Limón in the Legislature: Your Monthly Update from the Capitol and Central Coast - November 2017
I hope you had a wonderful autumn and are preparing for a joyous holiday season.
2017 was successful on many fronts. In addition to the work we continue to do in neighborhoods throughout the 37th Assembly District, the governor signed nine of my bills into law, and they will go a long way toward making our communities safer and healthier. If you have not yet viewed the 2017 Accomplishments Report, I urge you to take a moment to check it out at my website.
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 district report includes updates and information on the following topics:
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and I welcomed our legislative colleagues to UC Santa Barbara for a hearing of the California State Assembly and Senate select committees on wine. We discussed how the industry and surrounding communities have been affected by the wildfires in Northern California, what the state can do to help, and how to protect the area in the future.
There Oughta Be a Law
My There Oughta Be a Law contest closed on November 17—nearly 70 incredibly well thought out ideas were submitted. This is a testament to the creativity and civic engagement in our community! I want to thank everyone who participated and shared your ideas with me. My team and I are carefully reviewing each entry, and are looking forward to including one these proposals in my legislative package next year.
National Summit on Health
I attended the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Summit on Health, an in-depth series of conversations and seminars on health and prevention strategies, the future of the Affordable Care Act, and the challenges of the American healthcare delivery system. It was an excellent chance to connect with legislators from around the country to seek out solutions to delivering quality and affordable healthcare for all.
November 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018
Covered CA Enrollment is open now through January 31. Are you covered? If you think you might have trouble affording a plan, there are financial assistance options available. Head over to the Covered California website to get started, or reach out to my office for assistance at (805) 564-1649.
Saturday, December 2
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
A, 5th and C Streets Oxnard, CA 93030
I will be participating in the Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade, a free event for the whole family. Come enjoy colorful marching bands, equestrian units, local school groups, spirited floats and a visit from Santa. I will be riding in the parade and handing out holiday goodies and treats for kids. The parade route is A, 5th and C Streets in Downtown Oxnard. The theme for the parade this year is Christmas Under the Sea. Call (805) 247-0197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Holiday Open Houses and Charity Drives
Join me for Holiday Open Houses and Charity Drives at both my Santa Barbara and Ventura District Offices (details for each date below).
This is a great opportunity to connect, hear safety tips from local law enforcement, and discuss the services my office can provide to you.
Monday, December 11
5 - 7 p.m.
Santa Barbara District Office
101 W. Anapamu Street, Suite A
Santa Barbara, CA
Cohosted with the Santa Barbara Police Department at my District Office in Santa Barbara. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for families in need (optional).
Tuesday, December 12
5 - 7 p.m.
Ventura District Office
89 South California Street, Suite F
Cohosted with the Ventura Police Department at my District Office in Ventura. Please consider bringing unwrapped toys/items in their original packaging for the Ventura County Medical Center Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases Program (optional).
Sunday, January 14
5 - 7 p.m.
1214 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The Granada Theater is hosting the next screening in the Cine en Domingo film series, which features both classic and contemporary Spanish language films from Latin America, presented in Spanish with English subtitles when available. For this evening they will be screening Instructions Not Included. Prior to the film, I will lead a discussion with local media personality Andy Valdez. For more information and to find future program dates, visit the Granada Theater website.
On Veterans Day 2017, I had the privilege of participating in the Veterans Day Parade, hosted every year on State Street. I had an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with veteran about issues and policies which may affect them, and how my office can serve our service men and women. It is important to honor and support those who have served our country, and provide them with the quality benefits and care they deserve. I even got to meet up with Max Peck, Assembly District 37 Veteran of the Year!
Assemblymember Irwin of neighboring Assembly District 44 and I took fellow legislators on a tour of some amazing produce distributors in Ventura County. Our districts have so much to offer that can only be found here. We saw firsthand the innovative technology and techniques pioneered here in Ventura, and got the real Farm to Fork experience!
Our fall interns have been hard at work in both the District and Capitol Offices. The interns have a range of responsibilities, including managing casework, policy research, attending events and more. This semester, we are hosting five incredible undergraduate students (four in the District Office, and one in the Capitol Office), all from UC Santa Barbara. To learn more about the Internship Program in both the District and Capitol Offices, visit my website.
From left, Julianne Juarez, Adrianne Davies, Natalia Arguello-Inglis, TaHa Hussain. Pictured to the right: Travis Daly.