Stone Sentinel: June 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Welcome to the June 2017 edition of the Stone Sentinel.

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 was 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.

We have taken time this month to remember our fallen Veterans on Memorial Day, recall the 73rd 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 2017. As I travel 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.

Also you can “like” me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SenatorJeffStone or follow me on Twitter @SenJeffStone.

Have a great summer.

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A Legislative Update

State Capitol Building

The deadline for all bills that originated in the State Senate to be heard and acted on by the 40 members of the Senate was June 2nd.

Over three long days, more than 250 bills were debated and brought up for a vote on the Senate floor.

I supported the good bills that will benefit Californians and improve their quality of life.

Unfortunately there were not very many of those.

Watch Senator Stone’s Legislative Update video here: http://bit.ly/2s8T6z8

Too many of the bills proposed and passed by Senate Democrats will raise the cost of housing and the price of gasoline, add even more regulations to businesses, big and small, and continue to not only spend money the state does not have, but pile even more debt on our children and our grandchildren.

The bills that did pass the Senate now move over to the State Assembly for consideration. This month the Senate is hearing all of the bills that were passed by the Assembly.

I am happy to report that six of my bills were passed by the Senate and are moving forward.

Several of those bills will improve access to medical care for Californians who live in rural parts of our state and also modernize regulations in the pharmacy business.

SB 644 will make the penalty for anyone convicted of Boating Under the Influence, that results in the loss of life, the same as for someone convicted of Driving Under the Influence resulting in a death.

SB 583—which also passed unanimously—will require high school students to pass a Financial Literacy class to give them a better understanding of finances, debt and personal responsibility.

Follow Senator Stone’s legislation by clicking on the link on this newsletter.

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A Voice for the People

Senator Stone speaking on the floor of the Senate

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.

As a Senator, 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.

Senator Stone’s floor speeches are available for viewing of his website – www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone.

Stone's News and Announcements

Here are recent examples of Senator Stone standing up for Californians:

Senator Stone supported SB 623 to provide safe drinking water for all Californians.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2raHmXM

Senator Stone stood up for families who enjoy off-road vehicle recreation and opposed SB 249.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2raPSGg

Senator Stone opposed SB 465 that would increase prices and drive businesses from the State.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2r0v5pL

Senator Stone opposed SB 3 which will add even more debt onto California’s taxpayers.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2sI9DXP

Senator Stone opposed SB 71, yet another state mandate that will drive up housing costs.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2rayuBA

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Senator Stone opposed SB 562 – Single-Payer, Government Run Health Care

Senator Stone speaking out against SB 562

Senator Stone opposed Senate Bill 562, the $400-billion-a-year, single-payer health care plan that will raise taxes, limit available care and be managed by the same people who run the DMV.

Watch the Senator’s floor speech here: http://bit.ly/2r2Sv1z

Read Senator Stone’s Op-Ed in the Riverside Press Enterprise: http://bit.ly/2pYPDz2

The Senator joined a rising chorus, from all sides of the political spectrum, opposed to this bill.

Orange County Register Editorial:

“… Considering the magnitude of such a proposal … the proposal is anticipated to cost $400 billion per year, more than double the state budget. … This is a glorified political stunt which, if it proceeds with the same thoughtlessness shown to date, could do real harm to the state of California.”

Read their entire editorial: http://bit.ly/2sgRPpn

California Policy Center:

“The state Senate’s vote to pass Ricardo Lara’s single-payer healthcare bill last week was a singular act of fiscal malpractice. By failing to control costs and access to the program… Lara’s Healthy California Act amounts to a blank check… that could well bounce once it’s presented to Sacramento.”

Read their entire opinion: http://bit.ly/2qXcPNZ

National Review:

“… Democrats would still need to raise $200 billion through increased tax revenues, which the majority of Californians vehemently oppose… Which is to say that if Californians remain opposed to higher taxes – and California is one of the most taxed states in the country – then it will be difficult for legislators to sell either a 15-percent payroll tax…”

Read their entire editorial: http://bit.ly/2r6JK1X

The bill narrowly passed the Senate and will be heard next by the State Assembly.

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2017 Veterans Service Award

Senator Stone honored 13 military veterans in ceremonies in Wildomar and Palm Springs who have faithfully served in our nation’s armed forces and, when their military days were done, continued to serve by becoming volunteers, mentors, leaders, business owners, and shining examples in their communities.

Senator Stone with 2017 Veteran Service Award recipients

Each of the veterans honored was nominated by their fellow veterans.

