Summer 2019 Newsletter
Summer marks a little more than seven months since I took office. During this time, my team and I have hit the ground running to best represent the 38th Assembly District community. I authored bills addressing education affordability and accountability, health access, homeowner protections, child safety and more. I'm happy to report 12 of my bills made it to the State Senate for voting, with two already signed into law by the Governor. I'm also excited that the 2019-20 Budget incorporates district-specific funding, delivering state resources to our historically overlooked, underserved district.
My office has also worked hard to make sure that community members have a seat at the table where decisions are being made. In May, we launched our local advisory committees so there is local insight weigh-in on legislation. I look forward to serving the community with you alongside me.
It's an honor to represent the 38th Assembly District in Sacramento. Should you ever need assistance from a state agency, I encourage you to reach out to my office.
In this issue:
- At a Glance
- In the Capitol
- Around the District
Assemblywoman, 38th District
At a Glance
Over the past seven months, we've accomplished a lot. I'm happy to share what we've achieved in my short time in office, by the numbers.
In the Capitol
Two Down, 10 to Go!
My 2019-20 legislative package addresses a myriad of issues central to advancing the quality of life for 38th Assembly District residents. I'm proud of how successful these efforts were in the California State Legislature, with 12 bills passing the State Assembly and moving steadily through the State Senate. I'm happy to report two of my bills have now been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom and will take effect on January 1, 2020.
- AB 853: Makes college more affordable by allowing ScholarShare, a college savings plan, to pay for cost-of-living expenses such as rent.
- AB 1336: Enhances child safety by establishing a more comprehensive childhood unintentional injury list so the Kids Plates funding can support preventative programs.
Governor Signs the Budget
With the Governor's signature in June, a fiscally solvent budget that not only pays down our debt but also stores funds into reserve goes into effect. I'm proud our advocacy in Sacramento has resulted in crucial dollars coming back to our community.
- $397,000 for College of the Canyons Boykin Hall Update
- $450,000 for Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center
- $700,000 for Free Clinic of Simi Valley
It has been a pleasure working with my colleagues to pass the 2019-2020 California State Budget, and I look forward to our continued collaboration to fortify our state.
Preparing for a Year-Round Fire Season
As Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, I am dedicated to ensuring all Californians are prepared for the next wildfire, especially as fires across our state become more pervasive and voracious. I spoke to ABC 7 about the importance of shoring up our communications with first responders and making sure our public safety officers have the best resources to keep our communities safe.
Around the District
Honoring Local Leaders and Organizations
I had the distinct pleasure of recognizing distinguished local leaders and organizations in Sacramento and welcoming them on the Assembly Floor. It's an honor to represent the 38th Assembly District, home to many trailblazers who remind us that we all have the ability to improve our communities. I salute these stalwart individuals who continue to make an indelible impact across our district — and California.
Woman of the Year: Melanie Hicken
Business of the Year: The Platinum Sports Center
Nonprofit of the Year: The Samaritan Center
I want to thank all neighbors who came out to our district events. In the spring, we hosted community coffees through the 38th Assembly District in Simi Valley, Porter Ranch, Castaic and Canyon Country. It was a pleasure to connect with each and every one of you, and I appreciate everyone's questions, comments and feedback. If you missed one of our coffee talks, we will have more to come! Stay tuned.
We also hosted a successful Speaker's Appointment Workshop, where community members learned about opportunities to serve on the Speaker's statewide boards and commissions. It's important the 38th Assembly District — historically overlooked and underserved — has a seat at the table where decisions are being made.
In addition, it was my pleasure to host a series of emergency preparedness town halls throughout my district as well, focusing on wildfire resiliency and prevention. It's incredibly important that we hear from our first responders and fire prevention experts on what we can do to best protect ourselves, our family and our homes.
Local Advisory Committees
In May, I launched the applications to our 38th Assembly District local advisory committees. Throughout my time in office so far, I've been committed to providing community members opportunities to be involved in the legislative process. The following committees were available for applicants:
- Commission on the Status of Women & Girls
- Public Safety
- Small Business & Economic Development
Thank you to everyone who applied to our committees! It's extremely important that as I represent you in Sacramento I hear from you and and serve alongside you. Together, we can create an even better California.
Team Christy on the Go
When I'm in the State Capitol, my team in the district is hard at work representing me in the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Susana Knolls and North San Fernando Valley on my behalf. Here are some of their highlights this year.
My district director Ryan spoke at Sinaloa Middle School (his alma mater!) about the State Legislature and a career in public service. It's always great getting to know our future leaders!
This year, the City of Santa Clarita declared June as Pride Month for the first time. Andrew from my team — who has fought ardently for LGBT equality — was happy to be there and recognize this momentous occasion!
Michelle, who oversees casework and constituent services within my office, and has helped many in the community with their state agency-related concerns. Here is Michelle with Nancy Edwards, Simi Valley resident, after she helped Nancy get her REAL ID!
Danni joined Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce to mark the one-year anniversary of Omnia Lashes. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the backbone of our local economies.