The District Dispatch for June 2017
A MESSAGE FROM AUTUMN
Thank you for taking a look at my monthly newsletter. I am honored to be representing the amazing residents of California’s 62nd Assembly District. The 2017 legislative session is well under way, and I am proud to share with you the policies I will be working to advance this year, ranging from supporting small business growth to combating climate change. To learn about events being held throughout the district check out our upcoming events below.
As always, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to give my District Office a call and let us know how we’re doing.
Assemblymember, 62nd District
IN THIS ISSUE:
- A Salute to Small Business
- Budgeting for the Future of the 62nd District
- Community Members-Come out to Fight for a Greener Future
- People Making a Difference in the District; Material Mental Health NOW!
- Health Fair
A Salute to Small Business
On June 5, the California Legislature celebrated its Annual California Small Business Day, as a way to recognize the contributions small businesses make to California. Throughout the day, legislators honored small business owners from across the state for their hard work and contributions to their communities. From the 62nd District, I was pleased to honor TyRon Turner, owner of Consumer Care.
Located in West Athens, Consumer Care works with adults that are developmentally disabled to help them develop skills to address everyday problems. Meeting with clients in the privacy of their own homes, Consumer Care helps individuals find greater independence in a community that has not been designed to accommodate them. "When a person realizes that they are not as limited as they once thought, their outlook on life becomes much brighter" said TyRon.
Budgeting for the Future of the 62nd District
We strive to serve our constituents by ensuring their needs and priorities are reflected in California's 2017-2018 Budget.
We're excited to highlight six aspects of the Budget that will affect our district, the greater Los Angeles area, and the State as a whole:
- An additional $3.2 billion allocated to K-12 education (Prop 98)
- $2.8 billion distributed throughout the roads and streets of California
- $546 million to medical services—specifically doctor and dental services (Prop 56)
- Over $100 million for welfare to work services—CalWORKS
- $30 million to Immigration Services
- $9.5 million to California Violence Intervention (also known as California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention)
The passage of this budget will create healthier communities by fully funding dental services by 2017-2018 and optical services by 2018-2019 for Medi-Cal recipients. In addition, it will provide $12 million to ensure our drinking water is clean and safe.
In addition to a healthier California, this budget will increase funding for CalGrant scholarships for community colleges, as well as expand separate funding for the UC and CSU systems. In total, over $30 million in additional support for California's public colleges will increase enrollment slots in the University of California. The additional funding will improve access for thousands of high school seniors wishing to achieve a higher education degree in California's prestigious institutions.
Furthermore, $25 million will support child care and preschool programs, $2 million will help provide tax relief for the self-employed, and $3 million will directly help homeless youth and human trafficking victims.
Thank you for your continued support during this legislative term, and I look forward to seeing California's 62nd Assembly District continue to grow and become an even better place to live. As always, I will continue to fight for the lives of the most vulnerable and seek solutions for our districts most demanding problems while celebrating its strengths.
Community Members Come Out for a Greener Future
On June 8, members of the community gathered at Gardena's Rowley Park Auditorium to take part in a workshop on California's Transformative Climate Communities Program. The goal of the workshop was to provide information about the Strategic Growth Council's (SGC) grant programs and other funding sources available through the California Climate Investments Program. Representatives from SGC focused on the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program and the new Transformative Climate Communities Program. Workshop participants learned how they can apply to these programs to support projects in their community.
The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program was established through legislation I introduced and was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2016.
People Making a difference in the District; Material Mental Health NOW!
Maternal Mental Health NOW's mission is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. It offers in-person and online trainings to health care and community-based providers who interact with pregnant and postpartum women on maternal depression and anxiety, how to identify it and what to do when they see a woman suffering. It also works to ensure that all women – regardless of their ability to pay – have access to treatment for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. One of MMHN's groundbreaking efforts is the creation of the Los Angeles County Maternal Mental Health Resource Directory. The first of its kind, the online directory provides a list of providers who have been trained to recognize and respond to women experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.
"It is very upsetting to recognize the disparities that exist in the world and in our city in terms of having access to (needed) help ... Seeing how treatable these conditions are, and seeing a woman who has recovered share her story to help another mom who is struggling, is most meaningful for me" said Caron Post, Executive Director, Maternal Mental Health NOW.
We thank Maternal Mental Health NOW for all the great work they're doing in our district. For more information on this amazing non-profit check out their website: www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org
Our office, along with Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles, are excited to announce our 3rd Annual 62nd Assembly District Back to School Wellness & Health Fair on July 29, 2017 at Jane Addams Park, 15114 Firmona Ave., Lawndale, CA 90260, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The primary goal of this event is to provide students with the necessary tools that will allow them to excel where it is most important – IN SCHOOL! It is our mission to screen and identify numerous community residents (many of them children) with health problems and set up appointments and/or provide referrals to the necessary physicians and agencies.
Free health screenings and backpacks will be given to students while supplies last!