It’s been another busy month in Sacramento. As you will see in this newsletter, there have been many of what they like to call up here “robust debates” on issues that will impact all Californians.
Although the Democrats in the Legislature hold a “super-majority” in the Assembly and the Senate, most Republicans here in Sacramento continue to stand firm in favor of hard-working families, veterans, senior citizens and members of the developmentally disabled community.
In recent weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel around the 28th District, meeting with great people and discussing issues that are important to all of us.
In my travels, I’m reminded of what a special place it is we call home.
This is an exciting time in Riverside County.
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, known commonly as “Coachella,” is taking place in Indio.
Find more information here: https://www.coachella.com/
Coming up at the end of April is Stagecoach 2017.
Find more information here: http://www.stagecoachfestival.com/
These two events draw hundreds of thousands of music lovers from around the globe to the Coachella Valley.
In Western Riverside County, “bud-break” is taking place in the vineyards of the Temecula Valley with the promise of another great growing season that will produce more award-winning wine in Southern California’s Wine Country.
Find out more here: http://www.temeculawines.org/
It’s a great time to visit and I encourage you to get out and explore all that Riverside County has to offer.
And, as always, thank you for allowing me to represent you in Sacramento.
In recent weeks, Senator Stone has been the leading voice in opposition to Senate Bill 54, which would make California a Sanctuary State and require local police and sheriffs to not work with the Federal Government to remove dangerous convicted felons from our communities.
On the Senate floor the Senator stood up and opposed SB 54.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2oatLCa
The Senator was a guest on The O’Reilly Factor and explained the consequences if SB 54 becomes law:
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2nEyeZD
On Fox & Friends Senator Stone told the nation why SB 54 is a bad idea for California.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2nbgytc
Senator opposed SB 1 and new taxes that will hurt the working poor, middle class families and farmers
Read Senator Stone’s Statement: When are we going to learn? The State Senate passed yet another tax on hard-working Californians because we continue to fail the people by wasting money on programs we can’t afford.
Senate Bill 1 hurts the working poor and middle class families, the very people Democrats in the Legislature always say they are trying to protect.
Watch Senator Stone’s floor speech on SB 1: http://bit.ly/2nJrPwk
Asking taxpayers to pay hundreds of dollars a year in more taxes when we’ve not spent one dime more on transportation from the general fund in years makes no sense. We have plenty of money … we just need to spend it on the right priorities.
Read Senator Stone’s Editorial in the Riverside Press-Enterprise: http://bit.ly/2omLnIJ
If we had used the transportation money that was supposedly guaranteed under Proposition 42 on actual transportation projects, we wouldn’t be have to reach, once again, into the wallets of California families to pay for the mistakes this Legislature and Governor have made by wasting taxpayer dollars on programs we can’t afford.
If we need more money for transportation projects—which we do—why do we continue to divert $1 billion every year in transportation dollars to bail out the general fund?
Yes, our roads are falling apart.
Yes, our streets need repair.
If this Legislature simply had the courage to use money that we collect from our taxpayers to pay for the programs we promised the people that money would be spent on, we wouldn’t be in this position.”
Listen to Senator Stone on KFI AM 640 with John & Ken: http://bit.ly/2ovWmSB
Watch Senator Stone’s Weekly Update on SB 1: http://bit.ly/2mKiszT
Senator Stone’s bill, SB 644, was passed 7-0 by the Public Safety Committee. If passed, the law would subject boats to the same impound and forfeiture rules of someone convicted of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) that results in a death as someone convicted of Driving Under the Influence.
Watch the hearing here: http://bit.ly/2oV6KUZ
Senator Stone’s Senate Joint Resolution 5 was passed by the Senate on April 6th. This resolution calls on Congress and the President to reschedule Marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug.
Watch the Senator’s floor speech here: http://bit.ly/2ow1OEZ
Follow Senator Stone’s 2017 Legislative Package by clicking on the links provided in the Stone Sentinel or visiting his website: www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone and clicking the “Legislation” tab.
