Dear Friend and Neighbor,
Building safe and healthy communities is the focus of my work in the State Capitol and in the region, and I am pleased to inform you about my latest efforts.
The cumbersome and bureaucratic state hiring process often leaves out entire communities of people who would make excellent candidates for public service. Working in partnership with the California Department of Human Resources, the Association of California State Employees and others, my office put together several workshops in neighborhood locations during March and April to help interested people apply for a career in state service. Close to a thousand people in our community attended these workshops!
If I didn't get a chance to meet you at one of our recent workshops, I hope to see you at an upcoming event in our community. Please check out this newsletter for events in May.
April is a busy month in the capitol as I listen to debates on bills before Senate policy committees. I am very proud of the progress we have made on bills I have authored to protect communities from violent gun deaths, to stop smoking at youth sports events and to expand screening of newborn babies for disabling and deadly diseases. Please read more about the progress of my legislation in this newsletter.
Thank you for reading my e-newsletter, and I look forward to hearing from you! 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
The following are upcoming events you may want to attend:
Saturday, May 7: National Alliance on Mental Illness 5k
Dr. Pan will help kick off the 7th annual NAMIWalks 5k - a powerful public display of support for people with mental health challenges. Please come out and help change how Americans view mental illness and improve lives one step at a time. May 7, 10 a.m., William Land Park in Sacramento.
Saturday, May 14: Stigma Free 2016, A Celebration Recognizing Mental Health MonthPlease join us for a free resource fair, health screenings, live art demonstration, spoken word performances, prize drawings, selfie station and more. May 14, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clunie Community Center, McKinley Park, 601 Alhambra Boulevard.
Wednesday, May 18: Free Panel Discussion, "The Toll of Exclusionary Rhetoric"
Dr. Pan will bring community and cultural leaders together to discuss how the divisive rhetoric we are exposed to takes a toll on communities. May 18, 2016, 5:30 p.m. at California State Railroad Museum, Sierra Scene Room, 111 "I" Street. RSVP: Elissa.Ouchida@sen.ca.gov
April was a busy month in the capitol and many of our bills had their first policy hearing. The following are just a few of the bills to keep your eye out for in the coming weeks:
SB 877: to require the State Department of Public Health to collect data on violent deaths so the state can better understand and prevent fatal violence in our communities passed out of the Senate Health Committee.
SB 947: to reduce the bureaucratic red-tape in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs) and give staff the tools they need assist families who need the help most, passed out of the Senate Human Services Committee.
SB 1095: to make sure that all newborn babies are tested for rare diseases and receive the life-saving medical treatment they need, passed the Senate Health Committee.
SB 1189: to build public confidence in autopsy reports passed the Senate Health Committee.
SB 977: to protect California's children from second-hand smoke by banning tobacco products within 250 feet of youth sporting events passed the Senate Health Committee. (Pictured above) the 8th grade class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School in Elk Grove came up with the idea for the bill and are the bill's sponsors.
For more information on bills Dr. Pan has authored, please visit: http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
April 23: Dr. Pan was proud to help kick-off WEAVE's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. More than 940 men took to the streets in high heels to raise awareness and their efforts raised more than $312,000 to support WEAVE's 24/7 crisis intervention services for survivors in our community! To learn more, go to: www.weaveinc.org
April 9: Dr. Pan joined his colleague, Senator Cathleen Galgiani to meet with students at a UC Davis training to practice medicine in rural, underserved communities. They are receiving their training through the UC Davis Rural Prime medical program and their focus is all about keeping communities safe and healthy!
Sacramento is Built for MLS!
April 14: Hundreds of Republic FC fans gathered in the downtown area for a block party to welcome Major League Soccer Commissioner, Don Garber to Sacramento. While the block party featured the commissioner, the real stars of the show were the Sacramento fans. Sacramento more than proved itself ready for a Major League Soccer franchise. As Commissioner Garber said at the block party, "We never ever, ever in our wildest dreams expected that on a Thursday and in Sacramento that people would come out to show their support for their city and club [like this]." Thank you to everyone who showed up to prove that Sacramento is #BuiltForMLS!
Our Next Generation of Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians
April 1: Dr. Pan was honored to serve as a judge for the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair. He enjoyed viewing the many exhibits that talented students from throughout the Sacramento region created. The fair is hosted by the NorCal STEM Education Foundation whose mission is to inspire students to become interested in scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) degrees and careers. For more information, go to: www.sacstemfair.org.
Giving Every California Youth a Fair Shot at Success
April 8: Dr. Pan is partnering with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León on a measure to give every qualified California student the opportunity to earn a University of California or California State University degree. On April 8, Dr. Pan joined Senator de León at a press conference to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 1050 which incentivizes school districts and charter schools to provide access to more rigorous coursework with K-12 teacher development in college-readiness subjects, and grant money to help low-income students qualify for postsecondary institutions. To learn more, please read Dr. Pan's op-ed here.
Lifting Californians Out of Poverty
With the passage of Senate Bill 3 in early April, California and New York become the first states to commit to a $15 an hour minimum wage. Currently, the minimum wage in California is $10 an hour. The new bill will phase increases in over several years. The legislation will raise the statewide minimum to $10.50 on Jan. 1 for businesses with 26 or more workers. (Pictured above left) Dr. Pan announces the passage of the bill with legislative colleagues. (Pictured above right) celebrates with workers in the community. Learn more about this historic legislation, here.
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation: Your Next Step
is the Cure Sacramento 5K
April 30: Dr. Pan helped kick off the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's (ALCF) first annual 5k in Sacramento to raise much-needed funds for patient services and clinical research projects. The event, which included family-friendly activities, including a kid's dash, music, 5K event awards, was held at North Natomas Regional Park. (Pictured left) Dr. Pan speaks to the 5k participants. (Pictured right) Dr. Pan joins co-chairs Dr. Jonathan Riess and Dr. Costanzo DiPerna and Bonnie J. Addario. For more information on ALCF and the incredible work they do to empower and educate patients, or to contribute to the cause, please visit: http://www.lungcancerfoundation.org
From forgotten paychecks to family heirlooms in abandoned safe deposit boxes, the State Controller's Office may be safeguarding your money or property.
Visit www.claimit.ca.gov or call (800) 992-4647 to find out if any of it belongs to you!
District 6 Unsung Hero
April's Unsung Hero was Molly Simones who has worked at the Sacramento homeless shelter, Loaves and Fishes. Since graduating college in Wisconsin and relocating to Sacramento, Molly has remained a constant and bright presence at Friendship Park in Loaves & Fishes. She strives to help each homeless man, woman and child who walks through the gates, knowing that they have been handed the most difficult of circumstances. Learn more about Molly, here.
If you know of an unsung hero that should be highlighted, please take a moment to nominate them by sending an email to Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov.