Welcome to the June edition of the Stone Sentinel. This is always a busy month in Sacramento as I described in one of my recent Capitol Updates.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2sFWgc0
June is also the month when the State budget gets passed. This year the state collected almost $10 billion more in taxes than was anticipated, but Sacramento Democrats are still trying to pass bills that will raise taxes even though Californians now pay among the highest taxes in the nation.
Watch my floor speech opposing the budget here: https://bit.ly/2JVCJhV
But it’s not all business here in Sacramento. We do get to have some fun.
The Capitol Frog Jump is an unofficial kick off to the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee.
Started in 1928, the frog jump was inspired by Mark Twain’s fictional work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
This month Senate Fellow Nic Gauthier gave his all for Team Stone during the annual Frog Jumping Contest at the State Capitol. Senator Stone’s frog–“Jumping for Joy”–came up a little short but both Nic and the frog got an “A” for effort.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em0nVgjasYo
Finally, in July, while the State Legislature is on recess, I will be traveling across the 28th Senate District meeting with groups and individuals and listening to your ideas and concerns.
It is always good to get away from Sacramento and find out what’s really going on in California. I hope to see many of you in the coming weeks.
Thank you for the honor of allowing me to represent you in Sacramento.
You will always know where Senator Stone stands on the issues of the day. Either on the Senate Floor, on Social Media or in person, the Senator is always willing to tell people where he stands and why.
This month Senator Stone produced a series of videos on a variety of subjects to let the people of the 28th Senate District know his thoughts on the issues being debated in the Legislature.
These videos were posted on his Website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
However, in case you missed them, here are links to the videos:
The Train to Nowhere: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-issues-train-nowhere
Business Climate: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-issues-business-climate
In late May Senator Jeff Stone presented his 2018 Veterans Service Awards. Ten veterans—five from Southwest County and five from the Coachella Valley—were honored in ceremonies on May 25th in Wildomar and May 26th in Desert Hot Springs.
Senator Stone’s Veterans Service Awards are based not only on military service, but on the contributions each veteran has made in their communities following their time in uniform.
The following is a list of the 2018 honorees and some of their accomplishments:
Southwest Riverside County
- US Navy Chief Petty Officer (retired)—1994—2016—Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
- Past Chairman and current 1st Vice-Chair Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Past president, Current Treasure Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
- Past Vice-President Menifee Valley Incorporation Committee
- Past Member Menifee General Plan Advisory Committee
- Past President Menifee Valley Middle School PTSA
- Past Chairman The Forum, coordinating volunteer activated at March ARB
- President Menifee Chamber Military Affairs Committee
Donald E. Krampe
- Sgt. U.S. Marine Corps, 1950- 1952 – Korean War Veteran
- Co-founder Murrieta Veterans Memorial committee
- Founder and Commandant #1057 Marine Corp League
- Volunteer at Murrieta Senior Center providing information for Veterans
- Served on Riverside County Department of Veterans Affairs committee
- Founder and Organizer of Murrieta Patriot’s Day
Paul W. Bishop
- Lt. Colonel, USMC (retired) 1973-1993 – Operation Bear Hunt, Operation Team Spirit, participated in rescue of merchant ship “Mayaguez.”
- Initiated Marine JROTC program at Eisenhower HS in Rialto
- Initiated Navy JROTC program at Pacifica HS in Garden Grove
- In 2000 initiated and still runs the Navy JROTC program at Chaparral HS in Temecula Coordinated “Trees for Troops” and “Meals for Troops” during the holidays
- Member of Congressman Issa’s Academy Selection Panel
- Master Gunnery Sgt. USMC – 1986 – 2016 – Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
- Active member Temecula Valley VFW Post 4089
- City of Menifee Department of Community Services
- Volunteer Docent for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation
- At-large member Veteran’s Advisory Committee Riverside County
- Volunteered at 2nd Annual North San Diego County Homeless Veterans Stand Down
- Inland Valley Habitat for Humanity
- Coordinated VFW 4089 effort at “Home For Our Troops” Key Ceremony
- U.S. Army 1969-1970 – Vietnam War Veteran
- Co-founded “All from the Heart” – based in Temecula – which assists veterans and military families across the region
- Organizes events for veterans, including Christmas party for Camp Pendleton families
- Co-founded “Wheels for Warriors” which has provided almost 450 wheel chairs to veterans in need
- Supports combat veterans through his work with Veteran Equine Therapy
- Member Veterans Wellness Advisory Board thru VA and Loma Linda.