Senator Stone receives Public Health Excellence Award from USPHS
Senator Stone was the recipient of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Public Health Excellence Award at the 2017 American Pharmacist Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition held this past weekend in San Francisco.
The award was presented by Rear Admiral (RADM) Pamela Schweitzer, Pharm D. BCACP, Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Professional Officer for Pharmacy, USPHS, and APhA CEO Thomas Menighan.
About 200 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, USPHS, Indian Health Service, the VA and other agencies attended.
In November 2014, Senator Stone was the first pharmacist to be elected to the California State Legislature in more than three decades.
Senator Stone receives Public Health Excellence Award from USPHS
Easterseals California honored State Senator Jeff Stone with a 2017 Senate Champion Award at their Annual Easterseals California Awards Dinner on March 28 in Sacramento.
Easterseals California created its Senate Champion Award to honor public officials, both elected and appointed, for their work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by Easterseals California,” said Senator Stone. “Working on behalf of the disabled residents of California is one of my passions. Too often the voices of this community are not heard. I will continue to champion their causes.”
Senator Stone has led the charge in California on disability issues. He has fought hard for the stabilization of services for individuals with a developmental disability, and he has taken an active role in moving forward the plan to transition residents of the state developmental centers into community services.
“Senator Stone’s receptivity and understanding of the complex issues surrounding changes of this magnitude has been helpful, especially for those with complex needs transitioning to community services,” said Carlene Holden, executive vice president of Easterseals Southern California. “He has also been a champion by co-authoring bills that have since been signed into law, such as the “Right to Try” statute, that allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs or procedures not yet approved for general use, and the prescription drug take back bill that allows anyone to drop unused or expired pharmaceuticals into special storage containers at participating pharmacies, keeping them away from children and preventing misuse.”
Nominations are still being accepted from individuals and groups for the 2017 Veterans Service Awards presented by State Senator Jeff Stone.
The awards are given annually to military veterans from the 28th Senate District who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow veterans and members of the community.
Senator Stone will present the awards at separate ceremonies held in Southwest Riverside County and the Coachella Valley in late May.
“We owe our veterans a debt that can never be repaid,” said Senator Stone. “This award is just a small token of our thanks and appreciation for what they have done, not only during their time in uniform, but after they returned home.”
To nominate a veteran click on the tab on the Senator’s website: http://stone.cssrc.us/content/2017-veterans-service-awards
Veterans groups, such as American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts, are encouraged to nominate a member of their organization for the award and individuals can also nominate worthy veterans.
The original deadline to submit applications was April 17, 2017, although late entries are still being accepted.
Award recipients must be residents of the 28th District, which is entirely in Riverside County and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.
For more information contact District Director Glenn Miller at 760-398-6442 or Communications Director John Hunneman at 951-894-3530.
With summer fast approaching, many families and groups are making vacation plans. If those plans bring you to the Sacramento area, a visit to your California State Capitol is a great way to spend a few hours.
The Capitol is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to the building is free and tours are offered on an hourly basis.
Senator Stone welcomes visitors from this district to his office in the Capitol. Please call ahead—(916) 651-4028—to let us know when you are coming and to find out if the Senator is available to meet you.
Generally, the State Senate is in session each week from Monday to Thursday.
The Senate is in recess this summer from July 21st to August 20th.
More information on visiting the State Capitol is available here: http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/
With the Legislature in session, Senator Stone’s days and nights in Sacramento are filled with committee meetings, floor sessions and meetings with business leaders, volunteer organizations and other groups from across the 28th District and all of California.
Senator Stone was a guest speaker at the Annual Legislative Symposium of the Groundwater Resources Association of California held in Sacramento.
Senator Stone was honored to welcome Naismi Aghayev, Consul General of Azerbaijan, to his Sacramento office.
Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery was a recent visitor to Senator Stone’s office.
Senator Stone welcomed students from Cal State San Bernardino to his Sacramento office. It is always great to welcome these bright young minds.
Senator Stone recently met with members of the California Psychological Association in his Sacramento office.
Senator Stone was happy to welcome visitors from the California Association of Licensed Investigators.
