April District Report

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Welcome from Shirley

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Thank you for taking time to read the latest issue of my newsletter. I am eager to update you on what’s been happening in Sacramento at the State Capitol and around the district here in San Diego. In this issue, you will discover some of the work that I am doing to improve important public policy issues in the state and the San Diego region, such as education, healthcare and the economy.

As always, I look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns. Please feel free to contact me or my staff to let us know how we may be of service.

Warm regards,

Shirley Weber Signature

SHIRLEY N. WEBER, Ph.D.
Assemblymember, 79th District


Weber in the Capitol

2015 Legislative Update:

This year, Assemblymember Weber introduced over 20 legislative measures. A brief description of some of these measures is listed below.  We will provide updated information as our measures move through the legislative process.  For more information, please call our Capitol Office at (916) 319-2079. For a complete list of the legislation that Assemblymember Weber introduced in 2015, please click here.

Some of the bills we would like to highlight include:

  • AB 66: Developing statewide guidelines for the use of body cameras worn by law enforcement personnel. 
  • AB 854: Aligning the definition of foster youth in the Foster Youth Services Program with the definition of foster youth in the Local Control Funding Formula. (LCFF). Without this change, some foster youth will be excluded from the important services of the newly implemented LCFF.
  • AB 1349: Guaranteeing entry to all students eligible to attend the UC or CSU university system.  If the student’s university or college of choice is full, they would have the opportunity to attend another college or university within the UC or CSU system.   
  • AB 357: (Weber and Chiu):  Ensuring part-time workers will have their work schedules far enough in advance so they can get childcare, arrange transportation, inform employers or teachers, etc.

2015 Budget Priorities:

As Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblymember Weber’s job is to craft the State budget on behalf of the 80 members of the Assembly in response to the governor’s proposed budget. Some of the Assembly’s budget priorities include:

1) Continue Budget Stability: Continue building a reserve and address the unfunded retiree health liability for state employees

2) Reduce Poverty:  Consider increasing the minimum wage to a living wage level; enacting the State Earned Income Tax Credit (lifting about 50,000 Californians from poverty and another 50,000 from deep poverty); and eliminating the Maximum Family Grant. Eliminating this rule would end the punishment of children and help give families a real chance of lifting themselves off aid and fully into the workforce

3) Improve Education:

  • Schools will be the big winners in this budget. They will get both one-time and ongoing funding increases this year
  • Add new child care slots and increase rates we pay providers
  • Increase financial aid for higher education
  • Increase funding for UC, CSU, and Community Colleges
  • UC will only receive funding if it doesn’t raise fees, and it stops enrolling out-of-state students.
4) Invest in Infrastructure and Business Assistance:
  • Reinvest in infrastructure
  • Look at ways to  fix our roads
  • Propose more funding for housing this year
  • Start the New Market Tax Credit to help people start businesses in the pockets of the state that haven't seen the economy recover

Woman of the Year 2015 California State Capitol Ceremony

On Monday, March 9, 2015, Assemblymember Weber honored Attorney Vickie E. Turner as Woman of the Year for the 79th Assembly District in an annual ceremony at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California.  Each year, the Legislative Women’s Caucus organizes this event to give elected officials an opportunity to select and honor an outstanding woman who resides in his/her district. 

Ms. Turner was recognized on the Assembly Floor along with 79 other women honorees.  A special resolution was provided to Ms. Turner by the Speaker of the Assembly, Toni Atkins, as well as Republican Minority Floor Leader Kristin Olsen.  Ms. Turner is a partner in the law firm of Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, the largest female-owned law firm in San Diego.  She is a trial attorney who has defended class actions, complex litigation and product liability cases for 33 years.  In addition to practicing law, Ms. Turner has passion for working with students to encourage them to pursue a college education. The celebration concluded with a luncheon with all 80 honorees, elected officials, and the honoree’s family and friends.


Informational Hearing on Africana Studies

Assemblymember Weber, in partnership with the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC), hosted an informational hearing on the status of Africana Studies/Black Studies Departments and Programs Friday, March 13, 2015, at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles, California.  The legislative panel included the Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Senator Holly Mitchell, and Assemblymembers Chris Holden and Mike Gipson.

The hearing focused on the status and recent efforts to mitigate Africana Studies on California’s higher education campuses as well as explored solutions to retain and enhance this concentration.

Representatives from the University of California, California State University, and California Community College provided testimony.  Their reports described the level of operation and function of the programs which are in dire need of funding. Although enrollment has picked up, and the interest of students desiring the classes has greatly improved, the classes are still diminishing.

With the information provided to Assemblymember Weber and other CLBC Members, they will have an opportunity to analyze and create a strategy to retain and rebuild Africana Studies Departments and Programs at California’s higher education institutions.  Africana studies and related academic disciplines promote a view of ethnic groups as significant contributors to the history and diversity of California and United States history.  We need to ensure these disciplines continue to be offered at higher education institutions. 


