Limón in the Legislature: Your Monthly Update from the Capitol and Central Coast - October 2017

Dear Friend,

The 2017 legislative session has come to a close, and I am proud to tell you about the very productive year we had in the California Legislature. My colleagues and I took on some of the biggest challenges facing California today—from climate change and college affordability to equal pay and housing. Nine of the bills I authored were signed by the governor, and one was adopted as a part of the State Budget. You can help with the process for next year by participating in the “There Oughta Be a Law” contest (more information below).

I want to thank each and every one who called, visited one of my offices, attended an event, or sent me a message regarding legislation or policy—your engagement in civic duty keeps me inspired, and has been invaluable in helping me make decisions on legislation. I take your remarks into consideration when I analyze bills that come before the California Assembly. Please continue to submit your comments via the contact section of 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:


Legislative Update

This year was a busy year at the Capitol, I was able to get 12 bills to the governor’s desk—he signed nine of them. All of the below bills will become law on January 1, 2018.

AB 1197 will ensure that oil spill management teams are adequately trained and prepared in the event of an oil spill.

AB 1328 gives California water agencies access to information on potentially hazardous chemicals used in oil and gas operations.

AB 738 creates a model curriculum on Native American studies with input from tribes, available for teachers to provide a culturally appropriate and quality course of study in Native American studies.

AB 1119 allows emergency healthcare providers access to full medical records in case of a mental health crises or situation where a patient is unable to provide consent so that they can make well-informed healthcare decisions when treating patients.

AB 944 establishes the Spiny Lobster Commission to develop improved harvesting and processing practices, an integrated approach to fishery management, and more efficient resource assessment, monitoring, and protection tools.

AB 1550 allows small school districts to form a joint powers authority (JPA) for the purpose of issuing and selling bonds since small school districts face obstacles when executing voter-approved bonds.

AB 453, adopted in the budget, encourages a statewide expansion of student meal sharing programs on public college campuses, including $7.5 million in funding through 2022 to decrease food insecurity among students, and the designation of “Hunger Free Campuses.”


Upcoming Events

Self Defense Workshop for Women

Self Defense Workshop

October 26, 2017 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
St. George YMCA Teen Center
889 Camino de Sur Isla Vista, CA

RSVP Online

Self Defense Class presented by the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center and sponsored by my office and the office of Supervisor Joan Hartmann.

This class is based on a model of empowerment rather than physical agility. The class educates women about using their individual skills to defend themselves. The training also empowers women to become more aware, assertive, and skilled in verbal and physical techniques. The self-defense class is open to women of all physical abilities ages 13+. Please contact (805) 564-1649 for further accommodation requests or other questions.

There Oughta Be a Law

There Oughta Be a Law

Now through November 17, 2017

Do you ever see something in your daily life and think, “There oughta be a law,” or even, “That should not be a law”? If you have, this contest is for you. All constituents are invited to submit ideas and proposals of their own for a new state law. The law can cover any issue, from something particular in our neighborhoods to something that can improve the quality of life throughout California. If it is the one selected, you may have the opportunity to travel to Sacramento and testify before an Assembly committee on the merits of the bill. I want you to share your bill ideas with me, inspired by your daily experiences, that will make California better. Please visit my website to submit your idea.

Watch the video announcement here.


Around the District

Hike with Monique at the Channel Islands Harbor

Hike with Monique Hike with Monique

The third Hike with Monique took place on October 7 at the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. Prior to the walk, we met at Peninsula Park, where I answered questions regarding the state budget, legislation, and address other issues impacting our community.

Cine en Domingo at The Granada Theater

Cine en Domingo Cine en Domingo

The Granada Theater hosted its Cine en Domingo film series along with the Mexican Consulate. Cine en Domingo features both classic and contemporary Spanish language films from Latin America, presented in Spanish with English subtitles when available. For this evening they screened El Que No Corre Vuela. Prior to the film, I lead a discussion with local media personality Andy Valdez. For more information and to find future program dates, visit https://www.granadasb.org/community-engagement/cine-en-domingo/.

Visiting Limoneira

Limoneira Limoneira

It was a pleasure getting to visit the Limoneira citrus groves in Santa Paula. CEO Harold Edwards took me on a tour of the property. For over 100 years, Limoneira has been providing Santa Paula citrus locally and around the world, while also being on the cutting edge of renewable energy.

82nd Annual Solvang Danish Days

Solvang Danish Days Solvang Danish Days

In 1936, the first Solvang Danish Days festival emerged in honor of the village’s 25th anniversary. Ever since, Danish Days celebrates Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities.

Visiting Matilija Dam

Matilija Dam Matilija Dam

I met with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District about the effort to remove the Matilija Dam and reinvigorate the Ventura River.

Speaking at the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County Celebration of the Carpinteria Bluffs

Carpinteria Bluffs Celebration

It was a pleasure celebrating the acquisition of the 21 acres of Carpinteria Bluffs III with the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. The Trust has helped to preserve over 25,000 acres of natural resource and agricultural land. For more information on the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, please visit their website at http://www.sblandtrust.org/.

Hosting Attorney General Xavier Becerra with Congressman Salud Carbajal and State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Hosting Attorney General Xavier Becerra  Hosting Attorney General Xavier Becerra

Congressman Salud Carbajal, state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and I welcomed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to Santa Barbara City College for a discussion on civil rights, education and the environment. Attorney General Becerra shared some of the work that his office has been doing for our state, before our panel answered questions from the audience.


Community Spotlight

Art of the 37th District

Art from Santa Barbara High School in the Santa Barbara District Office

Santa Barbara High School Art Santa Barbara High School Art

Santa Barbara High School Art Santa Barbara High School Art

Art from Rio Vista Middle School in the Ventura District Office

Art from Rio Vista Middle School  Art from Rio Vista Middle School

Art from Rio Vista Middle School  Art from Rio Vista Middle School

In an effort to highlight the talent of our local youth, I have invited schools to join “Art of the 37th District”, an initiative that invites all schools across the 37th Assembly District to showcase visual arts for our community to appreciate. This summer, my offices showcased work from Santa Barbara High School’s art classes, the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA), and from students in grades 6 through 8 at Rio Vista Middle School in Oxnard with the help of art teacher Dana Mainzer. The paintings and pencil drawings from Santa Barbara High School include self-portraits and a Grandparents Collection, portraits students made of their own grandparents. The art from Rio Vista Middle School includes mixed media modern works, still life pieces of favorite treats, and abstract self-portraits. The beautiful pieces will hang in the offices through the end of October. Come visit my office to see these wonderful works of art firsthand!