Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you had a wonderful autumn and are preparing for joyous holiday season and New Year.
2015 was successful on many fronts. In addition to the work we continue to do in neighborhoods throughout the 6th Senate 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 our 2015 Accomplishments Report, I urge you to take a moment to check it out at http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/.
The holiday season is a great time to take stock in what is most important to us. And while we have achieved so much, it is clear that there is still much more to do. I am looking forward to a very productive 2016. With your input and support, I know that we can improve the lives of all Californians.
As always, I enjoy hearing from you, so please feel free to contact my office at (916) 262-2904 or by email at Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov with any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator 6th District
The following are upcoming events that we hope you can attend:
January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March
Please join your friends and neighbors at the March for the Dream in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Every year, this event attracts thousands of people from our region that come to show their support for civil rights and social justice. The official start of the march is at 9 a.m. at Sacramento City College (3835 Freeport Blvd.) For more information, go to: http://www.mlk365.org
February 6 & 7: Little Saigon Tet Parade and Lunar Flower Fest
Presented by the Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce, the Tet Parade and Lunar Flower Fest will feature colorful floats in the parade, an open-air market, food festival, live performing arts and carnival games, and rides. The event showcases Sacramento's Vietnamese community by sharing the culture, tradition, cuisine, performances and arts of Vietnam. For more information, go to: www.lunarflowerfest.org/en/.
During the interim, Dr. Pan held and participated in several hearings designed to examine the success and challenges of some of our state functions and laws.
December 1st: Dr. Pan chaired a special hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs. The hearing was titled "Mapping Current Systems of Care and Funding for Children and Youth with Special Needs" and he brought together families and experts to discuss the current system of delivering mental, behavioral, developmental and physical health care to children with special needs. The informative hearing which will be used to shape future policy can be viewed here: http://senate.ca.gov/media/senate-children-special-needs-committee?type=video
November 18: Dr. Pan participated in a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health Oversight which had the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) publicly explain its proposal for the California Children's Services (CCS) program redesign. The CCS program provides treatment to children with very rare, chronic, life-threatening and disabling medical conditions. DHCS has proposed an overhaul to CCS by moving children out of the program and into managed healthcare plans, which has led to the concern that the children won't get the care they need to survive. You can view the hearing here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ9b9O86Jy8&feature=youtu.be
Thank You Sacramento Firefighters!
On November 6th, Dr. Pan brought fire fighters from Sac City, Metro Fire, Cosumnes CSD and West Sacramento together in one location to thank them for putting their lives on the line and battling fires all summer long. The "Thank You Event" was located at Station 56 on 47th Avenue Fire Station and it was a special moment for Dr. Pan to thank each of the brave men and women that worked so hard for California.
With more than 6,000 fires statewide that burned more than 300,000 acres, California's 2015 wildfire season has been one of the worst in recent times. By comparison, there were about 4,100 fires during the same time period in 2014 that burned about 191,000 acres.
Thank you Veterans!
On Veteran's Day (November 11), Dr. Pan paid tribute to the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and service members have made on our behalf and urged that we honor our veterans with the top quality health care they deserve. The day was marked with music and speakers at the Sacramento VA Medical Center as well as a flyover at the end of the ceremony.
Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month
Dr. Pan was proud to celebrate the Sikh Community in observance of Sikh Awareness month on November 13. Participants of a special 2nd Annual Banquet in Sacramento honored the rich heritage of the Sikh community and their deep ties to our community.
Sacramento Region Rising
The last few years have proven transformative for Sacramento and there are so many more great advancements on the horizon. On November 20th, Dr. Pan joined a special inaugural conference meant to harness the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial energy in our City and put it to use for the entire region. This was a "big picture" conference where more than 1,000 people came together to collaborate and have conversations about what our future should look like. If you would like to put your stamp on our region's future, please check out this website to learn how: http://www.regionrising.com/
Holiday Turkey Give-Away
On November 25, in preparation for the holidays, Dr. Pan coordinated a holiday turkey and ham give-away for families in need in the South Sacramento region. Families converged on Pacific Elementary to receive a free turkey or ham right in time for Thanksgiving. We thank the California American Water Company for their generous donation and the Sacramento Food Bank for their help in making the event happen for the many families in our area!
Global Winter Wonderland
Dr. Pan helped kick-off this year's holiday festivities on November 14th at the Global Winter Wonderland at CalExpo. The event, which first came to Sacramento last year, is a celebration of our many cultures around the world and offers pictures with Santa Claus, carnival rides and more. The last day to go to Global Winter Wonderland will be January 3. Click here for more information.
Correctional Workers Who Care
On December 14th, Dr. Pan joined correctional workers who come together every year to give back to the community and provide Christmas for families in need. For the last 18 years, correctional workers throughout our region have sought donations of turkeys and other holiday foods, as well as warm clothing and toys for children. This year, Correctional Workers that Care held their holiday festival in Meadowview where kids got breakfast with Santa Claus and a wrapped toy. If you would like information on how you can help, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you Covered?
This month, Dr. Pan participated in a bus tour meant to spread the word about open enrollment which is going on now (until January 31st) for Covered California. Check out their website at: www.coveredca.com for more information.
District 6 Unsung Hero
December's Unsung Hero was Florin High Principal, Don Ross. Principle Ross works tirelessly every day to make sure 1,500 kids get the best education possible and they are prepared for college and career. Check out his interview, here: http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd06.senate.ca.gov/files/outreach/sd06-201512-unsunghero.php
If you know of an unsung hero that should be highlighted, please take a moment to nominate them on my website.