Stone Sentinel

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Welcome to the November 2018 edition of the Stone Sentinel.

With the holiday season upon us, it is time to give thanks, reflect on the year just passed, and look forward to the year ahead.

Thank you to the people of the 28th Senate District for reelecting me to serve as your state Senator for another four years. It is truly the honor of a lifetime to represent you in Sacramento.

Of course, this month all Californians have been impacted by the horrible events in Thousand Oaks and the devastating wildfires in both Northern and Southern California that have claimed lives and destroyed so many homes.

I join with everyone across the 28th Senate District in offering our sympathy to all of those impacted and I promise to work hard to make sure all the resources the State of California has to offer are available to the victims and their families.

The Holiday season is a time to join together with friends and family.

I hope you can attend one of the Holiday Open House events I am holding in the 28th Senate District in December.

The first Holiday Open House and Sock Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th in my District office in Indio.

Please Join Senator Jeff Stone for a Holiday Open House and Sock Drive (Indio)

During the holiday season our Indio office is collecting socks for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and Martha’s Village. However, you do not need to make a donation to attend Open House.

The District office is located at 45-125 Smurr Street in Indio The Holiday Open House and Toy Drive will take place on Friday, December 14th in my Southwest Office, located at 25186 Hancock Avenue, Suite 320, in Murrieta.

Please Join Senator Jeff Stone for a Holiday Open House and Sock Drive (Murrieta)

Donations of unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys For Tots” campaign will be accepted. Once again, you do not need to make a donation to attend the Open House.

My staff and I look forward to seeing you at one of Holiday Open House events and I wish you all a safe and holiday season filled with the warmth of family and friends.

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Senator Stone receives high marks on 2018 California Chamber Vote Record

Senator’s strong support of California businesses continues

Senator Stone speaking on the Senate Floor

Senator Jeff Stone is one 10 state senators to post a 93 percent or better mark in the 2018 California Chamber of Commerce Vote Record of Major Bills.

“When I was elected to the 28th Senate District, I promised to support the hard working families and small businesses that are the backbone of our community and our economy,” said Senator Stone. He further commented, “The California Chamber of Commerce and other groups around the state help shine a light on those in Sacramento who truly support the hard working men and women of California, and I appreciate their recognition of my solid backing of the job creators and employees of California.”

This year, the CalChamber vote record covered 14 votes in the Senate and 15 votes in the Assembly. Most bills in the vote record cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies.

CalChamber publishes its 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.

In his 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.

To read more from CalChamber and see their entire voting record, click or visit here: https://advocacy.calchamber.com/2018/10/22/calchamber-issues-vote-record-on-major-business-bills-2018/

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Senator Stone receives “Champions of Manufacturing” honor from CMTA

Senator Stone speaking on the Senate Floor

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association announced that State Senate Jeff Stone (R-La Quinta) is one of 13 senators to receive their 2018 “Champions of Manufacturing” designation for his voting record of supporting important manufacturing legislation at least 70 percent of the time. In fact, Senator Stone supported the CMTA’s recommendations 91 percent of the time in 2018.

Senator Stone applauded CMTA’s efforts to hold Sacramento lawmakers accountable for their record when it comes to legislation supporting manufacturing and technology companies.

“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,” said Senator Stone.

“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.”

CMTA recognized Senator Stone for his vote on bills that it believes have a significant impact on manufacturers and technology companies. For example, Senator Stone joined CMTA in opposing SB 100 which would increase energy costs and further make California unaffordable for many families. He also supported SB 237 that helps manufacturers by increasing choices to pursue lower cost electricity through a third-party provider.

In his nearly 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.

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Renova Energy Named Large Business of the Year

Senator Jeff Stone presented his 2018 Large Business of the Year Award (East District) to Renova Energy of Palm Desert

Senator Jeff Stone presented his 2018 Large Business of the Year Award (East District) to Renova Energy of Palm Desert.

“Renova Energy is an award winning, employee-owned company that not only contributes to the economy of the Coachella Valley, but gives back to the community, and especially our veteran community,” said Senator Stone.

Senator Stone presented the business with a Senate Proclamation to mark the event.

Founded in 2006 by Vincent Battaglia, Renova Energy employs over 150 people and lives up to its mantra, “Local, Brighter, Better.”

The company distinguishes itself among other renewable power enterprises through its commitment to delivering practical, sustainable solar energy production and its capacity to build solar power plants for homes, business and nonprofit organizations from the Coachella Valley to the Salton Sea.

Renova Energy is committed to excellent customer service and to many important nonprofit organizations and worthy causes across the region.

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There Ought to be a Law!!!

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

Once again in 2018, high school students from Senator Stone’s 28th California Senate District are 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.

Senator Stone speaking before a high school class
Senator Stone recently spoke with students at Shadow Hills High School in Indio about his “There Ought to be a Law” competition.

“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,” said Senator Stone.

Past winners of the competition include Roberto Ortega, a senior at Shadow Hills High School in Indio. His proposed law, Senate Bill 583—the California Financial Literacy Act—would provide young people with the tools they need to handle their finances responsibly.

Alyson White, a senior at Rancho Mirage High School, was also a winner of the competition. Her proposed law would have increased the penalties for those who abuse animals.

Both Alyson and Roberto were guests of Senator Stone in Sacramento where each testified before a Senate sub-committee.

The deadline for students to submit their proposed legislation is December 7, 2018. For more information and an entry form visit: www.senate.ca.gov/Stone.

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Senator Stone announces availability of Senate fellowships

California Senate Fellows Program

Senator Jeff Stone has announced the availability of applications for the 2019-20 California Senate Fellows program.

The program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2019. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials. The fellowship program is jointly operated by the California Senate and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Fellows are paid a stipend of $2,698 per month plus health, vision, and dental benefits. They earn 6 units of graduate credit from California State University, Sacramento for the academic portion of the program.

“Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process,” said Senator Stone. “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Senate Fellows program provides valuable training.”

Former Senate Fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges, and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.

Senator Stone said Fellows experience the broad range of activities conducted in busy Senate offices. Responsibilities include researching public policy issues, helping develop legislative proposals, analyzing and staffing legislation, assisting with constituent inquiries and casework, participating in meetings as the Senator’s representative, writing press releases and speeches, and performing other delegated tasks. A five-week orientation at the beginning of the program provides background on state government, the legislative process, and major policy issues.

Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2019, is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major. Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply.

Brochures can be requested online and are also available in the Senator’s Indio and Murrieta offices.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Senate Fellows web site (www.csus.edu/calst/senate).

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, February 11, 2019. Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists.

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Jeff in the District

With the legislature out of session, Senator Stone has been 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 a Senate Resolution to mark the 20th anniversary celebration of First 5 Riverside

Senator Stone presented a Senate Resolution to mark the 20th anniversary celebration of First 5 Riverside.

Senator Stone with Peg Moore

Senator Stone attended the dedication ceremony at Temecula City Hall for the monument honoring Jimmy Moore, who led Temecula’s incorporation effort in the late 1980s. Jimmy passed away in 2016. The Senator is shown here with Peg Moore, Jimmy’s wife, who was elected to Temecula’s first city council.

Senator Stone gave a legislative update to the Desert Cities Association of Health Underwriters at their meeting in Palm Desert.

Senator Stone gave a legislative update to the Desert Cities Association of Health Underwriters at their meeting in Palm Desert.

Senator Stone attended the Legion of the Silver Rose Induction Ceremony

Senator Stone attended the Legion of the Silver Rose Induction Ceremony which honors victims that have been exposed to the deadly chemical Agent Orange. The event was sponsored by American Legion Post #852, in conjunction with the American Legion Riders Chapter #852 and the Auxiliary Unit #852 in Murrieta. Thank you for your service to our nation.

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Team Stone on the Move

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:

at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Quick Quack Car Wash La Quinta

Team Stone joined in with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Quick Quack Car Wash La Quinta on Washington Street. District Representative Consuelo Arias presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Foulds and Feldman Insurance Agency

Team Stone joined with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Foulds & Feldman Insurance Agency. District Representative Josie Archeiga presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Pokeoli

District Representative Darrell Connerton joined with the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Pokeoli on Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta. Darrell presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Galway Spirits Distillery

District Representative Debbie Herrera joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Galway Spirits Distillery on Zevo Drive in Temecula. Debbie presented a certificate from Senator Stone. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Fu Photography)

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Tesla Xclusive Tours at Wilson Creek Winery

Wilson Creek Winery played host for the ribbon cutting ceremony by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for Tesla Xclusive Tours. District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone. (Photos courtesy of Jimmy Fu Photography)

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting for Wexler’s Deli

District Representative Josie Arechiga joined with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting for Wexler’s Deli on North Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Josie presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone always enjoys attending Student of the Month breakfasts in Murrieta

Team Stone always enjoys attending Student of the Month breakfasts. Communications Director John Hunneman presented certificates from Senator Stone to deserving students from Murrieta.

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for 18/8 Fine Men's Salon

Team Stone joined with the Palm Springs and Greater Coachella Valley chambers of commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon. District Representative Josie Arechiga presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

Team Stone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Elsinore Care Dental

Team Stone joined with the Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Elsinore Care Dental on E. Lakeshore Drive. District Representative Consuelo Arias presented a certificate from Senator Stone.

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