Winter Newsletter 2017

March 06, 2017


Dear Friends:

The Unclaimed Property Program operated by the State Controller is currently holding more than $8 billion in lost, forgotten, or abandoned property. Californians have a single source for searching for unclaimed property reported by holders from around the nation, such as banks, insurance companies, corporation, and other institutions, and people can search for and claim what rightfully belongs to them at:

The State Controller 's Office works hard to reunite unclaimed property with its rightful owners. If you do have a claim you can submit it electronically or print a claim and submit it through the mail to:

State Controller's Office
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 942850
Sacramento, CA 94250-5873



Senate Bill (SB) 300: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Label
In an effort to combat the public health epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as to empower consumers to make more health-conscious decisions, SB 300 would require health warning labels be placed on beverages sold in California with added sweeteners of 75 calories or more per 12 ounces. The warning label would read:

STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added 
sugar(s) contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.

SB158: Commercial Driving Training
SB 158 is a measure that will improve road safety by implementing new federal commercial truck driving regulations, as well as establish a minimum number of behind-the-wheel training hours to ensure that commercial drivers have the necessary experience to drive safely. The legislation was inspired by the tragic death of 25-year-old Daniel McGuire of Santa Cruz who was killed in a car crash in 2014 after a truck driver on Highway 17 lost control and crashed into 10 cars. The truck driver 's lack of adequate training and experience was deemed a major factor in the crash. In that same year, there were 10,062 at-fault commercial vehicle collisions reported in California, of which 2,432 resulted in injury, and 68 were fatal.


Santa Clara County
Unfortunately, the 2016 fire season burned thousands of acres throughout the 17th Senate District and the Loma fire, in Santa Clara County, burned more than 4,400 acres in the Santa Cruz mountains. In early November, I had the opportunity to tour some of the burn areas on the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority land that is now threatened by soil erosion and flows of debris into drinking water wells. Thank you to the staff and board members of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for the tour and for your work to restore the land damaged by the Loma Fire.

Loma Fire burn area

Santa Cruz County
It was my privilege to recently visit the Castro Adobe State Historic Park, the first state historic park in southern Santa Cruz County. The Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe is the only remaining building from the Rancho era in Pajaro Valley and it houses one of the last original rancho cocinas in California. Thank you to Bonny Hawley, the Executive Director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and all the staff for the tour and the continued preservation of this beautiful piece of California history.

Senator Monning with Executive Director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Bonny Hawley

Monterey County
In December, I toured the Monterey County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and met with some very special, four-legged constituents. Over the past year, the Monterey SPCA has found forever homes for more than 2,600 animals. It was wonderful to see up-close the great work of the SPCA in Monterey County.

Senator Monning with an SPCA puppy

San Luis Obispo County
I was pleased to be able to tour the new San Luis Obispo County (SLO) Food Bank. In 2015, the Food Bank distributed 6.2 million pounds of food to people in the San Luis Obispo community. Forty-nine percent of this food was locally-sourced, fresh produce! Thank you to everyone at the SLO Food Bank for your commitment to ensuring that those in need have access to healthful, nutritious food.

Senator Monning with the SLO Food Bank Director of Community Relations, Aracely Aceves Lozano; SLO Food Bank Director of Programs, Jen Miller; past SLO Food Bank Chief Executive Officer, Carl Hansen; and SLO Food Bank Chief Operations Officer, Wendy Lewis.


Bill Monning
Senator, 17th District