As of the time of this writing, much of California is engulfed in flames. Many people are looking for ways to give and fortunately the state has provided an avenue for that. Go to California Volunteers to find ways to donate time and money.
One of the more dangerous bills the governor signed of the nearly 1,000 pieces of legislation sent to him this year was SB 620, which authorizes the court to impose reduced sentences when a felon uses a gun when committing a crime.
As a member of the California state Senate, one of my top priorities is public safety. I voted against this very bad and dangerous bill because weaker gun crime sentences will make our communities less safe.
Why would we want to allow lighter sentences for criminals who use a gun to commit murder, rape, mayhem, or torture? I have no idea, but that’s exactly what Senate Bill 620 does.
As the original author of the 10-20-life bill has noted, “The problem is not guns, the problem is gun violence - criminals misusing guns to terrorize, injure and kill their victims.” In fact, the President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys rightly criticized SB 620’s author for using an example of a drive-by shooting to justify this bill. A drive-by shooting is an example of why we need tough sentences.
As your representative I will continue to be skeptical of all legislation that shortens sentences for felons who commit crimes in our communities - especially those who use a firearm while committing these crimes.
In honor of Veterans Day, feel free to check out the good work of the Central California Veterans Home Support Foundation. Please visit the Facebook page for more information.
According to the page: “The Central California Veterans Home Support Foundation is dedicated to “serving those who served” with a safe living environment for Veterans so they can achieve their highest level of functional ability. This will include domiciliary care, long term, around the clock medical and nursing care will be available, as well as, recreational, social and spiritual services to promote the resident’s right to experience life to the fullest degree, regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex or income.”
Our October Small Business of the Month is Spence Ranch Feed and Supply, which has been in business for 40 years. Spence Ranch Feed and Supply was opened in 1977 by Bill and Linda Spence. Sadly, Linda passed away in 2001. However, Bill and his daughter, Patti, have kept the business going, and it now employs three generations of Spence family members.
They originally opened at a small, rented space in Altaville. But a year later they moved to family property just outside of town in a new, 2400-square-foot building with a small, hay barn. After four additions, the store and barns grew to more than 12,000 square feet.
Originally, the store sold livestock feed and just a little dog and cat food, but the latter has become the top seller. The store also sells tack, pet supplies, fish, poultry products and chicks, fencing and much more. The stores motto is: “If we don't have what you are looking for we will do our best to get it for you!”
The Spence family is active in the community. They offer discounts to anyone who adopts pets from the Humane Society. They also offer discounts to 4-H, FFA, Grange, and independent kids showing at the local fairs. And they give to local fundraisers whenever they can.
When the community was ravaged by the Butte Fire, the Spence Ranch Feed and Supply, with the help of generous members of the community, collected more than $10,000 to give to the victims of the fire. The Spence family was able to provide victims with feed, hay, buckets and waterers, dog kennels and beds, fencing and just about anything else that was needed.
Thank you for everything you do in the community and congratulations on being the 8th Senate District’s Small Business of the Month.
The 98th Fresno Veterans Day Parade will be November 11, beginning in front of Fresno City Hall. The event opens at 10:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Chris Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a lot of exciting things going on with one of our non-profits of the year, the Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch. For more information, go to: www.heartofthehorses.org.
Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch uses therapeutic riding as a treatment for those who suffer from physical, mental or emotional disorders by developing community awareness of equine assisted/ facilitated therapy. Some of the conditions for which therapeutic riding has proven effective are: cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, sensory impairment, Down syndrome, Autism, missing limbs and PTSD.
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.
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.
State Capitol, Rm 3067
Sacramento, CA 95818
6215 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710
33 C Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642
102 Grove Ave, Suite B
Oakdale, CA 95361
Denair - October 26th
10:30 - 11:30am
Denair Community Services District
3850 North Gratton Road, Denair, CA 95316
Waterford - November 3rd
2:00 - 3:00pm
City of Waterford
101 E. Street, Waterford, Ca 95386
Oakdale - November 3rd
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, Ca 95361
Oakdale - October 6th
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, CA 95361
Sonora - November 7th
10:00 - 11:30am
Sonora City Fire Department
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, CA 95326
Hughson - November 9th
11:00 - 12:00pm
City of Hughson City Hall
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, Ca 95326
Turlock - November 9th
1:30 - 2:30pm
Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd, Turlock, Ca 95380