Senator Stone welcomed Julie Cuevas and Scott Karla from Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore to the Senate for California Youth in Theater Day. Julie recently performed in “Fiddler on the Roof” at Lakeside High.
The California State PTA recently held their annual legislative conference in Sacramento. Senator Stone welcomed Kathleen Camarillo from Corona and Cherie Potter from Lake Elsinore to his office.
Senator Stone spends each Monday through Thursday working in Sacramento.
On Fridays and Saturdays he enjoys coming home to travel across the 28th District and meet with people he represents.
Here are just some of the people the Senator has had the chance to meet with recently:
Thanks to all of those who attended the recent Coffee with the Senator in Indio, especially those who were patient and waited after the Senator’s flight from Sacramento was delayed.
Senator Stone was honored to take part in the 91 Project Dedication Ceremony in Corona. It took hundreds of people, all working together, to complete this project that will help commuters who travel on the 91 between Orange and Riverside counties. The ultimate solution to traffic congestion is to bring more good paying jobs to Riverside County and the Senator is working on that every day.
Senator Stone was honored to recognize two Eagle Scouts recently in his Murrieta office. Dylan Boshard and Zachary Ross have done great things and worked hard to reach this high honor. We are proud of them and their parents for raising such fine young men.
Senator Stone was part of a group that toured the Salton Sea to work on a way to come together to fix it. He looks forward to working with Secretary Laird and his colleagues that are determined to fix the Salton Sea, preserve the habitat to over 400 species of migrating birds, restore fish populations, and re-create the once recreation rich sea to boating, water skiing and swimming.
Senator Stone met with local small business and restaurant owners at the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce to discuss how the minimum wage hike and other onerous state regulations are hurting their business. Small business is the backbone of California’s economy.
Senator Stone was honored to welcome the new commander of the Temecula area CHP office, Capt. Karyn Mentink. Her office is responsible for providing service on freeways and in the unincorporated areas of Southwest Riverside County.
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:
Team Stone was honored to participate in the Victims’ Rights Candlelight Vigil held April 4th in Indio and April 5th in Temecula and sponsored by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
District Director John Hunneman and Communications Director John Hunneman were among those who read the names of victims who were remembered. (Photos Courtesy of the Riv. Co DA’s Office)
Team Stone was honored to attend the sponsor thank-you event for the Field of Honor held each November by the Murrieta Rotary Club. Each year more than 2,000 American Flags are flown at Town Square Park in Murrieta honoring veterans, first responders and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Communications Director John Hunneman represented Senator Stone. Thanks to the Murrieta Rotary and the City of Murrieta for this great event.
Team Stone was on hand recently for the multiple Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly refurbished Diamond in Lake Elsinore, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm. The Diamond is considered one of the top minor league stadiums in the country.
District Representative, and huge baseball fan, Debbie Herrera presented a certificate to Storm owner Gary Jacobs from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for ATMs To Go. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone attended the monthly Southwest California Legislative Council to discuss legislation currently being considered in Sacramento. District Director Glenn Miller gave the group of local business professionals an update on Senator Stone’s legislative agenda.
Team Stone joined with the Chambers of Commerce of both Menifee and Murrieta at the ribbon cutting ceremony for A Better Look Home Inspections and ERA Donohoe Realty. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented each business with a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone was happy to join in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sheer Pleasure Salon & Spa in Palm Desert. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Grand Opening of The Divine Discount Store and the 3rd anniversary of Times Square Pizza on Rancho California Road. District Representative Darrell Connerton presented certificates to both businesses from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting of Revivals at their new location on Highway 111. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone always enjoys attending Student of the Month ceremonies. Communications Director John Hunneman presented certificates from Senator Stone to these great Murrieta students, who are shown here with their proud parents.
Team Stone joined the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting for TST Entertainment. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony at The Law Office of Pietro Canestrelli. District Representative Darrell Connerton attended on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone was honored to attend the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce 2017 Awards Dinner. District Representative Debbie Herrera presented certificates to all of the winners. It’s always great to spend time in Wildomar.