I want to wish you a happy Independence Day and I hope you get to spend it with friends and family! I am looking forward to celebrating Independence Day this year because my family and I will resume our tradition of celebrating the fourth in my home town of Santee at the annual Santee Salutes event on Sunday at Towne Center Community Park. If you do not have plans‚ you should come by‚ or if Santee is a little far‚ I have included a list of Independence Day events below for your convenience.
As always‚ if there is anything I can do to assist you‚ or if you need assistance with a state agency‚ please feel free to call my office at 619-596-3136 or email me here or if you would like additional updates on my legislative priorities and how I am working for you in Sacramento‚ you can follow me on Facebook‚ Instagram‚ and Twitter.
Thank you for the privilege of representing you. It is an honor to serve you!
Brian W. Jones
Senator‚ District 38
My 2021 Independence Day Message
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July 4‚ 1776‚ and the reasons we celebrate this day
We think of July 4‚ 1776‚ as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4‚ 1776‚ wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2‚ 1776).
Did you know?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written‚ many didn’t celebrate its signing much on any date. It was too new and there was quite a happening in our young nation.
The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4‚ 1826 may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4th as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870‚ almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written‚ Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays‚ including Christmas.
You can click here to learn many more interesting facts about July 4th.
If you want to take a moment to watch a History Channel video on the Declaration of Independence‚ you can click below on the icon.
Independence Day Celebrations in Senate District 38
The City of El Cajon will host fireworks on Saturday‚ July 3th at 9:00 pm. Fireworks will be visible from Kennedy Park on 1675 East Madison Avenue‚ El Cajon‚ CA 92019 AND the surrounding area. For more information‚ click here.
The City of Escondido will host fireworks on Sunday‚ July 4th at Grape Day Park. For more information‚ click here.
Fallbrook will host an Independence Day Pancake Breakfast on Saturday‚ July 3 from 7 am – 9:30 am. The event is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Fallbrook and more information can be found by clicking here.
The City of Poway will host its annual “Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration” on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate independence turn-of-the-20th-century style. This event will feature patriotic entertainment‚ western reenactors‚ free children’s crafts‚ train displays‚ and old-fashioned games. The VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee hosts a ceremony to honor those who selflessly served our country at Veterans Park (adjacent to Old Poway Park) beginning at 11 a.m. The park’s civil war-era cannon will be fired at as the ceremony commences and ends (approximately 11:30 a.m.) Old Poway Park is located at 14134 Midland Road in Poway. For more information‚ click here.
Ramona is hosting a July 4th celebration‚ celebrating Independence Day and Strength in Community‚ will be held on the back field behind Olive Peirce Middle School 1521 Hanson Lane‚ Ramona‚ CA starting at 4:00 pm with fireworks at 9:00 pm. For more information‚ click here.
Rancho Bernardo is hosting its “Old Fashioned Independence Day” Celebration on Saturday‚ July 3. For more information click here.
The City of San Marcos will be having a Fourth of July celebration at Lake San Marcos: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m‚ starting with an Honor Guard and posting of the colors. The “Freedom Singers” will lead in singing patriotic music and veterans will be recognized. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones speaks at 11 a.m. Highlights include a Patriotic Dog Contest‚ kids games‚ bounce house and club booths along with a Patriotic Boat Parade at 4:30 p.m. on the lake. Visit lsmkiwanis.org.
City of San Marcos‚ Watch fireworks: 9 p.m. July 4 at Bradley Park‚ 1587 Linda Vista Drive. Visit san-marcos.net.
The City of Santee will be hosting a huge fireworks show and community celebration on Sunday‚ July 4th at Towne Center Community Park East‚ 550 Park Center Drive‚ Santee. Parking is limited so please consider carpooling‚ biking‚ walking‚ or using a rideshare service. Shuttle service will not be available. For more information‚ click here.
Jones in the News
With tens of billions in a budget surplus and an economy trying to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions‚ the last thing the state should do is be raising taxes on its citizens.
Click on the story here to learn more about the California Gas Tax taking effect on July 1.
Jones’s “Porch Pirates” measure approved by Assembly Public Safety Committee.
The increase in Californians ordering more food‚ medicine‚ and other products for home delivery has unfortunately been accompanied with a rise in thefts of those items. So-called ‘Porch Pirates’ often follow delivery trucks throughout a neighborhood and commit multiple thefts in the same day. Allowing judges to impose up to a year‚ rather than just 6 months‚ in jail should be an effective deterrent.
SB 549 - Makes social workers essential
Assembly Human Services Committee approves SB 549 that will make sure that when social workers are declared “essential workers” during any state of emergency‚ that they are also prioritized to receive personal protective equipment (PPE)‚ just as all other essential workers are to receive PPE during pandemics and help protect kids from child labor traffickers.
SB 584 – Prevents labor trafficking for foster kids.
Foster kids are particularly vulnerable to being targeted by criminals for child labor trafficking. This measure will require that the family training already provided to foster parents also includes critical information to protect children who have been victims of child labor trafficking or are more likely to become targets of child labor trafficking. Being a foster kid is challenging enough and we need to help prevent the threat of them being forced into child labor trafficking.
For more information on these bills and other bills I am authoring this session‚ please click here.
Capitol Spotlight - Are You Kidding Me?!
Big Spender Newsom is Frittering Away the Temporary Budget Surplus
One of the most rewarding parts of being your Senator is to honor members of our community for achievements in their life‚ organization‚ education‚ or career. If you have friends‚ family‚ or neighbors that go above and beyond to help others or have achieved a milestone‚ I want to recognize them. You can send me an email here to request recognition. Please be sure to include that you are requesting senate recognition and the names of those you would like to see honored.
On Thursday‚ June 17‚ I had the privilege of participating in the Santee Lakes - 60th Anniversary and Park Project Celebration. Santee Lakes holds a special place in my heart as our children attended many summer camps there and my wife Heather and I held our wedding reception at Gazebo 2 at Lake 5 over 28 years ago. Congratulations to Padre Dam‚ Santee Lakes for the grand opening of The Tin Fish Restaurant.
Quotes of the Week
“My political curiosity‚ exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare‚ leads me to ask who authorized them (the framers of the Constitution) to speak the language of ‘We‚ the People‚’ instead of ‘We‚ the States’?” — Patrick Henry‚ 1788
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press‚ and that cannot be limited without being lost.” — Thomas Jefferson
Senator Brian W. Jones is Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus and was elected to the California State Senate in 2018 representing the 38th Senate District which includes Alpine‚ Escondido‚ Lemon Grove‚ El Cajon‚ La Mesa‚ Santee‚ Spring Valley‚ Poway‚ San Marcos‚ Lakeside‚ Valley Center‚ Rancho Santa Fe‚ Julian‚ Pine Valley‚ Ramona‚ Rancho San Diego‚ Bonsall‚ Fallbrook‚ Borrego Springs‚ and parts of the City of San Diego.