Stone Sentinel: November 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

November is the month we salute our Veterans and give Thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us.

My staff and I are proud to participate in many Veterans Day events across Riverside County, including parades in Palm Springs and Murrieta. I know of no other place that does a better job of showing how much they appreciate their veterans than we do here in Riverside County.

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While many Veterans issues involve the Federal government, there are both State and County agencies standing by to assist the men and women who have honorably served our great nation.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs website can be found here:
https://www.calvet.ca.gov

The office of Riverside County Veterans Services can be found here:
http://veteranservices.co.riverside.ca.us/opencms/

Of course, Veterans and their families can always contact our office and we will do our best to serve you. It’s the least we can do.

On November 24th many of us will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. As Americans, we truly have much to be thankful for and I hope you enjoy the day and sharing the bounty of our great country.

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I know there are also thousands of people across Riverside County who, for whatever reason, are among the less fortunate.

If you find yourself in need - not only during the holidays, but any time -- there are numerous Senior Centers and Food Banks that offer assistance in Riverside County.

On my website there are links to organizations that are here to help.

Click on http://district28.cssrc.us/content/senior-services-food-banks-and-more to learn more.

On behalf of my family and my staff in Sacramento, Indo and Murrieta, I wish you the best this holiday season.

It is an honor for me to be your State Senator and to be able to represent the people of the 28th Senate District in Sacramento.

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Deadline for “There Ought to Be a Law” Contest approaches

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Have you ever said to yourself, “There ought to be a law…”?

Once again this year high school students from Senator Stone’s 28th California Senate District are being encouraged to propose legislation that may become law in California.

“There Ought to be a Law” is open to all high school students - grades 9-12 - in the 28th Senate District. The contest encourages students to submit ideas for improving the quality of life in Riverside County and the State of California.

The deadline for students to submit their proposed legislation is Dec 2, 2016.

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Earlier this year Senator Stone visited Rancho Mirage High School to congratulate contest winner Alyson White

“By asking our high school students to propose new laws, I am hoping to tap into their bright, inquisitive minds and also to inspire them to get involved in politics and public service,” Senator Stone said. “I am looking for proposed legislation that addresses issues on both the local and statewide level.”

You can download an entry form or fill out the form on-line at the Senator’s website: www.Senate.ca.gov/Stone.

“I will choose at least one of the entries and begin the process of creating legislation to be considered by the California Senate and Assembly and, hopefully, signed by the Governor,” Senator Stone said.

Alyson White, a senior at Rancho Mirage High School, was the winner of last year’s competition. Her proposed law was selected from about 70 entries submitted from across the district.

Alyson White testified before a Senate committee in Sacramento about her proposed law.
Alyson White testified before a Senate committee in Sacramento about her proposed law.

Senate Bill 1395 - “Alyson’s Law” - would have doubled the fines and prison sentences for those convicted of animal abuse.

In April 2016 White and her mother, traveled to Sacramento as guests of Senator Stone and testified before the Senate Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.

In early 2017 Senator Stone will visit the school of the author of the winning entry to further discuss details of the legislation.

The winner and a parent will be invited to Sacramento to testify on behalf of their proposed legislation.

High school principals, teachers and staff can contact John Hunneman, Senator Stone’s communications director, for additional information. Email him at john.hunneman@sen.ca.gov or call him at 951-894-3530.

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Senator scores high marks from CalChamber

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Senator Jeff Stone is one of just eight State Senators to post a perfect 17-0 mark in the 2016 California Chamber of Commerce Vote Record of Major Bills.

CalChamber released the results of their 42nd annual vote in late October.

“This record of my votes honors the promise I made when the people of the 28th District elected me to support California businesses and the hard working families that are the backbone of our state’s economy,” said Senator Stone. “I applaud CalChamber, and other groups, that help shine a light on those in Sacramento who truly support the hard working men and women of California.”

This year, the CalChamber vote record covered 17 votes in the Senate and 16 votes in the Assembly. Most bills in the vote record cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies.

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CalChamber publishes their report in response to numerous requests by member firms and local chambers of commerce that requested a gauge by which to measure the performance of their legislators.

To help readers assess legislators’ vote records bills are charted in seven areas: education, environmental regulation, health care costs, labor and employment, legal reform and protection, water supply and quality, and workers’ compensation. In his nearly two years in the State Senate, and before that for more than two decades as a Riverside County Supervisor and a Temecula City Councilman, Senator Stone has never wavered in his support of the business community.

To read more from CalChamber and see their entire voting record, click here:
http://advocacy.calchamber.com/2016/10/24/calchamber-issues-vote-record-on-major-business-bills-2016/

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Senator Stone Receives 100% Ranking from Leading State Taxpayer Organization

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Senator Jeff Stone voted 100% in line with taxpayers according to a new legislative scorecard released by the California Taxpayers Association, the state’s largest and oldest organizations representing taxpayers.

