SAN BERNARDINO - In partnership with Building Resilient Communities, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will host a free disaster preparedness event to educate the public about the earthquake risk in California and the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of death, injury and property loss.
“There are steps that we can take to be better prepared for an earthquake,” Assemblymember Brown said, “and that includes being informed and aware of potential threats. In California, the likelihood of a major earthquake is above 95 percent, according to recent reports. Every family should protect themselves by having a disaster preparedness plan in place. I strongly encourage my constituents to take advantage of this free program.”
SACRAMENTO – AB 2309, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), passed out of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety with a bipartisan vote of 7 – 0. AB 2309 would amend the current Penal Code to provide access to drug diversion programs for individuals who are convicted of possessing prescription drugs such as Xanax, Valium and other benzodiazepines.
“Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem across the nation,” said Assemblymember Brown. “In California, we have a large population of offenders who have been incarcerated for drug related offenses. By amending the current Penal Code to include simple possession of specific benzodiazepines, we can help alleviate some of the backlogs in the courts and provide some relief in our overcrowded prison system.”
SACRAMENTO – AB 2177 by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) passed out of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting with a vote of 5 - 1. The bill requires early voting to take place one Saturday and Sunday prior to Election Day.
“This bill is very important to me because I grew up in a time when people of color were discouraged from voting,” said Assemblymember Brown. “Early voting is a proven method for increasing voter turnout.”
SAN BERNARDINO - In recognition of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) honored groundbreaking women from the 47th Assembly District at her annual Women of Distinction event on Saturday, March 29, at the Sierra Lakes Country Club in Fontana.
The recognition event was attended by the honorees and their family members and included special guest appearances from Supervisor Janice Rutherford, chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors; Mayor Acquanetta Warren, City of Fontana; and Mayor Carey Davis, City of San Bernardino.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) is proud to announce that her resolution, ACR 109, passed out of the Assembly with bipartisan support during Friday’s Assembly Floor Session. ACR 109 recognizes the importance of ensuring that Latino students are successful in school, and declares the last week of March as a statewide week of advocacy for Latino education.
“I believe that supporting the educational needs of our Latino children will be crucial to their success and our economic growth as a region,” said Assemblymember Brown. “While graduation rates have slightly improved, nearly one-half of all Latino students are still not graduating from high school. It’s important to focus on the educational needs of Latino students because their performance will have a long term effect on our economic outlook.”
SAN BERNARDINO – As the March 31st Covered California deadline approaches, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) has partnered with the Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) and the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) to convene a healthcare enrollment event on Saturday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the SEIU-United Long Term Care Workers (SEIU-ULTCW) Regional Office in San Bernardino.
“According to recent data submitted by Covered California, over 100,000 Inland Empire residents are still eligible to sign up for healthcare benefits,” said Assemblymember Brown. “We need to bridge the gap and help individuals, families and businesses connect with quality, affordable healthcare. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this program.”
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) has selected Bloomington resident Linda Gonzalez as her 2014 Woman of the Year. During Monday’s Assembly Floor Session, Gonzalez was honored for her outstanding leadership and strong advocacy in support of water resources, education and small business.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), in collaboration with the California Legislative Black Caucus, the California Optometric Association (COA) and UCLA, have started a campaign to induct legendary actor and football star Woody Strode into the California Hall of Fame. Last week, Assemblymember Brown appeared on the television program Sacramento and Company to promote Mr. Strode’s candidacy.
“I would like to thank the Black Caucus, COA and the UCLA for their partnership in this endeavor,” Brown said. “Woody Strode was an extraordinary Californian who pioneered a path for African Americans to participate in the NFL and Hollywood. It is appropriate for him to be inducted into the California Hall of Fame.”
SAN BERNARDINO - In partnership with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, the Fontana Veterans Resource Center and Costco Wholesale, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will host a free tax preparation event for individuals and families with a household income of $52,000 or less.
“I’m pleased to join the VITA program, the Fontana Veterans Resource Center and Costco Wholesale to offer free tax preparation assistance to my constituents. This is a great opportunity for local citizens to obtain help in filing their taxes and receive the full tax benefits that are due to them. Please take advantage of this program,” said Assemblymember Brown.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) is proud to announce that AJR 29 passed out of the Assembly with a bipartisan vote of 75 to 0. AJR 29 urges the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to restore federal funding cuts made to senior nutrition programs as a result of sequestration, and exempt senior nutrition services and programs from future budget cuts.
“Due to the slow recovery of our economy, our seniors are in great need of special assistance and support. I am urging Congress to restore the critical funding needed to continue the senior nutrition program. Empowering seniors to stay healthy and eat well is essential to their health and well-being,” said Assemblymember Brown. “Eliminating meals to homebound elderly should never happen.”