October is a very busy month all across the 28th Senate District.
Let me remind you that the last day to register to vote for the November 8th election is October 24th. Your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically by that day.
You can register to vote by clicking on the link on my website at www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone.
If you have additional questions, the California Secretary of State has provided this link that may be able to help: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/frequently-asked-questions/
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and once again this year Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Inland Empire, will be holding their event along the shores of Lake Elsinore.
Team Stone will be taking part in the Race for the Cure in Lake Elsinore, which is set for October 16th. For more information visit the Senator’s website at www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone.
Our office has many events planned across the County this month, including Senior Scam seminars, to help protect our senior citizens, Veterans events and others.
At the end of August, when the Legislative year concluded, members of the Assembly and Senate left Sacramento and returned home to their districts.
For some it marked the end of the year. However for others, like Senator Stone, it was a welcome opportunity to travel across Riverside County to meet with residents and listen to their thoughts and concerns.
Here’s a look at a fairly typical day (and a half) in the life of Senator Stone.
Coffee and Conversation with the Senator
Early on October 7th, the Senator arrived at the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce for his monthly First Friday event.
The Senator’s staff holds these events each month at various locations across the county, from Mecca to Winchester and from Indio to Temecula.
It’s a chance to meet with residents, without an appointment, to discuss issues and solve problems people may be having with state agencies.
When the Senator is in the District he also attends.
In Murrieta about 60 people listened as the Senator gave a recap of the events in Sacramento of the year just past and then opened the floor for questions.
Senator Stone arrived back in his Murrieta office just in time for an 11 a.m. meeting with constituents.
He followed that up with an hour of writing personal notes and making phone calls.
He also spent time talking with his staff in Sacramento who are hard at work preparing legislation for the 2017 session.
Soon after he was back on the road again.
Senior citizens are increasingly victims of scam artists, not only in the 28th District, but across the state and country.
In October, Senator Stone has three Senior Scam Seminars scheduled to bring together experts in many fields, including law enforcement and senior advocates, to help educate seniors on how to protect themselves from the latest scams.
The first seminar of the month was held at the Lake Elsinore Senior Center.
The Senator, working with long-time Riverside County senior advocate Gloria Sanchez -- a staff volunteer -- spoke to a group of about 70 seniors and then turned the program over to the experts.
Upcoming Senior Scam Seminars are scheduled for October 14th in Blythe and October 21st in Cathedral City.
Early Saturday morning Senator Stone arrived at the Big Horse Ranch in Temecula to help kick-off the first annual “Helping and Hiring Our Heroes” event, a job and information seminar for our veterans.
Hundreds of people spoke with the Senator and also visited his booth where information for veterans was provided by staff.
After a full morning saluting and assisting our veterans, the Senator left Temecula and traveled to the Coachella Valley where he attended several more events until late into the evening.
The Senator and his staff will be attending dozens of events across Riverside County in the coming months. Visit his website, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to learn more.
Group grades legislators on support for California’s small businesses
For the second straight year, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside) has received a 100 percent mark for his voting record from the National Federation of Independent Business-California, the leading voice of small business in California.
The NFIB released its 2016 scorecard on Monday, Oct. 3.
’Every legislator claims to be a friend of small business, but our voting record puts them to the test,‘ said Tom Scott, California Executive Director for the NFIB/CA.
NFIB assessed California legislators on 12 bills vital to the health of small business in California during the 2016 half of the 2015-16 legislative sessions.
In July Senator Stone presented his Small Business of the Year Award to Nothing Bundt Cakes of Temecula
Senator Stone was among 29 legislators who had impressive 100% scores; however 62 legislators failed small business this year with scores ranging from 27% to just 8%.
“As for our 100% club and NFIB friends of small business, we applaud your efforts in the State Capitol to support small businesses. Together, we understand the only way to rebuild our economy and strengthen our communities’ starts with supporting small businesses and protecting them from additional taxes, mandates, and complex regulation,’ added Scott.
Senator Stone thanked the NFIB for recognizing his commitment to California’s small businesses.