- US Marine Corp. 1969 – 1989, FMR 1989 – 1999
- Youth Sports Coordinator for Idyllwild Town Hall 2004-12
- Idyllwild Rotary Club 2005-present, President 2011-12 & 2014-15
- Honor Guard, Color Sergeant – American Legion Post 800 Idyllwild 2007-present
- American Legion, Post 800, Idyllwild from 2005-present, Commander 2010-12 & 2014-present
- United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve, active duty
- As a dentist he participates in missions every year providing medical services in rural areas
- Founded a non-profit providing dental health care for low income families and veterans
- Since 2016 treated an estimated 10,500 patients in the Coachella Valley and Imperial County
- U.S. Marine Corps – 1996-2004
- Board of Directors for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Desert
- Board of Directors for Leadership Coachella Valley
- Board of Directors for Young Scholars Association
- Former Board of Directors, La Quinta Chamber of Commerce
- Former Chairman of the Board of Directors, Indio Chamber of Commerce
- Former Co-Chair for Animal Samaritans annual fundraiser
- Former participant in The Girlfriend Factors annual fundraiser
- U.S. Army 1999-2009
- VFW Post 1534 Commander
- Saved Post from being closed
- Volunteer at the Ca-942 JROTC Program at Cathedral City High School
- Rotarian in Desert Hot Springs
- Member of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce
- US Marine Corp 1972-1993
- Donates food and other resources to veterans groups
- Helps feed the homeless and senior citizens during the holiday season.
Senator Stone announced he has named two pillars of the community to be his choice for Big and Small Businesses of the Year (Western District) in the 28th Senate District.
The Lake Elsinore Storm has been selected as the Big Business of the Year and The Temecula Valley Business Journal is the choice for Small Business of the Year.
“We have so many wonderful businesses in the 28th Senate District and this is never an easy choice,” said Senator Stone. “However both the Storm and Valley Business Journal have contributed so much to the region for so many years that I really felt they were both long overdue for this honor.”
Ceremonies to honor both businesses will be held in July.
The Lake Elsinore Storm
The Lake Elsinore Storm – the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres – is in their 25th season of providing family fun to people from across Riverside County.
Since moving to Lake Elsinore in 1994, the Storm has won three California League Championships and has reached the playoffs numerous times.
Storm players and staff contribute to the community in many ways.
Last year the Storm’s 17th annual “Reading For Rewards” program reached over 55,000 children at more than 80 elementary schools across region. Participating students were rewarded with more than $200,000 worth of game day tickets.
The Storm annually hosts many “Community Nights” at the Diamond including Disabilities Awareness Night, Faith & Family Night, Bicycle Safety Awareness Night, and Hispanic Heritage Night.
The Storm welcomes Veterans and First Responders to the Diamond each season with free and discounted tickets.
Each year The Storm is a major sponsor of the City of Lake Elsinore’s “Clean Extreme” event to clean-up the community. The Storm provides each volunteer a game ticket and hosts a post-event barbecue.
The Valley Business Journal
Founded in 1989, The Valley Business Journal has been the face of business in Southwest County.
In addition to supporting the business community with timely information they can use to grow their companies, The Valley Business Journal supports hundreds of nonprofit groups who contribute to the quality of life in Southwest County.
