I promised you that as your representative, I would work hard to build healthier and safer communities. I am proud to let you know that by working together, we did just that in my first year in the State Senate.
Together, we are guarding Sacramento from floods and are bringing hundreds of millions of federal flood control dollars to our region, protecting college campuses and surrounding communities, supporting local businesses and ensuring that all children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Gov. Brown has been a terrific partner and I am thrilled that he signed nine of my bills that reached his desk. Many of the new laws are summarized in the list below, which includes links to additional background. And, rest assured we are already working on ways to improve our quality of life in 2016!
In addition to our work at the capitol, I've enjoyed getting out and meeting so many of my neighbors this autumn and I have highlighted some of the work we have done in this e-newsletter.
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:
November 6th: Thank You Sacramento Firefighters!
Sacramento area firefighters put their lives on the line fighting fires up and down the state during this year's fire season. Come out to Station 56 located at 3720 47th Ave (at Franklin) to thank fire fighters from Sac City, Metro Fire, Cosumnes CSD and West Sacramento for battling fires all summer long.
November 14th: Global Winter Wonderland
It's back by popular demand! Dr. Pan will help kick-off this year's festivities on November 14th at the Global Winter Wonderland at CalExpo where guests can enjoy celebration of our many cultures around the world, pictures with Santa Claus, carnival rides and more. Click here for more information.
December 1st: Select Committee on Children with Special Needs
Dr. Pan will chair a special hearing of the Select Committee on Children with Special Needs which will explore specific challenges and how the state can do a better job addressing the special needs of children. Check back here for more information in the coming weeks.
November 1 - January 31: Get Covered!
Open enrollment for Covered California is going on now through January 31st. Check out their website at: www.coveredca.com for more information. There will be various events throughout the region to help people sign-up. One such event, sponsored by the La Familia Counseling Center will be at Southside Park on 6th Street, in Sacramento on November 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives will be on hand help you qualify for free Medi-Cal or financial assistance to purchase private health insurance through Covered California.
Dr. Pan was joined by United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez and strawberry workers from the Salinas Valley at a news conference in West Sacramento celebrating Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law Senate Bill 145, enabling the Robert F. Kennedy Farm Worker Health Plan. Check out Dr. Pan's op-ed in the Sacramento Bee.
While one bill in particular - Senate Bill 277 (vaccines) - was in the news a lot during the legislative session, Dr. Pan had many more legislative initiatives to protect our community and make a difference in people's lives. The Governor signed nine of Dr. Pan's bills and because of these new laws, more federal money will flow to Sacramento to ensure the completion of flood-control projects along the American and Sacramento Rivers, our law enforcement can better protect college students and the surrounding communities and our college police will have help to solve crimes and strengthen community trust and provide local businesses with the tools they need to thrive and create jobs.
- SB 144 - Shoring up our rivers and completing flood-control projects
- SB 145 - Expanding medical coverage for farmworkers
- SB 216 - Technical changes to public employees' retirement law requiring members make certain elections prior to their retirement
- SB 277 - Protecting the community from vaccine-preventable diseases
- SB 424 - Protecting college communities
- SB 453 - Rehabilitation in prison
- SB 533 - Protecting tax-payers and local governments from tax scams
- SB 550 - Supporting local businesses by giving local governments the option to allow beer bikes
- SB 600 - Recognizing the value of immigrants to our state and economy
Please see Dr. Pan's website for a more information on these bills and more.
Governor Jerry Brown signing Dr. Pan's beer-bike legislation, SB 550.
Creating Success Stories with our Local Businesses
In September, Dr. Pan dropped-in on local businesses to hear first-hand feedback regarding the state of business in Sacramento. The business walk was part of an on-going series put on by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Old Sacramento Business Association and the City of Sacramento in partnership with the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. Through these drop-in meetings, Dr. Pan and others were able to gather the information necessary to implement initiatives that enhance the success of local businesses.
Healthy Kids Day
On October 3rd, Dr. Pan helped kids get the health care they need to stay healthy at the Covered California Healthy Kids Day at Sleep Train Arena. Kids were enrolled in health care coverage, received free health, dental and vision screenings, participated in games and other family-friendly actives and Dr. Pan got his flu shot along with Assemblymember Jim Cooper and Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna. Check out Dr. Pan's column on the Denti-Cal system in the Sacramento Observer.
Keeping Kids Safe on the Road
Dr. Pan joined Impact Teen Drivers and the California Highway Patrol in talking to students at Franklin High School about the dangers of reckless and districted driving.
Pictured right is Adrian Espinoza, a student at Franklin High School who interviewed Dr. Pan for Franklin High School Wildcats TV.
10th Anniversary Sacramento Hispanic/Latino Community Parade
Dr. Pan was proud to be a part of the Sacramento Hispanic/Latino Parade and honor the Hispanic/Latino heritage in the Sacramento region and come together in hopes of building our futures together. The beautiful celebration of culture continued at the area's new Maple Neighborhood Center with Aztec, Folklorico and Samba Dancers, vintage police and classic cars and delicious food.
Legislator of the Year
Dr. Pan was thrilled to be honored by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) as their Legislator of the Year in early October. APAPA strives to engage and empower people in the community by developing opportunities for youth success, standing up for civil rights and creating opportunities to engage. Dr. Pan made history last fall when he became Sacramento's First Asian American Representative to the State Senate. The Sacramento Bee wrote about the honor, here.
Stand Up & Speak Out Against Bullying!
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Dr. Pan helped kick-off the 2nd Annual Youth Rally Against Bullying on Saturday, October 11 at the State Capitol.
The rally, which was put on by the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance attracted more than 230 area kids and was a great way to engage area youth and parents to bring more awareness about bullying and promote ways of creating a culture of respect, responsibility, integrity, and commitment. For information and resources to help stop bullying, please go to: www.sactobullyprevention.org.
Youth of Color Interns
Dr. Pan and his staff are very grateful for the extraordinary work done by Felipe Hernandez who served as the 6th Senate District Fellow for the 2015 legislative session. In addition to staffing many of the most pressing bills carried by Dr. Pan, Felipe created a capitol internship program, working with the community group, "Improve Your Tomorrow." The internship program went a long way toward fostering civic participation in youth of color. Pictured above, Dr. Pan sat down with the students to talk about civic engagement and advocacy. Felipe - we know you will go far in your career and life, and we wish you all the best at the University of Oxford in Great Britain.