“As a small business owner myself, I know the challenges faced every day by hard working Californians.” said Senator Stone, a pharmacist who opened his first pharmacy in Temecula in 1983. “I thank the NFIB for its support and the support of its members. I will continue to work to defeat job-killing legislation that makes it hard to start and keep a small business in California going.”
California’s small businesses make up 99.2 percent of all the employers in the state, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
To read the NFIB press release click here:
SB 1261, by Sen. Stone, will allow out-of-state doctors to volunteer in California
At a press conference held September 20th in Indio, State Senator Jeff Stone (R-La Quinta) and Dr. Ron Hare discussed the importance of a new law, authored by the Senator, which will bring expanded medical services to the Coachella Valley.
Senate Bill 1261, by Senator Stone -- recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown -- will expand medical care to California residents by allowing out-of-state doctors to volunteer their time and skills while visiting the state.
Senator Stone worked with Dr. Hare and the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine to craft the legislation which will benefit not only the Coachella Valley, but other medically underserved communities throughout California.
“This is an important law for many parts of our state, especially the Coachella Valley where many retired and semi-retired doctors come to spend the winter months,” said Senator Stone. “Health clinics often call on these doctors to volunteer at community events and health screenings, but those doctors have been limited by state law.”
The Mission of the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine is to provide a no-cost primary health care service to medically underserved adults residing in the Coachella Valley.
In the past five years, their clinic, located in Indio, has served over 21,000 patients, all of them for free.
Dr. Ron Hare is the founder and past chairman of CVVIM.
“When Senator Stone was a Riverside County Supervisor he was a major supporter of getting this clinic started from the ground up,” said Dr. Hare. “Now, as a State Senator, he was able to shepherd this bill through the legislature and get the Governor to sign it, which will give us the opportunity to see more patients for free.”
The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2017.
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1668, by Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) -- co-authored by Senator Jeff Stone (R-LaQuinta) -- that will permit terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs or procedures that have successfully completed phase one of a clinical trial approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but have not yet been approved for general use.
Known as the “Right to Try” statute, the new law will provide hope to people in California suffering from terminal illnesses by allowing physicians to prescribe or recommend treatments that have not yet completed the lengthy process of government approval.
“As a pharmacist, I have seen firsthand the frustration of people and families who are battling not only these horrible, life threatening illnesses, but the government bureaucracy that stands in the way of hope,” said Senator Stone. “These people do not have time to wait while the approval process for these drugs and treatments grinds on for months and years.”
“I’m thankful the Governor has signed this important legislation. It gives patients with terminal illness some hope for themselves and their families,” said Senator Stone.
Similar “Right to Try” legislation has already been passed in more than 30 states. The law will allow an eligible terminally ill person to voluntarily choose to take experimental drugs that have been prescribed or recommended by his or her physician.
In addition, the legislation will allow manufacturers of an investigational drug, biological product or device to make it available to eligible patients and protect doctors who recommend these treatments from disciplinary actions.
Have you ever said to yourself, “There ought to be a law…”?
Once again this year high school students from Senator Stone’s 28th California Senate District are being encouraged to propose legislation that may become law in California.
Entries are now being accepted. The deadline for students to submit their proposed legislation is Dec 2, 2016.
You can download an entry form or fill out the form on-line at the Senator’s website: www.Senate.CA.Gov/Stone
“There Ought to be a Law” is open to all high school students - grades 9-12 - in the 28th Senate District. The contest encourages students to submit ideas for improving the quality of life in Riverside County and the State of California.
“By asking our high school students to propose new laws, I am hoping to tap into their bright, inquisitive minds and also to inspire them to get involved in politics and public service,” Senator Stone said. “I will choose at least one of the entries and begin the process of creating legislation to be considered by the California Senate and Assembly and, hopefully, signed by the Governor.”
Alyson White, a senior at Rancho Mirage High School, was the winner of last year’s competition. Her proposed law was selected from about 70 entries submitted from across the district.
In April 2016, Alyson and her mother were guests of Senator Stone in Sacramento where Alyson testified before a Senate sub-committee.
“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
- Mark Twain
With the California State legislature adjourned for the year, Senator Stone has been spending his time traveling across the 28th Senate District, meeting with families and farmers, community leaders, school groups and business owners.
