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Senator Dave Cox Memorial Interchange
Senator Gaines and the Cox family unveil the new memorial signage.

It was an honor to join fellow dignitaries, community leaders, family and friends for a dedication ceremony honoring Senator Dave Cox and naming in his memory the Highway 50 Interchange at Hazel Avenue in Sacramento County as the “Senator Dave Cox Memorial Interchange.”

Beyond his achievements and contributions, Senator Dave Cox was a friend and beloved colleague. Senator Cox was held in very high regard amongst those he represented and was respected as a dedicated and fair lawmaker who worked tirelessly for his constituents. It is only appropriate to honor Senator Cox by naming this portion of the First Senate District on Highway 50 in his memory.

During the last legislative session, I received unanimous support from both houses of the legislature for my bill (Senate Concurrent Resolution 97) honoring Senator Dave Cox and naming the “Senator Dave Cox Memorial Interchange.”

Senator Cox represented the First Senate District for six years prior to his death in July of 2010. Senator Cox was an instrumental member of the California State Legislature who served as Assembly Republican Leader from 2001-2004. A pillar of the Sacramento community, he also previously was a member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and was an elected Board Member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

“We are thrilled that Senator Gaines and the legislature have chosen to remember Dave by naming the interchange at Highway 50 and Hazel Avenue in his honor,” said Maggie Cox, wife of the late Senator Dave Cox. “The sign’s location will serve as a daily reminder to me and my family of our beloved husband and father and his immense dedication to service.”

There were no state funds used in creating and erecting the signs marking this special designation. All funding was generated through private donations and other non-state sources.


Senator Gaines, Patrick Gelsinger (center) & Assemblyman Williams (right)
Senator Gaines joins keynote speaker Patrick Gelsinger (center) &
Assemblyman Williams (right) at the California Prayer Breakfast.

California has a rich heritage in religious faith and I was pleased to have participated in the 52nd Annual California Prayer Breakfast as co-chair, along with Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara).

This event provided my colleagues and me a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the importance of prayer in our lives and to ask God’s direction and blessings on our state.

Hundreds, including elected officials and other dignitaries, attended the bi-partisan breakfast on May 9 in Sacramento where Patrick Gelsinger served as the keynote speaker. Mr. Gelsinger is Chief Executive Officer at VMware, a software company based in Palo Alto that is one of Fortune Magazine’s top 100 fastest-growing companies. He is also the author of the book The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Your Faith, Family and Work.

It was a spiritual morning for our state and a chance to set aside all the things that divide us and unite around prayer. I look forward to next year’s event!


Join me for a Town Hall Meeting to discuss goals and priorities for 2013, share concerns about state issues and learn how my Senate Office can provide resources and services. Below are the meetings I have scheduled for June. For more information, please call either my Redding Constituent Service Center at (530) 225-3142 or my El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center at (916) 933-7213. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 6
6-8 p.m.
College of the Siskiyous, Yreka Campus
RHSI, Room # 1-119
2001 Campus Drive
Tuesday, June 18
6-8 p.m.
McBean Park Pavilion
65 McBean Park Drive

I am continuing to add events like these for other parts of my Senate District, so please check my website for up-to-date information!


Senator Gaines, along with Chaplain Alan Hearl and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines
Senator Gaines, along with Chaplain Alan Hearl &
Assemblywoman Beth Gaines participate in the Memorial Day ceremony in Fair Oaks.

It was truly a privilege to have participated in the 15th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Fair Oaks Cemetery District. It was a beautiful ceremony and an opportunity to express our deep appreciation for all of the fallen soldiers who have given their lives to protect our freedoms. To the men and women of the greatest military the world has ever seen – to those with us and those we have lost – I thank you.


It’s that time of year again – county fair season! Ferris wheels are in full swing and the scent of funnel cakes and corndogs can be smelled as soon as you reach the fairground gates. Below is a list of the county fairs that are scheduled to take place throughout my district this summer. If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity, I encourage you to go out and support your local fair.

Shasta District Fair June 12-15 www.shastadistrictfair.com
El Dorado County Fair June 13-16 www.eldoradocountyfair.org
Lassen County Fair July 17-21 www.lassencountyfair.org
Nevada County Fair August 7-11 www.nevadacountyfair.com
Siskiyou Golden Fair August 7-11 www.sisqfair.com
Plumas-Sierra County Fair August 14-18 www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net
Modoc District Fair August 22-25 www.modocfair.com
Inyo-Mono-Alpine County Fair Aug 29-Sept 1 www.tricountyfair.com
Inter-Mountain Fair of Shasta County Aug 29-Sept 2 www.inter-mountainfair.com
Gold Country Fair September 5-8 www.goldcountryfair.com
Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair September 5-8 www.tbvfair.com


Senator Gaines, along with Chaplain Alan Hearl and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines
Senator Gaines speaks to constituents during his Town Hall Meeting in Nevada City.

Thanks to those of you who came out to my Town Hall Meeting in Nevada City last month. I received great comments, suggestions and feedback from all who attended. I look forward to following up on some of the ideas that were generated and continuing the dialogue on how we can make California a better place to live, work and raise our families.


Last month, I alerted you to a workshop hosted by the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (covering Nevada, Plumas & Sierra Counties) where representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) conducted a training course entitled “Course #520 – How to Comply with CARB Diesel Vehicle Regulations.”

There are two additional workshops that will be offered in June in Eastern Nevada and Placer Counties.

This course provides information regarding the vehicle inspection process, discusses the consequences of non-compliance and explains how to comply with the following programs/regulations:

  • Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle Inspection Program
  • Periodic Smoke Inspection Program
  • Commercial Vehicle and School Bus Idling
  • Truck and Bus Regulation
  • Transport Refrigeration Unit ATCM
  • Drayage Truck Regulation
  • Tractor Trailer Greenhouse Gas Regulation
  • Public Agency and Utilities, Solid Waste Vehicle Regulations
  • Off-Road Regulation

Below are the details of the June workshops.

Monday, June 3
1-4 p.m.
Town of Truckee Council Chambers
10183 Airport Road, Second Level
Thursday, June 20
1-4 p.m.
Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District Community Center
209 Crescent Street


Senator Gaines checks out the robot designed and programmed by Cabrillo High School students through their Linked Learning Program.
Senator Gaines encourages his frog to leap during the Capitol Frog Jump.

It was so much fun to participate in the 39th Annual Capitol Frog Jump at the State Capitol. It’s such a great way to get the word out about the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. My frog “Hemi-Power” jumped 7’1” finishing in the middle of the pack. By comparison, the current world record is 21’5 3/4”.

Gaines Gazette
June 3, 2013

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