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

Our community has shown incredible resilience and bravery through these difficult past few months. Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that we face, I am inspired by how our community has come together in support of those in need—from the Coast Guard service members who pulled people out of the wreckage by helicopter, to the Spanish translator who continued to translate Thomas Fire updates at community meetings after her home burned down. The 805 continually amazes me and we truly are 805 Strong.

My team and I are doing everything in our power, through resource awareness, legislation and funding, to ensure that both the immediate and long-term needs will be met. It is in this vein that I want to share updates on work I am doing in the Capitol on your behalf, provide resources to assist in recovery and extend the assistance of my Assembly office. My team and I can help you navigate the many issues you or loved ones may be dealing with because of the Thomas Fire or the resulting mudslides. This includes helping with state agencies and departments who handle insurance, unemployment or taxes. We can be reached either at (805) 564-1649 or (805) 641-3700.

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

Fire and Mudslide Recovery Resources

There are partners in all levels of government who are ready to help all those impacted by the fires and mudslides. Provided here are recovery resources available to assist those in need.

I want to highlight two important forthcoming deadlines:

For further assistance regarding fire and mudslide recovery, visit the Thomas Fire Resources page on my website, which is continually being updated, or contact my office.

Individual Assistance: Food Assistance, Housing, Other Immediate Needs
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA offers information and resources to address immediate needs such as emergency shelter, housing and medical care.
For more information visit the FEMA Individual Assistance website or call 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
The deadline for residents affected by the Thomas Fire to apply for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is March 16, 2018. Until it closes on February 28, residents affected by the Thomas Fire can find the center at:

Ventura County Credit Union
6026 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

Monday through Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

After February 28, residents can still obtain federal assistance by applying online at or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.

The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants should have the following information at hand:

  • Social Security number.
  • Address of the damaged primary residence.
  • Description of the damage.
  • Information about insurance coverage.
  • A current contact telephone number.
  • An address where they can receive mail.
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Legislative Update

My Legislative Package

A focus of my legislative package this year is not only pushing for resources and improvements in disaster recovery, but focusing on how we can prevent such catastrophes in the first place and more efficiently respond to them once they occur. I have already introduced three bills that will enhance how we prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters.  

Disaster Prevention: AB 1956 - The Fire Prevention Act of 2018 directs California to increase the scale and pace of fire prevention activities and ensure those activities happen year-round. It further reestablishes a fire prevention working group that includes fire prevention experts to develop new methods of fire prevention, and creates a robust year-round fire prevention local assistance grant program.

Disaster Response: AB 1877 - Effective and Inclusive Emergency Communication seeks to ensure that California communities, regardless of the language they speak, have improved access to clear and accessible emergency information, by requiring both State and County Office of Emergency Services emergency communications to be made accessible to the members of our community who speak a language other than English.

Disaster Recovery: AB 1923 - Consolidated Debris Removal Coverage would allow a residential property owner in the event of loss during a declared “state of emergency” to voluntarily participate in a consolidated debris removal program for the purposes of making sure that public health and safety is protected.

Co-Authored Legislation:

SB821 - Emergency notification: Office of Emergency Services (Jackson) ensures that emergency communications reach everyone by creating an opt-out emergency alert system.

AB 1772 - Fire Insurance: Extending Policy Limits for Full Replacement Cost Coverage (Aguiar-Curry) extends the insurance deadline to recoup rebuilding costs.

New Chair Position on Banking and Finance Committee

New Chair Position on Banking and Finance Committee

New Chair Position on Banking and Finance Committee

I was appointed Chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance by Speaker Anthony Rendon. I am honored to serve as the Chair of Banking and Finance in the California Assembly. As only the second women in California history to serve in this role, I do not take lightly the responsibility that comes with this position. The Banking and Finance Committee serves two purposes, to ensure that financial institutions are equipped with the laws and tools to make our state prosperous, and to make the American Dream a reality for everyone in our communities. The primary jurisdictions of the Banking and Finance Committee are Financial Institutions, Real Property Finance, Consumer Finance and Corporate Securities Law.

Memorializing Victims of the Montecito Mudslides and Thomas Fire in Assembly Chambers

During Floor Session in Assembly Chambers, I had the difficult and humbling honor of adjourning in the memory of the individuals who died at the hands of the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudslides.

To the Thomas Fire, we lost a valued Cal Fire Engineer and Santa Paula community member, and to the torrents of mud that swept across Montecito on the morning of January 9, we lost 21 Montecito residents and 128 homes.

We lost longtime residents and neighbors who arrived to our community in recent years. We lost a realtor, a landscaper, a car salesman, a restaurant owner, a school teacher, a navy vet, and too many K-12 students

One can only hope and pray that something of this magnitude spares us for the next several lifetimes.

Cory Iverson, Virginia Pesola, Josephine Gower, Peter Fleurat, Mark Montgomery, Caroline Montgomery, Alice Mitchell, James Mitchell, Roy Rohter, Rebecca Riskin, David Cantin, Peerawat Sutthithepa, Pinit Sutthithepa, Richard Taylor, Jonathan Benitez, Marilyn Ramos, Kailly Benitez, John McManigal, Martin Cabrera-Munoz, Joseph Francis Bleckel, Sawyer Corey and Morgan Corey

You will not be forgotten.

Upcoming Events

AIDS Walk Ventura 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Check-in and entertainment starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.
Plaza Park
651 E Thompson Blvd. Ventura, California 93001

AIDS Walk Ventura is a fun, healthy way for friends, families and teams of co-workers to raise awareness and help to do their part in the fight against HIV & AIDS in Ventura County. Learn more and sign up at

Jack Johnson and Friends, a Benefit for the Community
Sunday, March 18, 2018
6 p.m.
Santa Barbara Bowl
1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

100% of net proceeds will be directed to the United Way Thomas Fire & Flood Fund, and to local non-profits working on relief & recovery efforts in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County are working together to address the short and long term needs of families and individuals impacted by fire and flooding, and are waiving all administration fees so that 100% of funds raised can be put to good use. While the United Way is the primary beneficiary of the Jack Johnson and Friends concert, additional donations will also be made to Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Foundation, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, FOOD Share (Ventura), Search Dog Foundation, Greater Goods (Ojai), Habitat for Humanity, the Santa Barbara Response Network, and more.

Cine En Domingo: La Bamba
Sunday, March 11, 2018
3 p.m.
Granada Theatre
1330 State Street, Ste. 101 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cine en Domingo features both classic and contemporary Spanish language films from Latin America.  Chosen to engage the Latino community and all who love this genre of filmmaking, audiences will also enjoy an introduction of captivating dialogue between Assemblymember Monique Limón and local media personality Andy Valdez.  Films will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles (when available).

This screening will feature the film La Bamba. Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) becomes an overnight rock 'n' roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad called "Donna" that he wrote for his girlfriend (Danielle von Zerneck) whose parents didn't want her to date a Latino boy. But as his star rises, Valens has conflicts with his jealous brother, Bob (Esai Morales), and becomes haunted by a recurring nightmare of a plane crash just as he begins his first national tour alongside Buddy Holly (Marshall Crenshaw). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Cine en Domingo cuenta con películas clásicas y contemporáneas en español de América Latina. Las películas fueron elegidas para atraer a la comunidad Latina y todas aquellas personas que aman este género de cine. Los espectadores también podrán disfrutar de una cautivadora introducción y diálogo entre Asambleísta Monique Limón y personalidad de los medios locales Andy Valdez. Las películas se presentarán en español con subtítulos en inglés.

Veremos la película La Bamba. Un adolescente de Los Angeles, Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) se convierte en un éxito del rock ‘n’ roll de la noche a la mañana en 1958. Esto, gracias a la balada romántica “Donna”, la cual él escribió para su novia (Danielle von Zerneck), cuyos padres no aceptan que salga con un chico Latino. Pero conforme se hace más famoso, Valens tiene problemas con su celoso hermano, Bob (Esai Morales) y comienza a tener pesadillas recurrentes, precísamente al inicio de su primera gira nacional con Buddy Holly (Marshall Crenshaw), sobre un avión que se estrella.

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission 40th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, March 25, 2018
3 - 5 p.m.
A formal program will take place at 4 p.m. in the Historic Mural Room of the County Courthouse.
County Courthouse Mural Room
1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara

During the event, Channing Peake Gallery, Courthouse Mural Room, Faulkner Gallery, Jardin de las Granadas and Sullivan Goss Gallery and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will be open with corresponding exhibitions and programming. The program will provide a special opportunity to applaud local artists and arts advocates, and to really reflect on the magnificent evolution of Santa Barbara's arts culture over the last four decades.

Around the District:

Women’s March 2018

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Small Business Recovery Workshops and Presentations in Ventura and Santa Barbara

Small Business Recovery Workshops

I conducted Small Business Recovery Workshops and Presentations, alongside the Small Business Administration, Women's Economic Ventures (WEV), and Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County. I was joined in Santa Barbara by Congressman Salud Carbajal. The free, informative events provided resources and tools to guide community members through the process of rebuilding and recovery, including low-interest loan options and other available aid.

Flood Insurance Information

Flood Insurance Information

I was excited to have Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and the California Department of Insurance join us in both Ventura and Santa Barbara to host extremely informative insurance workshops where constituents got the chance to speak one-on-one with Department of Insurance representatives regarding insurance-related concerns and questions. 

Ventura County Women’s Political Council Annual Meeting and Board Election

Ventura County Women's Political Council Annual Meeting and Board Election

I was honored to join Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin in welcoming California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to Ventura County.

Community Spotlight

We are so grateful to our incredible firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, Office of Emergency Management staff and shelter volunteers who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe throughout the chaos of the Thomas Fire and following mudslides. Thank you for your service and dedication. Our community is indebted to you.

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight