September 2014 Newsletter

September 10, 2014

Biking Safely

Join me for a . . .

Fun Day of Bicycle Safety
Friday, Sept. 19, 3-5 p.m.
Santee Elementary School
1313 Audubon Dr., San Jose

It's a brief course to educate your child about the rules of the road, and how to safely ride and handle a bicycle.

Experts will be available to inspect your child's bike and ensure your child's bike helmet fits correctly.

I also want to give a special thanks to the Franklin-McKinley School District; San Jose Department of Transportation; the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition; and the Santa Clara County Traffic Safe Communities Network for providing free helmets that will be given to the first 200 participants.

Parents please be mindful of the National Traffic Safety Administration's warning: A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.


Legislation

The legislative session ended last month and in its waning days several of my bills were sent to the Governor for his consideration. Among those bills were:

  • Audrie's Law / SB 838 - This bill was inspired by the family of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl who took her own life after she was sexually assaulted while unconscious. While coping with trauma of the assault, she was also tormented by photos that had been taken of her moments after the crime and electronically shared. SB 838 seeks to prevent sex crimes by juveniles. It also brings transparency to the juvenile court system.
  • SB 628 -Furnishes local governments with a new way to pay for improving and expanding their infrastructure.
  • SB 924 - Increases the civil statute of limitations to give the adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek restitution against their assailant.
  • SB 926 - Increases the criminal statute of limitation for victims of survivor childhood sexual abuse to press charges against the people who harmed them.

Meet Me

If you have a state-related issue or problem, meet me for a one-to-one discussion over a cup of coffee on Friday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Pink Elephant Deli-Cenaduria, 475 S. King Road, San Jose. The meetings are on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Food Allergies

I'll be at the Bay Area FARE Walk for Food Allergy to raise awareness about food allergy research and education. The 5K run/walk is held in the memory of B.J Hom, an 18-year-old San Jose resident, who died from an allergic reaction to peanuts.
I'll be at the walk. I hope to meet you there.

Bay Area FARE Walk for Food Allergy
Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m.
Lake Cunningham Park, Cypress Pavilion
2305 S. White Road, San Jose
For more information, click here.


Earthquake Preparedness

Twenty five years ago, we learned a tough lesson in self-sufficiency fin the aftermath of the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta Quake that disrupted utility and phone service and made some key roads and highways impassable.

With September officially designated as National Preparedness Month and the recent Napa earthquake both serving as potent reminders, it's up to each of us to prepare our households before a major quake strikes again.

It is essential to build an emergency kit, make a plan, and be informed. For tips on how to compile a kit, visit the websites for the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Centers for Disease Control provides planning guidelines for emergencies. FEMA offers a template for families to use to ensure they are able to stay in touch in the hours after a natural disaster.

Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make the difference when seconds count.

An Office of Emergency Services website offers a series of PDF downloads on seeking safety in the midst of a quake; how to reduce hazards at your residence; and tips for the elderly, children, people with disabilities, and pet owners.