This is one of the busiest times of the year here in Sacramento as thousands of bills are presented to various committees where they are debated, amended and then voted on.
I sit on six committees: Health; Human Services; Budget and Fiscal Review; Energy, Utilities and Communications; Environmental Quality; and Transportation.
In addition, I have my own legislative package of bills that I have been presenting for consideration. As always, when considering any legislation, my primary concern is how it will impact the citizens of the 28th Senate District. I hope you know by now that I have your back here in Sacramento.
You can follow the progress of my legislative by clicking on the links provided in this newsletter or by visiting my website at www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone.
I always welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact my office if we can be of any assistance.
Finally, this month we were all saddened by the passing of California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Licon of the Riverside CHP area who was killed on April 6th on Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore while on duty protecting the people of Riverside County.
This senseless tragedy, the result of an alleged drunk driver, is a reminder of both the unselfish bravery law enforcement officers display every day and the dangers of impaired driving.
Sergeant Licon served with the CHP for 27 years.
On April 11th I adjourned the state Senate in honor of Sgt. Licon.
Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-adjourned-senate-memory-chp-sgt-steve-licon
I want to express my condolences to his wife and two daughters and to all of our law enforcement partners across the State of California.
Darla Burkett, Executive Director of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, has been named Woman of the Year in the 28th Senate District by State Senator Jeff Stone.
“Darla exemplifies the best of the best here in the 28th District,” said Senator Stone. “She goes about the business of helping others by working in the background, and not seeking credit, to bring a voice to those not typically heard and services to those who want to lift themselves up.”
Darla was honored on March 28th during the CVRM graduation ceremony for program participants who have completed Gateway or New Life Programs and received their graduation certificate.
District Director Glenn Miller presented a Senate resolution on behalf of Senator Stone, who was unable to attend because the state Senate was in session in Sacramento.
A lifelong Coachella Valley resident, Darla started her tenure at CVRM in 2004, and has been energized, blessed and grateful every day in the work that she does.
In her words, “the best part of her job with the Rescue Mission is combining her business knowledge with the ministry of the Mission and witnessing positive change in so many people.”
Since 1971, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission has been an oasis and a place of refuge for the homeless and needy in the area. CVRM is a safe haven, a place of rest for the weary and a place where daily physical and spiritual needs may be met.
Over the years, the mission has continued to meet the ever-growing needs of individuals, who for a variety of reasons, have found themselves without the basic necessities of life.
A dedicated staff, led by Darla and volunteers, serves more than 340,000 meals annually and provides shelter to thousands of men and women with children. Food, clothing, and showers are also provided for those who choose not to shelter with CVRM.
“It is my honor to select Darla as the 28th Senate District’s 2019 Women of the Year,” said Senator Stone. “Her work and positive influence is a beacon of light and hope to the people CRVM serves across the Coachella Valley.”
Senator Stone was recently awarded the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Business/California.
The award is the highest honor given by the NFIB and was presented to Senator Stone for his unwavering support of California small business owners in the state legislature.
The NFIB advocates for America’s small and independent business owners, representing more than 300,000 members nationally and more than 20,000 in California.
Since being elected to the California State Senate in 2014, Senator Stone has earned a 100 percent score from NFIB on its 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 legislative score cards.
“As a small business owner myself, I know the challenges hard working Californian’s face every day,” said Senator Stone, a pharmacist who opened his first pharmacy in Temecula in 1983. “I want to thank the NFIB for their highest honor and their support. I will continue to work to defeat job-killing legislation that makes it hard to start and keep a small business in California going.”
In his more than four 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.
In 2018, in addition to his NFIB voting record, Senator Stone earned high marks from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association; the California Chamber of Commerce; and the California Manufacturers & Technology Association for his support of the business community.
The Senate Committee on Public Safety passed legislation authored by Senator Jeff Stone to allow boats driven by intoxicated individuals to be impounded for up to 30 days.
If a person is killed by a boater under the influence of drugs or alcohol and convicted of such crime, Senate Bill 393 calls for the boat used in the commission of the crime to be subject to asset forfeiture rules currently imposed on automobiles.
“SB 393 aligns our BUI waterway laws with our roadway DUI laws. It’s a simple measure, but it shouldn’t matter if a person is killed by a car or a boat driven by someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol–the victim is still dead and the vehicle used in the crime should be subject to asset forfeiture,” said the legislation’s author Senator Jeff Stone.
The legislation was introduced after Senator Stone learned about the death of 10-year-old Sara Margiotta, who was killed on the Colorado River in 2007 when the family’s boat was hit by a drunk boater.
After their daughter was killed on the river, the Margiotta Family formed Sara’s Way, a non-profit organization, to raise awareness about the importance of boating safety and the dangers of drinking and boating. SB 393 will next be heard in the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs unanimously passed legislation authored by Senator Stone to provide needed and deserved tax relief to those who have worn this nation’s uniform and served it faithfully.
