Anderson 360 News Update: November 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Home of Guiding Hands’ 50th Anniversary

At the Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) annual meeting, this phenomenal organization that calls El Cajon home celebrated its 50th year of providing individual services to its clients with developmental disabilities.


Photo by Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

According to the story published in the East County Californian, Mark Klaus, the CEO and President of HGH, “What started out by a small group of ambitious individuals has now grown into what HGH is today. I doubt that 50 years ago anyone could imagine the scope of services, the difference in people’s lives for people with developmental disabilities, their families, our staff and our community have accomplished. The foresight and dedication of HGH provided services long before it became law that these individuals were entitled to these services. And their foresight is truly amazing.”


Photo by Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

It was my honor to present HGH with a Senate Resolution recognizing their exemplary service to the county of San Diego.


Photo by Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

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Small Business of the Year 2017: San Marcos Family Dental

Small Business of the Year 2017: San Marcos Family Dental

The Small Business of the Year Award for Senate District 38 went to San Marcos Family Dental. Owners, Dr. Joanna El-Maasri and Dr. Constantine Reppas are active members of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and can be found at San Marcos Community Street Fairs, school festivals, community celebrations, or San Marcos Revolution soccer club where Dr. Reppas has been a coach and San Marcos Family Dental has been a league sponsor.

Dr. El-Maasri has always known that she would raise a family in the town she grew up in. Their future goals include developing a youth oral health care program to provide free exams and helps less fortunate families with their dental needs.

It was an honor to recognize Constantine and Joanna in Sacramento on California Small Business Day where I had the opportunity to present them the Small Business of the Year Award for Senate District 38. Congratulations, Joanna and Constantine!

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Legislative Update: Governor Signs Anderson Bills into Law

Governor Brown signed two important bills I authored into law. Senate Bill (SB) 336 was one of them, and it gives services to people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they have not committed.  Some of theservices that will be provided are identification cards, housing assistance, job training, and mental health services for six months after release.

Another bill that was signed most recently was SB 156.  It is my priority to make sure California keeps its promises to our veterans. SB 156 requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California National Guard to assist returning veterans and current members of the Guard in filing the necessary forms and paperwork to apply for citizenship, including information on where to acquire legal assistance.

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Human Organ Trafficking Lectures

Earlier this month, I was honored to be a panelist at UCSD and SDSU accompanied by internationally recognized speakers to discuss the violation of human rights in China. These human rights violations include the human organ trafficking that specifically target Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners.

I authored SJR 10 this year that would have condemned the Chinese Government’s human rights violations against Falun Gong practitioners if passed. I want legislators to unite and stand against this holocaust, as we have always come together to do against other genocides. You can read more about it here:
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-09-08/california-resolution-shelved-after-chinese-opposition.

International human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, David Matas, said, “It’s important that the Chinese government knows that there’s consequences to the crimes against humanity, which they’ve been committing. They shouldn’t be granted impunity, and people shouldn’t be turning a blind eye to the people.”

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Final Holiday Legislative Open House

You, your family, and friends are invited to my final Annual Holiday Legislative Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Local businesses and community partners will donate hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public, and you will have the opportunity to submit ideas to improve state government. I can’t wait to see you next month! RSVP on bit.ly/HLOH17 or by calling 619-596-3136.

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