Past Events

Improving College Readiness and Degree Attainment in the Inland Empire

University of California, Riverside
Alumni & Visitors Center
3701 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, CA 92507

The Higher Education Committee will review existing education programs and partnerships for students and discuss strengths and challenges in ensuring all IE students, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are prepared to attend college and attain pertinent college degrees and certificates.

Research shows that California’s baccalaureate attainment rate has not kept pace with the rest of the nation.  Sadly, California ranks 45th among the states in terms of bachelor’s degrees conferred relative to the college age population.  More specific to the Inland Empire (IE), research shows that the IE has a significantly lower postsecondary education attainment rate and lesser levels of college readiness among its high school graduates compared to the rest of California. 

In the highly diverse IE, this low ranking presents a great challenge in maintaining educational equity for all students and has profound long-term consequences for all communities within the IE.

I hope this public oversight hearing will promote continued discussion over an important issue affecting our community.

Pancake Breakfast & CalFresh Info

Come enjoy a pancake breakfast and receive important information on how to apply for the CalFresh food program. Join the discussion on local and legislative issues affecting the community.

For more information on this event, please call my district office at (951) 369-6644.

Cash for College Workshops 2016

February 13 and 16
Rancho Verde High School
17750 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92551

February 18
Ramona High School
7675 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504

February 20
Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506

Riverside County Office of Education & IEEP
3939 13th Street, Riverside, CA 92501

February 23
Citrus Hill High School
18150 Wood Road, Perris, CA 92570

February 27
J.W. North High School
1550 3rd Street, Riverside, CA 92507

Rancho Verde High School
17750 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92551

Road Closure Notice


By fully closing the roadway, these significant construction efforts can be consolidated into one weekend, rather than extending the project over multiple weekends. The full closure will also help ensure the safety of construction crews and the traveling public by eliminating cars and construction equipment on the road.

To minimize travel delays and impacts during the closure, Riverside County Transportation Commission's strongly recommends that motorists plan ahead and completely avoid travel on and near the 91 in Corona. If travel cannot be avoided, motorists can use the 57, 60 and I-10 as alternate routes. Motorists traveling on the 91, 71 or I-15 near the project area during the closure period can expect delays of three to four hours. Please see detour map below.

Once the weekend construction activities are completed, more work is on the way for the Maple Street area during the coming months. Crews will rebuild the Maple Street bridge and construct the flyover ramp bridge across the 91. Nightly full closures of eastbound 91 likely will be required for about a week following the full weekend closure; additional periodic nighttime closures will occur in the future. Once the flyover ramp bridge at Maple Street is completed this summer, another full closure of the 91 may take place to remove the temporary support beams that will be placed during the weekend of February 19-22.

For questions, please call the project helpline at (877) 770-9191 or visit We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Apply for a California Competes Tax Credit

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) from businesses that plan to add jobs and/or make new investments in California. The state will be awarding up to $200 million in tax credits this fiscal year to companies across the state.

I hope to see local businesses take advantage of this opportunity and apply. The next application round ends on January 25 and $75 million in tax credits is available.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is hosting two free webinars about the program on Thursday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 19. Visit their website to register and learn more.


Todos están invitados a una sesión informativa acerca del proceso de conseguir su licencia de manejar. El DMV estará presente para compartir información y contestar preguntas del público.

El año pasado, el gobernador Brown promulgó la ley AB 60 – Ley de Elegibilidad para las Licencias de Conducir. Comenzando en enero de 2015, el Departamento de Motores y Vehículos podrá otorgar licencias de conducir a toda persona que demuestre satisfactoriamente ser residente en California.

Habrá información acerca de los requisitos para obtener su licencia y seguro de vehículos.



Financial Literacy and Homebuyer Information Session

Please join me for a discussion on the home buying process, including credit counseling. Details on the first-time home buying experience will also be available.

For more information, please call the district office at (951) 369-6644.

Covered California Enrollment Fair

Health insurance is available for everyone. Please join me, along with the Riverside Black Chamber of Commerce, at an enrollment fair to help families receive high-quality, affordable health insurance. We will have certified counselors ready to advise you of your health care options. No one can be denied insurance due to a pre-existing medical condition. Don't miss out!

For more information, please call the district office at (951) 369-6644.

Joint Hearing to Address Campus Harassment and Violence

Please join the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, and the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate for an oversight hearing to discuss the latest developments and progress toward addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault on California's college campuses. We will examine California's efforts to increase prevention and resolve incidents pertaining to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence on college campuses.

Campus sexual assault is a significant problem. According to studies, 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted while in college and fewer than 10 percent of survivors, men and women, report the crime. We should be doing all that we can to make sure our higher education institutions have the tools they need to prevent, respond to, and resolve incidents.

I will be joined by Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, Chairwoman of the Assembly Campus Climate Select Committee.