Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Sacramento, CA – The 2018-2019 legislative session 
has officially ended. Six of Assemblymember 
Chris Holden’s bills were signed into law, while 
two were incorporated into the state budget earlier 
this summer. Holden’s legislative and budget 
victories make progress in the areas of public 
health, criminal justice reform, social justice and 
education. Two bills authored by Holden were 

 Holden’s legislation victories include: 

 AB 2370 – Expands lead testing in drinking 
water within California’s child care centers. 

 AB 2423 – Allows a student with a disability to 
be treated by a physical therapist beyond the 45 
day restriction. 

 AB 2599 – Requires law enforcement to tell 
a person what expungement or record sealing 
options are available to them upon release from 

 AB 2664 – Helps ensure accurate record keeping 
of court proceedings by giving every party a right 
to a certified shorthand court reporter. 

 AB 2705 – Increases the statute of limitations 
to prosecute unlicensed contractors who are 
employing workers without workers’ compensation 
insurance to two years. 

 AB 2918 – Requires the Department of Motor 
Vehicles (DMV) to include information in the 
California Driver’s Handbook regarding a person’s 
civil rights during a traffic stop.

 Holden budget victories include: 

$25 million dollar increase in the State budget (that 
would be matched with federal funds) for bridge 
funding to retain vital services for individuals and 
families living with disabilities including autism, 
Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and intellectual 

 Expanding dual enrollment opportunities to 
California’s charter schools.

 In August, Assemblymember Holden co-
chaired the Wildfire Preparedness and Response 
Legislative Conference Committee that passed 
legislation which was signed into law. The reforms 
passed will provide comprehensive safety solutions 
to protect ratepayers, make the electric system 
safer, and stabilize the utilities. 

 Assembly Concurrent Resolution 250, authored 
by Holden, will memorialize the area around the 
Foothill Bridge collapse of 1972 was also chaptered 
into state law. 

By Joan Schmidt

Recently Kaiser Permanente hosted the Kick-off of 
Domestic Violence Awareness Month and its Annual 
Drive to help victims, with Congresswomen Judy Chu 
and Grace Napolitano. 

 This year, there will be no clothing collected. Last year’s 
astounding Drive netted a phenomenal 420 30-gallon 
bags of clothing/supplies, fulfilling the needs of women’s 
shelters, and other facilities, providing for those in need. 

 This year, the drive is seeking toiletries for the women, 
and children’s school supplies and toys. These battered 
women leave with literally nothing but the clothes on 
their backs. It sometimes takes weeks or even months of 
abuse before they get the courage to leave. 

 This is the 15th year Congresswoman Judy Chu has 
done this. A few years ago, she invited Congresswoman 
Grace Napolitano to join her to reach a larger area; 
Napolitano was very grateful to be included in this 
much-needed drive. 

 Kaiser Permanente has played such an integral role 
in this endeavor. Dr. Victor Chen has been involved for 
fifteen years; he has witnessed much domestic violence 
with no boundaries: all economic, social groups have 
it. Immigrants are more silent-afraid of deportation. It 
includes physical, verbal, or emotional abuse; children 
witness this and in turn may become abusers. Medical 
repercussions can be diabetes/high blood pressure. He is 
so grateful to all shelters providing help. 

REMINDER: Kaiser collects used phones all year-works 
with Verizon. Victims need phones for appointments.

 Congresswoman Chu is happy to be part of this 
campaign and grateful to Baldwin Park’s Kaiser 
Permanente. At a Valentine Community Event, Chu 
spoke to a woman, whose sister was killed by her abusive 
spouse. Chu went to Kaiser’s Reyna Del Haro and said, 
“We need to have a clothing drive.” Chu also has worked 
at a Rape Crisis Center as a Counselor. 5000+ victims 
have been helped in the San Gabriel Valley. In 1994, 
the Federal Government passed the “Violence against 
Women Act”. It brought groups together and support for 
shelters, but it expires September 30. In the US, every 16 
hours, a woman is killed by her partner.

