Berryhill Bulletin: May 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mark your Calendar: June 10 Oakhurst Senior Scam Stopper Community Forum

Every day there is a new report of a scam or computer issue that puts your privacy and your money at risk. Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable and are often targeted in these types of crimes. I am pleased to announce that I am partnering with local law enforcement to host informational seminars throughout the district to educate senior citizens about this topic. Experts will be on hand to answer questions, explain recent scams, and provide information about what to do if you believe you’ve been a victim. Being aware of the ‘red flags’ can prevent becoming the next victim. These events are open to all ages, but are geared toward senior citizens.

Please watch my newsletter for a Senior Scam Stopper in your area. Next month, I am hosting one in the Oakhurst area with the California Highway Patrol.


June 10
9:00 am to 10:30 am


CA Highway Patrol
40500 Redbud Drive
Oakhurst, CA 93644

Mark your Calendar: May 19, 2016 FREE Tax Seminar for Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations in Jackson

Do you run or work at a nonprofit or exempt organization? On May 19, 2016, I am co-hosting a free tax seminar in Jackson for these kinds of organizations with Board of Equalization Member George Runner. Please join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative event. We have a distinguished group of state and federal experts available to guide you through tax laws, exemptions, and reporting requirements.

Nonprofit organizations do an incredible job in our communities. It is my hope this seminar will provide valuable information, as well as the tools needed, to help you run your organization more efficiently. I hope you are able to attend.


Thursday May 19, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (check-in at 7:30 a.m.)


First 5 Amador (FREE Parking is available)
975 Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642

Armenian Genocide Commemoration

Armenian Genocide Commemoration PhotoThe California State Legislature recently memorialized the 101st anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide by passing Assembly Joint Resolution 34 (AJR 34). This horrific annihilation resulted in the death of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians and the deportation or exodus of many hundreds of thousands more.

Last year, in honor of the 100th anniversary, I submitted a painting by Nishan Derkalousdian called “Deportation” to the Senate’s legislative art exhibit. The painting was loaned to the Senate by Fresno Supervisor Debbie Poochigian and her husband, Justice Chuck Poochigian. As part of Derkalousdian’s “Rebirth of a Village after Deportation” art exhibit last spring, the painting was and continues to be a touching reminder of the millions of people impacted by this genocide over a century ago. The painting is currently hanging in the Maddy Lounge just off the Senate floor in the State Capitol. Thank you to the Poochigians for generously letting us display the painting in the Capitol again this year.

The effects of the Armenian holocaust 101 years ago are still felt today. It is one of the worst atrocities of our time and remains a fresh wound to our Armenian-American friends and neighbors. Much like the Jewish Holocaust, remembering the Armenian Genocide will help ensure we do not allow the atrocities of the past to be repeated.

Deportation Painting

In and around town

Photo of Dr. AndersonCongratulations to Doctor D. Gordon Anderson, the Stanislaus County Medical Society’s Physician of the Year. Dr. Anderson has been practicing in Modesto for just under 50 years. He is loved by his patients and highly respected by his colleagues not only for his exemplary skill, but his commitment to his patients and the community. Congratulations and thank you for practicing in one of our rural communities.

Photo of California Society of Human Resource ManagersThe California Society of Human Resource Managers came by my Capitol office on their lobby day in Sacramento. They have been tremendous supporters of Senate Bill 368, my Flex Work Week legislation.

Photo of Bob Phelan presenting Senate Certificate of RecognitionThe Stanislaus County Farm Bureau’s 102nd Annual Meeting was held at the SOS Club in Modesto. Bob Phelan, my Oakdale District Director, was on hand to present outgoing SCFB President Joey Gonsales with a Senate Certificate of Recognition for his contributions to our community.

Photo of Shannon Major attended launch of Mission: UnitedShannon Major from my Fresno District Office attended the launch of “Mission: United” with the United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties. The program is an innovative solution to keep track of our veterans and connect them with the services and opportunities they need to succeed. Great event!! Shannon is pictured here with Madera City Councilman Derek Robinson and other supporters of “Mission:United.”

Ione Veterans Memorial MarchIt was a true honor to address the crowd at the Ione Veterans Memorial March. This lovely memorial is the brainchild of Robyn Ornsby, a Gold Star mother who lost her son, Private First Class Jay-D Ornsby-Adkins, while he was fighting in Iraq. One of the beauties of living in a small town is the way people look out for each other and help out when something needs to be done. This march was a perfect example--organized by friends and neighbors to honor those from Ione who have served and lost their lives and those who continue to serve our country today.

Photo of students from Fresno StateStudents from Fresno State School of Agri-Business were in the Capitol. I always enjoy addressing the group and was so pleased to be asked again this year to share my perspective and answer questions.

Photo of Garfield Elementary students visiting Senator BerryhillWhat a nice treat. Students from Mr. Seamons’ 5th grade class at Garfield Elementary in Clovis stopped by to see what a Senator’s office looked like during their field trip to the State Capital. Fortunately, I was not in a committee hearing or a meeting and was able to personally show them around.

Photo of Lisa Casarez, Lupe Jaime, Jeffery Robinson, Maisie Young, and Darius Assemiy being honoredIt’s so great to know that Fresno County has such amazing people advocating for our at-risk youth. Staff from my Fresno office were on hand at the ceremony to honor five inspiring members of our community who received Child Advocacy Awards. Congratulations to Lisa Casarez, Lupe Jaime, Jeffery Robinson, Maisie Young, and Darius Assemi.

Mobile District Offices Hours

June 3rd

2:00 - 3:00pm
City of Waterford
101 E. Street, Waterford, CA 95386

June 6th

10:00 - 11:30am
Sonora City Fire Department
201 South Shepherd Street, Sonora, CA 95370

June 9th

11:00am - 12:00pm
City of Hughson
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, CA 95326

June 9th
Three Rivers

10am - 12pm
Comfort Inn and Suites
40820 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271

June 22nd

11:00 - 12:00pm
Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd, Turlock, CA 95380

June 23rd

10:30 - 11:30am
Denair Community Services District
3850 North Gratton Road, Denair, CA 95316