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Dear Friends‚

It has been a busy few weeks in our State Capitol‚ I wanted to be sure to keep you updated on my efforts in Sacramento in this edition of Keeping Up with Jones. This newsletter is one of the many ways I communicate and share updates on Senate District 38‚ legislation and the work I am doing to represent you in the State Capitol.

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 FacebookInstagram‚ and Twitter.

Thank you for the privilege of representing you. It is an honor to serve you!


Brian Jones

Brian W. Jones
Senator‚ District 38

Jones in the News

It’s time to celebrate as San Diego and California is officially able to do away with mask wearing in most public places. If you have been vaccinated‚ you are no longer required to wear a mask in public‚ except for a few exceptions such as when using mass transit or visiting the inside of a hospital‚ homeless shelter or long term care facility. I know you’ve been looking forward to this day as much as I have‚ and let’s do our best to help local businesses to come roaring back! For more information on the updated mask rule‚ please click here.

Click on the TV story here to see my response to the reopening of California.

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As a result of the recent decision by two superior court judges to not place Sexually Violent Predators Merle Wakefield and Douglas Badger at a residential home in Mt. Helix‚ our communities can breathe a sigh of relief. Thank you to all the residents of Mt. Helix who have worked together on this issue. Your lives were turned upside down two months ago by the Department of State Hospitals and Liberty Health Care. You have done a great job in battling back‚ and the wise decision of both judges confirmed that.

For now‚ Badger and Wakefield will not be forced into a residential neighborhood but the concern is where will the Newsom Administration try this next? This game of “Hide the Predator” needs to stop. It’s unfair and upsetting to unsuspecting communities. I intend to introduce legislation that will require transparency in the SVP placement process‚ force state officials own up for their decisions and make public safety the highest priority.

Click on the story here to learn my take on the judge’s decision.

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This year has been a hard year for many in our community particularly those who have struggled for months to receive their benefits from the EDD. I wanted to share this story where my office was able to help the Moore’s get their EDD claim approved and get their wedding rings back‚ which they had to pawn to pay for food and shelter. I appreciate the EDD staff who stepped up to help these constituents of District 38 to “tie the knot” again so to speak. Click on the story here to see the happy ending to this story.

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Legislative Update

SB 227 saves off-highway vehicle competitions in California

These past few weeks have had several positive developments for some of my legislation. I am happy to report that my bill SB 227 to save off-highway vehicle competitions in California‚ has cleared the Senate floor and is on its way to the State Assembly. Competition OHVs have long been registered under the Red Sticker program under the California Air Resources Board‚ which sunsets this year with no plan to replace it. I sincerely appreciate the strong backing our measure has received from a bi-partisan majority of Senators. OHV competitions are a key part of the recreational economies in rural and suburban California and this measure will keep competitions operating throughout the state.

In addition‚ two other bills I introduced unanimously passed off the Senate Floor. SB 358 increases the penalties on persons who steal packages from the porch or entryway of someone’s home. And SB 470 creates a combination hunting and fishing license valid for 365 days.

For more information on these bills and other bills I am authoring this session‚ please click here.


Sign the petition today to say NO to the gas tax increase

Please take a moment to sign my petition to urge the immediate HALT of the state’s gas tax increase that is set for July 1. 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 here to sign the petition!!

District Spotlights

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.

Non-profit Spotlight

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Recently during my El Cajon Town Hall‚ I was joined by Harold Brown‚ the CEO of the East County Transitional Living Center. It was my privilege to recognize Harold and his staff for all the amazing work ECTLC does in the community. Thousands of struggling homeless families have found refuge at ECTLC through its programs because they provide more than just food‚ showers‚ clean clothes‚ and a safe place to stay. They provide people with hope and a compelling reason to improve their situation by encouraging them to understand the role that faith plays in their lives.

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For over 32 years‚ the mission of the Urban Corps of San Diego County has been to serve as a bridge to a better life for young adults‚ ages 18-26‚ by providing paid job training‚ support services‚ and a second chance to earn a high school diploma. As a certified local conservation corps and charter school‚ they serve the futures of young adults in San Diego County‚ while offering a variety of professional services to the San Diego community.

They are currently accepting new applicants in both San Diego and North County! Apply today at

Community Spotlight

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I want to congratulate Doctor of the Year for District 38‚ Dr. Bassam Nassir‚ San Ysidro Health Center. Dr. Nassir has been practicing community medicine in El Cajon for the past 13 years. He has a loyal patient base and he enjoys preparing the next generation of health leaders in the Internal Medicine Residency program. His dedication to his patients‚ many having fled civil strife in Iraq‚ is invaluable and has garnered him trust. He is known for his ability to connect with patients and have them leave with a smile after a visit. He is the first to say‚ “In order to be a good doctor‚ you must listen to the patient‚ be honest and be a real partner in their care.”

150th President of the San Diego Medical Society

I would like to also recognize Dr. Holly B. Yang who is completing her term as the 150th President of the San Diego Medical Society. Dr. Yang engaged with her fellow executive committee members during the height of Covid-19 in May 2020‚ to provide effective leadership for the benefits of the Society’s membership and San Diego County residents. Good job‚ “Doc!”

Community Events

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I want to thank all of you who attended my virtual El Cajon Town Hall on May 26th. I enjoyed the opportunity to update you on legislation and answer your questions. A special thank you to El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells for joining us! If you have a question or a suggestion for my next town hall‚ you can contact me here.

Quotes of the Week

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. - George Washington

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. - George Washington


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.