Limón in the Legislature: Your Monthly Update from the Capitol and Central Coast - April 2018

I am proud to call the 805 home. Despite the difficult times our community has faced, we are working hard to recover and rebuild together.

As always, if you need assistance with a state agency or if you would like to invite me to a community event, please do not hesitate to contact me at (805) 564-1649 or leave me a note here. For updates on my work in the Capitol and around the district, follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @AsmMoniqueLimon.

This month’s newsletter includes updates and information on the following topics:


Legislative Update: Health

I have introduced a range of legislation to ensure that all Californians have access to quality, affordable healthcare and services. They include:

AB 417 - Mental Health Services Access which was already signed into law by Governor Brown, and allows outpatient behavioral health services to resume at Vista Del Mar Hospital, while the hospital’s inpatient services are suspended because of damage from the Thomas Fire. More information on this legislation can be found here. This legislation was co-authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.

AB 1860 - Keeping Cancer Medication Affordable would ensure that oral cancer medication stays affordable by stopping health plans and insurers from charging more than $200 per month in out-of-pocket costs for each prescription.

AB 1955 - Alzheimer’s Early Detection Education would promote community education and public awareness of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and provide information and resources for individuals, family members and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

AB 1976 - Breastfeeding Accommodation in the Workplace would continue to ensure that employees have a private and hygienic location, other than a bathroom, where they can breastfeed or pump.

AB 2178 - Addressing Food Insecurity would provide greater flexibility for nonprofit charitable feeding operations to serve wholesome food to the needy and to provide clear direction and guidance to both the operators and local.

Options for Improving Our Healthcare System

The California State Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage worked with the University of California San Francisco to produce a report on A Path to Universal Coverage and Unified Health Care Financing In California. This report reflects findings from six Select Committee hearings and is a helpful tool as we in the State Legislature move forward in our work to both increase access and quality of our healthcare system as a whole.

The Insure the Uninsured Project also released a report evaluating the public plan choice, or “public option,” through a California lens. The report identifies the unique circumstances in California relevant for the discussion about public options and outlines how a California public option might be structured.


Upcoming Events

Emergency Preparedness Fairs

Emergency Preparedness Fairs

This family-friendly event will have representatives from law enforcement and the fire department who will provide helpful emergency preparedness information, as well as informational booths. Come learn about government resources and discuss safety legislation and community issues.

This event is physically accessible. Presentations will also be provided in Spanish, and ASL interpreting is available by request. Please contact (805) 564-1649 for further accommodation requests.

Ventura

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store
500 S. Mills Road, Ventura 93003

RSVP Online

Santa Barbara

Saturday, May 12, 2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

De La Guerra Plaza
15 E. De La Guerra St. Santa Barbara 93101

RSVP Online


DACA Renewal Clinic

DAC Renewal Clinic

Download Flyer (PDF) +

Monday, April 9, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 pm (Last intake at 7 p.m.)

One Step a La Vez
421 Sespe Ave. Fillmore, CA 93015

Complete DACA renewal papers onsite with help from local attorneys. Application fees will be paid on a first come, first serve basis with limited donated funds. For more information visit vclegalaid.org.


Earth Day Festivities

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 21, 2018
11a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 22, 2018
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Alameda Park
1400 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101

I will be talking with constituents at the government officials booth on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m.

Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Plaza Park
651 E. Thompson Blvd. Ventura 93001

Oxnard Earth Day

Saturday, April 14, 2018
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Downtown Plaza Park
500 S. C St., Oxnard, CA 93030


Granada Theatre Seeking Proposals for Public Art Mural Project

Proposals accepted through Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Granada Theatre is seeking proposals for a public art mural project. Professional artists from the tri-county area are invited to submit a proposal for this exciting opportunity to provide a large scale work of art to be displayed on The Granada paseo wall, connecting State Street with The Granada Garage. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District, this permanent outdoor installation will be highly visible to locals and tourists alike. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to make your mark on Santa Barbara’s downtown art scene! For more information on the Granada Theatre and the request for proposals visit: https://www.granadasb.org/community-engagement/mural/.


Save the Date: Nonprofit Organization Workshop

The Nonprofit Organization Workshop is an effort to provide organizations geared towards aiding and improving the community with the necessary resources to continue their invaluable and altruistic services. Presentations will be provided by the State of California Franchise Tax Board, CalNonprofits, the Attorney General Charitable Trusts Division and other experts.

Ventura County
Location to Be Announced
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
5 - 6:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.)

Santa Barbara County
Location to Be Announced
Friday April 27th, 2018
8:30 - 10 a.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.)


Around the District:

United Domestic Workers Financial Literacy Workshop

United Domestic Workers Financial Literacy Workshop

As Chair of the Banking and Finance Committee, I joined our local UDW Home Care Providers Union for a financial literacy workshop.


Recognizing Red Cross Volunteers

Recognizing Red Cross Volunteers Recognizing Red Cross Volunteers

Recognizing Red Cross Volunteers Recognizing Red Cross Volunteers

Our community honored and recognized the incredible hard work of our American Red Cross staff and volunteers who have served our community unwaveringly through the recent natural disasters and beyond.


League of United Latin American Citizens Awards

League of United Latin American Citizens Awards

I was honored by the League of United Latin American Citizens for my work to bring accessible emergency communications to all Californians. My own experiences and the experience of our community during the Thomas Fire influenced AB 1877, legislation I have introduced this year to ensure that emergency communications are accessible to all.


Community Spotlight:

Art of the 37th

Thank you to art teachers Mr. Garcia Olivo and Mrs. Martinez from Franklin Elementary School, and Ms. O’Rourke from Adelante Charter School for helping to coordinate the winter Art of the 37th display in my district office composed of beautiful artwork by local second, fourth and fifth grade students.

Stay tuned for next month’s update on my work at the Capitol and Central Coast!