November 19, 2014
By The Numbers – Final Summary Report
As my staff and I complete six years serving our Assembly District, I am pleased to present our last “By the Numbers” report, a snapshot of the programs and services that have been among our top priorities made possible through invaluable partnerships and volunteers.
$6.9M - The total amount of tax refunds returned since 2010 to low- and moderate-income families through our work with the Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition. Free tax preparation events with IRS-Certified volunteers help low-income working families, elderly, and workers with disabilities claim all eligible tax credits, including the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Look at our five-year record!
$45,000 – The student financial aid awarded since 2009 to Yolo County participants at our Cash for College workshops. Assisting students – many of whom are the first in their families to go to college – in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant applications is the first step in attaining a higher education.
1,607 - The total number of District Office constituent cases throughout our six-county district mitigated since 2009. Helping people navigate the state bureaucracy, linking constituents to resources and other jurisdictions, and resolving problems has been a hallmark of our District Office operations.
698 – The number of people who visited Veterans Resource Fairs in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties. Approximately 620 cases were opened or updated by various agencies, including 395 veterans claims. During the fairs, participants were able to access information on federal, state, and local veteran services and programs. Veterans were also able to file and check the status of existing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
133 – The number of Centenarians inducted in my “Century Circle” program since 2010. Based on the “Keiro No Hi” or “Respect for the Aged Day” national holiday celebrating centenarians in Japan since 1966, our office proudly recognizes those who have attained the esteemed age of 100 or over.
535 – Unlicensed drivers in our district attended one of our 5 informational presentations on Assembly Bill 60. We hosted these workshops in collaboration with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), California Highway Patrol (CHP), local law enforcement agencies, the Sacramento and San Francisco Mexican Consulate, and several local organizations. An additional Napa workshop will take place on November 20th.
26 – The number of oversight and informational hearings conducted in my role as Chair of the Aging and Long Term Care Committee. Issues ranging from homecare to the end-of-life and our 2014 “Faces of Aging” Informational Hearing series highlight the competencies necessary to meet the needs of California’s 21st century aging population.
8 - As Chair of the Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, we examined organic certification, agricultural solutions to climate change, and, in a joint hearing with the Select Committee on Wine, took a look at sustainable winegrowing issues in California.
2 - As Chair of the Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety, hearings convened in Sacramento and Napa examined the changes needed to preserve treatment and protect workers and patients in an increasingly violent environment.
19 – Committee assignments held since 2009:
Chair, Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care; Chair, Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture; Chair, Assembly Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety; senior member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture; Veterans Affairs; and Water, Parks, and Wildlife where we were engaged in the next chapter of the Delta “water wars”; and member of the Committees on Rules, Housing and Community Development and Labor and Employment; member of the Select Committees on Homelessness; Foster Care; Local Emergency Preparedness; Mental and Behavioral Health; Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis; State Hospital Safety; State School Financial Takeovers; The 2010 Census; Wine; and Workforce Development within the Developmentally Disabled Community.
36 – The total number of bills and resolutions chaptered since 2009 with an emphasis on aging and long-term care reforms, regulating private long-term care insurance policies, funding Alzheimer’s research, protecting victims of dependent adult abuse, consumer protection and civil rights. For a full list of our legislative accomplishments, please visit the California Legislative Information website.
Your new Assemblymember will begin serving the 4th Assembly District on Monday, December 1st. My staff and I will continue our service through Wednesday, November 26th. Please contact us at (916) 319-2004 or (800) 965-6765 if you have any concerns or questions regarding a State agency or legislative matter. Thank you for the great honor of serving you.
Assemblymember, 4th Assembly District