May 2017 Newsletter
This last month has been filled with both highs and lows that have hit our community particularly hard but we keep moving forward. The tragedy that rocked San Bernardino and North Park Elementary School is once again a reminder of the pain we've all felt, stemming all the way back to December 2015. Just as we did then, we will remain San Bernardino Strong and rally together with our neighbors, co-workers, classmates, friends and certainly family. In response to what happened, I have introduced a new version of AB 1268 to address some of the issues surrounding domestic violence and to help educate our communities about it in a culturally competent manner.
It was a productive last week of April at the State Capitol as four of my legislative priority bills passed out of their policy committees. These bills will all impact the state and the 47th Assembly District in positive ways:
AB 1018- Would add homeless students to the categories of students that are required to be addressed in student equity plans.
AB 1268- Evaluates existing domestic violence programs and establishes a domestic violence prevention fund for non-profits and state agencies.
AB 1445- Monitors and reports on a small business participation bill that would ensure more state contracts and procurements go to small businesses around the state.
AB 1651- Provides due process rights to community college faculty members.
AB 44- We had the privilege of having two of the victims provide testimony in the hearing and although the final language of the bill was different, we still have recognition that our workers compensation system failed the victims of the December 2nd attack.
Assemblymember Reyes on the Move
The month of April was filled with community meetings and events. On March 31st I joined the Associated Student Government of San Bernardino Valley College for a Town Hall to discuss the important issues that are impacting community college students. I also partnered with Senator Connie M. Leyva and AT&T to host an iPad training event for seniors at the Grand Terrace Senior Center. Staying active in the community is a pillar to a successful and sustainable democracy. Below are additional photos of the events I participated in last month.
|SBVC Associated Student Government Town Hall||6th Annual Cesar Chavez Memorial Breakfast|
|Senior iPad Training at Grand Terrace Senior Center||2017 Undocu Health Conference at San Bernardino Valley College|
4th Annual San Bernardino Family Play Day with Child Care Resource Center
|Small Business Tour at Farmdale Creamery in San Bernardino|
Young Legislators Corner
Our second Young Legislators meeting took place on April 15th. The meeting was filled with discussion on legislation and civic engagement. For more information about our Young Legislators Program contact Maha Rizvi at my district office at (909) 381-3238.
Press Conference to Address Domestic Violence
In light of the tragedy at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino on April 10, 2017 I co-hosted a press conference on domestic violence with Option House, Inc., to discuss the issue of domestic violence and the stigma related to speaking out when being victimized. Option House, Inc. is a San Bernardino County 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to empower victims of domestic violence by providing 24-hour crisis intervention services. In addition to organizations that provide short-term care for domestic violence victims, Time for Change Foundation has successfully provided long-term care for 15 years with a 98% success rate, changing victims into victors.
Option House Inc.
813 N. D Street, Ste. A,
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Time For Change Foundation
1255 E. Highland Avenue, Ste. 211
San Bernardino, CA 92404
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE - 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Assemblywoman Reyes Selects Coffee Nutzz, Inc. as Small Business of the Year for California Small Business Day
Giving back to the community is a core value to the Coffee Nutzz brand. For over a decade Coffee Nutzz has been giving back to the City of Rialto. Some of the events they participate in are: Joy for Jackets, Rialto Family Fun Festival and Help Us Help Others. They use their coffee house brand as a way to bring people of the community together. Assemblymember Reyes of the 47th Assembly District is proud to honor Coffee Nutzz for their business success and their dedication to the community. There are approximately 3.3 million small businesses in the State of California. Coffee Nutzz will be one of 75 small businesses honored in Sacramento on June 5th.
Notice - Satellite Office Hours
Our office is partnering with the city of Fontana to host satellite office hours on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 2 - 6 p.m. at Fontana City Hall, 8353 Sierra Ave., Fontana, CA 92335. Please call Maha Rizvi at (909) 381-3238 for appointments.
Our office is partnering with the city of Rialto to host satellite office hours on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 1-5 p.m. at the Rialto Community Resource Center, 141 S Riverside Ave., Rialto, CA. Please call Daniel Peeden at (909) 381-3238 for appointments.
Eloise Gómez Reyes
Assemblymember, 47th District