As the legislative session continues‚ 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 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
Jones in the News
I recently sent two letters to the Director of the Department of State Hospitals protesting the planned parole placement of two sexually violent predators (SVPs) in a Mt. Helix residential neighborhood. Rather than renting a spacious home to serve as a boarding house for these people‚ Governor Newsom ought to follow the lead of former Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian. Both of these Governors got creative and ordered that dangerous parolees be housed in trailers at state correctional facilities. You can read more here or watch my interview with KUSI by clicking the image below.
I am pleased to let you know that my bill SB 227 to save off-highway vehicle competitions in California has cleared two key Senate Committees. 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. SB 227 creates a new‚ off-highway vehicle identification program under the California Department of Parks and Recreation that is narrowly tailored for legitimate competitors only.
I have also authored SB 358‚ which would increase the penalties on persons who steal packages unanimously passed the Senate Public Safety Committee. Since the COVID-19 crisis began‚ home delivery of packages has dramatically increased across the nation. Seniors and disabled Californians in particular rely on package delivery for fundamental items such as medication and food. This bill will allow judges the option to treat theft of packages delivered by private carriers just like mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
For more information on these bills and other bills I am authoring this session‚ please click here.
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.
At my recent San Marcos Town Hall I had the opportunity to recognize the graduates of the “Solutions Academy”. Solutions for Change is a North County non-profit started over 20 years ago by Chris and Tammy Megison. The Mission of Solutions for Change is to solve family homelessness – One family‚ one community at a time. Their signature program ‘Solutions Academy’ is a 700-day vocational program that combines education‚ housing‚ workforce training‚ career pathways‚ peer support‚ personal and professional development – all in a therapeutic community based on accountability and a model of Servant Leadership. ‘Solutions Academy’ graduates are recognized as “Overcomers” and it has was an honor to recognize them.
Community and Business Leader Spotlight
Congratulations to Julie Reeder as “Woman of the Year” for Senate District 38! Reeder is the President and Publisher of Reeder Media and Village News‚ Inc.‚ which publishes the Valley News‚ the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News‚ the Anza Valley Outlook newspapers‚ as well as annual magazines including the Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook. Julie is a very dynamic and inspirational business owner and community leader. Her award-winning work as a publisher and editor of several publications in our region is well respected and greatly appreciated. Through her business and charitable efforts‚ Julie has assisted many families and individuals in our community. It was an honor to name her “Woman of the Year”!
San Diego by the Numbers:
I thought I’d share some interesting statistics I read this month:
San Diego’s unemployment rate fell further in March to 6.8% from the prior month’s 7.1% after adjusting for seasonal changes.
Nonfarm employers in San Diego County added 5‚300 jobs in March after considering the typical seasonal hiring that generally occurs during this time of year.
COVID-19 Recovery Information:
- Business COVID relief extensions. The new Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is accepting applications starting April 8. Recent federal legislation also expanded relief opportunities to help businesses. Click here
- Rent relief. California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides an opportunity for property owners and tenants to receive assistance. Click here
The next stop on my series of town halls in Senate District 38 is the City of El Cajon! I want to hear from YOU! The town hall will be co-hosted by El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. I am looking forward to sharing a legislative update and answering your questions! Please RSVP here
Quote of the Month
“We of this generation do not have to face a task such as that our fathers faced‚ but we have our tasks‚ and woe to us if we fail to perform them!” – Theodore Roosevelt
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.