Senate Bill 364—the Veterans Tax Relief Bill—previously received unanimous support in the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance.
Senator Stone’s bill would cap property taxes on the primary residence of all honorably discharged veterans over the age of 65 and exempt the property tax of 100 percent disabled veterans living in their primary residence.
“By expanding the current property tax exemption, California is honoring the sacrifices of our veterans and providing them a way to stay in their homes,” Senator Stone told the committee. In 2018 California had 10,836 homeless veterans.
“Senate Bill 364 provides a basic step in helping our veteran community,” Senator Stone told the committee. “Veterans have sacrificed for our country and, in return, local, state and federal governments need to do everything in their power to help them succeed.”
The bill now moves to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrbHuZtSyt0
Free Scam Stopper Seminar set for La Quinta
Senator Jeff Stone is hosting a FREE Senior Scam Stopper Seminar on May 10th in Palm Desert.
One in five seniors has been a victim of fraud and seniors are the most targeted group. In addition, new scams are developed every day.
A panel of experts will provide information to seniors on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud. Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.
Learn how to protect yourself. Seniors, their families and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Join us on Friday, May 10th from 10: 00 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. at The Joslyn Center located at 73750 Catalina Way in Palm Desert.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information or to RSVP please contact Senator Stone’s Indio office by phone at (760) 398-6442 or by email at Josie.Arechiga@sen.ca.gov.
April is always one of the busiest months in Sacramento. This is the time of year when hundreds of groups and organizations visit the State Capitol to sit down with legislators to discuss the issues that are important to them and the people they represent.
Senator Stone welcomes these discussions and always looks forward to meeting with people from the 28th Senate District.
Here are just a few of the dozens of groups the Senator has met with recently.
Senator Stone welcomed members of the Association of California School Administrators to his Sacramento office.
Senator Stone welcomed members of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network from the 28th Senate District to his Capitol office.
Senator Stone gave students from Riverside and Corona a tour of the Senate chambers during their visit to Sacramento for Catholic Youth Advocacy Day.
Senator Stone welcomed members of Donate Life California to his Sacramento office. The group is made up of advocates for organ, tissue and eye donations.
Senator Stone met with several pastors from the 28th Senate District to discuss preserving parental rights when educating children in public schools.
Senator Stone welcomed members of the Coachella Valley Hotel and Lodging Association to his Capitol office.
Senator Stone welcomed members of the Classified School Employees Association to his Capitol office.
Senator Stone welcomed members of the Coachella Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District to his Sacramento office.
Senator Stone spends most of each week working in Sacramento. On the weekend he travels across the 28th Senate District meeting with the people he represents, listening to their ideas and concerns and sharing in some of the accomplishments in their lives.
Here are a few of the places Senator Stone has been lately.
Senator Stone was honored recently as the Distinguished Person of the Year by the American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation. The Senator was recognized for his commitment to the profession of pharmacy, as an agent of change, educator, innovator, clinician, leader, policy maker and community activist.
Senator Stone joined in the celebration of the Braille Institute’s 100 years of free service and the 30th anniversary of the Rancho Mirage Center.
Senator Stone was honored to take part in the awards ceremony at the 32nd Annual Valley Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament at Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert. (Courtesy photo)
Team Stone was honored to take part in Find Food Bank’s 9th annual telethon. The Senator and his staff toured the food bank which does such a great job serving the valley.
Each 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 a few of the places Team Stone has been recently.
District Representative Consuelo Arias joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the celebration of the grand opening of Wolfpack Enterprises. Consuelo presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Representative Monica Idnani participated in the Desert Unified School District’s Read Across America Day. Monica read with students at Richard R. Oliphant Elementary School in Indio.
Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand opening of Burn Boot Camp on Rancho California Road in Temecula. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone. (Photos courtesy of TVCC)
District Representative Debbie Herrera joined the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Amazon Toner on Innovation Court in Murrieta. Debbie presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Representative Darrell Connerton attended the Student of the Month luncheon at Lakeside High School. Darrell presented certificates from Senator Stone to these outstanding Lake Elsinore students.
District Representative Darrell Connerton joined both the Murrieta/Wildomar and Temecula Valley chambers of commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Quiet Cool Whole House Fans Manufacturing on Ynez Road in Temecula. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone helped welcome the Sage Initiative Dental Facility to Indio. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
The best way to start any day is at a Student of the Month breakfast. District Director Glenn Miller and District Representative Debbie Herrera presented certificates to these deserving students from Temecula.
Team Stone joined with the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Miss April’s Dance in Murrieta. Thousands of local children have participated in this dance company since 1989. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone to owner April Vidal.
District Representative Darrell Connerton attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Graybill Medical Group sponsored by the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone.