Senator Bob Huff, Representing California's 29th District, Senate Republican Leader
NOVEMBER 2013
In this Issue:

Business Advisory Meeting on Friday

City Profile: Anaheim

Community Focus: Walnut Valley Teachers of the Year

My Legislation that was approved and signed into law in 2013

City Leader Reception


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State Capitol, Room 305
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4029
Fax: (916) 324-0922

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1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: (714) 671-9474
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I am happy to host several events in my District. Below is information on my Business Advisory Meeting on November 1st and two Town Halls I am hosting on November 6 and 7.

Business Advisory Meeting on Friday

Friday, November 1, 7:30 - 9:00 am
Diamond Bar City Hall – Windmill Room
21810 E. Copley Drive
Diamond Bar

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss legislation that impacts business and hear your suggestions for potential legislation. I will also give a legislative update and provide an opportunity for you to discuss any matters of concern surrounding California’s business climate. RSVP to Leia Hernandez at (714) 671-9474, or leia.hernandez@sen.ca.gov.

Upcoming Town Halls on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

In partnership with the City of Diamond Bar
Wednesday, November 6th, 9am-12 pm
Diamond Bar Center
1600 Grand Avenue
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

In partnership with the City of Brea
Thursday, November 7th, 1-4 pm
Brea City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive
Brea, CA 92821

Learn About:

  • How the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect business and consumers
  • New Health Insurance Options
  • The Enrollment Process
  • Resources Available to You

For more information, call 714.671.9474.

Save the Date – Christmas Open House
Wednesday, December 18 4-6pm
My office located at
1800 East Lambert Road, Suite 150
Brea, CA 92821

 


City Profile: Anaheim


Photo of the Anaheim city logo

The city of Anaheim was founded in 1857 by a group of fifty German-Americans who sought the perfect location for a vineyard. Upon settling, the group started the Anaheim Vineyard Company and named their new city Anaheim, or “Home by the Santa Anna River.” For twenty-five years, the region was the largest wine producer in California. Today, Anaheim has transformed from a thriving rural community to a world-famous resort epicenter.

Since the opening of Disneyland in 1955, the city has expanded to become a major tourist destination and the home of the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest convention center on the West Coast, in addition to the renowned Disneyland Resort. Many sports teams such as Major League Baseball’s Anaheim Angels, National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks, and PASL-Pro’s Anaheim Bolts, also play under Anaheim’s flag. In addition, Anaheim is the official host city of the USA Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams. The city is developing the Platinum Triangle, a district that surrounds the major sports venues, which offers a mixed use of urban living with easy access to dining, shopping, and entertainment, and is envisioned as a downtown district for Orange County. It is also the only municipal owned water and electric utility in Orange County, providing water and electrical services to its residents and business customers.

In 2007, the city celebrated its 150th anniversary with the opening of the Anaheim Walk of Fame near the Disneyland Resort. With all these features, Anaheim is now the tenth most populated city in California and home to more than eighty public schools, two private universities, and eight public libraries for its residents to enjoy.

 


Community Focus: Walnut Valley Teachers of the Year


Walnut Valley Unified School District awarded their outstanding teachers of the year at their annual “Salute to Teachers Celebration.” Fifteen teachers were recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom and in school.


Photo of teachers
Shown: Front Row - Laurie Eyestone, Kary Penzes, Maggie Strand, Nadine Adnoff, Kathy Johnson and Therapi Kaplan. Back Row: Steve Cusson, Kris Rote, Steve Acciani, Jeff Silva, Susan Trautz, Vera Korneff and Mona Warren. Also pictured: Superintendent Dr. Bob Taylor and Board Members Helen Hall, Cindy Ruiz and Nancy Lyons.

The District-wide award for “Teacher of the Year” was given to Maggie Strand of Chaparral Middle School.

Congratulations, Mrs. Strand and THANK YOU for all that you do for our kids!





 


My Legislation that was approved and signed into law in 2013


Senate Resolution 9 – Public School Choice
This resolution recognizes the schools, teachers, parents and students across the nation celebrating National School Choice Week.

Senate Joint Resolution 9 – Immigration Reform
This measure calls on the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign the Startup Act 3.0, introduced as S.310 in the 113th Congress of the United States that would, among other things, create an Entrepreneur’s Visa for legal immigrants, eliminate per-country caps for employment-based immigrant visas, and create a limited research tax credit in order to ensure the United States has the chance to build an innovation-based economy.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 41 – Declares May 2013 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Senate Bill 105 – Prison Reform
As part of a bipartisan effort to ensure California does not release thousands of prisoners onto the streets, I authored this bill along with Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – when push came to shove – the Democrats compromised. The bill enacts major portions of Republican policy proposals that we presented to the governor last April. Not only did the Governor make these Republican policy proposals part of his own plan – he convinced Democrat leadership in both the Assembly and Senate to adopt his plan. Passage of SB 105 implements a plan to contract for enough prison beds to avoid releasing inmates early.

Senate Bill 669 – EpiPen Access
This bill creates a training program and standards for the safe and proper use of epinephrine auto-injectors, makes them available to trained first responders and group leaders, and allows them to use it on a person suffering from a potentially fatal allergic reaction, without facing civil liability for trying to save a life.

I also co-authored 36 bills and resolutions. Nineteen of those measures were approved by the Legislature. One of those bills includes Senate Bill 150, which would provide veterans and members of the military free access to state parks on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The bill is a fitting tribute to our active military and veterans on the very holidays our country has dedicated in their honor.

Legislative Statistics for 2013

Total number of bills sent to the Governor this legislative year: 901

Regular Session:
Signed = 805 (including five extraordinary session bills)
Vetoed = 96
Governor Brown vetoed his lowest percentage of bills (11%) since returning to office in 2010. This link is an interesting breakdown of all the governors’ veto rates.

Final Legislative Action: Winners and Losers

The news that comes out of the just-concluded legislative session is both good and bad – depending on who you speak with. There were clear winners in terms of legislation that the Governor signed. There were also clear losers in terms of the legislation that the Governor vetoed.

Senate Republicans issued 155 veto letters in response to the hundreds of bills that passed during the final weeks of session. The Governor, in his wisdom, chose to veto 47 of them. Some of the worst of the worst, that earned the Governor’s veto, included:

AB 375: Supported by the California Teachers’ Association (CTA), this bill would have made it tougher for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to fire disgraced Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt and tougher for school districts to fire abusive teachers. We need real reform that puts the interests of students first, not adults. AB 375 did not provide this reform.

AB 855: This was another union sponsored measure that one Los Angeles radio host recently described as the “State Worker Bill of Rights.” The bill would have given even more job protections to state workers who missed up to five days of work without informing their supervisors as to why they were missing work to begin with. Heavily opposed by Republicans and some pro-business Democrats, this was another perk for no-show government employees that non-government workers would never receive.

Finally, the Governor gave the National Rifle Association seven of the 11 vetoes it wanted, including a controversial bill to ban all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. And of 38 bills deemed “job killers” by the California Chamber of Commerce, only one – a measure that hikes the minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2016 (which I opposed) –– made it to the Governor’s desk and became law.

Unfortunately, two high profile issues remained unresolved. Despite the efforts of legislative Republicans, some Democrats and the Governor, a compromise agreement on reforming the state’s burdensome Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) could not be reached. Lawmakers also couldn’t reach agreement on a multi-billion dollar water bond that is needed to build tunnels through the environmentally sensitive Delta to move water to Southern California and create vital water storage and flood protection. I expect these issues to be taken up next year when the Legislature reconvenes.

 


Red Ribbon Week History


Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and most prominent drug prevention campaign in the nation. It is celebrated in the last week of October in schools and communities across America. It commemorates the sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent “Kiki” Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico in 1985. Shortly after his death, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Agent Camarena’s friend Henry Lozano founded drug prevention clubs in his honor. The members of these clubs wore red ribbons as a symbol of their cause, and Red Ribbon Week was borne from their efforts. Today, people all around the country wear red ribbons during this campaign to pay homage to Agent Camarena and the other men and women who have died in our nation’s fight against drug abuse. Red Ribbon Week is a time for Americans to show their opposition to illegal drugs.

The City of West Covina and West Covina Rotary had their Red Ribbon Rally at West Covina High School on October 19. They were honored to have Kiki Camarena’s wife Mika and son Enrique Camarena, Jr. join them for the rally. With the combined efforts of the City of West Covina’s Police and Fire Departments, along with the West Covina Unified School District, the West Covina Rotary Clubs, West Covina Elk’s Lodge and a host of other organizations, community members were treated to a free pancake breakfast and a lot of interesting booths and displays.

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Mika Camarena and son, Enrique Camarena, Jr. at Red Ribbon Week Rally.

The Red Ribbon Rally had a number of demonstrations by the first responders with the SWAT Team in action. This included a K-9 Unit doing its job and the fire department using the “Jaws of Life” to remove a victim from a wrecked car.

This year my office distributed Red Ribbon Week posters and 35,000 bookmarks to elementary, middle and high school students throughout the 29th Senate District. It is my sincere hope that these posters and bookmarks act as a reminder to the children of the need to remain drug-free.

 


City Leader Reception


The Association of California Cities – Orange County hosted a City Leader Reception at the San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine earlier this month. The reception brought together Federal, State, and Local Government officials, in addition to the business community and non-profit organizations for a fun evening of networking. Attendees were able to enjoy the beautiful facility at the Irvine Ranch Water District.

The Irvine Ranch Water District San Joaquin Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary is a true hidden gem located in the heart of busy Orange County. The marsh encompasses over 300 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands, half of which have been restored to a natural state. The remaining acres are quality habitat and are not in need of restoration. The San Joaquin Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary has become one of Southern California’s most notable nature respites.

Photo of City Leader Reception
Seal Beach Mayor Gary Miller, Diamond Bar City Council Member Ling Ling Chang, Senator Huff’s Senior Field Representative Jody Roberto, and Assemblyman Don Wagner.

Serving in your community can be incredibly rewarding, and service clubs are regularly making a difference for those in need. I was pleased to visit the Placentia Kiwanis Club to update them on the state and to thank them for all they do.