Following the passage of an on time and balanced budget earlier this summer that extended health care coverage to more than 170,000 children, we are now in the final days of the legislative session and I have much to report on.
I introduced legislation through the Special Session on Health Care to raise the tax on tobacco products and lower addiction rates. With every 10 percent increase in cigarette prices, youth smoking declines by 7 percent. And tobacco companies should pay a greater share of tobacco-related costs to taxpayers. To learn more about this effort, click here.
In the Senate, we are also working hard to pass legislation that will create more renewable energy, more energy efficient buildings, and more efficient cars and trucks. Learn more about SB 350 here.
In addition to our legislative efforts, there is a lot going on in our community. Sacramento couldn't be prouder of three brave young men from our community that had the courage to take on an attacker and prevent a massacre aboard a train in Europe. To learn more about our hometown heroes, click here.
I have also launched an improved, user-friendly website that better informs people about legislative and community developments. Thank you for reading my e-newsletter and I hope you check out my website!
As always, please feel free to share your priorities with me. You can reach my office by phone at (916) 262-2904 or by email at Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov.
Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator 6th District
There are several upcoming events in September that we hope you can attend:
September 5th: Chalk it up!
Dr. Pan will be on hand to kick-off one of Sacramento's favorite art events, "Chalk it Up", which has been delighting Sacramentans for the last 25 years. The event will be held over Labor Day weekend at Freemont Park (16th and Q Streets) and will offer free chalk-art and music. Each year the festival raises money at the event and gives it back to local youth art by way of grants. For more information: http://www.chalkitup.org/
September 20th: La Familia/Franklin Business District Parade
Dr. Pan will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by participating in the Hispanic/Latino Parade on Sunday September 20, 2015. This year's parade will feature Aztec, Folklorico and Samba Dancers, vintage police and classic cars as well as colorful floats from area groups and businesses. The parade will start at noon at A&A Plaza, located at 4444 Franklin Blvd.
Legislative Update: A Bill in Focus
There is still much legislative business to complete in the last few days of the legislative session. One bill that Dr. Pan has worked diligently to pass this year is SB 600. SB 600 amends the Jesse Unruh Civil Rights Act of 1959 to prevent discrimination on the basis of "citizenship", "immigration status", and "language." In doing so, our immigrants, who work hard and are key to California's success, will have some of the same protections as all Californians.
California is the heart and soul of a nation that was built by immigrants. California is home to the most immigrants in the US and is a true testament to the strength, innovation, values, and leadership that our immigrants provide. Unfortunately, California's immigrants are some of the most vulnerable to discrimination, hate crimes, and unequal access to basic daily functions.
Among verified cases of discrimination are instances when persons were denied service at a business or asked to leave establishments because they were speaking with friends and family in a foreign language. As a matter of principal, California should provide clear notice that we will not tolerate discrimination in public accommodations. SB 600 was passed by the legislature late last month and is currently sitting on the Governor's desk. To learn more about Dr. Pan's legislation, please visit his website.
National Night Out
On August 4, Dr. Pan joined neighbors coming together in West Sacramento neighborhoods for National Night Out. The event is meant to bring neighbors together and promote police-community partnerships to make our communities safe and stamp out crime. Across the Sacramento region this year, thoughsands took to the streets, parks and lawns this year and held neighborhood bar-be-ques, all in an effort get to know neighbors better. Pictured above, Dr. Pan joined neighbors, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Alex Rooker at the newly opened Park Moderns in the heart of West Sacramento's Bridge District.
Happy Birthday, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library!
Dr. Pan was thrilled to celebrate the 5 year birthday of the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library which opened on August 28, 2010. In addition to serving the general public as a branch of the Sacramento Public Library, this particular branch shares its facilities with the School of Engineering & Sciences, an open-enrollment school serving 7th through 12th grade students who would like to pursue careers in engineering and sciences.
If you haven't visited your neighborhood library lately, grab your card and rediscover why you fell in love with it the first time! http://www.saclibrary.org/
Elk Grove Multicultural Festival
On August 22, Dr. Pan joined the City of Elk Grove in celebrating the diverse cultures that make up our community. The annual festival took place at the Elk Grove Regional Park and was a wonderful way to celebrate and showcase our diversity. Participants sampled a wide array of delicious foods from all over the globe, entertainment and exhibits representing Elk Grove's diverse community. The Elk Grove community is already working hard on the 2016 Multicultural Festival!
Hop on the Blue Line to Cosumnes River College!
Hard work and determination paid off August 24th when the Sacramento Regional Transit District's Light Rail rolled out its "blue carpet" to celebrate the historic opening of the new Blue Line to Cosumnes River College (CRC) light rail extension. Construction started on the 4.3 mile Blue Line extension in August 2013 and its opening will offer commuters a new way to get around the Sacramento area. The Blue Line conveniently runs 5 a.m. to midnight every day. The train comes every 15 minutes until 7:30 p.m. and every 30 minutes after 7:30 p.m. For more information: http://blueline2crc.com/
On August 16th, Dr. Pan took a break out of his day read with children at the Roberts Family Development Center in the Del Paso Heights area. The Center provides after school and summer school opportunities for 1st - 8th grade students as well as volunteer opportunities for high school kids.
West Sacramento Farmer's Market Dig In Dinners!
On August 27, Dr. Pan was thrilled to host a new special feature of the West Sacramento Farmer's Market: a three-course meal taking place right on the street. Diners were treated to special creation by renowned chef, Patrick Mulvaney who used ingredients available at the market. The West Sacramento Farmers Market continues every Thursday during September. The hours are 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The location of the Farmers Market is 1110 West Capitol Ave. For more information: http://www.westsacramentofarmersmarket.com/