Senator Ben Allen

March 2015

Senator Allen Taking the Oath of Office with the Honorable Holly E. Kendig, Superior Court Judge, on January 17th, 2015.
Senator Allen with Governor Jerry Brown.

Dear Friends,

It’s been a busy and exciting start to 2015! In early January, the State Senate reconvened and it’s been nonstop ever since. As a new senator, I’m learning the ropes in Sacramento alongside some of our greatest state officials and my own role models -- leaders like Senator Fran Pavley and Governor Jerry Brown. Less than three months into the New Year, I’m proud to report we’ve already been addressing some of the most pressing issues in California today.

Before I go further, I want to give a big thank you to everyone who came out for my District Swearing-In ceremony in Santa Monica. More than 1,000 guests attended the event at my old high school, and we were joined by some of our most respected state and local leaders. U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, State Senator Fran Pavley, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (ret.), were just a few of our guests. It was a great honor to take my oath as your State Senator on the same stage I became student body president of my senior class almost 20 years ago. Please click here to watch a video of my remarks.

District Office
2512 Artesia Blvd., #320
Redondo Beach, CA 90278-3279
Phone: (310) 318-6994
Fax: (310) 318-6733

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4026
Fax: (916) 651-4926

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Senator Allen visiting the Mar Vista Family Center that provides early childhood education, youth enrichment, educational tools, and empowers our kids.

Issues and Committees

I’m actively engaging in several key committees in the Senate focused on issues I am passionate about. As the chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Arts, I will be looking into critical issues that face the State. Additionally, I’ve been appointed as a member of the Budget Subcommittee on Education and the Senate Committees on Natural Resources and Water, Transportation and Housing, and Veterans Affairs. I am also serving on the California Coastal Conservancy Board of Directors, where I will work hard to preserve and protect our beautiful coastline.

New Legislation in the Works

I am pleased to announce I have already had the opportunity to joint-author my first piece of legislation that addresses a critical public health crisis in California. As many of you may know, due to a rising number of students who have been allowed to attend our schools unvaccinated, an outbreak of measles and a resurgence of other diseases has emerged. Senator Richard Pan and I have proposed legislation that will close the vaccination loophole to keep our students healthy and our schools safe. Click here to listen to a KABC interview I did recently to learn more. And if you’re interested in showing your support for this legislation, please click here.

National Arts Education Month

One of my key goals this year as Chair of the Joint Committee on Arts will be to explore ways that we can increase student access to the arts in all of our public schools. We know that students who are involved with the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools, four times more likely to participate in the math and science fair, and three times more likely to win an award for school attendance.

On Monday, March 2, Senator Jean Fuller and I presented Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 14, declaring March 2015 as Arts Education Month. Click here to watch my remarks.

Senator Allen and Senator Richard Pan, authors of the vaccination legislation, receive a petition signed by 20,000 supporters of their bill. Senator Allen joined by legislators and parents supporting his legislation to close the vaccination loophole.
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In Case You Missed It

Upcoming Events

Voter Turnout Hearing

On Friday, February 20, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and I held a hearing to look into the causes of low voter turnout in Los Angeles, and brainstormed with experts on how to fix it. You can watch the hearing online below.

Thank you to all of the witnesses and members of the public that attended.

Thumbnail image of the Voter Turnout Hearing Video.

Scam Protection Workshop

I would like to invite you to attend a Free Senior Scam Stopper workshop and Resource Fair. Join me at the National Council of Jewish Women Auditorium, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036, on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Experts will provide tips and resources on how to protect yourself from fraud relating to home repair, insurance, health care, finances, identity theft, and more. Seniors, their families, and caregivers are welcomed to attend this FREE workshop and Resource fair.

For a flyer, more information, or to RSVP, visit my website http://sd26.senate.ca.gov, call (310) 318-6994, or email Fernando.Morales@sen.ca.gov.

Arts and the Economy Hearing

Join me for The Arts and the Creative Industries: An Updated Assessment of California’s Creative Economy in Sacramento on April 15th at 9:30 a.m.

The Joint Arts Committee will explore the interwoven role of creativity and innovation as a driving force for California’s economy in diverse industry sectors. During the hearing, the latest statewide data in this year’s Otis Report on the Creative Economy will be revealed. To watch the hearing live, go to my website http://sd26.senate.ca.gov.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact Lauren Pizer Mains at Lauren.Pizermains@sen.ca.gov or call (310) 318-6994.

Stay Connected

Senator Allen out in the district with community members.

In the coming months, I plan to update you on the progress we make on issues important to our District and our State through this eNewletter. I hope you will help me stay in touch with any news or concerns you may have too. Please always feel free to reach out to our office at www.senate.ca.gov/allen or by phone at 310-318-6994. Please find me on Facebook and Twitter and as always, thank you for providing me this extraordinary opportunity to represent our community.

Best,
Ben

California State Senator Ben Allen.

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