Select Committee on Campus Climate

As the 2015-16 legislative session gets underway, the Select Committee on Campus Climate was reestablished with Assemblymember Weber being reappointed as Chair.  This ten-member select committee is comprised of elected officials representing all portions of California, including the Bay Area, Northern California, Inland Empire, Central Valley, and Southern California. The select committee’s mission is to ensure that the state’s college campuses are both safe and welcoming environments for all students.

Assemblymember Weber has also introduced AB 340, an act relating to post-secondary education and campus climate. AB 340 aims to define “campus climate” and encourages the University of California and requires the California State University and California’s Community Colleges to generate a report once every two years commencing with the 2017-18 legislative session, on new developments related to campus climate. 

For more information about the Select Committee on Campus Climate, please contact Scott Matsumoto at Scott.Matsumoto@asm.ca.gov or at (916) 319-2079.


Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego

In late 2014, a tour of the potential site to house the new university in Chula Vista took place.  Participants from the October 2014 roundtable meeting gathered for an informal lunch prior to boarding a bus to tour the property. The Chula Vista City Manager, Gary Halbert, provided the city’s vision on how to best use the available land. 

The Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County was reestablished at the beginning of the year with Assemblymember Weber being reappointed as Chair.  The primary goal of this committee is to assess the need for a possible new or expanded “college campus” in San Diego County. This campus would provide additional educational opportunities, programs, and services to the vast number of “students” who are underserved in the San Diego region.

For additional information about the Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County, please contact Scott Matsumoto at Scott.Matsumoto@asm.ca.gov or at (916) 319-2079.


Upcoming Events and Programs

Healthcare in San Diego County

Attention All 79th District Residents:

Assemblymember Weber will continue to host public Stakeholder Meetings that focus on healthcare issues in San Diego. These forums will address the current health care system and how access to health services in San Diego County can be improved. In anticipation of these meetings, Assemblymember Weber is asking her constituents to share their personal stories and experiences involving the current healthcare system. She is also interested in knowing what has worked and what has not worked, including your specific problems or troubles.

Please submit your personal statements to Jannell Jackson at Jannell.Jackson@asm.ca.gov.  Assemblymember Weber appreciates your input which will assist in determining the services needed for our community.


Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber Attendance Challenge!

This year, students at participating schools will receive special recognition for both Perfect Attendance and Excellent Attendance, which has been defined as missing three days or less of school (excused or unexcused). The goal of the attendance challenge is to incentivize student attendance to reduce truancy.  There are many things that can be done at home to help students achieve this goal, including:  setting a regular bed time and morning routine, keeping an open line of communication with teachers and counselors and allowing students to stay home only if they are truly sick.

By raising awareness and recognizing the role that everyone must play, the community can make progress on the issue of attendance and ensure that every child in California has an opportunity to succeed. 


Assemblymember Weber hosts 79th Assembly District Youth Advisory Council

Assemblymember Weber will continue to host monthly Youth Advisory Councils for the 79th Assembly District. The purpose of the council is to bring awareness to the issues that concern youth in the 79th Assembly District. This will also give the youth a chance to interact with the Assemblymember and discuss legislation surrounding concerns they bring forth. The council will also have a chance to attend and host forums and Townhall meetings within the community.

The first meeting was held in January and was attended by nearly 20 teens and young adults. The council currently meets at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library on the fourth Sunday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact our district office at (619) 531-7913 and ask to speak with Jannell Jackson or email her at jannell.jackson@asm.ca.gov.


Assemblymember Weber Launches 79th Assembly District Senior Advisory Council

Attention All 79th District Residents:

Assemblymember Weber is excited to announce the launch of her 79th Assembly District Senior Advisory Council. This advisory council will focus on senior citizen issues in San Diego County. Assemblymember Weber will host monthly Senior Advisory Council meetings starting in June 2015. The purpose of the council is to bring awareness to the issues that concern senior citizens in the 79th Assembly District. This will also give the seniors a chance to interact with the Assemblymember and discuss legislation surrounding concerns they bring forth. Furthermore, the council will have a chance to attend and host forums and Townhall meetings within the community.

In anticipation of these meetings, Assemblymember Weber is interested in knowing what has worked and what has not worked, including your specific problems or troubles as a senior citizen.  If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact our district office at (619) 531-7913 and ask to speak with LaShae Collins or email her at lashae.collins@asm.ca.gov.


Intern and Volunteer Opportunities

Assemblymember Weber’s “79th Assembly District Office Internship Program” offers high school and college students a unique opportunity to participate in and experience the work that occurs in her district office. The program exposes students to district-office operations and grassroots activities.  These experiences include working with constituents, conducting community outreach efforts, assisting community-based organizations, organizing civic events and projects, database development and upkeep, staffing the office, and other activities. Non-paid internships are available to part-time or full-time students 15 1/2 years of age or older. However, depending on the high school or college, students may receive school credits for participating as an intern.

Volunteering is a great way to meet interesting people and learn about how our state government interacts with ordinary people in the community. If you are interested in participating in the Internship Program, or Volunteering, please contact LaShae Collins at LaShae.Collins@asm.ca.gov or contact the office at (619) 531-7913.


