A Monthly Message from Senator Limón
The month of June has many special days for us to celebrate and appreciate. To name a few, this month we celebrate Pride Month, Father’s Day, and Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
As someone who lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s Disease, this month is important for me to recognize and increase the awareness of early detection and resources for caregivers who are highly impacted by the disease.
Every year in the legislature since my start as an Assemblymember in 2016, I have authored legislation relating to resources for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, early diagnosis screenings, and an increase of resources for families who are caring for someone who is struggling with this disease.
This year, my Senate Bill 48, improves the ability of Californians to receive a dignified diagnosis and quality care for Alzheimer’s and dementia by increasing training for primary care providers. Primary care providers must continue learning on developments of these illnesses to properly diagnose patients to get them on the necessary treatment they need and allow their families to plan and understand the situation.
June is also Pride Month, a month to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community and the monumental advocates who paved the way for people to be proud of who they are. I am proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community this month and every month. Everyone deserves to love who they want, without fear of discrimination. If you are part of our LGBTQ+ community know that I will continue to be an ally and advocate.
During this month, the legislature works on approving next 2021-2022 state budget. The Senate is finalizing details of a state budget that includes funding for universal pre-k, housing and homelessness, education, small business support, and wildfire prevention.
I look forward to updating you on the finalized budget and legislation I am authoring that continue to advance through the legislative process. You can find a list of bills I am authoring here.
Lastly, to all the fathers in Senate District 19, Happy Father’s Day! I hope your day is filled with much happiness and joy.
Please know my office continues to be available for assistance when needed. To reach us, please call (805) 965-0862.
May was mental health awareness month and I am pleased to share that my Senate Bill 293, which increases access to mental health services for children in Medi-Cal by streamlining eligibility paperwork successfully passed the Senate and moves into the Assembly as the legislative process continues. SB 293 is sponsored by Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, who reside in our district, in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Casa Pacifica offers adolescent and family services designed to treat victims of abuse and neglect, substance abuse, homelessness, and other behavioral and mental health issues. Casa Pacifica works with more than 2,100 children and their families annually. To read more about Casa Pacifica and the resources they offer visit their website.
I attended the ribbon cutting of the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Oxnard. Over the years, they have been providing education and information about keeping people and families healthy and safe, and they are now expanding their resources for our communities. The new health center will help improve health outcomes and meet patients where they are. For more information about this location, visit their Facebook page.
Juneteenth commemorates when enslaved African Americans in Texas, learned they were free on June 19 of 1865. This day is also known as Freedom Day. This day came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and remains an important day to recognize every year.
Since 2003, the state of California celebrates Juneteenth as a day to honor the significant contributions of Black Americans to our nation. I look forward to participating in Ventura (Oxnard) and Santa Barbara Counties’ Juneteenth commemorations.
The 30th Anniversary Juneteenth Celebration hosted by the Juneteenth Committee of Ventura County (JCVC)
Juneteenth Santa Barbara 2021
Santa Barbara Edhat: Road Improvements Between San Ysidro and Olive Mill
The start of the Highway 101: Padaro project was celebrated by community leaders and elected officials. Construction begins June 6, 2021. This will be the third of five segments under construction as part of the Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project that will add peak-period, carpool lanes, replace creek bridges, and improve safety between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. This was possible by Senate Bill 1 funding - In 2017, I was one of the local legislators that voted in favor of SB 1. To read more about SB 1 and projects in our district, visit my website.
Lake County Record-Bee: State and regional wildfire risk reduction efforts highlighted at digital forum
As a member of the Senate’s Wildfire Working Group, we released the blueprint for a fire safe California. The Thomas Fire we experienced and the fire after it that California faced has shaped this record investment in wildfire prevention and response. Along with the introduction of 11 landmark bills that will help keep communities fire safe. This legislative package and budget has planning, prevention, resiliency and investment that will help us better deal with the impacts of wildfires in our State.