One of my biggest concerns is community safety. That’s why I introduced a constitutional amendment to help deport all undocumented violent felons.
The language is technical, but the CliffsNotes version is that the state’s Department of Justice would be required to report all persons convicted of a violent felony - under the state’s current definition - to federal immigration officials (ICE) so that they can figure out who is a citizen and who isn’t and then deport as needed.
The bill would also block access to most government assistance programs for the undocumented violent felons, which we hope will remove any incentives to return. But if they do decide to return, it will be an automatic felony once they re-enter the state.
The vast majority of undocumented immigrants are not dangerous, violent criminals, so this affects only a small population. But it only takes one person to cause immeasurable harm.
Calaveras Enterprise: Berryhill seeks fixes to immigration issues
The Union Democrat: Berryhill proposes bill to aid in deporting violent felons
Turlock Journal: Berryhill proposes bill aimed at deporting violent felons
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.
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Boucher’s Shoes in Turlock celebrated 50 years of business! Owner Ken Boucher, Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth, Congressman Jeff Denham, Owner Ernie Boucher and Pat O’Brien, one of my district staffers, all came out to celebrate earlier this month.
Throughout the year I co-sponsor various business seminars and meetings with Board of Equalization Member George Runner. There is one event right around the corner, which will focus on tax issues for small businesses. Topics will include: Avoiding common sales and use tax problems and better record keeping. I hope you can join us. Come check it out!
April 5, 2017 - Oakhurst
Oakhurst Small Business Tax Seminar
Oakhurst Community Center
39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst, CA 93644
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.
There are many reasons why this happens: a last paycheck from an old employer that was never picked up, a long-forgotten childhood savings account, and so on. No matter what the reason, you can search for unclaimed property on the State Controller’s website: https://ucpi.sco.ca.gov/ucp/Default.aspx
This happens in every state. A member of my staff checked with his home state of Virginia and found a check for $60 from a job he had as a teenager. In other words, it’s worth checking that website to see if you have some money coming to you!
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.
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
Sonora City Fire Department
201 South Shepherd Street, Sonora, Ca 95370
Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce
40061 Highway 41 Suite 102
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Yosemite Lakes Park Library (located inside the Clubhouse)
30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway
Coarsegold, CA 93614