December District Report
Welcome from Shirley
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Thank you for taking time to read the latest issue of our newsletter. I am eager to update you on what's been happening in Sacramento and around the district. In this issue, you will discover some of the work that I am doing to improve public education, strengthen the public healthcare system and support the region's economic vitality.
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.
Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson and State Leaders Announce School Attendance Awareness Month
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana S. Dooley, Superior Court Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie and Special Assistant Attorney General Jill E. Habig held a press conference on September 11th to declare September as “School Attendance Awareness Month.”
Assemblymember Weber and other State officials highlighted their respective and collaborative initiatives to improve student attendance in California. These initiatives recognize that families, schools, communities and state leadership contribute to school attendance and student achievement, particularly when coupled with efforts to improve the health, safety and well-being of all children. As a result of recent state attendance data, Assemblymember Weber issued a 2014 ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE to all school districts in the 79th Assembly District.
This year, students at participating schools will receive special recognition for both Perfect Attendance and Excellent Attendance, which has been defined as missing 3 days or less of school excused or unexcused. We hope this incentivizes everyone to take a stance against 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 only allowing students to stay home 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 Senior Coffee Chat
On September 24, Assemblymember Weber hosted a Senior Coffee Chat at the George Stevens Senior Center. Nearly 33 constituents attended the coffee chat to discuss various issues of importance to the senior community. Various topics were discussed, including education, senior housing, senior funding, school zones, health and human services, and the development of the 79th Assembly District Senior Advisory Council.
Senior Scam Stopper
In September, Assemblymember Weber partnered with the Contractors State License Board to present a Senior Scam Stopper seminar. This event was held at the Paradise Village senior living home and was attended by nearly 40 constituents. Representatives of the Department of Insurance, U.S. Postal Services, State Controller’s Office and Adult Protective Services explained to attendees how to identify various popular scams that victimize seniors and to raise awareness of their rights to ensure safety in the community. Seniors Citizens are an extremely vulnerable population when it comes to deceitful financial practices, with one in five seniors falling victim to fraud. The Contractors State License Board protects consumers by regulating the construction industry through policies that promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the public in matters relating to construction. These seminars have been offered throughout the state since 1999 in cooperation with legislators, state and local agencies, law enforcement, district attorneys, and community-based organizations.
Manage Your Money Week
In recognition of Manage Your Money Week (October 18-25th), Assemblymember Weber, in partnership with the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee; the State Controller’s Office; and USE Credit Union, held a financial literacy seminar at Malcom X Library in the 79th District of San Diego on October 21st.
Titled “Building a Better Budget,” the event was led by Donald Coleman, Vice President of Real Estate with USE Credit Union. This exciting and informative event focused on the proper knowledge, training, and tools needed to balance personal budgets and save for retirement. Recognized throughout the state of California, Manage Your Money Week consists of state and local governmental agencies, non-profits and financial institutions that work together to educate the public on the importance of properly managing money.
Healthcare in San Diego County
Attention All 79th District Residents:
Coming in 2015, Assemblymember Weber will host public Stakeholder Meetings that focus on healthcare issues in San Diego. These forums will address the current healthcare 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 with 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. I appreciate your input which will assist in determining the services needed for our community.
Legislative Brainstorm Session
Calling All Legislative Proposals!
This is the second year that Assemblymember Weber hosted a Legislative Brainstorming Session in the 79th Assembly District. The event was held at Morse High School on Saturday, October 25th and was attended by nearly 40 constituents. Assemblymember Weber heard from constituents about many important issues impacting the San Diego community as well as suggestions as to how she can address them at the State Capitol in 2015 in terms of new legislative bill ideas. She also explained to constituents “How a Bill Becomes Law” and talked about her legislative and budget accomplishments during 2014.
This legislative year, seven out of eight of Assemblymember Weber’s bills were signed into law by Governor Brown. In the two-year session, twelve bills and five resolutions were enacted into law. Many of these bill ideas address issues related to the San Diego community.
Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County
Assemblymember Shirley Weber holds Roundtable Meeting
In early 2013, Assemblymember Weber was appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County by the Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez. One of the primary focuses of the Select Committee is to examine why San Diego residents have fewer higher educational options than their California counterparts in comparable regions. The Select Committee held three hearings to date relating to the topic of access and the need for a new institution to meet local and state demand.
As follow-up to the hearings, Assemblymember Weber has begun to host Roundtable Meetings to discuss the matter in greater detail. The first of the series of meetings was held on October 24, and a diverse range of stakeholders participated, including representatives from the California State University Chancellor’s Office to companies in the region, such as Qualcomm. The goal of the meeting was to develop concrete objectives, roles, and expectations. Assemblymember Weber envisions an institution that thrives on collaboration that is unique and distinct from existing institutions with respect to curriculum.
Assemblymember Weber will convene a follow-up Roundtable Meeting in early December 2014 to further explore solutions to the topic. If you wish to participate or have any ideas about how to address this matter, please contact our office.
Campus Climate of California Universities Report Update
After four successful hearings throughout California, the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate completed a report that summarizes the Select Committee’s efforts in 2014 and lays the groundwork for the next legislative session. Panelists, legislators, and the public from the previous four hearings provided input into what would help prevent student harassment at California’s college and university campuses. The report also includes 14 recommendations that would ultimately encourage campus safety and promote heathier campus climates. To obtain the final report, please contact Scott Matsumoto via email at Scott.Matsumoto@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
Red Ribbon Week – Assemblymember Weber speaking with students at Hancock Elementary School.
ITT Tour – Assemblymember pictured with student presenters from ITT.
Home Depot Tour – Assemblymember Weber with Home Depot staff.
South County Economic Development Panel – Assemblymember Weber serving on the South County EDC Panel with other elected officials.
What Can My Office Do For You?
My 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:
Wayne Browne, Field Representative
- 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
- 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.
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.
79th District Mobile Office Hours
December 1, 2014 - Malcolm X Library
December 8, 2014 - Lemon Grove Library
December 15, 2014 - Mission Valley Library
December 22, 2014 - Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library
December 29, 2014 - La Mesa Public Library
Date: December 10, 2014 - Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
State of California Building
1350 Front Street, Suite 6046 - San Diego, CA 92101
My District Office is open and ready to serve you. Contact my office if you need help with any state related matter.
1350 Front Street, Suite 6046
San Diego, CA 92101
Office: (619) 531-7913
Fax: (619) 531-7924
State Capitol, Room 3126
Sacramento, CA 94249-0079
Office: (916) 319-2079
Fax: (916) 319-2179