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Senator Ben Allen

NEWSLETTER


Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! In this newsletter, I'll recap highlights from 2019, and preview key issues I am working on in 2020.  I value your feedback so please feel free to email, call, or write any time.  My office is here to serve you.

Best,

Senator Ben Allen
BEN ALLEN
Senator, 26th District
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New Laws

Here's an overview of new laws I authored in 2019 that took effect January 1, 2020:

 

  • Petition Disclose Act SB 47, will require petition circulators to disclose the top three funders of an initiative campaign to provide increased transparency to voters who are deciding whether or not to sign a petition.
     
  • The "Mezzuzah Bill" SB 652, protects against religious discrimination by ensuring that renters and HOA members are allowed to display religious items on doors and doorframes.  
     
  • SB 638 helps renters and HOA members access electric vehicle charging stations by removing burdensome insurance requirements related to charging station installation.
  • SB 641 Expands the special election window to better consolidate special elections with state or local elections within the same territory, reducing the number of costly, low-turnout elections and overall voter fatigue.
     
  • SB 677 California now joins seven other states in prohibiting the use of latex gloves in food preparation, protecting consumers and workers with deadly latex allergies.
     
  • SB 742 streamlines bus to rail travel by requiring that all passengers be permitted to ride on each mode of transportation, regardless of where and how their trip originated.

I was proud to secure funding for these important projects:

  • New funding for the nonprofit security grant which provides nonprofits and places of worship access to funds to secure their locations in the wake of increased violence.
     
  • Support for the South Bay Cities Broadband network which will allow the South By to make necessary telecommunications upgrades, better serving the region's technological, transportation and economic development needs.
     
  • Enabling Medi-Cal reimbursement for the Multipurpose Senior Services Program which provides critical medical and social support services for seniors.
     
  • The California Humanities program which integrates youth programming with local libraries and community colleges

 

 
Planning for our Future

The wildfires that raged through California, including the recent Getty Fire destroyed homes, businesses and wildlife. We owe our greatest thanks and admiration to the first responders who put their lives on the line battling these calamities. But it's clear that more extreme weather is in our future. That is why I've proposed a state bond measure, Senate Bill 45, to begin an aggressive program of adaptation measures to mitigate the impacts of a warming climate.  This bond will create long-term funding for important projects that keep our communities safe. These projects include upgrades to our water infrastructure, removing fire fuel sources near our homes and protecting our coastal properties from sea level rise. We must act now to ready ourselves and manage costs: for every $1 we spend on resiliency, we save $6 in recovery costs.

 

 
Tackling Waste

 

Unfortunately, less than 9 percent of the plastic we produce is recycled, with the rest polluting our beautiful coastline or piling up in landfills. And as these plastics break down over time, they fragment into micro-particles that contaminate our food supply and drinking water. The variation in single-use materials also means that most of this waste cannot be recycled, costing local governments $420 million annually in ongoing efforts to clean up these products and properly dispose of them. I introduced SB 54 to establish a clear regulatory framework for the sale of single-use products in California. Under SB 54, 75% of the single-use products and packaging must be fully recyclable or compostable by 2030. 

 

(Pictured here is a lifeguard tower in Manhattan Beach constructed out of trash collected on the strand.)

 
Photo Album

In February I joined elected officials representing the South Bay at the Local, State and Federal levels to provide a

preview of the most pressing issues affecting our region.

I was proud to honor Catherine Baxter, a dedicated educator from Santa Monica High School, as the Senate District 26

Woman of the Year. Catherine's 35 years of service left an indelible mark on her students, including this one pictured

on the right!   

 

I spoke to a class of students at Miraleste Middle School about the role of state government and the process of developing

bills and passing them into law. They asked some insightful and incisive questions and I look forward to seeing all that

this next generation accomplishes.

I once again joined the joyous Los Angeles Pride Parade in West Hollywood in celebration of our LGBTQ community.

Riding in the Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade with the best co-captains: my parents, my wife, and my son!

I had the honor of delivering the annual State of the State Address to the Hollywood Chamber, talking about the unique challenges and intersections of the business, entertainment, tourist and residential communities of Hollywood.

My staff and I toured exciting new upgrades at LAX to improve the visitor experience at the Tom Bradley and adjacent terminals.

I had the privilege of hosting Parks and Recreation Commissioners from across Los Angeles County to discuss the importance of public open space. I was also proud to honor Joe Halper, Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for his 35 years of service.

 
Upcoming Event – Senate District 26 Toiletry Drive

I look forward to updating you on my work in the coming year.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2020!

 

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In case you missed it, here is a link to my last newsletter.

 



California State Senator Ben Allen - District 26
Website: http://senate.ca.gov/allen
Contact: Senator Ben Allen
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4076
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4026
Fax: (916) 651-4926
District Office
2512 Artesia Blvd., #320
Redondo Beach, CA 90278-3279
Phone: (310) 318-6994
Fax: (310) 318-6733