I hope you had a safe and wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the best for the New Year.
As you can imagine, it’s a busy time of year here in Sacramento. After spending the winter break meeting with civic groups and constituents, my staff and I have been busy putting together our legislative package for the coming year.
Each Senator is allowed to submit 20 bills a year and we have been going through many suggestions to come up with legislation that will make a positive difference in the lives of hard-working Californians.
Those bills will be in print by mid-February and I will post them on my website as soon as the final language is set. We are here to serve you.
Please feel free to contact my Sacramento office, my District office in Indio and my Southwest office in Murrieta if we can be of any assistance on a state related matter.
The contact information is right here in the newsletter.
Finally, readers of the Stone Sentinel know we post many links to videos both in the newsletter and on my Website, Facebook page and on Twitter.
Beginning this year all of those videos will be closed captioned for our hearing-impaired friends and neighbors.
Simply click the “CC” button at the bottom of each video to view the closed captioning.
We are committed to assisting everyone in the 28th Senate District to know what’s happening here in Sacramento and across Riverside County.
Thank you once again for your support and it is an honor to represent you in the State Capitol.
In the first of his Weekly Updates of the New Year, Senator Stone comments on Governor Brown’s proposed budget and takes a look ahead at what is likely to happen in Sacramento in 2018.
Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2DcSr1a
Senator Stone spoke on the Senate floor about the issue of sexual harassment and called on the Legislative Women's Caucus to speak out on behalf of the women they represent.
In his weekly Capitol Update, Senator Stone recalls the words of Dr. Martin Luther King and calls on the legislature to help restore the dreams of all Californians.
Watch here: http://bit.ly/2DoTW0w
Nominations will soon be accepted from individuals and groups for the 2018 Veterans Service Awards presented by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County).
Beginning February 5, 2018 applications will be available on the Senator’s website - www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone -- and by calling the Senator’s District Office in the Coachella Valley in Indio (760-398-6442) and Southwest Office in Murrieta.
The awards are given annually to 10 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.”
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 deadline to submit applications is April 20, 2018.
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.
When he’s not in Sacramento, Senator Stone travels across the 28th Senate District meeting with families and farmers, community leaders, veterans, school groups and business owners.
Here’s a look at some of the places the Senator has visited recently:
Senator Stone presented his 2017 Small Business of the Year Award (East District) to Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse of Rancho Mirage.
“Since opening in 2002, Babe’s Bar-B-Que has been well known as an outstanding supporter of the community and many philanthropic and charitable events,” said Senator Stone. “They are known as the ’Pride of Rancho Mirage‘ for their outstanding customer service, great food and award winning craft microbrewery.”
Babe’s has been an active 15-year member of the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce.
They were also named Brewery of the Year at the 2015 California State Fair.
“Businesses like Babe’s are the backbone of California’s economy,” Senator Stone said. “I commend them for their many awards and accomplishments and for their long history of support to the community.”
Senator Stone is always honored to speak to Rotary Clubs across the 28th Senate District. Recently he addressed the Murrieta Rotary Club and offered them a look ahead at what’s likely to happen in Sacramento beginning in January.
Senator Stone met with members of the California Desert Association of Realtors in Palm Desert. There was a good discussion of issues facing this industry. It's always great to get their input.
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 joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for KND Financial. District Representative Consuelo Arias presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone. (Photos courtesy of TVCC)
Team Stone was on hand for the dedication of Temecula’s newest fire station. Roripaugh Ranch Fire Station #95 will serve the wine country area. District Director Glenn Miller represented Senator Stone.
Team Stone is always honored to attend the Palm Desert Student of the Month program. District Representative Monica Idnani presented certificates from Senator Stone to these exceptional students.
Team Stone honored New Life Scout Cody Schieferstein for his project of a disposal box for United States Flags at the Indio Elks Lodge. The community now has a convenient location to deposit damaged flags so they can be properly retired by the Elks Lodge. District Director Glenn Miller congratulated Cody on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting for Sebaz Video Productions. District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Oak Grove in the Desert. District Director Glenn Miller represented Senator Stone at the ceremony to welcome this amazing organization, originally based in Murrieta, which helps so many of our youth in need.
Team Stone joined the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting for E & J Movement held at The River in Rancho Mirage. District Director Glenn Miller presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting at Arrami Cafe on Village Walk Place. District Representative Darrell Connerton presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Coachella Vista Realty in Palm Desert. District Representative Monica Idnani presented a certificate from Senator Stone.
District Representative Monica Idnani joined the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony for ABC Fun Phonics.
District Representative Consuelo Arias joined the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Urban Jungle Fun Park on Los Alamos Road.