August Quarterly District News

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 00:00

Dear Friend:

My website is always a good place to keep track of what I have been doing in Sacramento and in the district. It is also where you can find my District News.

District News is one way I can get information to you, but I hope you'll also contact my office when you have questions about legislation, state programs or available services. You can call the district office at (323) 264-4949 or fill out the form on my website where it says Contact Ed.

As always, it's my pleasure to serve the 49th District and you, the constituents.

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Ed Chau
Assemblymember, 49th District

In this August issue you will find:


Small Business of the Year

On June 16, 2014 Assemblymember Ed Chau presented K.T. Leung with an award for his contributions to the 49th Assembly District as both a business and community leader during the 2014 California Small Business Day celebration held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

K.T. Leung is the Principal of Leung Accountancy Corporation and for over 20 years has successfully assisted many businesses and individuals in understanding state and federal tax laws. Mr. Leung has been very involved in the business community and the profession of accountancy. For example, he is a current board member of both the California Board of Accountancy and the California Naturopathic Doctors Committee. Mr. Leung has also served on the board of numerous community and business organizations as a President, Chairman, Director, or Treasurer. Some of these organizations include: the California Certified Public Accountants Association; the Chinese Americans Cultural Exchange Foundation; the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment; the China Economy & Trade Promotion Association; the Chinatown Service Center; and the Asian Youth Center.

California Small Business Day is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of small business to the state of California, and provides the California State Assembly and Senate an opportunity to honor small businesses from within their districts.

For more information, please contact Garret Bazurto at (916) 319-2049 or Garret.Bazurto@asm.ca.gov.

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Veteran of the Year

On June 25, 2014, Assemblymember Ed Chau recognized United States Marine Corps Captain Lawrence C. Fu as the 49th Assembly District's 2014 Veteran of the Year during the 7th Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon hosted at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Captain Fu served in the U.S. armed forces from 2003 - 2008 and is a veteran of the Iraq War where he served two tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, Captain Fu planned and coordinated training for over 1,000 Marines and sailors while also engaging in over 200 combat reconnaissance and security patrols. He also led over 10 combat medical evacuations resulting in the saved lives of over 30 U.S. Marines, Iraqi soldiers, and civilians. He received the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Certificate of Commendation for his service.

Upon leaving military service in 2008, Captain Fu has worked as the General Manager for CF Kent Contract, Inc., a company that sells and manufactures commercial furniture for the North American hotel industry. Captain Fu has also dedicated his time to helping fellow veterans through his involvement with the Chinese American Military Support Association, an organization that helps the families of Chinese-American veterans returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Veteran of the Year Ceremony and luncheon is an annual event held in Sacramento that recognizes veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve, making significant contributions to their communities.

For more information, please contact Garret Bazurto at (916) 319-2049 or Garret.Bazurto@asm.ca.gov.

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District Event

Drones in our Future: Opportunity and Privacy Considerations

On Friday, August 8, 2014, Assemblymember Ed Chau, the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy, the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, held a joint-informational hearing at the UCLA Faculty Center to examine the legal and policy implications of expanded drone use in California, in both the public and private sphere.

As the Federal Aviation Administration examines ways to integrate drones into our nation's airspace, individuals will soon be able to use drones to access previously inaccessible locations and perform otherwise difficult tasks from a distance. For example, some of the many potential commercial uses of drones include product delivery, crop dusting, film-making, and aerial photography, to name just a few. Drones can also serve as a highly useful and cost-effective law enforcement surveillance tool, and serve other important public functions, such as fire detection and firefighting, search-and-rescue missions, and traffic control.

The commercialization of drones has the potential to open new avenues of innovation and revolutionize the way we do things. But, with any new technology, there are inherent difficulties associated with finding the right balance between promoting innovation while protecting individual privacy and other constitutional rights and liberties. For these reasons, the hearing brought together key academics, newsgathering and entertainment industry experts, consumer representatives, and law enforcement to review and discuss the laws currently in place to protect people and consider what role the Legislature should take in approaching this issue. The hearing was well attended and gave the general public an opportunity to comment on this very important topic.

For more information, please contact Edmond Cheung at (916) 319-2049 or by email at Edmond.Cheung@asm.ca.gov.

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State Resources - Highlight

Save our Water

As our summer reaches its peak, the severity of our water shortage becomes more apparent with each passing day. California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record; so severe that Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and has urged Californians to reduce their water usage. Furthermore, the State Water Resources Control Board recently approved fines for residents and businesses that waste water. These $500 a day fines cover washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Everyone needs to take water conservation seriously during this drought.

We can all contribute to this conservation effort by visiting the Save Our Water website. Created in 2009 by the California Department of Water Resources and the Association of California Water Agencies, the program offers ideas and inspiration for permanently reducing water use - regardless of whether California is in a drought. The program has already turned out to be quite successful by using traditional and social media, partnerships with local agencies and interviews with real Californians saving water. Visit the Save Our Water website to uncover ideas on saving water indoors and out. You'll find ideas for creating a beautiful, water-efficient garden, tools for calculating your water use and fun ways for kids to save water.

Water is California's most precious and natural resource and we can all make a difference in our State's water use by staying informed and making simple changes to our daily habits. How we manage it today will affect nearly every aspect of our future.

To learn more about how you can help conserve water and save money, visit http://www.saveourh2o.org.

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