 Congresswoman Napolitano thanked Chu for 
including her in the Domestic Violence Awareness 
Campaign. After Dr. Chen and Rep. Chu’s excellent and 
informative talks on the DM Campaign, Napolitano 
touched on a very serious issue-mental health and gave 
an update. 29 schools have programs. Schools need to 
apply to local leaders for funding for mental health. She 
also is very grateful to KP for teaming with local shelters. 
“There is a need to reach out to many immigrants for 
any abuse-not only physical, but mental”. 

 Ann Interiano, YWCA- WINGS, thanked Dr. Chun 
for his commitment to this cause, trying to bring 
awareness of domestic violence to the public, and for 
helping its victims. Wings is a wonderful organization 
and has provided 4000 supportive services. The supplies 
collected shared among Foothill Family Service, House 
of Ruth, Women’s &Children’s Crisis Center and YWCA-
WINGS San Gabriel Valley.

ITEMS COLLECTED: Toiletries, Children’s School 
Supplies and Toys. (No breakables, please). Collection 
box locations include:

Baldwin Park Medical Center 

Diamond Bar Medical Center 

Montebello Medical Offices 

San Dimas Medical Offices 

West Covina Medical Offices 


Supervisors unanimously approved a motion 
today jointly authored by Supervisors Kathryn 
Barger and Sheila Kuehl to help fund a temporary 
bridge housing facility for veterans experiencing 

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 
is currently working on a master plan to develop 
the West Los Angeles (WLA) Campus, which 
will ultimately include permanent housing for 
veterans experiencing homelessness. While the 
VA undergoes this master planning process, 
the County will support the construction of a 
temporary, 3-year bridge housing facility on the 
WLA VA campus with 100 beds for veterans 
experiencing homelessness throughout LA 

 “This bridge housing facility will provide 100 
veterans with a stable environment, access to 
supportive services and a platform to exit the 
cycle of homelessness. Supporting this project is a 
testament to our dedication to ending homelessness 
among our County’s veterans,” Barger said.

The VA will fully fund the operations and case 
management costs for the bridge housing program 
using federal funding. LA County, in partnership 
with the VA and the City of Los Angeles, will step in 
to provide the critical funding needed to complete 
the capital and construction costs associated with 
the project. 

 “Partnerships like this one present cost-effective 
opportunities to combat homelessness beyond 
what any institution could do independently,” 
Barger said. “We are proud to participate in this 
great project to ensure the project’s success.”

 The $2.5 million in capital funds needed for 
the project will be allocated from Measure H, the 
Countywide sales tax that generates revenues used 
to provide services for the homeless. The projects 
helps to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by securing 3 
years of bridge housing for the County’s veterans at 
roughly half of what the County would otherwise 
spend on operating costs for the same number of 
beds elsewhere.

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Pasadena, CA—Teenagers and 
young adults with special needs 
and their families are invited to 
attend The Frostig Center’s annual 
Transition Fair and connect with 
two dozen agencies that can help 
with college, career and independent 

 The event will be held at 
The Frostig Center on Friday, 
October 19, 1-3 p.m. During that 
time, participants can visit with 
representatives from each agency 
and collect a wealth of information.

 “Young people with learning 
challenges and their families have 
many options to consider as they 
plan for life after high school,” said Jennifer Quirina, 
the transition director at Frostig School. “We organize 
the Transition Fair every year to help families get 
the most out of the resources that are available in 
Southern California and beyond.”

 The participating organizations fall into one of 
three categories—job readiness and vocational 
programs, independent living programs, and colleges 
and support programs.

 Representatives from a half dozen 
local community colleges will be on 
hand to explain the support services 
that are available to students with 
learning challenges. Landmark 
College, a Vermont school that 
serves students with dyslexia, 
ADHD, autism spectrum disorder 
and other learning differences, will 
also be attending.

 Other participating organizations 
include Ability First, Actors for 
Autism, Exceptional Minds, 
Disability Rights California, Los 
Angeles Conservation Corps, Tierra 
del Sol Foundation, and Eastern Los 
Angeles Regional Center.

 The Frostig Center is a non-profit organization 
that is dedicated to improving the lives of children 
with learning differences through an integrated 
program of research, professional development 
and community outreach, and Frostig School. The 
school serves children in grades 1-12 who have 
learning differences. For additional information, 
call (626) 791-1255 or visit our website at www. 

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