Berryhill Bulletin: December 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

In the Berryhill family, we celebrate Christmas. But the 8th Senate district is incredibly diverse, with many families celebrating many traditions.

So from my family to yours: Merry Christmas, happy holidays and have a happy and safe New Year!

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Jamestown Elementary School

I had such an amazing visit with 7th and 8th grade students at Jamestown Elementary School on the 13th. In preparation for their trip to Washington D.C. next year, I was able to tell them about how the state Legislature works and what it’s like to be a senator. What a great group of students!

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Photo by Bob Hoffman Photography & Video
From left to right: Owner Greg Sassano and Manager Bob Parks

Small Business of the Month: Sassano’s Men’s Wear

Our December Small Business of the Month is Sassano’s Men’s Wear, which has been in Old Town Clovis for 85 years.

In the early 1900s, Aniello Sassano came to the United States from Lucca, Italy. He worked as a cobbler at a downtown Fresno department store for a while and then in 1907 he opened a shoe repair store on what is now Clovis Avenue.

The business has enjoyed several generations of Sassanos, including Aniello Sassano, his son, Lawrence (aka “Shorty”), Shorty’s son, Les, and Greg, the current owner. Bob Parks, the manager, has been with Sassano’s for more than 50 years.

Sassano’s is a pillar of the community. Since 1936, Sassano’s has awarded the Sassano Blanket to Clovis High School’s outstanding athletes in each of the school’s 23 sports. Sassano’s also provides letterman jackets to both Buchanan and Clovis high schools and used to provide gym clothes and sports uniforms to Clovis high athletes.

It’s an honor to recognize such a tremendous business as the Small Business of December. Thank you for all that you do.

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Five Steps Data Breach Victims Can Take

National Tax Security Awareness Week was Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. IRS offered the tips below on how victims of identity theft can protect themselves.

“Every day, data thefts put people’s personal and financial information at risk. There are steps that identity theft victims can take to protect their financial accounts, their identities and their tax returns.

”This tip is part of National Tax Security Awareness Week. The IRS is partnering with state tax agencies, the tax industry and groups across the country to remind people about the importance of data protection.

“Generally, thieves want to use the stolen data as quickly as possible. That may mean selling the data on the Dark Web for use by other criminals. It may also mean the crook tries to withdraw money from bank accounts or charge credit cards. A thief might also try to file a fraudulent tax return using victims’ names for a refund.

“People who are the victim of a data breach should consider these five steps to help protect their sensitive information that can be used on a tax return:

  • “If possible, the victim should try to determine what information the thieves compromised. Victims can try to find out if the criminals accessed emails and passwords, or more sensitive data such as name and Social Security number.

  • “Breached companies often offer credit monitoring services to victims. Victims should consider taking advantage of these offers.

  • “Victims should place a freeze on credit accounts to prevent access to credit records. There may be a fee that varies by state. At a minimum, victims should place a fraud alert on their credit accounts by contacting one of the three major credit bureaus. A fraud alert on credit records is not as secure as a freeze, but a fraud alert is free.

  • “Victims should reset passwords on online accounts. It is especially important to reset passwords of financial sites, email and social media accounts. Some experts recommend at least 10-digit passwords mixing letters, numbers and special characters. People should use different passwords for each account, using a password manager or password app if necessary.

  • “People should use multi-factor authentication when available. Some financial institutions, email providers and social media sites allow users to set their accounts for multi-factor authentication. This means users may need a security code, usually sent as a text to their mobile phone, in addition to a username and password.”

For more information, check here:

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Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day December 7th

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7 was Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. In honor of that day, I want to thank all veterans, especially those who fought in WW2.

All of our veterans do so much to protect our freedoms, but thinking of those who fought in WW2 and the evil they were fighting against brings a tear to my eye. Thank you so much.

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In The News

The Union Democrat: Students raise money for trip to nation’s capital

Vida en el Valle: United Health Centers to build a new administrative building in Fresno

The Business Journal: House of JuJu cuts ribbon on new location

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Follow Me!

We are starting to use Twitter and Facebook more and more to communicate with all of our constituents. It’s cheaper and more efficient than many of the traditional methods of communication, like mailings and earned media.

Twitter: @TomBerryhill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTomBerryhill/

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We are here to help

The 8th Senate District is 27,000 square miles - one of the largest districts in the Senate and about the size of Rhode Island. To better serve you, I have set up three regional district offices with great staff available to listen to your opinions on legislation, lend a hand with problems you may be having with state agencies, or arrange an appointment with me. We also hold mobile office hours (see below). Please do not hesitate to contact one of my local offices if we can be of assistance.

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Rm 3067
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 651-4008

Fresno Office
6215 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710
(599) 253-7122

Jackson Office
33 C Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642
(209) 223-9140

Oakdale Office
102 Grove Ave, Suite B
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 848-8001

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Mobile office hours

2nd Thursday
Hughson - December 14th
11:00 - 12:00pm
City of Hughson City Hall
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, Ca 95326

2nd Thursday
Turlock - December 14th
1:30 - 2:30pm
Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd, Turlock, Ca 95380

1st Friday
Waterford - January 5th
2:00 - 3:00pm
City of Waterford
101 E. Street, Waterford, Ca 95386

1st Friday
Oakdale - January 5th
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, Ca 95361

2nd Thursday
Hughson - January 11th
11:00 - 12:00pm
City of Hughson City Hall
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, Ca 95326

1st Friday
Oakdale - January 5th
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, Ca 95361

2nd Thursday
Turlock - January 11th
1:30 - 2:30pm
Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd, Turlock, Ca 95380

2nd Thursday
Hughson - January 11th
11:00 - 12:00pm
City of Hughson City Hall
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, Ca 95326

1st Friday
Oakdale - January 5th
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, Ca 95361

4th Thursday
Denair - January 25th
10:30 - 11:30am
Denair Community Services District
3850 North Gratton Road, Denair, Ca 95316

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