National Cyber Security Awareness Month is held every October. It’s a great time for individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations to make sure their online lives are safe and secure.
The Department of Homeland Security encourages us to follow these three simple steps below:
- Keep Your Devices Secure. Regularly install updates for apps and security software on all of your Internet-connected devices as soon as they become available. Keeping the software up to date will prevent cybercriminals from taking advantage of known vulnerabilities.
- Use long and strong passwords. Create strong passwords with eight or more characters and a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Set-up stronger authentication. Stronger authentication is multi-factor authentication that can use a one-time code texted to a mobile device. It helps verify that a user has authorized access to an online account with information that is unique to that login. Stronger authentication provides an extra layer of security beyond a password. Multi-factor authentication is available on email, social media, and financial accounts. For more information about authentication, visit the Lock Down Your Login Campaign.
To learn more about cyber security in general, visit the FBI’s website on National Cyber Security.
I am pleased to announce the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) has ranked me as one of the legislature’s strongest supporters of job creation and a robust business climate.
This announcement comes on the heels of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which represents nearly half a million California small businesses, giving me a perfect score in its legislative report card earlier this month.
Millions of Californians work for small businesses, manufacturing, or technology companies. This is how folks put food on the table and support their families. I am very proud to stand up for the businesses that employ so much of our workforce. I came to Sacramento in part to make sure there were going to be good paying jobs available for us and our kids down the road. We have a lot of work to do, and I am proud to be a strong part of the effort.
The CMTA and the NFIB scored legislators by analyzing their voting records on legislation considered important to manufacturing, technology, and small businesses as well as the overall vitality of California’s business climate. Additional information on the voting records can be found on each organization’s website. CMTA’s voting record can be found here, and the NFIB’s voting record can be found on here.
On Veterans Day in 1986, Former President Ronald Reagan urged us to put aside the day and remember fallen heroes. His words stand true today:
“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.”
On or around November 11th, there will be parades, wreath laying ceremonies, and other commemorations for our veterans throughout the 8th Senate District. I will be in Fresno this year kicking off the Veteran’s Day Parade. Oliver North will be the Grand Marshall, and it will be an honor and a privilege to be there.
As you attend local events be sure to look for Team Berryhill - we will be out in full force and hope to see you enjoying these wonderful tributes to our veterans. Local newspapers and other publications usually provide a list of community Veterans Day celebrations prior to the day. This year CalVETS is creating a calendar of events by county and updating the list as events come in. Visit https://www.calvet.ca.gov/home/calendar to view the CalVets calendar.
California communities are experiencing crime spikes throughout the state. Those are the “unintended consequences” of 2014’s Proposition 47, the “Get Out of Jail” law. According to the most recent FBI crime statistics, both violent crime and property crime rates are on the rise in California.
California’s 2015 violent crime rate increased 7.6% from the prior year. Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters highlighted California’s violent crime rate increase that “…was 2 1/2 times the 3 percent national increase, the 13th highest of any state.”
FBI data also show a 7.2% increase in California’s property crime rate. This comes at a time when the FBI notes that “…for 2015, the estimated number of property crimes nationwide decreased 2.6 percent when compared with the 2014 estimate.”
One of my highest priorities continues to be working to craft common-sense solutions that will stop this spike in crime. I do not intend to give up the fight for safe communities.
Assemblymember Ken Cooley and I
The California Dental Association Foundation and the California Dental Association (CDA) brought free dental care to the Central Valley one weekend this month. Dentists, hygienists, and other dental care professionals treated 2,000 patients at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds event.
Since 2012, more $17 million in free dental care has been provided to almost 18,000 patients throughout California. It was a great event, and I was so pleased to have been a part of the day. Hats off to the CDA for their efforts.
The Lyles Center for Innovations and Entrepreneurship celebrated its 10th Anniversary this month. I was so happy to be in Fresno and honor the center’s role in advancing entrepreneurship in the Central Valley. This amazing institution is not only improving things today, but helping to create a brighter tomorrow. Best wishes for its continued success. Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro was in attendance to accept the award alongside Dr. Scott Moore, interim executive director of the Lyles Center. Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary.
My office is growing … sort of. Please join me in congratulating two Berryhill staff members that recently had babies. My Fresno Office Outreach Coordinator Jenna Welch and her husband Logan welcomed their son Ethan Michael Welch into the world earlier this month.
My Legislative Director Matt Gallagher, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Lydia welcomed Michael James Gallagher to the family in April.
I wish them both all the best and am looking forward to meeting the newest members of the Berryhill team.
Congrats to Covenant Care Hospice on its grand opening in Turlock. Patricia O’Brien from my office was on hand and presented Ronda Malmberg, RN and Administrator of Covenant Care with a Certificate of Recognition.
Shannon Major, from my Fresno Office, attended the Women in Business lunch with the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce.
Barbara is pictured with Pat O’Brien and Bob Phelan from my Oakdale office.
Congratulations to Barbara Cook, the owner of Oakdale Radio Shack, on 20 great years in Oakdale.
California Chrome is one fabulous horse, and the Big Fresno Fair had a California Chrome Day this year. My Fresno District Director MaryAlice Kaloostian presented Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman, with a certificate of recognition for his amazing commitment to the horse racing industry. Just another day in the Winner’s Circle for Art Sherman. Thank you Art for all you do for a great industry.
Representing a rural district has its distinct advantages - the people, the communities, the scenery, and the small-town feel. It also has the disadvantage of encompassing more than 27,000 square miles. As a result, we have three district offices (locations can be found here). We also conduct mobile district office hours in many of our communities. The schedule for those is on my website. If you are having difficulty with a state agency (such as DMV, EDD, etc.…) please call/email any of my district offices or talk with my staff during mobile district office hours. We are here to help.