Spring Newsletter 2019

May 15, 2019

Dear Friends,

Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau counts every resident in the nation.  A complete and accurate count of California’s population is essential because the data collected determines the number of seats we have in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.  More than 70 federal programs that benefit California, including education, health, and transportation, use Census data as part of their funding formulas.

The 2018-19 Budget included more than $90 million for statewide outreach to increase the participation of California’s hard to count population in the 2020 Census. The California Complete Count Office is in charge of administering and distributing these funds, with the Legislature providing oversight and support to ensure an effective campaign.  For more information on the efforts for the California Census in 2020, please visit: https://census.ca.gov/.


Capitol News

Senate Bill 200 (SB 200) - Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund

In 2012, the State of California officially established access to safe drinking water as a fundamental human right and declared that every Californian has the right to clean, safe, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.  Despite this declaration, experts on safe drinking water estimate that more than 1 million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water each year, with low-income communities and communities of color experiencing the greatest impact. 

My SB 200 establishes the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and creates a framework for the State Water Resources Control Board to receive, administer, and distribute revenue in a responsible, cost-effective manner that prioritizes solutions for those most impacted by unsafe and unaffordable drinking water.

Status: In the Senate Appropriations Committee

SB 347- Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Health Warning Act

Research shows that over consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is a significant part of the current obesity epidemic in the state and remains one of the main drivers of increasing rates of type 2 diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, and other chronic health problems.  SB 347 would require all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California that contain at least 75 calories per 12 fluid ounces to possess a health-warning label:

Status: In the Senate Appropriations Committee

District News

Santa Clara County

I was honored to attend the unveiling of the wildlife crossing signage in Coyote Valley, hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. The signage will provide important information to those in the area to accommodate the migration and movements of critical wildlife in Coyote Valley. Thank you to the City of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for improving safety for all those who use this area.

Senator Monning with Assemblymember Marc Levine; Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority General Manager Andrea Mackenzie; Assemblymember Ash Kalra; San Jose City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez; Assemblymember Mark Stone; Committee for Green Foothills Executive Director Megan Fluke; and Committee for Green Foothills Executive Director Laura Wells

Santa Cruz County

In March, I had to opportunity to participate in the Valley Women’s Club of the San Lorenzo Valley’s 41st Annual General Meeting, where I provided an update on my legislative work in Sacramento. The event was also very informative to me because of the work of the Valley Women’s Club of San Lorenzo Valley to support the local community and environment.

Senator Monning speaking at the Valley Women’s Club’s 41st Annual General Meeting

Monterey County

Last month, Assemblymember Stone and I spoke to a group of master’s students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) Center for the Blue Economy about ocean policy issues.  We also received an update on the Center for the Blue Economy’s current work. Thank you to MIIS for the opportunity to speak with these emerging leaders in ocean and environmental policy.

San Luis Obispo County

When I was in San Luis Obispo recently, I toured the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Information, Research, and Education (F.I.R.E.) Institute at Cal Poly, an interdisciplinary partnership between academia and external stakeholders that researches tactics to help communities facing dangerous fire threats.  Thank you to Dan Turner, former San Luis Obispo County CalFire Chief and Cal Poly F.I.R.E Executive Director, for sharing this important work to help protect California.

Senator Monning with Cal Poly staff, faculty, and student researchers involved with the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Information, Research, and Education Institute

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter!


Senator Bill Monning
17th District