Here’s a look at a couple of places the Senator has visited recently:
Senator Stone spoke to the Palm Springs Realtor Association about the recently concluded legislative session. What a great group of true professionals.
Senator Stone was honored to speak at the Evening of Remembrance sponsored by VFW Post 3699 Indio/Auxiliary and American Legion Post 739 Indio/Auxiliary.
Senator Stone was a guest on KESQ television discussing important legislation including the Right to Try law -- which he co-authored -- that was recently signed by the Governor. The new law will give patients with a terminal illness the opportunity to try experimental drugs.
Senator Stone spoke to students at Indio High School about the best ways to prepare for college. The Senator’s interns, along with staff, sponsored the event in partnership with the Rajah Leaders of America at the school. Thanks to all the students who attended and to the interns who made this great event happen.
Senator Stone spoke at the Riverside Conference Women’s Leadership Conference where he also honored a remarkable woman whose actions saved the life of another woman who was attempting to commit suicide. The Senator was honored to present Erica Harnick, the Coachella Valley Senior Representative for the Riverside Chapter of the Building Industry Association with a Senate Resolution recognizing her brave actions.
Senator Stone was a guest speaker at the Anti-Human Trafficking Conference held in Palm Desert. This is such a serious problem, especially with young people, and this conference provided valuable information on how to identify and stop this terrible menace to society.
Senator Stone and his staff were honored to help welcome over 70 Employer-Exhibitors and hundreds of job-seekers to the 21st Valley-Wide Employment Expo at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, Fullenwider Auditorium. The Senator is working hard to help create and keep good jobs in California.
Senator Stone met so many wonderful people at the “Nine Weekly Walks” at Indian Wells hosted by United Way of the Desert. Thanks to everyone who came out.
Senator Stone was honored to present a Senate Resolution to Ruby Rivera of Rancho Mirage High School who was named Teacher of the Year for Riverside County. In addition to her great work inspiring students, last year Rivera was a teacher of Alyson White, who was the winner of the Senator’s “There Ought to Be a Law” competition.
Each month, Senator Stone’s team travels across the 28th District, welcoming new businesses, meeting with civic and community groups, listening to the concerns of residents and offering assistance to those who are dealing with State agencies. Here are just a few of the places Team Stone has visited recently:
Team Stone helped the Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce welcome Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to Murrieta. District Representatives Debbie Herrera and Darrell Connerton helped cut the ribbon and welcome the new business on behalf of Senator Stone.
Team Stone joined the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon cutting for Luna Grill on Winchester Road. District Representative Darrell Connerton represented Senator Stone. The new school year means the resumption of one of Team Stone’s favorite events, the Student of the Month. District Representatives Darrell Connerton and Debbie Herrera recently attended the Student of the Month luncheon in Lake Elsinore and the breakfast in Murrieta and presented certificates on behalf of Senator Stone.
Lake Elsinore Valley Unified Students of the Month
District Representative Debbie Herrera let students know about Senator Stone’s “There Ought to be a Law” competition.
Murrieta Valley Unified Students of the Month
Team Stone was proud to attend the reunion of the crew of the USS Thomaston (LSD-28). The ship served our nation from 1954 to 1984 and participated in the blockade of Cuba, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Communications Director, and crew member, John Hunneman presented certificates of appreciation from Senator Stone to the more than 60 Navy veterans from across the country in attendance.
Team Stone and the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce recently helped the National Merchants Association celebrate their Grand Re-Opening and newly renovated Temecula headquarters. Senior District Representative Maryann Edwards represented Senator Stone. (Photos courtesy of TVCC)
Team Stone congratulated the recipients of the Family First Awards given by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Temecula. Senior District Representative Maryann Edwards represented Senator Stone.
Team Stone helped Loma Linda Medical Center celebrate their 5th anniversary in Murrieta. Senior District Representative Maryann Edwards represented Senator Stone at the celebration.
Team Stone joined with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce to welcome SeBaz Productions to the community. Senior District Representative Maryann Edwards presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Stone.