Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Caballero welcomes Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship recipients: Dionna Menchaca, Omar Garcia, Salvador Castaneda, and Esmeralda Garcia from the 30th assembly district. Congratulations!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown is making a rare cameo at an Assembly Democratic caucus gathering on Wednesday, giving an in-person sales pitch for his $52-billion transportation plan. But he'll be facing a wary audience of fellow Democrats.

Brown's visit comes one day after tensions flared at the caucus' regular Tuesday lunch, where fears about a tough political vote were compounded by complaints about the short turnaround between the deal's unveiling and Thursday's scheduled vote.

"Part of the frustration that you're hearing is that it's a self-imposed deadline," said Assemblywoman Anna Caballero (D-Salinas). "My perspective is that people want to be reflective about how we handle a big change, and so we want to make sure we're checking in with our constituents and this doesn't leave much time."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Dr. Wanda Heffernon, a former UCSF anesthesiologist, made headlines in 2001 when she pleaded guilty to stealing credit cards from her fellow physicians and forging prescriptions to feed her drug addiction.

While facing those charges, she worked as a physical therapist at a nursing home in San Mateo County, where she was accused — and later convicted — of elder abuse after prying a diamond wedding ring off a 94-year-old patient, bruising the woman’s finger in the process. The judge who sentenced Heffernon to two years in prison noted the extreme vulnerability of the victim and remarked that there was “a dark side to Ms. Heffernon that is difficult to fathom.”

Now, many years later, Heffernon is licensed to practice medicine in California.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The earned income tax credit stands out as the most effective pro-work, anti-poverty policy the United States has devised.

California is among 27 states that offer an additional state EITC on top of the federal credit. However, due to its unusual structure and the new statewide minimum wage increase, its effectiveness will soon be undermined as people work fewer and fewer hours to qualify for large EITC payments.

An increase in the minimum wage should be matched by an increase in how much families can earn and still qualify for the Cal EITC. Assembly Bill 225 sets forth just that.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A political science teacher during my college years once described how a state or federal capitol building serves as a kind of factory site. The elected officials are the “hired help” responsible to serve their bosses and customers — also known as the citizens. These workers clock in for their governing job and work with staff and lobbyists to craft new laws that, hopefully, will make the world a better place.

This year, I’m a proud member of the Leadership Gilroy class of 2017. May 9 we boarded a bus to take a day-trip to Sacramento to visit the California State Capitol. Many of our class members had never set foot in the Neoclassical structure built between 1861 and 1874. The architecture is based on the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with fluted Corinthian columns lining the portico and a dome 210 feet high supporting a lantern with a smaller dome. The park grounds leading up to the magnificent building’s front steps provided a place for a photo ops.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) presented AB 822. The bill promotes the purchase of high quality agricultural products from California by creating a state purchasing preference.

“This bill supports our local farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers who produce the healthy food that we eat. It’s good for our rural communities and good for the state,” said Caballero. “State institutions spend nearly $1 billion a year on food products. California’s economy benefits when state institutions purchase California grown products,” she added.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D–Salinas) announced the passage of AB 638 in the Assembly. AB 638 would protect immigrants from immigration fraud, stop the unauthorized practice of law, regulate immigration service providers, and add consumer protections for those that need assistance in immigration matters.

“The reality is immigration law should be handled by those who understand the law and have been trained so they can correctly file documents and adequately represent their clients,” said Caballero.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Hoy la asambleísta Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) anunció la aprobación de la propuesta de ley, AB 638 en la Asamblea. AB 638 protegería a los inmigrantes del fraude migratorio, detendría la práctica no autorizada de la ley, regularía a los proveedores de servicios de inmigración y agregaría protecciones al consumidor para aquellos que necesiten ayuda en asuntos migratorios.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

On the night of Oct. 16, 2015, Social Services officials requested a welfare check for Delylah and Shaun Tara, 3 and 7, who were living in Salinas with their guardian, second cousin Tami Huntsman. Salinas Police knocked on the front door. No answer. Two months later, their bodies were found in a storage unit in Redding.

The killings were haunting enough that former assemblymember Luis Alejo (now a Monterey County supervisor) and Assemblymember Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, both tried legislating preventive measures.

Alejo’s AB 2380 provides more information to incarcerated parents about background checks for guardians of their kids.

Caballero has introduced AB 318, which would mandate independent study students have visual or in-person contact with a school administrator at least once a week. Independent study allows public school students to study in a nontraditional setting, such as their home, for a period of time.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

SALINAS - Asemblymember Anna M. Caballero joined the Salinas Valley Grows Readers Family Reading Festival on a warm Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of parents and children came together for a fun day of reading, music, games, and story-telling.