Welcome to the first edition of my State Senate newsletter, Dr. Pan's House Call! I am humbled to serve as your State Senator and I am very grateful to represent one of the most historically rich and beautiful districts in the state.
With the legislative session well underway, I have much news to report. I am authoring a number of bills that will go a long way toward building healthier and safer communities while expanding the middle class. While one bill in particular - Senate Bill 277 (vaccines) - has been in the news a lot lately, I am authoring many more legislative initiatives to protect our community and make a difference in people's lives. Please see my legislative update in this newsletter for more information.
Also, I am proud to have re-opened my South Sacramento district office and invite you to check it out and learn how we can work together on important issues facing our region.
Between the unprecedented drought we are facing, ensuring all Californians have access to quality health care, education and a clean environment - there is much to be done.
I hope you enjoy this e-newsletter and find it useful as you look for updates and information on what is happening in the State Capitol and the 6th Senate District.
As the year progresses, we will have many more announcements that may interest you. Please visit my website to learn about legislative developments as they happen.
Bringing Health & Wellness to YOU!
Are you having vision troubles? Want tools to get and stay healthy? Need more information on how you can get affordable health care? On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Dr. Richard Pan is sponsoring a health and wellness fair. This is a special event where Dr. Pan will be bringing together a number of health and wellness resources, such as the Vision Service Plan mobile eye care clinic and the Sacramento Food Bank. Many others in the health care field will be on hand to assist you as you move toward a healthier lifestyle.
Saturday, May 30th, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Joe Mims Jr. Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815.
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. Eye appointments are available 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Legislative Update: Deadlines, Deadlines!
When the author Napoleon Hill said, "A goal is a dream with a deadline," he could have very well been talking about our state house around "House of Origin" deadline. The capitol is buzzing with activity as legislators work to meet the next legislative deadline.
Dr. Pan is working on a number of bills this year to make a big impact and help people in their everyday lives. His legislative package includes bills to ensure the completion of flood-control projects along the American and Sacramento Rivers, save lives through an increase in the tobacco tax, bring transparency to University of California investments, keep non-profit community clinics open, help college police solve crimes and strengthen community trust and provide local businesses with the tools they need to thrive and create jobs. For a complete list of bills Dr. Pan is authoring, click here.
District Office Grand Re-Opening
On March 28th Dr. Pan was thrilled to meet new and old friends alike at the grand-re-opening of his District Office in South Sacramento. It was very important to Dr. Pan to have an office in an area of the 6th Senate District that needs greater assistance. His South Sacramento district office is open and his staff is ready and willing to help! Dr. Pan's staff is available to meet with constituents about any state or local issue, help with problems with state or local problems you may have. Dr. Pan's district office located at 2251 Florin Road, Suite 156 and you are invite to call ahead at (916) 262-2904.
Dr. Pan Joins The Doctors!
One key piece of legislation Dr. Pan is authoring this year is SB 277 to protect us from dangerous, vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles. On March 3rd, Dr. Pan was invited to join the daytime talk show, The Doctors to discuss his bill and the need for increased vaccination rates. It was a great opportunity to talk about why we need the new law now. To view the segment, click here.
Also, if you want to learn more about why Dr. Pan is authoring SB 277, please feel free to read an op-ed that he co-authored in the Fresno Bee titled: SB 277 protects children from horrific diseases.
Focusing on Keeping Communities Safe
In March Dr. Pan spoke to the College Greens and Glenbrook neighborhoods about the upcoming legislative session and ways that we keep our community safe and healthy. A big priority to neighborhoods around Sacramento is public safety and Dr. Pan shared information on his legislation to help our cash-strapped communities keep fire stations open. Dr. Pan's previous bill brought California more than $90 million in new federal, public safety funds, including more than $6 million to the Sacramento region. He is currently working on legislation, SB 534 to bring millions more in federal dollars to offset the cost to cash-strapped communities to provide emergency medical transportation services.
