November/December 2015 Newsletter

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. With the holidays and the New Year coming up, my staff and I are researching potential legislation to pursue in the 2016 session on issues ranging from affordable housing and transportation to education and the environment.

We want your help.  Beginning this week, my office will be collecting your best legislative ideas through our “There Ought to Be a Law” program. I look forward to seeing all of your great proposals for what we can do to improve our city and our state.

Our next newsletter will arrive in your inbox in January, so I’ll take this early opportunity to pass along my best holiday wishes to you and your loved ones. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any state issues - please be in touch with my district office!

Happy holidays!

In this newsletter:


Chiu Signature
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore

There Ought to Be a Law

As our office is researching and considering meaningful policies to introduce at the beginning of next year’s legislative session, it is important that I gather ideas from everyday San Franciscans.  That is why I would like to invite you to take part in our "There Ought to Be a Law"  program. All constituents in the 17th Assembly District are invited to submit their ideas for improving our city and our state.

Proposals can vary from local community improvements to statewide reforms. Applicants can create new laws or revise laws already on the books.  Please submit applications to Jennifer Kwart at by January 15, 2016.  I look forward to hearing your ideas!

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Preparing for El Niño

With El Niño expected to bring heavy rainfall this year, it makes sense to prepare for the possibility of serious flooding. Don’t get caught unprepared this winter. Remember, there is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance goes into effect, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Click here for tips to be prepared.





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Upcoming Events

Family Portrait Day 2015

Thanks to the Bayview Opera House and First Exposures, low-income families are invited to sign up to get their free family portrait taken, including a free print and picture CD.  The event is sponsored by First Exposures, a youth photography-based mentoring program making a difference in the lives of underserved Bay Area youth. Mentees, supported by their adult mentors, will be the photographers at this event.  Please make a reservation here or contact my staffer Genesis Garcia at if you have questions.

Saturday, December 5
11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Lee Rec Center
1395 Mendell Street
San Francisco, CA 94124  

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Caltrain Holiday Train

Photo Courtesy of Caltrain

Since 2001, the Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, has been a Bay Area tradition that brings together thousands of local community members to collect donations of toys for local children who otherwise might not receive a gift during the holidays.  For more details on donating toys while the train is in San Francisco on December 5 and 6, please visit or email Jen Kwart at

Saturday, December 5
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Sunday, December 6
4:00 - 4:50 p.m.

San Francisco Caltrain Station
700 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Tenderloin Office Hours

I look forward to meeting with you at our December district office hours in the Tenderloin. Please email Jen Kwart at if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.

Saturday, December 5
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Celtic Coffee Company
142 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Welcoming Assembly Fellow Riana King

It is with great pleasure that I join my staff in welcoming Assembly Fellow Riana King to our office. Riana comes to us from Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit dedicated to making sure that the voices of young people are heard in policy debates. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in sociology from Occidental College in 2013. Her policy interests include health, labor, and education issues.

The Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded programs of its kind in the nation. Recent college graduates are selected and placed in Assembly offices, where they serve as full-time staff members for an 11-month fellowship. Applications for the 2016-17 class are due on February 8, 2016; you can find more information here.

Anyone interested in an internship in either our Sacramento or San Francisco offices should contact Judson True at or Jennifer Kwart at

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