Winter Newsletter 2016

February 19, 2016


Dear Friends:

We are currently halfway through the El Niño winter season. Unfortunately, along with much needed rain, El Niño has resulted in flooding, mud flows, higher tides, landslides, downed trees, and electrical power outages.

The effects of El Niño are exacerbated by the drought conditions, as hard-packed soil can contribute to flash flooding and areas decimated by wildfires may be more susceptible to mudslides.

With more rain on the way, it is important to continue your safety preparations and listed below you will find some reminders about how to protect yourself and your home.

  • Identify the risks in your areas. Visit to find out if you live in a flood zone.
  • Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
  • Assemble a backpack of emergency supplies.
  • Keep important documents and prescriptions handy.
  • Stock up on fresh batteries for your flashlights.
  • Prepare your children.
  • Do not to forget to plan for those with special needs, infants, seniors, and pets.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, find out from your local fire department where you can get sand bags.

Standard homeowner's insurance does not cover flood damage. Check with your insurance agent to see if you are covered for floods. In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect.

I encourage you to make sure you are ready for El Niño by preparing and planning for floods and other hazards linked to this specific weather pattern. For more information, please visit


Senate Bill (SB) 945 - Pet Boarding Facilities Standards
Many pet owners view their pets as extensions of their family and when owners go out of town, they want to feel secure in knowing their pets are in a safe environment. I have introduced SB 945 to create a minimum standard for the care for pets while they stay in boarding facilities. Currently, no laws regulate animal care at pet boarding facilities. Modeled after standards for pet shops, SB 945 will help ensure the well-being and safety of our most loved animal family members.

Continuing Care Retirement Community Contracts - Senate Bill (SB) 939
When seniors decide to move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), they are often required to pay a large entrance fee in addition to monthly fees. SB 939 ensures the timely return of a portion of the entrance fee if the CCRC resident voluntarily leaves or passes away.

Mapping California's Climate Investments
The interactive online together information about more than a dozen ground-breaking climate and energy programs in a single searchable application, allowing users to view the location of individual projects, as well as obtain a summary of climate and energy investments in each of state's 120 legislative districts.

The map was developed to help inform Californians about how state funds are being invested. Currently, the site is tracking more than $6 billion in climate-related investments, including programs in agriculture, energy, transportation, natural resources, sustainable communities, and waste reduction.

It also illustrates the investments from these programs at the local and regional level. Over the course of time, the website will be updated with new programs, with a focus on those funded with proceeds from California's cap-and-trade program, as well as incorporate other ways to view the information, including by city and county and census tracts.


Santa Cruz Reproductive Rights Network Roe v. Wade Brunch
I had the opportunity to speak at the annual Reproductive Rights Network of Santa Cruz County brunch. The Reproductive Rights Network is a coalition of over 40 organizations that focus on women's health and the event was in celebration of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. I spoke about the importance of promoting and defending the rights established by the decision, as well as for advocating for women's healthcare in California. Thank you to the Network for giving me the opportunity to speak on such an important and timely issue.

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center Renamed to Honor Former Mayor
In early December, the City of Morgan Hill renamed its Aquatics Center in honor of former Mayor, Dennis Kennedy. A longtime public servant, Mr. Kennedy was not only the Mayor of Morgan Hill, but also served as a Santa Clara County Water Board District member. It was a privilege to be able to honor Mr. Kennedy's lifelong commitment to community service and volunteerism.

Senator Monning with former mayor Dennis Kennedy, Javier Gomez Field Representative for Assemblyman Luis Alejo and Swanee Edwards, Community Leader.

Castroville Rotary
Recently, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Castroville Rotary Club. After providing a brief legislative update, I spoke about issues of importance to the community, such as health care, California's business climate, and water and the drought. It is always a pleasure to connect with those of you who reside in the Artichoke Center of the World!

Bryan Heath, Senator Monning, Carlo Cortopassi, and Jeff Vezzolo

Central Coast Medical Association Dinner and Awards
When I was in San Luis Obispo in late January, I was the keynote speaker at the Central Coast Medical Association (CCMA) award ceremony. At the dinner I discussed the journey I took last year as a champion of the End of Life Option Act and what physicians can expect with the forthcoming implementation of the law. It was a wonderful evening and I enjoyed meeting members of the medical community who serve the Central Coast.

Senator Monning with Dr. Charity Dean, President of the Central Coast Medical Association.

How can I help you?
As your state Senate representative, I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of public service possible. My staff and I are here to assist you in navigating state services and provide information to you. Below are just a few of the state agencies and programs we can help with.

  • Medi-Cal and Covered California
  • Consumer complaints
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Workers' Compensation

Also, you can also watch this video, which lets you know what services my district offices can provide.

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter.


William W. Monning
Senator, 17th District