The Morrell Report: February 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Community Event: Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future: Honoring our military and those that serve them

 Please save the date for my first annual Patriots of the Past, Present and Future Recognition Ceremony and Dinner.  This event will honor military personnel and those who serve them.  The event will take place March 14, 2014 at Cable Airport in Upland and will feature food, an awards ceremony, and live entertainment.

My aim is to honor veterans, as well as the individuals, non-profits, and businesses that serve them.  I will also be honoring the youth of the next generation who are carrying the torch of patriotism and service for our country.

Please mark your calendars to join us March 14th to recognize those who serve others.  Tickets are free to all veterans and $20 for the public.  For additional information or questions please contact my office at 909-466-9096.

Community Hero Spotlight: Mike Stokes

 Mike Stokes was born and bred in Southern California; he grew up in the Alta Dena and then Baldwin Park area.  At 22 he was drafted into the Army 4th Infantry to fight in Vietnam.  He served nearly half of his time in the military on the front lines.

Once home, he served for over 37 years as a firefighter and paramedic for the LA County Fire Department.

Starting in the 1970's he began visiting local schools to share with students his experience and educate them first-hand on the Vietnam conflict.  He finds most students are much more engaged hearing personal stories from him directly rather than reading about them in a textbook and so gain a better understanding of the Vietnam War.  This became one of his passions and he continues to share his experience in classrooms today.

Service runs in the family; two of his children are serving in the Army and Air National Guard.  In addition, he enjoys his hobby of woodworking.

Join me in thanking Mike for his service and sharing his experiences to teach our youth about Vietnam.

CA State Budget: From the Legislative Analyst Office

On January 9, the Governor presented a budget package with a proposed $2.3 billion reserve at the end of 2014-15. The Governor's budget seeks to address some of California's biggest budget issues. The Governor's emphasis on debt repayment is prudent, and his proposal for a new rainy-day fund requirement underscores the importance of regular state contributions to a larger budget reserve. Overall, the Governor's budget plan would place the state on an even stronger fiscal footing.

For the full report, please click HERE.

February is National Heart Month: Go Red for Women

 February is National Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease as the #1 killer of women and promoting women’s heart health. Please join me in showing your support for heart health.

We’ve made significant progress, but we have far to go. Here’s why:

  • One woman in three dies of heart disease.

  • More women’s lives are taken by heart disease than all cancers combined.

  • Heart disease kills more women than men.

  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Heart disease risk factors for women are high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, stress, age, race, and family history of heart disease.

For more information, please visit the Go Red for Women website.


Intern Spotlight: Isabelle Diep

 Isabelle Diep is an intern at Mike Morrell’s 40th District Assembly office in Rancho Cucamonga. Isabelle grew up in the Inland Empire and sought out this internship to better understand and improve her community from the inside-out.

She is currently a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside where she is double-majoring in Global Studies & Media and Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Film and Visual Arts. She will be graduating with both degrees June 2014. With the knowledge she has gained from her internship Isabelle plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Public Policy in Berlin, Germany.

She hopes to one day work in the international diplomatic sector, specifically within the European Union and U.S. relations, and eventually earn a Ph.D in the field of Globalization. In her spare time she enjoys climbing rocks, reading Chuck Palahniuk novels,  and watching cartoons.


Presidents' Day

President’s Day, originally called George Washington Day, was created to celebrate one of America’s great founding fathers on his birthday. In 1885, through a legislative act, Congress officially secured the 22nd of February as a day to honor his actual birthday. In 1951, due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the celebration of this day was officially moved to the third Monday of every February. Many Americans honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in the month of February as well. Harold Stone Bridge Fischer, from Compton California, was the first individual to suggest a combination of the celebration of Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays. Harold also wished to honor whoever was currently holding the office of the United States Presidency. Thus, the national holiday became known as Presidents’ Day, a day to celebrate the lives of Washington, Lincoln and to commemorate other great leaders in America’s history.