Berryhill Bulletin: May 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Frog Jump

The Capitol Frog Jump was a major success! We had around 40 registrants - around half of those were legislators. Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, who also represents Calaveras County, home of frog jumping, did an amazing job as MC - I know that the event will be left in his capable hands after I’ve termed out in 2018.

The winner was Assemblyman Kevin Kiley’s frog “Frog the Bounty Hunter,” who jumped an impressive 12 ft., 1 in. That’s not the biggest jump we’ve ever seen, but a strong showing nonetheless - and good enough for first place.

The dubious award for shortest jump goes to Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s frog “Leroy Green.” Poor Leroy jumped just 2 ft., 9.5 in.

The media award went to KFBK’s Joe Michaels and “Christopher Ribbit,” who jumped 10 ft., 1 in. Joe and Christopher have won this event multiple times and have become the Jordan and Pippen of the Capitol Frog Jump media bracket.

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3200+ California Anglers Want 12-Month Licenses

I want to thank Californians for offering their support for my 12-month fishing license bill. More than 3,200 California anglers signed a California Sportfishing League petition supporting SB-187, which would move away from the calendar-year licenses in favor of those valid for 12 months from the time of purchase. It’s clear people want this. The bill’s fate will be decided by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Fishing regulation

Two of my bills cleared the Senate this month. The first aims to identify the different local ordinances that violate state laws permitting fishing. This came up after anglers throughout the state complained of local municipalities - mostly on the coast - violating state law by further restricting access to fishing spots.

While the original bill had more teeth in it, this bill is still solid in that it will identify the offending governments and report back to the Legislature, where we can do something about it.

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Veterans bill

The second bill approved by the Senate eases construction costs for disabled veterans by allowing local governments to waive building permit fees for home improvements related to veterans’ service-connected disabilities. While this is a relatively small policy tweak, it’s a major demonstration that we care about veterans. We owe them so much - literally, our freedom.

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In The District

Earlier this month in Modesto, I recognized Mattice Harris, M.D. for a prestigious award he received from the Stanislaus Medical Society, the Stanislaus Foundation for Medical Care and the Physicians Service Bureau. Congrats, Dr. Harris!

I also had the privilege of meeting with Realtors from all over my district. My staff and I meet with constituents every day, but we don’t always get to take pictures. You can see me below with Madera County Realtors on the Senate floor. I also met with Realtors from Mammoth Lakes, the Central Valley and Tuolumne.

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In The News

Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers race bullfrogs at annual Capitol event

The Union Democrat: Berryhill gets one win, one loss

San Diego Reader: Berryhill proposes bill to aid in deporting violent felons

The Union Democrat: County receives national award for tree mortality program

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Do you have unclaimed property out there?

The government may have your cash or other property that it’s waiting for you to come claim. In fact, The Sacramento Bee reports that by mid-2018, the total amount of unclaimed property in the state’s possession will be $9 billion.

I know it sounds like a pipe dream, but three members of my Capitol staff have retrieved unclaimed property from the state. It’s worth a quick search on the controller’s website. If you have a chance, take a few minutes and look:

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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 (ie: newspapers, radio and T.V.). Plus, as my teenage daughter tells me, everyone is on social media now.

Follow me on Twitter: @TomBerryhill

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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). The schedule for those can be found on my website. 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

Fresno Office
6215 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710

Jackson Office
33 C Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642

Oakdale Office
102 Grove Ave, Suite B
Oakdale, CA 95361

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Mobile office hours

1st Friday
Waterford - June 2nd
2:00 - 3:00pm
101 E. Street, Waterford, Ca 95386

1st Friday
Oakdale - June 2nd
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, Ca 95361

1st Tuesday
Sonora - June 6th
10:00 - 11:30am
Sonora City Fire Department
201 South Shepherd Street, Sonora, Ca 95370

2nd Thursday
Hughson - June 8th
11:00 - 12:00pm
City of Hughson City Hall
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, Ca 95326

2nd Thursday
Turlock - June 8th
1:30 - 2:30pm
Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd, Turlock, Ca 95380

4th Thursday
Denair - June 22nd
10:30 - 11:30am
Denair Community Services District
3850 North Gratton Road, Denair, Ca 95316

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