SAN BERNARDINO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), in partnership with the Associated Student Government (ASG), Inc. at San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC), will co-host a college affordability forum and resource fair at the campus library on Thursday, December 5, from 12-3:00 p.m. The focus of the event is to inform students of free financial aid programs and explore the importance of planning ahead to succeed in college.
“We’re really concerned about the increasing amount of debt that students are amassing after they’ve completed their degrees and certificates,” said Assemblymember Brown. “There’s a number of funding opportunities available at the state level including scholarships, grants and investment options. I’m really pleased to have worked with the California Student Aid Commission to come to this event and share some of the free assistance programs that are available to transfer and vocational students. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore some viable options to lower your costs. Please take advantage of these programs.”
FONTANA - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 20, to provide a legislative update to 47th District residents and civic and business leaders.
During the town hall meeting, Assemblymember Brown will report her legislative achievements from this year’s session, discuss potential legislative ideas for next year and share upcoming event information. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in developing local legislation to be carried by Assemblymember Brown in the upcoming 2014 legislative session.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement today in observance of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11:
“Today, I’m honored to salute our veterans from all eras and recognize those who currently serve this nation. Our freedom comes with a price and we cannot forget those who have fought preserve it. We will never forget the service of our veterans and their sacrifice for our country. God bless all of you and thank you for your service. Happy Veterans Day.”
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) announced her appointment to the Assembly’s new Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment.
This special Select Committee was established by Speaker John A. Pérez to lead and guide the Assembly’s efforts with Governor Brown in finding solutions to the state’s continuous criminal justice and prison challenges.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Brown’s veto of AB 855:
“Governor Brown’s veto of AB 855, a bill that would have clarified the state’s current absent without leave (AWOL) policy, was disappointing. Though current law allows state departments to dismiss an employee if he or she is absent without authorized leave for five consecutive days, the AWOL statue has been used prematurely to terminate a number of state employees.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Brown’s veto of AB 285:
“I’m disappointed that Governor Brown decided to veto AB 285, a bill that would have expanded the definition of a microenterprise and provided entrepreneurial training programs with specialized assistance to small businesses in California. The intent of AB 285 was to capitalize on job creation and boost our state’s economic growth.
Although Governor Brown described the bill as overly prescriptive in the way that it directs the California Workforce Investment Board to provide technical assistance for entrepreneur training, I believed this bill was necessary because it provided individuals with an opportunity to gain skills needed to pursue self-employment. Providing resources that allow small businesses to grow is so important because they employ more than 50% of all workers and contribute greatly to California’s $1.7 trillion economy. Moving forward, I’m deeply committed to creating good paying jobs and advocating on behalf of small businesses. I look forward to supporting legislation that expands existing businesses and creates opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.”
RIALTO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown, 47th Assembly District and Mayor Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto are teaming up to co-sponsor a Legislative Training Workshop for Rialto residents, civic and business leaders.
The goal of the workshop is to inform attendees on how laws, policies and regulations are made at the state and local levels of government. Attendees will receive important legislative updates and learn how to contact their local representatives to support or oppose a piece of legislation. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in developing local legislation to be carried by Assemblymember Brown in the upcoming 2014 legislative session.
SACRAMENTO - As a member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown is pleased to announce that Governor Brown signed AB 1094, a bill that will help California’s veterans get financial assistance to care for their families.
“There is no reason why a returning veteran who fought bravely to defend our country should be homeless, or at a financial disadvantage in helping their families,” stated Assemblymember Brown. “Thousands of veterans are returning home to California and it is our responsibility to help them transition from active duty to civilian life.”
SAN BERNARDINO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) announced today the following speakers for the first hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business Financing and Development Opportunities: Executive Director Renee Webster-Hawkins, California Treasurer – California Capital Access Program; Executive Director Tim Rainey, California Workforce Investment Board; Administrator Kelly Reenders, County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency; Director Sandra Harmsen, San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board; President and CEO Mike Gallo, Kelly Space Technology; and Executive Director Dr. Ernest Dowdy, San Bernardino Employment Training Agency.
SACRAMENTO - AJR 28, authored by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), recognizes the month of September 2013, and each September thereafter, as Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month in California. The resolution also urges members of the U.S. Congress to support President Obama’s continuation of funding for sickle cell anemia centers and research. The resolution, introduced in July 2013, received unanimous support in both the Assembly and Senate and was chaptered by Secretary of State Debra Bowen on September 9, 2013.
“I’m concerned about sickle cell disease because it has struck the African American and Latino communities in disproportionate numbers,” said Assemblymember Brown. “I introduced AJR 28 to raise awareness for the need to fund sickle research and treatment centers across the nation.”