Dear Friend and Neighbor,
The Sacramento region has a lot of forward momentum. In 2016 we saw the opening of the downtown arena after years of work, improvements to our freeways and infrastructure, and a big commitment from the State of California that will boost our local economy and add jobs.
The 2016 state budget allocated $1.3 billion to replace outdated, inefficient state buildings in Sacramento, which will add construction jobs in our region. I have brought together local leaders to work with the state so the new state buildings will activate downtown streets and contribute to the surrounding community.
Also, I was proud when the Governor signed each of my bills sent to his desk last year. These laws mean that we can better prevent gun violence, protect student athletes from second-hand smoke, save lives through newborn screenings, and restore public confidence in autopsy reports.
As the new 2017 legislative session gets underway, I am already working on ways better serve you. I will be Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services as well as the Public Employment and Retirement Committee. Health care is now our region's largest employer followed by government, so decisions made in these committees can impact our local economy.
The uncertainties pervading actions by the federal government has rightfully heightened anxieties for many people about the future of our economy, our families, and our health. I and my fellow state and local elected officials are working to protect our community and the people of my district and California.
Thank you for taking the time to read my e-newsletter and for the opportunity to serve you. As always, please feel free to contact my office at (916) 262-2904 or email at Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov.
Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator 6th District
The following are upcoming events that we hope you can attend:
February 18: 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration
You are welcome to join your friends and neighbors in celebration of the Year of the Rooster. The event will feature a lion dance, martial arts, ethnic entertainment, arts and crafts, community exhibits, food vendors and children's games. LOCATION: Hiram Johnson High School, 6879 14th Avenue, Sacramento 95820. For more information, visit here.
February 28: Town Hall Meeting on Children's Issues
Dr. Pan will hold a Town Hall to discuss the issues that children and their families face every day in our community. Parents and childcare providers are invited to join an informative discussion on issues ranging from access to high-quality childcare, early childhood education, quality health care, and more. LOCATION: Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4501 Martin Luther
King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. RVSP here.
There was a lot to cover as Dr. Pan sat down to discuss today's issues on Senate Spotlight, earlier this month. If you haven't already, please take a moment to hear directly from Dr. Pan on issues such as defending the Affordable Care Act in California, the Governor's State of the State, the Children's Bill of Rights and promoting the good science of vaccines on the national level.
View Senate Spotlight video here
Children's Bill of Rights
In December, Dr. Pan unveiled his Children's Bill of Rights alongside many child advocacy groups, including Common Sense Media, the sponsor of the measure. The bill, SB 18 is meant to address gaping disparities and lack of achievement and well-being among our kids. California has the sixth-largest economy in the world, but compared with other states, our children rank 47th in terms of their economic well-being. That is because children have never been prioritized in a comprehensive way. SB 18 establishes a comprehensive framework that defines and governs the rights of all children in California and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed. For more information, click here.
Health Fair Brought to You by Dr. Richard Pan
Everyone deserves access to quality health care and on November 19th, Dr. Richard Pan brought a wide array of health and wellness resources together at the Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy to help people in our community get much needed services. Hundreds of people participated in the health fair and received many vital screenings, dental services, information on accessing health care as well as eye checks and free glasses, courtesy of the Vision Service Plan mobile eye care clinic. The fire department and police department were on hand to provide information on their services to the community and raffle off free bicycles to children. The first 500 families even received a free Thanksgiving turkey, thanks to the Sacramento Food Bank. Thank you to the many organizations and individuals that made the fair a great success for our community!
30th Anniversary of the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation
On December 4th, Dr. Pan celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation at the California Capitol Region East and West Health Fair. More than 500 people attended the Health Fair and celebration, which was held at California Northstate University in Elk Grove. About 60 vendors and sponsors provided much needed health and wellness services, including flu shots, vision checking, hepatitis B checks and diagnosis, health lectures and blood pressure measurement. There were also Kung Fu demonstrations, musical instrument and dance performances as well as a free magic show and face painting for children. To learn more about the Sacramento Chinese Culture foundation and their upcoming events, click here.
New Traffic Lane Projects Completed
On December 16th, Dr. Pan was proud to help open much-needed bus/carpool lanes for public use in Sacramento. The $136 million project was completed December 2016 adding approximately 10 miles of eastbound and westbound bus/ carpool lanes in North Sacramento from the Sacramento River to Watt Avenue. One-mile of auxiliary lanes were added in both directions from West El Camino Avenue to the I-5 interchange.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. March
On January 16th, Dr. Pan was proud to be among the thousands of people who took to the streets to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remember our continued struggle for civil rights in the United States. The march was meant to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to build authentic bonds of human understanding and value. The marchers ended up at the Sacramento Convention Center where they also could participate in a "Diversity Expo" complete with speakers, music and resources on health, employment and education.
West Sacramento Chamber Awards
On January 17th, Dr. Pan was proud to help celebrate many people and partnerships that are making West Sacramento a thriving and innovative community. The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, which has contributed greatly to our region's success, is also celebrating its 70th year in existence.
On January 18, Dr. Pan spoke to students at Samuel Jackman Middle School as part of their career day. While there, he was able to share and engage in discussion with the students about his own experience of being a child of immigrants who went on to be a pediatrician and then an elected representative.
Solar Suitcase Awards
On January 18th, Dr. Pan was thrilled to help recognize students from Rio Americano High School for constructing "solar suitcases" so people in Kenya can get clean energy. This project was developed to teach students about the benefits of renewable energy as well as get them hooked on STEM education.
District 6 Unsung Hero
Dr. Pan's January Unsung Hero was Ron Marshall, a Volunteer for the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center (SVRC). Ron continually serves our country and community by making a difference, first as a service member and now as a veteran in retirement.
Check out his interview here.
If you know of an unsung hero that should be highlighted, please take a moment to nominate them on my website.