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 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Reining in Theft"

California department stores have been raided by people walking out with thousands of dollars in stolen goods. Los Angeles County, the Central Valley and the Bay Area have been the most impacted, though it’s affecting the entire state. Why is this happening, what can be done?... — Updated 11/21/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Fixed-Rate Electricity Proposal"

I had the opportunity to participate in the California Public Utilities Commission public meeting regarding the proposed new fixed-rate electricity plan. This proposal has sparked significant concerns, particularly for the residents of San Diego. If you’re unfamiliar with this... — Updated 11/21/2023

 
 By Kelly Seyarto    Letters

Senator Seyarto: Fentanyl Task Force Legislation Signed into Law

Senator Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) is proud to announce that SB 19, establishing the California Fentanyl Task Force, has been signed into law. The task force will mobilize state and local resources to identify and evaluate which strategies will give our communities the best... — Updated 11/21/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"The good, the bad, and the ugly"

The Legislature adjourned September 14th, and the Governor had until October 14th to sign or veto all legislation. Of the 2,668 bills introduced, 1,046 made it to his desk. He signed 890 and vetoed 156. Many of the bills he signed will have significant impacts, though they... — Updated 11/21/2023

 

"Wonderful Art Show Article"

In the article regarding the opening Flora and Fauna show at the BAI, Ms. (Sally) Walsh, again, was dismayed by the weak and mediocre art she saw surrounding the “excellent extremely talented artists” work. As one of the weak and mediocre artists in the show, I would like to... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Getting The Word Out About Drug Abuse"

Red Ribbon Week – October 23rd to 31st – delivers a strong anti-drug message to school children nationwide. I strongly support this annual program, and again this year my office is distributing thousands of Red Ribbon certificates to schools throughout the 75th Assembly... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Supporting Female Entrepreneurs"

The bipartisan California Legislative Women’s Caucus (LWC) was formed in 1985 by nine Democrats and six Republicans. Today, 50 of the Legislature’s 120 members are women -- the Caucus now includes 18 Senators (15 Democrats and three Republicans) and 32 Assemblymembers (27... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"The Latest at SANDAG"

Let’s start with some great news! Thanks to the unwavering efforts of SANDAG Board members, led by San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, we have successfully eliminated the mileage tax from the transportation plan. Mayor Jones pushed vigorously for this issue to be heard and got most... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"An Environmental Disaster"

As almost any resident of San Diego County knows, toxic wastes have been pouring into the ocean along the border south of San Diego for generations. Over the decades, there have been reports, studies and protests, but little action. A recent study by the U.S. International... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Taking a Stand Against Human Trafficking"

I wanted to take a moment to share some important updates regarding our ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking. Last week, I co-hosted a human trafficking town hall alongside District Attorney Summer Stephan and local experts, raising awareness and educating our community... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Homeowner's Insurance Update"

If you own a home, you must have homeowner’s insurance. You can’t even get a mortgage without it. Yet many insurers have abandoned California, or simply canceled policies as they came up for renewal. This situation has recently worsened, and many homeowners have been forced in... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Immigration Failures"

For the past four days, we have witnessed an unprecedented influx of migrants from all corners of the world being dropped off at transit stations throughout San Diego County. At the time of writing this, over 5,000 individuals have entered our region, and the numbers show no sign... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Senator Seyarto: Amendment to Repeal Income-Based Utility Charges

Senate Republican Caucus Chair Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) presented an amendment to overturn the proposed additional fixed-charge on electricity bills based on income levels. The so-called ‘Hard Work Utility Tax’ was enabled by a bill pushed by the supermajority party last... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Human Trafficking Town Hall"

As you may be aware, San Diego ranks among the top cities in the nation for human trafficking. This is a harrowing issue that affects far too many lives in our community, and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to stop it. In our ongoing commitment to combat thi... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Repealing Proposition 13?"

As many of you know, I work hard in Sacramento to fight taxes, fees and overbearing regulations. Californians continue to suffer under our excessively high cost-of-living, partly a result of the highest income, gasoline and sales taxes in the United States. Fortunately, we have... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

SANDAG Eliminates the Mileage Tax

Since its inception, San Diegans have voiced their resounding opposition to the mileage tax. This policy threatened the core principles of American freedom and imposed a disproportionate burden on the majority of our region’s residents. Today, we proudly announce a committed... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Kelly Seyarto    Letters

Senator Seyarto: Legislative Report Transparency Bill Signed Into Law

Senator Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) is proud to announce that the Governor has signed SB 259 into law, requiring state agencies to post all reports submitted to the legislature on their website for easy access for the public. Under current law, only reports that are required by sta... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Disc Golf in California"

Have you ever seen people out there throwing colorful discs in some of our local parks? If you’re not familiar with the sport, I encourage you to take a look at Disc Golf. I am hoping to name August as “Disc Golf Month” each year in California. Here’s why: The game is... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"North County United Against Free Needles"

A few weeks ago, I talked about how The County of San Diego is pursuing a harm reduction program through the California Department of Public Health, including syringe services and safer smoking supplies. This potential program involves, in part, the distribution of free needles an... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"DNA Testing at the Border"

I’ve just taken action by sending a letter addressed to President Biden and the Federal Government, urging them to reinstate DNA testing at the border. This is a crucial step in addressing the rampant issue of human trafficking that plagues our border communities. We cannot... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Disc Golf in California"

Have you ever seen people out there throwing colorful discs in some of our local parks? If you’re not familiar with the sport, I encourage you to take a look at Disc Golf. I am hoping to name August as “Disc Golf Month” each year in California. Here’s why: The game is... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"North County United Against Free Needles"

A few weeks ago, I talked about how The County of San Diego is pursuing a harm reduction program through the California Department of Public Health, including syringe services and safer smoking supplies. This potential program involves, in part, the distribution of free needles an... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Veteran and Family Muster"

I am excited to announce a special event to unite our veterans and military families in a supportive and inclusive environment. This event is organized in partnership with the San Diego Veteran’s Coalition and is designed to provide updated information on benefits, resources,... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"California Leads"

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recently approved a demonstration project in California to provide pre-release services and improved access to care for persons being released from jails and... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Self-Driving Cars?"

Recently, I was able to tour Waymo, which is an autonomous driving technology company owned by Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. Waymo is similar to a self-driving Uber. Though it was a bit eerie getting in a car that didn’t have a driver, I was really impressed by the... — Updated 9/14/2023

 

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