Dear Friend and Neighbor,
As your State Senator, I am honored to work every day on your behalf to build healthy and safe communities. We've been very busy the last few months with the end of the legislative session and lots of community happenings, all designed with that goal in mind.
In the legislature, I am proud that the Governor signed each of my bills that were sent to his desk. The passage of those laws mean that we will better prevent gun violence, protect student athletes from second-hand smoke, save lives through newborn screenings, get families the help they need and restore public confidence in autopsy reports.
After the legislative session ended, I got right to work looking for new ways to improve public policy by holding informational hearings in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles on health care and immigration. You can read more about our work in this newsletter.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. To share your priories with me or for help with a government agency, please contact me at (916) 262-2904 or Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov.
Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator 6th District
There are several upcoming events that we hope you can attend:
FREE Health Fair Hosted by Dr. Richard Pan
Dr. Richard Pan is bringing many health and wellness resources together, such as the Vision Service Plan mobile eye care clinic and the Sacramento Food Bank for a free health and wellness fair. The first 500 families will receive a FREE Thanksgiving turkey! Turkeys are provided at nontaxpayer expense.
To learn if you are eligible for a free comprehensive eye exam and glasses and to make an appointment in advance, call (916) 262-2904.
Dr. Pan's district staff will also be available on site.
Saturday, November 19th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy, 3051 Fairfield Street, Sacramento CA 95815
*Any information, materials, or services provided at this event are the sole responsibility of the provider of the information, materials, or services and do not constitute services or medical advice from the California State Senate.
Tax credit Workshops
All California businesses can benefit from the California Competes Tax Credit and you are invited to special workshop to demonstrate how your business can apply.
Monday, November 21st, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street.
For more information and to register, click here.
Monday, December 5th, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Elk Grove City Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove. For more information and to register, click here.
The 2016 legislative session has come to a close and Dr. Pan was able to come a long way in his commitment to build healthier and safer communities. The Governor signed every bill that Dr. Pan sent to his desk. That list includes:
SB 294 ensures that returning veterans know of their right to state pension credit for their periods of active military service.
SB 877 will 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, including gun deaths. Dr. Pan authored this piece in the Sacramento Bee along with Senator Lois Wolk on SB 877.
SB 947 Modernizes and reduces red-tape in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs) by allowing applicants to be interviewed on the phone or through electronic means in lieu of an in-person interview.
SB 977 protects California's children from second-hand smoke by banning tobacco products within 250 feet of youth sporting events. For more information on SB 977, click here.
SB 1095 expands the existing newborn screening program, ensuring that California babies get the earliest diagnosis and treatment possible for these life-threatening diseases.
SB 1189 requires forensic autopsies to be conducted by medical experts and prohibits law enforcement from entering autopsy room when an individual died in their care.
Saving the Lives of Children
While in the legislature, Dr. Pan has championed the use of newborn screenings which provide early detection of diseases and can prevent death and disability. In 2014, Dr. Pan authored Assembly Bill 1559, requiring newborns to be screened for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). Early detection is key for children with ALD because there are interventions and treatments to prevent severe disability and death. In September, the California Department of Public Health launched the ALD screening program after the screen was approved at the federal level. To read more, click here.
Unsung Hero Reception
In September 2015, Dr. Pan began featuring the great work of one person every month by naming that person an Unsung Hero of the 6th Senate District. In October, Dr. Pan was proud to recognize all of the Senate District 6 Unsung Heroes from the last 12 months at a reception in their honor. Pictured above: Roman Murrietta, Mark Jacobs, Savanna Karmue, Kathi Windheim, Dr. Richard Pan, Don Ross, Nina Delgaldillo, Hervey Taylor and Pat Yanes.
Senate Select Committee Hearings
Dr. Pan held two hearings in October of the Senate Select Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. The first hearing took place in San Francisco and addressed the health disparities in the API community and how best to address them. The second hearing took place in Los Angeles and examined demographics and the overall experience of API immigrants in our state, highlighting policies and laws that create disparity. For more information, click here.
Paying Tribute to Fallen Heroes
On October 14, Dr. Pan joined the families of firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep California safe. The annual ceremony takes place every year at the Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento's Capitol Park. The California Firefighters Memorial is a lasting tribute to the men and women who gave their lives to protect their fellow Californians.
The centerpiece of the California Firefighters Memorial is a stunning brushed limestone Memorial Wall with the names of more than 1,300 California firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1850. For more information, click here.
Ribbon Cutting at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op
On October 12, Dr. Pan was proud to be on hand at the grand opening of the much larger Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. The old location shut its doors after 43 years on Alhambra Boulevard. The new, 46,000-square-foot store, which was built on in-fill property, has much to offer our community as their outreach programs work to strengthen access to healthy foods and celebrate Sacramento's Farm to Fork culture. To learn more, click here.
Natomas Cops & Coffee
On October 12, Dr. Pan was thrilled to get together with neighbors and Sacramento Police Officers at the Natomas Cops & Coffee event to discuss building safer communities as well as how to reach out and engage more community members.
Boosting Our Economic Future
On October 5th, Dr. Pan spoke to a special meeting of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and its counterpart in San Francisco, the Bay Area Council, about the importance of creating a "mega-region" that serves as a driving force in the Northern half of the state. Such a partnership would help Sacramento and the Bay Area attract and grow new businesses and compete on a global scale. For more information, click here.
Week of Caring
On October 3rd, Dr. Pan helped kick off the United Way's Annual Week of Caring at a place that is redefining our region - The Golden 1 Center Plaza. The day started with an exciting rally of more than 1,000 business leaders, nonprofit partners and volunteers. After the rally, volunteers fanned out across the region to complete service projects at more than 35 regional sites. For more information, click here.
Golden 1 Center
There was electricity in the air on September 30th when the Golden 1 Center was officially introduced to our Sacramento region. The downtown arena serves as a centerpiece of the economic revitalization of downtown and will host concerts, conventions, and other sporting and entertainment events. The arena has a seating capacity of more than 17,000 and is the world's most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue. For more information, click here.
On September 27th, Dr. Pan hosted a very special event at the capitol with MomsRising, featuring some of our youngest community members, called "Ahead for Early Ed." Preschoolers and their parents came together to increase awareness of the need for high quality early learning opportunities, like preschool and childcare. Dr. Pan led the little ones in singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," and a fun run around the capitol. For more information, click here.