats in Sacramento,” said the Senator.
With more than $57 billion needed for current repairs to California’s roads and bridges, the Governor’s plan is to raise auto registration fees on hard working Californians who already pay among the highest taxes in the nation instead of using existing funds.
The action by the committee to spend taxpayer dollars on new office buildings for state workers, instead of making our roads and bridges safe, is further evidence of the stranglehold public employee unions and special interests have in the State Capitol.
Watch the budget hearing video here: Video - Funds needed for crumbling roads and bridges, not new buildings for state workers
Senator Stone is always happy to welcome visitors to his Sacramento office.
Please call ahead if you are going to be in the State Capitol and would like to visit the office. The phone number is (916) 651-4028.
Please note that the Legislature’s Summer recess is from July 1 to August 1.
Here are some recent visitors.
Murrieta Police Chief Sean Hadden and Captain Dennis Vrooman, were recent visitors to Sacramento.
The Murrieta Police officers and “Crush,” the mascot of Cal State San Marcos, also visited with the Senator’s staff.
Senator Stone welcomed “Crush,” the Cal State San Marcos mascot, to his office. CSU mascots visited the State Capitol to show their support for California’s great colleges and universities. The Senator is a strong supporter of higher education in California.
Senator Stone welcomed Greg Morrison of the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District to the State Capitol.
In early June, a new member joined the Senator’s staff and we said good-bye to one of our originals.
Darrell Connerton, a U.S. Army veteran and long-time employee of the Department of Defense, moved to Temecula from Orange County in the early 1990s and immediately became involved in the community.
Darrell has worked on numerous political campaigns across Riverside County. He served on Temecula’s Public/Traffic Safety Commission for more than six years and on the Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District’s advisory commission for a decade.
He also served then-Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone as his liaison with the Riverside County Sherriff’s Department, the Riverside County District Attorney’s office and the Riverside County Gang Task Force.
If his face looks familiar it’s may be from his role as the CIA Director in the 2013 blockbuster movie “Olympus Has Fallen” which starred Morgan Freeman and Gerard Butler.
Darrell not only acted in the film, but served as a consultant to the producers in order to make the movie more realistic.
Darrell will be splitting his time between the Senator’s offices in Indio and Murrieta. He can be reached by email at Darrell.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadly, we are saying good-bye to Jesse Ramirez, an original member of the Senator’s staff.
Jessie has taken a new position with Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey’s office. We wish him well.
Senator Stone returns from Sacramento to the 28th Senate District every weekend and enjoys meeting with people across Riverside County. Here are just a few of the places he has visited recently.
Senator Stone was honored to attend the Sun City Shadow Hills Memorial Day Ceremony and meet with dignitaries including Chaplain U.S. Navy Lt. Cornelius Johnson, USMC Sgt. Maj. Edward Zapata, and U.S. Army (Ret.) Lt. Colonel Tom Hutson.
Senator Stone and his staff were honored to attend numerous Memorial Day events across the 28th District. The Senator was the guest speaker at the moving ceremony at the Coachella Valley Cemetery.
Senator Stone took part in the third annual Indio Block party on May 21st. The free event, which showcased art, music, classic cars and musical entertainment, drew a great crowd to Downtown Indio.
The Senator had a great visit at Palo Verde College in Blythe. It was wonderful to meet with city officials and members of the staff and faculty.
Each month Team Stone fans out across the 28th Senate representing Senator Stone while he is busy in Sacramento. Here are a few of the events they attended recently.
Team Stone was honored to participate in the ceremony honoring business and civic leaders Richard and Janice Oliphant that recognized their five decades of service to the Coachella Valley. The couple was instrumental in getting the Cal State University San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus. Field Representative Josie Arechiga presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Communications Director and U.S. Navy Veteran John Hunneman was the guest speaker at the Memorial Day observance at Laurel Cemetery in Murrieta.
Team Stone took shovel in hand at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Southwest Juvenile Courthouse on Auld Road in Murrieta. Southwest District Director Maryann Edwards helped turn over the first dirt for this important project.
Team Stone joined with hundreds who turned out for “Clean Extreme” in Lake Elsinore. It was wonderful to see so many people taking pride in their great city. Field Representative Megan Locke represented Senator Stone and grabbed a paint brush to lend a hand.
Team Stone was on hand for the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for the Jacqueline Cochran Discovery of Flight & Education Center in Thermal. The aviation school will help students in job fields from mechanic to pilot. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone took part in the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for Temecula Valley Music Awards. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone turned out in force for the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Edward Jones office of Ryan W. McCray. District Representative Debbie Herrera helped welcome Ryan to the community on behalf of Senator Stone.
California Assistant Secretary of State for Salton Sea Policy Bruce Wilcox and Glenn Miller, Senator Stone’s District Director, where among those who visited the Salton Sea. Senator Stone’s bill, SB 1416, would add a voluntary contribution fund to support the Salton Sea restoration to the state’s income tax form.
Congratulations to the Desert Mirage High School boys’ soccer team for their undefeated season (26-0) and their CIF Championship. District Director Glenn Miller presented a California State Senate Resolution to the team from Senator Jeff Stone to mark their great achievement.