March 2016 Newsletter
This year, we held the first Assembly District 17 “There Ought to Be a Law” contest - find out who won in this newsletter! And as spring committee hearings get going, I’m looking forward to fighting for bills that will make a real difference for Californians, tackling challenges like hunger and food insecurity to lower voter turnout and homelessness.
I also wanted to take a moment to mark a life-changing moment for my family. On Leap Day, February 29th, my wife Candace and I welcomed our baby boy Lucas into the world. We are blessed beyond words, and appreciate all of the well wishes that have come our way this month.
As always, I hope to hear from you if there are state issues that we can help with - don’t hesitate to contact my District Office! And be sure to check out the exciting San Francisco events we have this month.
In this newsletter:
- Student Voting Act Wins “There Ought to Be a Law” Contest
- Reducing Food Waste
- Upcoming Events
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore
This year, I launched the first “There Ought To Be A Law” contest in our Assembly District 17. I wanted to gather the best ideas from everyday San Franciscans throughout our district and ensure that our constituents were involved in the shaping of our legislative package. There were dozens of great proposals on every issue you can imagine.
Our contest winners, Mission resident Paul Monge and his Berkeley law school classmate Cindy Dinh, identified a crucial hole in our democracy--the youth vote. In the last general election, only 8 percent of California’s eligible 18-24 year olds turned out to the polls. On top of that, only half of all young people are registered to vote, compared to 70 percent among other age groups. Dismal numbers like these drove Paul and Cindy to look for solutions to mobilize their generation, so that more of their friends and colleagues will be registered to vote and educated about the process.
After doing their research, Paul and Cindy came up with a great idea that is now AB 2455, the Student Voting Act. To expand voter registration and increase civic engagement, AB 2455 would implement automated voter registration for eligible students when they enroll for classes in the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community College (CCC) systems. I’m excited to tackle this worthy effort alongside them this year.
Have you ever looked into your refrigerator and wondered: what does the date label on my food mean? “Best by”? “Display until”? “Expires on”? “Fresh before”? “Sell by?” “Use by”? Has my food gone bad? Can I eat this? My wife and I have definitely had these discussions by the refrigerator, along with millions of Americans.
An estimated 20 percent of food wasted in households happens when people throw out food before it has spoiled because of confusion around date labels. This incredible amount of food waste is bad for consumers, bad for business and bad for the environment. Most importantly, wasted food means less food for hungry families.
That’s why I introduced the Food Waste Reduction and Date Labelling Act (AB 2725), along with Californians Against Waste and the Natural Resources Defense Council, which will help us make informed decisions about our food by creating standard, statewide guidelines for food date labels that are accurate and relate to freshness and safety.I hope our state legislature can lead on reducing food waste due to confusing date labels, help the 6 million Californians who go to bed hungry every night, and address the 5.5 million tons of wasted food sitting in California landfills each year.
Please help our office and the Portola Neighborhood Association celebrate Earth Day with a neighborhood celebration and environmental education fair. We will be giving away free tote bags, reusable water bottles, and drought-resistant plants.
Friday, April 22
3 - 7 p.m.
Burrows Pocket Park
Located at San Bruno Avenue and Burrows Street in the Portola neighborhood
Please email Genesis Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I look forward to teaming up with Supervisor Aaron Peskin for a District 3 community forum. Please join us to talk about the work I have been doing in Sacramento and how we can work together to make the diverse neighborhoods in District 3 and our city a better place to live.
Saturday, April 30
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
CCSF Chinatown/North Beach Campus
Bamboo Multipurpose Room 402
808 Kearny Street
Public transportation is encouraged, as parking will be limited. Please email Jen Kwart at email@example.com for more information or if you plan to attend.
I look forward to meeting with you at our April district office hours in Diamond Heights. Please email Jen Kwart at Jennifer.Kwart@asm.ca.gov if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Saturday, April 16
12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Creighton’s Bakery & Cafe
5214 Diamond Heights Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94131