Welcome to the July edition of the Stone Sentinel.
As newspaper editor Gideon Tucker once said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”
In July the legislature leaves Sacramento for summer recess. This gives me the opportunity to spend quality time in the 28th Senate District meeting with the people I am honored to represent.
However, there is some news from Sacramento.
As you know, last year’s fires and mud storms caused over $10 billion in damage, destroyed about 10,000 buildings and killed at least 66 people.
Who will pay for billions of dollars in wildfire damages?
Will it be insurance companies?
Will it be utility companies, like Southern California Edison, PG&E or SDG&E, if their equipment was determined to cause the fire?
Will the state of California—and taxpayers—bail out utilities if they are found to be at fault?
I have been chose to be one of five Senators, along with five Assembly members, to be on a special committee to address these questions when the session resumes in August.
Actually, I’ll be heading up to Sacramento a week earlier to get to work on this important issue that will impact all Californians.
The committee will examine and ultimately rewrite the rules that govern who is responsible for what in the event of future wild fires.
Our committee will have until the end of August to make recommendations, draft legislation and get it to the Governor’s desk.
Finally, just before the summer recess we received word that our Sacramento staff was moving into an office that allows for more people to meet with the Senator.
In the past few weeks we have moved just down the hall in the State Capitol building to room 4082.
If you visited my previous office, you know it was pretty cramped. This new space not only provides my staff more room, there is a conference table where we can hold meetings with larger groups of constituents.
If you’re in Sacramento please drop by and check it out.
Have a great summer.
One thing we know for sure is that it’s hot in Riverside County in July. In his Weekly Capitol Update—recorded just prior to the Legislator leaving Sacramento for summer recess—Senator Stone offers timely safety information.
Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stones-weekly-capitol-update-9
The Senator has posted a link to “Cool Centers” located across Riverside County on his website.
Senator Stone, along with District Director Glenn Miller, were honored to take part in the 2018 Temecula Fourth of July Parade.
The Senator served 12 years on the Temecula City Council, and 10 years as a Riverside County Supervisor, before being elected to the Senate in 2014.
Senator Stone met with elected officials—and their families—from Murrieta and Temecula before the parade began.
It is an honor to represent you in Sacramento.
Before leaving Sacramento, Senator Stone’s Weekly Capitol Update included a report on the bills he has written that are making progress in the Legislature.
Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stones-weekly-capitol-update-8
Free Scam Stopper Seminar set for Temecula
Picture from last year’s Senior Scam Stopper in Lake Elsinore.
Senator Stone and the City of Temecula are hosting a FREE Senior Scam Stopper Seminar on July 27th.
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, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 6th Street in Temecula.
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches will be providing sandwiches after the meeting.
For more information or to RSVP please contact Senator Stone’s office by phone at (951) 894-3530 or email at Debbie.Herrera@sen.ca.gov
When he’s not in Sacramento, Senator Stone enjoys traveling 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 presented the Coachella Valley Water District with a Senate Resolution in honor of their 100th anniversary.
Senator Stone recently met with Cathedral City Police Chief Travis Walker and toured the police department meeting with the great men and women who serve that city. Thank you for all that you do.
Senator Stone gave a Legislative Update at the Sun City Shadow Hills Republican Club in Indio.
David Salgado, Regional Affairs Officer for the Southern California Association of Governments, met with Senator Stone at the Senator’s District Office in Indio.
Senator Stone met with Arden Wallum, General Manager of the Mission Springs Water District, at the Senator’s District Office in Indio.
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 joined the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Daniel’s DKI—Disaster Cleanup and Restoration—located on Dinah Shore Drive in Palm Desert. District Representative Consuelo Arias presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Director Glenn Miller presented Senator Stone’s Outstanding Community Service Award to Pastor Tony Williams and the Love of Christ Community Church. Thanks to all you do for the community.
Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce to help Devilicious Eatery in Old Town Temecula celebrate the 1-year anniversary of their Apparation Room. District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Representative Consuelo Arias joined with the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for The W Training Facility on Prielipp Road in Wildomar.
District Representative Darrell Connerton joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony at La Bottega di Trattoria Toscana on Ynez Road in Temecula. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Representative Monica Idnani attended the dedication of the new Palm Springs Unified School District Administration Building. Monica presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone attended the Networking Breakfast sponsored by the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce and heard a presentation by Waste Management of important information concerning recycling.
District Representative Consuelo Arias joined with the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Archibald’s Drive-Thru on Newport Road in Menifee. Consuelo presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Director Glenn Miller and District Representative Monica Idnani joined the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Paul–Bar/Restaurant on E. Vista Chino Road in Palm Springs.
Team Stone recently joined with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Kreem on East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Representative Consuelo Arias presented a certificate from Senator Stone at the grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for Artillery Ink on Madison Avenue in Murrieta.
Team Stone joined the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Bubba’s Bones & Brews on Ramon Road in Cathedral City. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
With summer vacations in full swing, Californians are hitting the road with their families for adventures across America, up and down the Golden State and right here in Riverside County.
If your summer travels find you in the Sacramento area, one must-see destination is the California State Capitol.
The historic building is not only the seat of state government; it also serves as a museum where visitors can experience California’s rich history.
And it’s FREE.
The State Capitol is open seven days a week, year round – except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Free tours are available hourly.
If you’ve got a group and want a tour, it’s a good idea to call ahead.
More information is available here: http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/the-museum/general-info