The District Dispatch for May 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 00:00

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.

Best,

Autumn Burke
Assemblymember, 62nd District

IN THIS ISSUE:

#ENDCHILDPOVERTY RALLY BRINGS OUT CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

As excerpted from the Los Angeles Sentinel:

Assembly Bill (AB) 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017, brought the community together with politicians from DC and Sacramento for a block party style rally in South Los Angeles on Sunday April 9, to address child poverty in the state of California. The event took place at the St. John’s Well Child & Family Center located at 808 West 58th Street.

The rally titled #EndChildPoverty, was hosted by radio veteran and host of 102.3 KJLH’s “Front Page,” Dominque DiPrima. An all-star roster of politicians was in attendance to support the bill which was authored by Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke, in March of this year. Notable guests included Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis, House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Karen Bass, State Senator Holly Mitchell, State Senator Steven Bradford, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Full article click here.

For more information an AB 1520 please click here.

AB 1110, BRINGING EDUCATION INTO FOCUS

Today, our children spend much of their day focusing not just on blackboards and books, but on tablets, laptops, and whiteboards. But if they struggle to see, they struggle to learn. That’s why I’m working with California’s PTA and optometrists to pass Assembly Bill 1110.  This bill boosts the learning potential of California students by encouraging comprehensive eye exams upon starting school.

 Parents: you should know that the Affordable Care Act guarantees children a comprehensive eye exam and glasses; both public and private insurance plans must provide young people under 19 comprehensive eye exams, and glasses if needed. AB 1110 will help parents and their children access this benefit and get young people started the right track to overall health, especially in diverse communities where health costs and barriers to care put extra burdens on families. AB 1110 also respects parents’ rights to opt out of the examination requirement.

This bill is important because one in four children and adolescents have a vision problem that can impede their learning.  In fact, vision disorders are the most prevalent disabling childhood conditions.

Although students now receive school vision screenings, these can miss significant underlying eye conditions and do not screen for serious concerns such as diabetes or eye cancers that threaten vision and health. Only a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist can detect the full range of disorders that affect children’s learning and test for significantly disabling conditions. Many disorders can be treated immediately, even in the same visit as a comprehensive eye exam.

We must provide all California children with the best possible opportunity to learn and thrive. AB 1110 will open possibilities that many students are missing today — and that all children deserve.

PARTNERING WITH 211 FOR EASIER ACCESS TO DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMS

Substance abuse and drug-related incarceration have devastated many of our district's residents, families, and communities. Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) that voters passed in 2016, recognized the need to dedicate resources to combat these impacts. Our office is partnering with 211 California and 211 LA County on a bill, AB 844, that would ensure that anyone who reaches out for help with substance abuse will have high quality, professional help accessing the right services for them, no matter what time they call or what language they speak.

211 California represents 211s across the state, and works to bring excellent information and referral service to all Californians.

211 LA County serves all of Los Angeles county with 24/7 free and confidential information and referrals over the phone and online. They are a one stop shop for anyone needing help with everything from housing, food, income assistance, senior services, veteran and military services, mental health, and much more. If you or someone you know needs help in their lives, give 211 a call anytime, for any situation. You can now search for and save resources and community events through My211 or chat with an advisor online at www.211la.org.

For more information or to support AB 844 and easy access to drug treatment services, contact Ahitchcock@211la.org

TEAM BURKE IN ACTION

On April 21, District Office staff honored Earth Day by joining Caltrans for their 2nd Annual Earth Day Roadway Clean-Up. Staff joined other amazing volunteers, clearing out litter and dangerous objects from the freeway ramps near the Crenshaw Park-and-Ride in Inglewood.

PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE DISTRICT

Starting next month we will be highlighting a constituent or organization that is fighting to make a difference in our District. We’d love to hear your suggestions. Please send them to Mark.Weber@asm.ca.gov, and we look forward to hearing from you!

LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s a look at just some of the legislation that I have introduced:

AB 1520: California is the sixth largest economy in the world while having the highest poverty rate in the nation.  AB 1520 would create the Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act, which would commit California to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next twenty years, thereby lifting 1 million children out of poverty. AB 1520 does not propose any new taxes or fees. Rather, AB 1520 would create the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Taskforce to work with the Legislative Analyst Office to implement the analytic framework, as proposed in the legislation, and provide recommendations to the Legislature to accomplish the 50% reduction of child poverty.

AB 1612: will increase access to healthcare for thousands of women in both urban and rural areas by untethering Certified Nurse Midwives from unnecessary supervision requirements in current law. AB 1612 creates a level of parity in the law between Licensed Midwives (LM) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) by removing the physician supervision requirements for CNMs, allowing them to practice independently within their scope of practice. However, CNMs would only be able to furnish or order drugs or devices under standardized procedures and protocols designed by physicians. Most pregnancies and births are completely normal physiologic events.  When permitted to work to the full extent of their education and experience, CNMs can expertly manage more births in California. 

AB 151: strengthens California's fight against climate change that is having devastating effects across the globe. California is a leader in climate change policy and AB 151 ensures that California continues to reduce emissions in a cost effective manner. In addition, AB 151 provides the parameters to have California accomplish its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to 40% below the 1990 level. Furthermore, AB 151 provides incentives to have GHG reduction projects occur locally in disadvantaged communities and creates a comprehensive approach to support working families as the state transitions from the "dirty economy" to the "clean and green economy."

AB 1060: provides the City of Inglewood and LA Metro with a tool to offer additional transit options from the Crenshaw connection to the new NFL stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. These transit options will help mitigate traffic congestion that is a result of increased economic activity in the City of Inglewood.

For a full list 2017 Legislation introduced please click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mother’s Day Diaper Drive

Nationwide, one  in three mothers struggle to maintain an adequate supply of clean diapers. To help support families in-need, we are excited to participate in the Legislative Mother’s Day Diaper Drive. Please bring donations to our district office.

May 1 - 14
M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

District Office
One West Manchester Blvd.
Suite 601
Inglewood, CA 90301

3rd Annual Back to School Wellness & Health Fair

Please join Lawndale Mayor Robert Miles-Pullen and I for a free event for the whole family centered around healthy living. There will be refreshments served, entertainment and vendors on-hand to provide information on after school programs, hygiene, safety and tutoring.

 Other services available:

  • Cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, senior wellness, and eye screenings
  • Healthy cooking presentation by a celebrity chef
  • and other healthy resources

Saturday, July 29
10:30 a.m. - 3p.m.

Jane Addams Park 
15114 Firmona Ave.
Lawndale
CA 90260