Weber in the Community

Congratulations Crawford High School for having three Gates Millennium Scholars and the most Ford Scholars this year out of all the high schools in San Diego County!

Gates Millennium Scholars Recipients:

  • Thao Nguyen
  • Mahad Shiekh-Adullahi
  • Gabriel Epps

Keep up the great work!


Salute to Women Leaders in the 79th

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the Elementary Institute of Science, it was Assemblymember Weber’s pleasure to pay tribute to outstanding women leaders in the 79th District in honor of Women’s History Month. Over 100 people were in attendance, which allowed her  and the community to offer thanks and acknowledge the women’s individual contributions and commitments. Over 20 women from the 79th District were nominated.

The following is the complete listing of the 2015 nominees:

Arts:
Antonia Washington
Jennie Hamilton - Winner

Business:
Dana Bryant
Vicki Garcia-Golden - Winner

Community Activism:
Patricia Bevelyn
Lina Chankar
Eleanor Evans
Brisa Johnson-Urdiales
Cathy Ramsey
Gayle Reid
Eden Steele
Diamond Wallace
Gloria Cooper - Winner

Education:
Elenanor Evans
Eden Steele
Donna Wilson
Sara Raskin
Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete
Debra Maxie - Winner

Government:
Lan Jefferson
Maria Nieto Senour - Winner

Health Services:
Elizabeth Bustos - Winner

Social Services:
Cathy Ramsey
Dana Bryant - Winner

Youth Leader:
Jada Irving
Bryanna Shaw
Chantal Branscomb
Keyera McBryde - Winner

For more information about how to qualify or make a nomination for next year’s event, please contact our District Director, LaShae Collins.

You too can be the Woman of the Year!


Assemblymember Weber hosts Black History Month Photo Exhibit

February is Black History Month - a celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.  The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, the month of February has been designated as Black History Month. 

In honor of Black History Month, Assemblymember Weber hosted a Photo Exhibit at the California State Building in San Diego in the Golden Bear Conference Room, illustrating the history of African-Americans in the United States during the 19th and 20th Centuries. 


Assemblymember Weber Hosts Petroleum Industry Learning Exhibit at District High Schools

During the week of February 16, 2015, Assemblymember Weber hosted a three-day Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) Exhibit called Desk to Derricks, at three high schools in her district (Crawford, Lincoln, and Olympian). Over 400 students participated in the exhibit which included a presentation by MOLU representative Michael Nevels. Mr. Nevels expressed the importance of STEM education and engaged in conversation with students while they participated in the interactive display activities.  Students interested in going into this profession will have the opportunity to tour a petroleum facility in the future.

For more information on the Desk to Derricks program, please contact LaShae Collins at lashae.collins@asm.ca.gov. 


 Bayard Rustin Recognition

On Friday, February 27, 2015, Assemblymember Weber was honored at the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Recognition Event. Assemblymember Weber was one of three Lifetime Achievement Awardees. Stampp Corbin, former winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, spoke about the Assemblymember Weber’s hard work and dedication to the community as a trailblazer and forward thinker. The event was held at the LGBT Center and was attended by nearly 200 community members and supporters. Supervisor Dave Roberts and Councilmember Todd Gloria gave words of encouragement to the audience. Staff from the offices of Speaker Atkins and Congressman Juan Vargas was also present.


Assemblymember Weber Community Coffee Chats

Assemblymember Weber hosted two Community Coffee Chats, one at the Benjamin Library in Allied Gardens, and one at the Otay Ranch Library in Chula Vista. Constituents attended the coffee chat to discuss various issues of importance to the community. Various topics were discussed, including K-12 Education, Water, Early Childhood Education, Health and Human Services, and Assemblymember Weber's 2015-2016 legislative and budget priorities.


What Can Our Office Do For You?

The District Office is open to help with any problems you are having with public agencies, questions about legislation, and information about state and local services. Some services we can help with include:

Photo: Wayne Brown, Field Representative

CONSTITUENT SERVICES

  • Renters/homeowners assistance programs
  • Property tax issues
  • Consumer complaints
  • Veterans’ affairs
  • Unemployment and disability insurance
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • State Franchise Tax Board
  • Government Affairs

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • Information on appropriate forms for homeowner, senior citizen, disabled and renter tax relief programs
  • Consumer protection information
  • State Budget information
  • State agency information
  • Reports issued by the Legislature and public agencies
  • Information on State Capitol tours

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact my district office.

District Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mobile Office Hours: Every Monday of the month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Evening hours: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on various Tuesday’s and Wednesday of the month.

The 79th District Mobile Office is designed to provide you an opportunity to access services from my staff at your neighborhood library. A staff member will be available to listen to your concerns and provide support to communicate with state and local offices and programs.


 Contact Us

Our District Office is open and ready to serve you. Contact our office if you need help with any state related matter.

DISTRICT OFFICE
1350 Front Street, Suite 6046
San Diego, CA 92101
Office: (619) 531-7913
Fax: (619) 531-7924

CAPITOL OFFICE
State Capitol, Room 3126
Sacramento, CA 94249-0079
Office: (916) 319-2079
Fax: (916) 319-2179