Sacramento: On the Cusp of Change
The entire Sacramento region has a lot going on! Our downtown area is well on it's way to being completely transformed with the construction of the new Kings Arena and the development of old buildings lining the 700 block of "K" Street.
But of course, there is so much more progress: The streetcar that will connect the cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento, the championship soccer team that now calls Sacramento home, Kaiser Permanente moving downtown, the establishment of Sacramento as America's Farm to Fork capitol and more urban gardens, the transformation of West Sacramento's Bridge District into residential and retail space as well as a large concert and event venue, the mixed use and affordable housing Warehouse Artist Lofts downtown, among many more.
To help keep our City moving forward, Dr. Pan is authoring a bill to provide our small businesses with a great new opportunity to capitalize on these exciting new projects. You may have seen 15-passenger "bike-busses" around town - they offer tourists and local residents a fun, green way to experience the City. Dr. Pan's bill, SB 530 would allow local governments to decide whether to permit bike-busses to offer alcoholic beverages onboard, as long as they adhere to specific safety measures. Bike-busses are not only great fun, but they help support other local businesses by transporting people to their doorstep. To learn more about this bill, click here.
Little League Opening Day
Earlier this year, Dr. Pan was proud to join our kids in Elk Grove, Natomas and River Park on the Opening Day of Little League! He was proud to be on hand with others in Elk Grove to throw the opening pitch. There is no substitute for getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors with our kids and little league teaches our kids important values that they will use their entire lives, like how to win and lose. The kids are well into their season, so head out to your local park to enjoy a game and support your local little league team!
Elk Grove Senior Center
On May 3rd, Dr. Pan was thrilled to get a chance to meet with seniors in the Elk Grove area at the Senior Center of Elk Grove and call a game of BINGO as well. The Center is doing some amazing work for area seniors by focusing on their unique needs. If you haven't already checked out the Center and their Meals on Wheels program, physical fitness classes, arts and crafts, computer classes and other activities, I urge you to click here.
Habitat for Humanity
It was an amazing moment when a local family was finally given the keys of their new home. Dr. Pan was honored to be on hand and give the family, who were originally refugees from Iraq, a memorable house warming. The family had worked for more than 500 hours on the construction of their new home. For ways that you can volunteer to support the hopes and dreams of local families in need, contact the Greater Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, here.
"Si Se Puede!"
Dr. Pan was proud to celebrate the life of a great hero, Caesar Chavez at Southside Park in Sacramento on March 31st, the Cesar E. Chavez holiday. It was a great opportunity to join together to reflect on Chavez' life and contributions that continue to enrich our entire state, and at the same time, come together to fight for social justice in a way that honors his life-long work.
California was the first state to recognize the holiday in 2000 and since then, commemorative Cesar Chavez Days have been established in nine additional states (Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Rhode Island).
They are the Champions!
Congratulations to the Lady Lions of McClatchy High School! These remarkable young women traveled to Cal last month and won the State Champions in Girls Basketball. Our region couldn't be more proud! For more information on the exciting final game, click here.
Mack Road Transformation
If you ever doubt the power of people, you need not look farther than our very own Mack Road and Valley Hi communities and their incredible work transforming their own community. The ReIMAGINE Mack Road Foundation offers local residents activities like organized sports, creative arts, classes on parenting and healthy eating, peer mentoring and concerts. The neighborhood improvements and reduction of crime in the area has been nothing short of remarkable. Dr. Pan joined hundreds of local residents in April to help clean up the Mack Road area. To learn how you can get involved and about the Summer Night Light Program, which will kicks-off on May 30th, and offers people a free meal, classes and activities, click here.
Dr. Pan's Senate office offers unique internship opportunities to provide valuable career experience. Find out more, here.
Dr. Pan's staff is always happy to answer questions about legislation, help solve problems with state agencies, and assist you with government forms. Please do not hesitate to contact his office! You can reach Dr. Pan's office by phone at (916) 262-2904, or by email at Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov.