November Quarterly District News

Monday, October 20, 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 will 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 complete the form on my website where it says Contact Ed.

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

Sincerely,

Signature

Ed Chau
Assemblymember, 49th District

In this November issue you will find:


Legislative Package Recap

This year Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed a total of 14 bills that I authored and that reached his desk. Legislation I authored will ensure that more money is allocated to groundwater cleanup projects in the San Gabriel Valley; will assist in securing housing for mentally ill homeless individuals; will enhance privacy protections for everyone; and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by authorizing transit buses to accommodate more bicycle riders.  Some of the bills that will take effect on January 1, 2015 include:

Water

Assembly Bill (AB) 1043 – Proposition 84 Water Cost Recovery – Groundwater cleanup is essential for communities like those in the San Gabriel Valley. Under Proposition 84 (2006), when a groundwater fund grantee subsequently recovers funds from a polluter, the grantee must send that recovered money back to the state. This new law allows a grantee to keep the recovered funds locally for ongoing groundwater treatment and remediation. (Chapter 349, Statutes of 2014)

Housing

AB 1929 – Mental Health Housing – Releases previously allocated unused funds back to counties to provide housing assistance to homeless individuals suffering from mental illness.  (Chapter 674, Statutes of 2014)

Privacy

AB 2306 – Invasion of Privacy – Updates California privacy laws by making it an invasion of privacy to capture an image or sound recording in a manner that is offensive to a person who has a reasonable expectation of privacy, through the use of any device. (Chapter 858, Statutes of 2014)

Transportation

AB 2707 – Triple Bike Racks – Authorizes transit agencies throughout the state to install front-mounted bicycle racks that will accommodate three bicycles. (Chapter 310, Statutes of 2014)

For a complete list of legislation that I authored this year, please visit.

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District Event

Social Media Workshop: Internet Safety

On October 8, 2014, Assemblymember Ed Chau partnered with the Alhambra Unified School District's Gateway to Success Program and the Alhambra High School PTA to host a Social Media Safety Workshop for all parents and students of the 49th Assembly District.

At the workshop, attendees heard a presentation by Sarah Dalton, from the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit of the Attorney General's office, on tips for safe and responsible behavior in the online social environment for children, both at school and at home. Additionally, parents heard presentations from local law enforcement officials representing the San Gabriel Valley Social Media Task Force and the Alhambra Unified School District’s Gateway to Success Program.

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“Operation Gobble” Turkey Giveaway

Annually, Assemblymember Ed Chau partners with the San Gabriel Valley Water Company and the California American Water Company to host the “Operation Gobble” turkey giveaway. This program is devoted to raising awareness about hunger issues in California while helping those who need it most. Turkeys will be donated to non-profit organizations within the 49th Assembly District who help disadvantaged families.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Church of Our Saviour Kids Campus
4316 Peck Road
El Monte, CA  91732

For more information, please contact Daisy Ma at (323) 264-4949 or by email at daisy.ma@asm.ca.gov

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State Resources – Highlight

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
 
There are many ways to get financial assistance if you need it, including federal and state financial aid, fee waivers, loans, grants, and scholarships. Financial aid helps students and families meet the costs of a college education and can supplement your ability to manage those expenses.

All students who may need financial assistance for college should apply for aid, including those who think they may not be eligible. To apply for federal and state financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by paper. The online FAFSA automatically catches common errors before you finish the application and is the fastest way to file. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to award their own grants and scholarships. The FAFSA asks for information about you, your family, your finances, and your college plans.

THE FAFSA application period begins on January 1st for the next academic year. For example, if you plan on attending classes in September 2015, the FAFSA application period begins on January 1, 2015.

File as early as possible and note that there are different deadlines:

  • If you want to be considered for state grants, you should file your FAFSA by March 2nd.
  • California Community Colleges accept FAFSA applications throughout the 18-month cycle, but they will be able to provide you with better financial aid if you apply early.
  • The “priority” deadline to file your FAFSA for the University of California and the California State University systems (all campuses) is March 2nd.
  • Independent college have various deadlines, some as early as February 1st. Check the priority filing date with every college that you are interested in and note that independent colleges often require additional forms to determine who receives institutional or private aid dollars.

You must apply for one FAFSA each year. Once you submit your FAFSA, it is sent to the government processor and then to the colleges of your choice. The colleges will award you financial aid based on the information on your FAFSA. Financial aid is typically offered as a combination of grants, work-study, and/or loans and can assist in covering your tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, and other educationally-related living expenses.

For details on all the California state financial aid programs and how to apply for them, visit www.csac.ca.gov or call (888) 224-7268.

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Calendar of Events

“Operation Gobble” Turkey Giveaway

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Church of Our Saviour Kids Campus
4316 Peck Road
El Monte, CA  91732

Holiday Open House and Toy Drive
Thursday, December 18, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley
401 Corto Street
Alhambra, CA  91801

Come discuss legislative issues of interest to the community and learn about the many services provided by the District Office.  Make a difference in a child’s life and help families by donating a new, unwrapped toy (optional).

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