Stone Sentinel: June 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Welcome to the June 2019 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.

Meanwhile, in Riverside County, my staff continues to do amazing things for the people of the 28th District.

This past month my staff was able to settle a dispute between a resident and the State Franchise Tax Board that resulted in a savings of $6,500 in back taxes.

My staff was also involved in numerous meetings with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies that led to the large marijuana eradication effort in Anza.

Watch the KESQ video here: https://bit.ly/2EU05QZ.

Staff has also worked closely with Caltrans District 8 as the effort to rebuild portions of State Highway 243 and 74 to Idyllwild that were heavily damages during recent storms.

Read the story in the in Idyllwild Town Crier: https://idyllwildtowncrier.com/2019/06/16/caltrans-meets-with-idyllwild-community-new-weekend-access-hours/

And I want to remind you that Idyllwild is Open for Business.

city of Idyllwild

Find out more here: https://www.touridyllwild.com/

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 of follow me on Twitter @SenJeffStone.

Have a great summer.

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Senator Stone Responds to California’s Record-Breaking Budget

Senator Stone speaking on AB 74

Senator Jeff Stone issued the following statement regarding the Democrat majority-vote budget bill:

“Budgets are about priorities. I agree with the belief that we should be philanthropic to the working families who struggle to make ends meet. I agree that we should care about working poor who can’t afford healthcare. That’s why I find it morally wrong to raise taxes on working men and women in order to give free healthcare to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are in this country illegally.

“California has serious problems we need to address. Even though we are the 5th largest economy in the world, there are still over 130,000 people who go to sleep every night in their cars, on our streets or in our limited homeless shelters. The fact that nearly 11,000 of these people are veterans is unforgivable – especially when the Legislature appears ready to give nearly $100 Million to free healthcare for those in the country illegally.

“Government’s first priority is public safety. Its next priority is to help those citizens who can’t help themselves. My concern about this budget is that it rewards those who are here illegally and punishes those who have played by the rules and still can’t seem to get any relief from the Democrat majority,” concluded Stone.

In his final remarks, Senator Stone commented, “We all want people to be able to live the American dream. Unfortunately, the Democrat majority seems to believe the dream is having taxpayers pay for free stuff for everyone instead of everyone becoming taxpayers.”

Watch the Floor Speech video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXPtKVM3Ga4&t=150s

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Senator Stone Honors Desert AIDS Project as Nonprofit of the Year

State Senator Jeff Stone honored Desert AIDS Project as the 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year

State Senator Jeff Stone honored Desert AIDS Project as the 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year in the 28th Senate District in ceremonies held June 5th in Sacramento.

Desert AIDS Project joined other non-profit organizations in receiving the recognition at the Fourth Annual California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol hosted by the California Association of Nonprofits.

Senator Stone presented a Senate Resolution to Carl Baker, DAP Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs, and Zayda Weldon, DAP Director of Social Services, during a celebration luncheon as part of the annual event.

“I am honored that Carl and Zayda were able to join me here today,” said Senator Stone. “Since 1984, Desert AIDS Project has been the Coachella Valley’s preeminent nonprofit resource for those living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV and Aids.”

In addition, DAP strives to improve the overall health of the entire community, including those underserved by current health care systems, by providing comprehensive, quality primary and preventive healthcare, dentistry, behavioral health and social services to more than 6,500 Coachella Valley area residents.

“It is my pleasure to honor Desert AIDS Project for all they have done and continue to do for so many people in the 28th Senate District,” said Senator Stone. “I will continue to support their efforts and wish them nothing but success in the years to come.”

The California Association of Nonprofits is a statewide alliance with more than 10,000 organizations that represent and promote California’s growing nonprofit sector.

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Senator Stone’s Veterans Tax Relief Bill Passes the Senate

Senator Stone speaking on SB 364

The California State Senate unanimously passed legislation authored by Senator Jeff 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 Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance and the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Senator Stone’s bill would cap property taxes on the primary residence of honorably discharged veterans over the age of 65.

“Veterans have sacrificed much for our country, and in return local, state, and federal governments need to do everything in their power to help them succeed,” said Senator Stone. “By expanding the current property tax exemption and current reach of the law, California is honoring the sacrifices of our veterans and providing them a way to stay in their homes.”

Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stones-veterans-tax-relief-bill-passes-state-senate

Senator Stone is urging all California Veterans, Veterans organizations and other interested residents to contact their State legislators to let them know they support SB 364.

Senate Bill 364 now moves to the California State Assembly for consideration.

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Senator Stone supports legislation that benefits hard working Californians

Senator Jeff Stone

Each May and June the California State Senate debates hundreds of bills as they wind their way through the process from proposed legislation to the Governor’s desk.

Now in his fifth year in Sacramento, Senator Stone always speaks in strong support of bills that will improve the lives and safety of Californians and opposes those that increase taxes, hurt small businesses and make it harder for families to make ends meet.

Here are a few examples of Senator Stone’s recent speeches on the Senate floor both in support and opposition to proposed legislation.

To see more visit his website at: www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone.

Senator Stone opposed SB 29 which expands Medi-Cal eligibility.
Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-opposed-sb-29-another-expense-california-cannot-afford

Senator Stone supported SB 200 to provide safe drinking water without raising taxes.
Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-supported-sb-200-provide-safe-drinking-water-without-raising-taxes

Senator Stone opposed SB 55 which further restricts 2nd amendment rights.
Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-opposed-sb-55-which-would-further-restrict-2nd-amendment

Senator Stone supported SB 159 which increases access to preventative health care for HIV and AIDS.
Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-supported-sb-159-which-increases-access-preventative-health-care-hiv-and-aids

Senator Stone supported SB 627 to allow medicinal cannabis use for treatment by veterinarians.
Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2RpvGiQ

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Senator Stone calls for tougher DUI penalties

Senator Jeff Stone

Following a series of tragic deaths caused by drivers suspected of being under the influence, Senator Stone issued a call for bi-partisan legislation to increase DUI penalties.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gkfgZIqTGI

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Senator Stone Asks Why More is not Being Done for the Developmentally Disabled Community

Senator Stone speaking on AB 81

Watch the video here: https://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-again-asks-why-more-not-being-done-developmentally-disabled-community

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Team Stone on the Move

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.

Team Stone honoring Sgt. Jeff Merritt

Senator Stone honored Indio Police Department Sgt. Jeff Merritt, a 30 year public safety professional. Sgt. Merritt was injured in 2016 during the Coachella Music Festival when an impaired driver turned in front of his police motorcycle. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Integrate Eastern Medicine

District Representative Darrell Connerton attended the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for Integrate Eastern Medicine on Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone was honored to attend the Murrieta Valley Student of the Year Scholarship and Recognition Ceremony

Team Stone was honored to attend the Murrieta Valley Student of the Year Scholarship & Recognition Ceremony. These seven outstanding students were each awarded $2,600 scholarships to help them pursue their education. Communications Director John Hunneman presented certificates from Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the Temecula State of the City Address at the Pechanga Resort Casino.

Team Stone attended the Temecula State of the City Address at the Pechanga Resort Casino. Great things are happening in Temecula. It is an honor to represent the people of Temecula. (Photos courtesy TVCC)

District Representative Darrell Connerton represented Senator Stone at the 10th annual Lake Elsinore Unified School District's School Games-Special Olympics

District Representative Darrell Connerton represented Senator Stone at the 10th annual Lake Elsinore Unified School District’s School Games-Special Olympics held recently at Lakeside High School. Congratulations to all the participants and organizers.

District Representative Debbie Herrera was honored to attend the Temecula Valley Student of the Year Recognition and Scholarship breakfast

District Representative Debbie Herrera was honored to attend the Temecula Valley Student of the Year Recognition and Scholarship breakfast. These amazing students were judged the best of the best this year. Debbie presented certificates from Senator Stone. (Photo by Jimmy Fu Photography)

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for COWORKLE Coworking Centers

District Representative Darrell Connerton joined with the Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for COWORKLE Coworking Centers on Central Avenue in Lake Elsinore. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for O.R.D. Kitchen and Bath Designs

District Director Glenn Miller joined with the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for O.R.D. Kitchen & Bath Designs on Hwy 111 in Palm Desert. Glenn presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for SoCaL Axe Throwing

Team Stone joined in the fun with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for SoCaL Axe Throwing on Margarita Road in Temecula. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone and did a pretty good job when it was his turn to throw an axe.

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