Each month Publisher Linda Wunderlich, and her small staff, produce a newspaper that reaches more than 60,000 readers and can be found, free of charge, at hundreds of locations around the region.
Wunderlich also serves on the board of directors of numerous local nonprofit organizations and has been an active volunteer at many community events for decades.
At a time when newspapers, that once provided important information to local residents, have either disappeared or drastically reduced local coverage, people still count on The Valley Business Journal to learn about community events, interesting people, important meetings and other items of interests for both their business and their families.
In his more than three years as a State Senator, and before that in a decade service as a Riverside County Supervisor and 12 years on the Temecula City Council, Senator Stone has always spoken up for the people he represents.
In the State Senate he is a frequent speaker in support of legislation and resolutions to improve the lives of Californians and opposes bad legislation that will hurt hard working families, crime victims and senior citizens.
Here are a few recent examples of the Senator addressing to his colleagues:
Senator Stone speaks on SR 109 marking the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2wHmdMO
Senator Stone opposed SB 1279 which will make our communities less safe.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2JVryp8
Senator Stone supported SB 1449 which will require rape kits to be tested and prevent a backlog.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2sUF9nb
Senator Stone opposed SB 1121 which will drive business from California.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2MqJ1nN
Senator Stone opposed SB 1392 which would reduce penalties for repeat offenders.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2JJWbL5
Senator Stone opposed SB 825 a special interest bill that reduces competition.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2l5OC6D
Senator Stone recently welcomed two outstanding “teams” from the 28th Senate District to the Senate floor.
The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams from Great Oak High School in Temecula were honored by Senator Stone and the California State Senate. Both teams have won the CIF Division 1 State Championship for four years in a row. Thanks to a generous donation by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians to Great Oak High School, 13 student-athletes and two coaches were able to travel to Sacramento, tour the State Capitol, and be honored with a Senate Resolution.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2kLjol0
Senator Stone welcomed the members of the Palm Springs City Council to the State Senate. The council is doing an outstanding job representing the people of Palm Springs and revitalizing the business district and tourism industry.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2JDxAY9
June is another month when state legislators meet with hundreds of constituents in Sacramento to discuss important issues and listen to their input on bills currently under debate in committee hearings.
Senator Stone always enjoys meeting with these group and individuals and values their opinions as he works for the people of the 28th Senate District and all of California.
Here are just a few of the meetings the Senator had this month.
Before they were introduced on the Senate floor, members of the Great Oak High School Cross Country team were given a tour of the Capitol and visited Senator Stone in his office.
Senator Stone welcomed Bob Bryant and Frank Donahoe to the State Capitol as representatives of the Rotary Club of Murrieta, his choice as Nonprofit of the Year for the 28th Senate District. Bryant and Donahoe are the co-founders of the Murrieta’s Field of Honor, now in its 10th year, which includes more than 2,000 American Flags posted at Town Square Park the week of Veterans Day.
Congratulations to numerous Chambers of Commerce from the region for receiving the 2018 Cal Chamber President’s Circle Award. Chambers in the 28th Senate District received more awards than any other district in California for the amazing work they do in business advocacy and aid to local businesses in complying with California employment law. Senate Fellow Nic Gauthier represented Senator Stone at the awards presentation.
Senator Stone presented a resolution to Desert Regional Medical Center saluting their selection by the California Breastfeeding Coalition for the Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Award. The award is presented for the outstanding support Desert Regional Medical Center provides to breastfeeding employees.
Senator Stone met with members of the California Special Districts Association from the 28th Senate District to discuss current legislation. It’s always great to hear from people doing such important public service in the District.
Senator Stone was honored to welcome Lee Brand, the Mayor of Fresno, to his Sacramento office.
The California Police Chiefs Association held their annual Legislative Day and Senator Stone was honored to meet with Chief Travis Walker of the Cathedral City Police Department. Thanks to all of our law enforcement officers for everything you do.
