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Assemblymember Wagner’s June E-Newsletter

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on June 30, 2012

This came over the wire from Assemblyman Don Wagner’s office on Monday…

Don Wagner | District 70
JUNE NEWSLETTER

JUNE, 2012 | ISSUE 14

OPINION EDITORIAL

California’s Phantom Budget

On Friday, the Legislature passed the state budget and, while I don’t want to sound like a crank, I have to ask: Really? This is how we do things in Sacramento? This is how we govern the nation’s most populous state? This is how we pass the budget – the single most important piece of legislation we’ll consider all year?

I serve on the Budget Committee and thought we had scraped the bottom of the procedural barrel last year. The committee hearing on that final budget lasted only about 45 minutes before the committee chairman cut off questioning to take a vote so that certain members of the committee could “catch airplanes.”

But we hadn’t hit bottom. This year, incredibly, the process was worse.

This was an excerpt, click this link to read the rest of the article.

COMMUNITY UPDATE

Assemblyman Wagner Receives Champion Award

I was honored to receive the Champion Award from Irvine Housing Opportunities for the work I have done on behalf of seniors in the State of California. During my first term in office, I have been successful with legislation on behalf of senior citizens. One of my first bills was AB 518 which continued protections under existing law against financial elder abuse.

My district staff and I hosted community events for seniors on issues that directly affect the senior constituency in my district. The Aging Policy Town Hall and the Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Event gave my constituents an opportunity to learn about current affairs and to voice their concerns. As a member of the Aging and Long Term Committee in Sacramento, I have also worked closely with other legislators to ensure the seniors in California receive proper representation according to their interests and concerns.

COMMUNITY UPDATE

The Mobile District Office

I am pleased to announce the new hours and locations of the Mobile District Office in the community. My office will host mobile district offices at libraries in the cities of Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest and Newport Beach to better serve my constituents. At the mobile district office, we have casework managers who can help you with State Agencies like the DMV, EDD, and others.

You can also find out more information about my legislation or about any particular legislative issue. If you have any needs or concerns, come meet my staff in person and they will be happy to assist you. Please check my website by clicking this linkto find out where my office will host its next mobile district office or call 949.863.7070 with any questions you may have.

AROUND THE DISTRICT

Capistrano Connections Academy

Recently I visited Capistrano Connections Academy, an online charter school based in Aliso Viejo. While there, I participated in Mr. Keenan Kilpatrick’s government and civics class to discuss State politics and civic engagement.

AROUND THE DISTRICT

Schools First Federal Credit Union

Last week I visited Schools First Federal Credit Union to discuss legislative proposals that will affect many individuals around the state. I met with Schools First officials to hear the stories of their work on behalf of homeowners. The meeting was particularly important as I am the only Assembly republican serving on the legislative conference committee dealing with the mortgage foreclosure crisis.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Local Business/Programs

Congratulations to the following businesses for their recent ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies: Brushstrokes, AAA Auto-Club of Southern California, CarMD, Paula E. Meyer and Associates, Embassy Suites, Blondies, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Candlewood Suites, Heritage Christian School, the TriTech Small Business Development Center, Purple Platypus, Fujitsu Frontech, Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, and the Emerging Professionals Leadership Summit.

Special Recognition: Tustin Police Officers of the Month Michael Jensen, Suzanna Howard, and Eric Haug; The “Superhero”  Volunteers of Tustin;  Lido Isle Yacht Club and the Balboa Yacht Club Opening Ceremonies; Coastline ROP’s Distinguished Students;  Newport Harbor Athletic Scholars; Participants in the Orange County Young Authors’ Faire; Taiwanese-American Heritage Week; the 2012 graduating class of our local high schools; Student Leaders at Alderwood Elementary School; and the Irvine Housing Opportunity’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

Recently the Small Business Association held their Annual Small Business Week Awards Celebration.  This year, Chris Lynch, Irvine Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, was recognized as the Small Business Champion of the Year.  His dedication to helping develop programs like the Irvine Chamber’s Global Business Initiative and the implementation of the Export Trade Partnership are greatly appreciated.

Each year the members of the California Legislature nominate small business owners for the annual California Small Business Day event to recognize the importance of small business to our economy. This year, I was proud to announce Mr. Cam Irons, owner of Nieuport 17, as my 2012 Small Business of the Year nominee. Nieuport 17 is a local Tustin community restaurant, and is named after an early French hi-wing single seat fighter plane in which many allied flyers gained well-deserved fame for their combat tactics in WWI. Accordingly, Mr. Irons and Nieuport 17 give back to the veteran community, and this past year they donated food and restaurant services to a number of veterans organizations and events. Congratulations are in order to Mr. Irons, and if you drop by the restaurant, please thank him for his efforts on behalf of our community.

Do you know of someone who deserves special recognition? Please contact the district office and let us know at 949.863.7070.

Samuel Han, my District Director, presents Chris Lynch of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce an Assembly Resolution in honor of his 2012 Small Business Champion Award.

DISTRICT OFFICE
3 Park Plaza, Suite 150
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 863-7070, (949) 863-9337 fax
CAPITOL OFFICE
State Capitol, Room 4153
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 319-2070, (916) 319-2170 fax
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