After receiving dozens of applications, Senator Stone met with members of his staff—which includes three military veterans—and read each one.

Senator Stone with 2017 Veteran Service Award recipients

It was an honor to present these awards and the Senator looks forward to next year’s ceremonies.

The 2017 Veterans Service Award winners are:
Lt. Col. Tom Hutson U.S. Army Indio
Sgt. Robert Allison U.S. Army La Quinta
Sgt. Mark Barfknecht U.S. Air Force Indio
Pvt. Alejandro Terrazas U.S. Marine Corps Coachella
Sgt. Maj. Mike Templeton U.S. Marine Corps Palm Springs
Capt. John F. Sheehan U.S. Marine Corps Anza
Staff Sgt. Ronnie N. Imel U.S. Army Mountain Center
Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery C. Dodson U.S. Air Force Temecula
LCpl. David Poplin U.S. Marine Corps Murrieta
Seaman First Class Harold Herren U.S. Navy Murrieta
Lt. Col. Kenneth (Paul) LeGrice U.S. Army Canyon Lake
Capt. Bradley S. Burris U.S. Navy Lake Elsinore
Master Sgt. Robert Blanton U.S. Marine Corps Temecula


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Financial Literacy Act – inspired by high school student – passed by Senate

Senate Bill 583 – the Financial Literacy Act – by Senator Stone was passed unanimously by the State Senate on May 31st.

Watch video of bill passage: http://bit.ly/2rYGWs4

Senator Stone with Robert Ortega

The bill was suggested by Robert Ortega, a senior at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, who was the winner of the Senator’s annual “There Ought to be a Law” competition among high school students in the 28th Senate District.

If passed by the Assembly and signed by the Governor, SB 583 would make it a requirement in high school to take a class on Financial Literacy so students will have a better understanding of finances, debt, and personal responsibility before they enter adulthood.

In April, Robert traveled to Sacramento to testify on behalf of his proposed legislation. The bill passed both the Senate Education and Appropriations committees by unanimous vote.

Robert Ortega testifying in committee on SB 583

Watch video of testimony before the Education Committee: http://bit.ly/2qfaCNK

“I was pleased my colleagues in the Senate saw the wisdom in teaching basic financial skills to high school students,” said Senator Stone. “So many of our young people enter the job market or head off to college without the necessary financial tools they need.”

Senator Stone with District Director Glenn Miller, Principal Dr. Marcus Wood, Robert Ortega, and teacher Shauna Perrance

Senator Stone also visited Shadow Hills High School in Indio to congratulate Robert Ortega. The Senator is pictured here with District Director Glenn Miller, Principal Dr. Marcus Wood, Robert Ortega, and teacher Shauna Perrance.

Robert Ortega on KMIR news

Robert Ortega was also featured on the KMIR news: http://bit.ly/2rE8fFj

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Memorial Day

The men and women who have served, and currently serve, our nation in the Armed Forces have no stronger advocate in the State Legislature than Senator Stone.

On Memorial Day our nation paused to honor those who have given, as President Lincoln said, “their last full measure of devotion” to our nation.

Senator Stone saluted these heroes in his weekly Capitol Update and acknowledged the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.

Senator Stone

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2r2EwJ7

The Senator and members of his staff attended numerous Memorial Day observances across the 28th Senate District.

Senator Stone speaking at Memorial Day event

Senator Stone was a guest speaker at the City of Murrieta Memorial Day Observance at Town Square Park. The Senator spoke of the sacrifice made by those in Riverside County during World War I and also remembered the young men from Murrieta who have given their lives in current conflicts.

Memorial Day event

Senator Stone and Communications Director John Hunneman attended the Memorial Day salute at the Lake Elsinore Cemetery. Hundreds of people turned out to honor our fallen heroes.

Memorial Day event

District Director Glenn Miller attended “A Day of Remembrance” Memorial Day 2017 hosted by Forest Lawn in Cathedral City.

Memorial Day event

District Representative Darrell Connerton attended the moving Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Monument at Duck Pond Park in Temecula.

Memorial Day event

District Director Glenn Miller attended the Memorial Day Remembrance at Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio. Hundreds of veterans and residents came out to honor our military and listen to our active duty 29 Palm Marines reflect on the importance of this day.

Memorial Day event

Team Stone attended the East Valley Veterans Ceremonial Committee’s annual Memorial Day Remembrance hosted by the American Legion Post #739-Indio. There was a great turnout at the Coachella Valley Cemetery to honor military veterans who gave all for our freedoms.

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Plenty to do in Sacramento

With the Legislature in session, Senator Stone’s days and nights in Sacramento are filled with committee hearings, floor sessions and meetings.