Senator Stone’s offices received many phone calls and emails about issues and delays at the DMV.
The delays are being caused, at least in part, by a change in identification/driver’s licenses that is being required by the federal government.
In January 2018 the California DMV began offering REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards.
This optional card is being made available to Californians who want to continue to use their driver license or ID card to board a domestic flight or enter secure federal facilities when new federal requirements take effect October 1, 2020. Californians will have the choice to apply for a REAL ID driver license or ID card, or renew or apply for a federal non-compliant card.
The good news is Senator Stone made the DMV aware of your concerns and they have taken steps to correct the situation, including new Saturday hours at 40 DMVs including Temecula and Palm Desert.
There is no need to rush into a DMV field office. Until October 1, 2020, a valid California driver license or ID card can be used for federal purposes, including boarding a domestic flight and entering military bases or secure federal facilities. After that date, only a REAL ID card or other federally approved documents will be accepted, such as a U.S. passport, passport card or military ID.
The REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Getting your REAL ID driver’s license requires more documentation that just renewing your regular California driver’s license. This is what is causing most of the delays and confusion as DMV employees try to explain the new requirements.
You must go to a DMV Field office to get your Real ID driver’s license.
It’s probably best to just wait until your current driver’s license expires – if that is before October 2020.
The secret to—hopefully—saving some time during this process is to be prepared. Here is a link to the DMV website offering information to smooth out this process: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/newsrel/2018/2018_01
Basically, the best things you can do are:
- make an appointment with the DMV.
- bring a birth certificate, passport or other form of ID that is NOT your current driver’s license.
- bring proof of your current physical address, such as a utility bill
- bring proof of your Social Security number, such as your SSN card, W-2 or paystub with your full SSN.
In addition, if you’ve had a name change or two over the years, there may be other documents required.
Hopefully this information helps.
As always, please contact one of Senator Stone’s offices for assistance with this or any other state related issue or concern.
Senator Stone was a guest speaker, and presented a Senate Resolution, at the kick-off celebration of 50 Years of Temecula Valley Wine Country. As a Riverside County Supervisor, the Senator brought together community groups to develop a plan to both save and continue to help Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country grow into the future.
Senator Stone was honored to be the guest speaker at the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update Breakfast held at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center in Indio.
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 the accomplishments in their lives.
Here are a few of the places Senator Stone has been lately.
Team Stone attended the Pre-Opening Event for Del Webb Rancho Mirage, the newest community in the Coachella Valley. District Representative Consuelo Arias presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.
District Representative Darrell Connerton attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the Sunshine Sitters Agency. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone congratulated the City of Murrieta at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Guava Street Bridge. The new bridge replaces the Washington Street Bridge that was built in 1939 and is an important part of the flood control project on Murrieta Creek. Communications Director John Hunneman represented Senator Stone at the dedication ceremony.
District Representative Consuelo Arias joined the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Beacon Pointe in Palm Desert. Consuelo presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Highgate Senior Living on Moraga Road. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Chi-fil-A Temecula on Margarita Road. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined the big crowd at the Pechanga Resort & Casino for the Temecula State of the City Address. Mayor Matt Rahn, shown here with Senator Stone’s District Director Glenn Miller, gave an exciting report on all of the great things going on in Temecula.
District Representative Darrell Connerton represented Senator Stone at the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the Edward Jones office of Allen Montemagno on Clinton Keith Road in Wildomar.
District Director Glenn Miller joined in the celebration and ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of Indio Library. Miller presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Gary Veenhuizen, Agent for Farmers Insurance, on Los Alamos Road in Murrieta. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Precision Dentistry located at 267 E. Tahquitz Canyon. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Desert Hot Springs Community Task Force. District Representative Josie Arechiga presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Representative Monica Idnani represented Senator Stone at the City of Coachella’s dedication of the new Cesar Chavez Memorial at Rancho de Oro Park and the renaming of a street to honor his legacy.