Morrell Monthly: October 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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Our office is here to serve you. If you’re having difficulties with a state agency, need a question answered about pending legislation, or want to know more about upcoming events, please give us a call at (909) 919-7731. You can also email me at Senator.Morrell@sen.ca.gov.

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Mobile Office Hours

Members of my staff hold regular monthly office hours across the 23rd Senate District. If you have an issue or concern that you would like to share in person but can’t make it to our main office, please plan to stop by. You can view the entire schedule here.

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Legislative Roundup

Senate ChambersOn September 30, the governor made his final decisions on legislation that reached his desk for consideration during the 2017-18 legislative session.

Bills I authored this year focused on protecting taxpayers and consumers, empowering small businesses to succeed, and promoting government efficiency. The goal being to increase opportunity and security for Californians.

To read more about the bills I authored and coauthored that were signed into law this year, click here.

You can also learn more about bills I have authored throughout my time in the legislature by clicking here.

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Reminder • November 2 • CHP Senior Safety Driving Course

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On Friday, November 2, I will be partnering with the California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga to host a free senior driver safety course entitled “Age Well, Drive Smart.”

Some insurance companies offer discounted premiums with a certificate of course completion. Prospective participants are encouraged to check with their insurance provider to confirm this program meets its criteria for a policy discount.

Course content presented by the CHP includes classroom instruction and refreshers on driving safety, basic road courtesy, the impact visual or hearing impairments have on driving ability, and tips on avoiding or offsetting hazardous road conditions.

The 2-hour course is designed primarily for drivers age 55 and older. If you or someone you know would benefit from this free course, click this link to register. Please note that seating is limited.

For questions, please contact the district office at (909) 919-7731.

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Earthquake Brace + Bolt

Earthquake Brace + Bolt logoEarthquakes are an inevitable part of life here in California. While we cannot predict when one will happen, we can take steps to prepare and make our homes as safe as possible.

As of August 2018, the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program (EBB), developed by the California Earthquake Authority and the Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), has helped over 6,000 homeowners seismically retrofit their homes, including many in the Inland Empire.

Eligible homeowners that qualify can apply for up to $3,000 in grants to pay for code-compliant seismic retrofits. Once registered, applicants are selected through random drawing.

Registration is open now and ends November 13, 2018.

For more information about the program and to check your home’s eligibility, visit EarthquakeBraceBolt.com.

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Edison International Scholarship Program

Edison scholars infoEdison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, is awarding $40,000 scholarships, paid over four years, to 30 high school students planning to major in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

Scholarship applications can now be submitted through December 14.

Applicants must live in SCE’s service territory and plan to be a full-time undergraduate college freshman majoring in a STEM field in fall 2019. Eligible students must be a high school senior, have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

To apply and for additional eligibility information, visit: edisonscholars.com.

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Around the 23rd Senate District

Sen. Morrell presents certificate to constituentDignitaries celebrate ribbon cutting on AniMakerspace
Students in Animakerspace roomAniMakerspace robots on display

Congratulations to Franklin Elementary School and Redlands Unified School District on the recent grand opening of the Garner Holt AniMakerspace! Read more about this innovative robotics and tech program in the San Bernardino Sun.

Senator Morrell speaks to Rancho Cucamonga VIP Club for seniors VIP Club Audience

Thanks to the senior V.I.P. Club of Rancho Cucamonga for having me at their October meeting! Appreciate the opportunity.

Sen. Morrell presents certificates to owners/employees of Budget Transmissions II in San Bernardino Business owners cut ribbon celebrating 35th anniversary of Budget Transmissions II

Congratulations to Budget Transmissions II of San Bernardino on your 35th anniversary in the community! Glad to be on hand to mark this milestone. First photo from left to right: myself, Founder/Owner Frank Foglio, Co-owner Kimberly Foglio-Walden, and Manager Brian Walden.

Certificates presented to students at martial arts studio Arrowhead Tang Soo Do

Congratulations to Master Stephanie Argentine and the team at Arrowhead Tang Soo Do of Highland on their recent success at the Worldwide Tang Soo Do Family Championship held in London! They brought home 12 medals, including five golds. Read more about their trip in the Highland Community News.

Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations VIP, Inc. on the ribbon cutting of their new facility in Rancho Cucamonga. Our field representative, Melissa Boyd, joined the community on behalf of our office for the grand opening. Learn more about VIP, Inc. here.

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Mercatus Center: State Fiscal Ratings

Mercatus Center map showing rankings of states based on fiscal condition

For a fifth year, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University released its study ranking all 50 states based on their financial conditions.

California clocks in at #42 on the list, putting it in the “below average” category - reflecting concerns about the state’s long-term fiscal stability and liabilities. It further reinforces the need for Sacramento to address these problems now and not put the burden on future generations. To that end, I am committed to advocating for policies that lead toward greater fiscal responsibility and reduced debt.

The center’s research focuses on analyzing state finances according to five measures (from the website):

  • Cash solvency. Does a state have enough cash on hand to cover its short-term bills?
  • Budget solvency. Can a state cover its fiscal year spending with revenues, or does it have a budget short-fall?
  • Long-run solvency. Can a state meet its long-term spending commitments? Will there be enough money to cushion it from economic shocks or other long-term fiscal risks?
  • Service-level solvency. How large a percentage of personal income are taxes, revenue, and spending? How much “fiscal slack” does a state have to increase spending if citizens demand more services?
  • Trust fund solvency. How much debt does a state have? How large are its unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities?

To read the full study, you can click here.

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Churchill: “We Shall Never Surrender”

Winston ChurchillIn the film Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman portrays Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II. The movie includes portions of Churchill’s famous “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech delivered to parliament. I recommend checking out that clip here - especially the final 3 minutes.

Of its most famous passages expressing strong resolve and perseverance are the speech’s final lines:

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

You can read the entire speech here.

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