Senator Stone speaking on the Senate floor

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 welcomed members of Building Healthy Communities Coachella to the State Senate

Senator Stone welcomed members of Building Healthy Communities Coachella to the State Senate. It was a pleasure to meet with this group doing such great work in the community.

Sacramento office intern Joseph Tejada represented Senator Stone in 43rd annual Capitol Frog Jump

Sacramento office intern Joseph Tejada represented Senator Stone in 43rd annual Capitol Frog Jump. The Capitol Frog Jump is an unofficial kick off to the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, which runs from May 18 to the 21st in Angels Camp. Started in 1928, the frog jump was inspired by Mark Twain’s fictional work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Senator Stone received the Legislative Leadership Award from the California Product Stewardship Council

Senator Stone received the Legislative Leadership Award from the California Product Stewardship Council for his “outstanding work in co-authoring SB 1229 in support of pharmaceutical take-back.” The award was presented recently at a reception in Sacramento.

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Jeff in the District

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 with student interns Danny Pizan and Jose Castro from La Quinta High School

Senator Stone and his Indio staff recently said thank-you to student interns Danny Pizan and Jose Castro from La Quinta High School for all of their hard work.

Senator Stone meeting with his 'kitchen cabinet' a group of business and community leaders in Temecula

Senator Stone met with his “kitchen cabinet”, a group of business and community leaders in Temecula, to discuss issues important to the region and give an update on what is going on in Sacramento.

Senator Stone visitng Shadow Hills High School in Indio

Senator Stone spoke to students, staff and parents during a visit to Shadow Hills High School in Indio.

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Team Stone on the Move

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 at the Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club annual scholarship awards ceremon

Team Stone attended the Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club annual scholarship awards ceremony. An amazing group of young ladies received scholarships for school along with classroom supplies scholarships to all the Desert Hot Springs schools. District Director Glenn Miller represented Senator Stone.

Team Stone joined with City, County, State and Pechanga Tribal officials for the ground-breaking ceremony for the Temecula Parkway Interchange

Team Stone joined with City, County, State and Pechanga Tribal officials for the ground-breaking ceremony for the Temecula Parkway Interchange. Planning for the project began in 2000 when Senator Stone was on the Temecula City Council. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone to Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards and Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro.

Team Stone attended the 1st annual Elks Lodge-Indio, American Legion Hall-Indio and Street Life Project veteran and homeless

Team Stone attended the 1st annual Elks Lodge-Indio, American Legion Hall-Indio and Street Life Project veteran and homeless stand down to provide services to those who have served our country and need a hand up. Thank you to all the vendors and everyone involved in making this event such a great success. District Director Glenn Miller represented Senator Stone.

Team Stone was honored to attend the Murrieta Student of the Year breakfast

Team Stone was honored to attend the Murrieta Student of the Year breakfast. The future looks bright as these great young people head off to college. Senator Stone would also like to thank Margaret Jones, Chairperson of the event – which began in 1996 – who is retiring from her duties. Communications Director John Hunneman represented Senator Stone.

Team Stone joined with the Desert Sands Unified School District for the ground-breaking ceremony for a new elementary school

Team Stone joined with the Desert Sands Unified School District for the ground-breaking ceremony for a new elementary school on Gore Street in Indio. District Director Glenn Miller and District Representative Monica Idnani represented Senator Stone at the ceremony.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Zingari Boutique

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Zingari Boutique on Overland Drive. District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting and launch party for Stryder Transportation

Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting and launch party for Stryder Transportation, a full service transportation company, founded by John & Kim Kelliher. District Representative Debbie Herrera congratulated the business on behalf of Senator Stone. (Photos courtesy of TVCC).

Team Stone was honored to attend the Student of the Year ceremony for students of Temecula’s high schools

Team Stone was honored to attend the Student of the Year ceremony for students of Temecula’s high schools. The future looks bright as these great students head off to college at MIT, UCLA, UC Davis and other great institutions. District Director Glenn Miller and District Representative Debbie Herrera congratulated the students and their parents on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the 2017 Appreciation Reception for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District

District Representative Darrell Connerton was among the big crowd that attended the 2017 Appreciation Reception for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. Honorees received a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for Active Mobility on Jackson Avenue

Team Stone joined with the Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce for the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for Active Mobility on Jackson Avenue. District Representative Debbie Herrera congratulated the business on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Priority Lighting in Palm Desert

District Representative Monica Idnani joined the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Priority Lighting in Palm Desert. Monica presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

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