Cal Tax examined 32 separate pieces of legislation that was considered during the past two years, and Senator Stone was a consistent supporter of taxpayers. On issues ranging from sales tax increases to minimum wage increases to anti-business legislation and increased regulations, Senator Stone stood with Cal Tax.

“Taxpayers pay too much. Businesses are over-regulated. Government is inefficient and needs to do a better job. When I cast my votes on the Senate Floor, I’m always asking myself ‘is this a bill that helps people find work and lets them keep more of what they earn?’ I’m proud that Cal Tax has taken it upon itself to put together a substantive scorecard that shows who the real pro-taxpayer legislators are and am honored to have received a 100% ranking from them,” said Senator Stone.

As a small business owner of a compounding pharmacy, Senator Stone has seen firsthand the impact of over-regulation, high taxes and a generally anti-business climate created by laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

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“I’m working in the State Senate to make sure my children, grandchildren and all families in California have a state they can afford to live in with good paying jobs. I’ve lived the California Dream, and I’m working hard to make sure future generations have the same opportunities I did when I started my first business over 30 years ago,” concluded Stone.

For a description of the pieces of legislation cited by the Cal Tax and to learn more about the impact these laws have on taxpayers, please visit www.caltax.org.

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Senator Stone Receives Perfect Score from Leading California Business Group

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Senator Jeff Stone received a perfect score for his votes to support California’s job-creating community according to the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA).

The CMTA listed nine critical pieces of legislation that were important to the state’s manufacturing community, and Senator Stone voted each time to support the organization’s position on these measures that ranged from workplace rules and regulations to tort reform to changes that would open up the workers’ compensation system to fraud and abuse.

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“When I consider bills to support or oppose on the Floor of the Senate, I’m not looking to curry favor with one group or another. I’m simply trying to do what is right for the families in my district to make it possible for them to get good paying jobs that can put food on their table. I’m proud that the CMTA has been a strong advocate for working families, and I only wish that more of my Senate colleagues would have joined me in voting against laws that will continue to force businesses to leave the state,” said Senator Stone.

Read the CMTA Press release here:
http://cmta.net/page/legupdate-article.php?legupdate_id=922245

In making its scorecard announcement, the CMTA’s Michael Shaw said in a letter to Senator Stone, “We appreciate your interest in making California a more competitive environment for manufacturing jobs.” He went on to say, “CMTA is ready to work with you to help create a more predictable and competitive place for manufacturing investments.”

As a small business owner of a compounding pharmacy, Senator Stone has seen firsthand the impact of over-regulation, high taxes and a generally anti-business climate created by laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

“I’m working in the State Senate to make sure my children, grandchildren and all families in California have a state they can afford to live in with good paying jobs. I’ve lived the California Dream, and I’m working hard to make sure future generations have the same opportunities I did when I started my first business over 30 years ago,” concluded Stone.

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Senator Stone receives high mark from Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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Senator Jeff Stone is one of just nine of the 40 California State Senators to receive a grade of “A” on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s 2016 Legislative Report Card.

The annual report grades lawmakers on their votes on issues important to taxpayers. It is intended as a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable.

The report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues, both positive and negative.

“When the people of the 28th District elected me to represent them in the Senate I promised the hard-working taxpayers of Riverside County I would stand up for them in Sacramento,” Senator Stone said. “I appreciate the high mark from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and will continue to protect Prop. 13 and control expenses and eliminate waste in State government.”

Votes on 22 bills were used to score legislators, according to the HJTA. Positive proposals included bills that clarify the parcel tax exemption process for seniors and create additional campaign finance transparency. Negative bills include a car battery tax and numerous bills which serve to undercut the ballot initiative process.

More than half (76) of the 120 members of the legislature received a grade of “F” from the taxpayers group.

Overall, 27 members received a grade of “A”.

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Jeff in the District

From Corona and Temecula to Desert Hot Springs and Blythe, Senator Stone has been busy traveling the 28th District and meeting with so many wonderful people and groups. Here are just a few of the places the Senator has been recently:

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Senator Stone was honored to be part of the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Murrieta Field of Honor. Special thanks to the Murrieta Rotary Club, all the volunteers and our Veterans and First Responders.

Picture of Senator Stone speaking at Kitchen Cabniet meeting with consituents

Senator Stone’s bi-monthly Kitchen Cabinet meetings bring together business and community leaders from across Southwest County for a discussion about issues facing residents in the region. Thanks to Corner Bakery Cafe in Temecula for hosting these informative and productive meetings.

Senator Stone was honored to attend the recent Salute to Veterans Motorcycle Run in Palm Springs.

Senator Stone was honored to attend the recent Salute to Veterans Motorcycle Run in Palm Springs. The Senator also honored Wendy Clouser, a veteran and paracyclist. It is always an honor to support the efforts to engage our wounded warriors.

Senator Stone was among the guest speakers and panelists at the Legislative Summit sponsored by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and held at South Coast Winery in Temecula

Senator Stone was among the guest speakers and panelists at the Legislative Summit sponsored by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and held at South Coast Winery in Temecula

Senator Stone was honored to speak at the Evening of Remembrance sponsored by VFW Post 3699 Indio/Auxiliary and American Legion Post 739 Indio/Auxiliary.

Other speakers included Congressman Duncan Hunter and Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington. A large audience heard an excellent discussion on the federal, state and local issues that impact Southwest Riverside County.

Senator Stone and his staff recently held two well attended Senior Scam events in the District, one in Blythe and the other in Cathedral City

Senator Stone and his staff recently held two well attended Senior Scam events in the District, one in Blythe and the other in Cathedral City

Thanks to all who turned out to learn about the scams targeting our seniors and what they can do to protect themselves. We look forward to doing more of these important events in 2017.

Thanks to all who turned out to learn about the scams targeting our seniors and what they can do to protect themselves. We look forward to doing more of these important events in 2017.

Senator Stone was a guest speaker at the Anti-Human Trafficking Conference held in Palm Desert. This is such a serious problem, especially with young people, and this conference provided valuable information on how to identify and stop this terrible menace to society.

Senator Stone was among the officials to speak at the District Attorney’s Coachella Public Safety Town Hall meeting held at Bobby Duke Middle School. Senator Stone, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin and the public shared their ideas and concerns about public safety in the community.

Senator Stone and his staff were honored to help welcome over 70 Employer-Exhibitors and hundreds of job-seekers to the 21st Valley-Wide Employment Expo at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, Fullenwider Auditorium. The Senator is working hard to help create and keep good jobs in California.

Senator Stone congratulated District Representative Darrell Connerton -- one of more than 30 individuals, groups, and businesses that go above and beyond to support law enforcement and the military -- at the Spirit of the Law Awards in San Jacinto.

What an honor it was to meet with Matthew Wolfslau of Wildomar who is the first Sea Scout to achieve the rank of Quartermaster in the Inland Empire. It was great to have Matthew and his parents visit in the Southwest County office and to present him with a certificate to mark his achievement.

What an honor it was to meet with Matthew Wolfslau of Wildomar who is the first Sea Scout to achieve the rank of Quartermaster in the Inland Empire. It was great to have Matthew and his parents visit in the Southwest County office and to present him with a certificate to mark his achievement.

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Team Stone on the Move

Each month Senator Stone’s staff - Team Stone - travels across the 28th District representing the Senator, welcoming new businesses and assisting residents with state issues.

Here are just a few of the places Team Stone has been lately:

Team Stone was honored to participate in the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lake Elsinore. After participating in the 5K, Communications Director John Hunneman presented a certificate of recognition to Cindy Fitch, 2016 Race Chair and longtime volunteer.

Team Stone was honored to participate in the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lake Elsinore. After participating in the 5K, Communications Director John Hunneman presented a certificate of recognition to Cindy Fitch, 2016 Race Chair and longtime volunteer.

Team Stone joined in the celebration of the Grand Opening of the Desert Hot Springs Campus of the College of the Desert. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone joined in the celebration of the Grand Opening of the Desert Hot Springs Campus of the College of the Desert. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone was happy to help the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Belgium's Finest on 6th Street in Temecula. District Representative Darrell Connerton welcomed the new business on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone was happy to help the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Belgium’s Finest on 6th Street in Temecula. District Representative Darrell Connerton welcomed the new business on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone was on hand recently to congratulate Alli's Thrift Shop on their one-year anniversary. The shop supports Safe Alternatives For Everyone (SAFE), a non-profit group that does so much to support the victims of Domestic Violence in the Temecula Valley. District representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone joined with the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Opening of the new Hobby Lobby store. District Representative Monica Idnani represented Senator Stone at the ceremony.

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Team Stone was on hand recently to congratulate Alli’s Thrift Shop on their one-year anniversary. The shop supports Safe Alternatives For Everyone (SAFE), a non-profit group that does so much to support the victims of Domestic Violence in the Temecula Valley. District representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Attending Student of the Month events is always the best part of the day for Team Stone. Our students are doing such great things. District Representative Debbie Herrera recently attended the Temecula Student of the Month breakfast and presented certificates on behalf of Senator Stone.

Attending Student of the Month events is always the best part of the day for Team Stone. Our students are doing such great things. District Representative Debbie Herrera recently attended the Temecula Student of the Month breakfast and presented certificates on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone recently joined with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon cutting ceremony for CrossFit Shadow Hills in Indio. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone recently joined with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon cutting ceremony for CrossFit Shadow Hills in Indio. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the grand opening of the remodel of the Augustine Casino. Chief of Staff Chris Wysocki presented Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians Tribal Chairperson Amanda Vance a certificate from Senator Stone to mark the occasion.

Team Stone attended the grand opening of the remodel of the Augustine Casino. Chief of Staff Chris Wysocki presented Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians Tribal Chairperson Amanda Vance a certificate from Senator Stone to mark the occasion.

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