Putting In the Work for You
As your Assemblymember for the Inland Empire, I’ve gotten straight to work. I authored multiple bills that support the local level on mental health, social bullying, workforce development, small business, veterans, and public safety. You can read about my bills in this op-ed I wrote for the San Bernardino Sun. I’m proud to report that 9 of these bills successfully made their way through the Assembly, where they will be voted on by the California Senate, and hopefully sent to the Governor’s desk to become law.
In June, the California government passed their budget for the following year. After getting elected, I reached out to the local city jurisdictions to understand their immediate needs. The funding in this budget provides long overdue state resources directly back to the 40th Assembly District. At the request of the City of Rancho Cucamonga, the budget provides assistance to build a dog park in Central Park. This would be the first major addition to this local park in over ten years. More green space improves quality of life and fosters community engagement. In addition, San Bernardino receives critical support to develop general plan amendments, making investments towards affordable housing and community development. Lastly, this budget plan invests in young people of Native American heritage by providing critical funding for tribal youth diversion programs. These grants will immediately improve outcome for Native American youth by prioritizing services that are culturally based and rooted in the community.
I’ve made it a priority to be in the community and hear directly from the residents of the 40th District. To that end, I’ve hosted a community meeting in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda, and Redlands. Perhaps you’ve had a chance to attend one? If not, I hope you’ll have the ability to join me at the next one.
Woman of the Year and Women of Distinction
The 40th Assembly District is blessed to have so many amazing women putting in work to improve the community. I had the privilege of honoring Rancho Cucamonga Councilmember Kristine Scott as the 2019 Woman of the Year, and 13 Women of Distinction throughout Women’s History Month in March. Please read more about each of these fantastic awardees here.
Compassionate Community Care, May Mental Health Awareness Month
In conjunction with May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I sponsored and was the opening speaker for the Compassionate Community Care Conference to bring experts and faith leaders together to bring awareness to mental health and help break the stigma.
Historic First Tribal Floor Blessing; May Recognition of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
As the first California Native American ever elected to the state legislature, I had the great pleasure of giving the first ever tribal blessing to open an Assembly floor session. This had never happened before in the history of California. Embed video: https://a40.asmdc.org/video/20190506-assemblymember-ramos-leads-latino-spirit-awards-ceremonial-session-prayer
I then followed up this moment by introducing Assembly Continuing Resolution 83 which recognizes May is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Month. Across the United States and Canada, indigenous women and girls have been kidnapped or murdered at an alarming rate. According to the Department of Justice, Native American/Alaskan Native women living on tribal land are ten times more likely to be murdered than the national average.
Governor Newsom Gathers with Tribal Leaders to Hold a Blessing and Discuss California's Historical Mistreatment of Native Americans
On June 18, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a historic executive order acknowledging and apologizing for the genocide and mistreatment of Native Americans by the State of California. Part of this executive order included the creation of the Truth and Healing Council with consultation from California Native American tribes to work with the Governor’s Tribal Advisor and Administration regarding policies that may affect tribal communities. At the ceremony held that day with tribal leaders from across the state, I opened the meeting with a blessing and sang a traditional bird sing before the Governor’s remarks.
“As the first California Indian elected to the State Legislature, I applaud the executive order signed by Governor Newsom today to issue a formal apology from the state for past cruel treatment of Native Americans. This action will go a long way to start the healing process between the state and Native American communities throughout California.
I grew up in a mobile home on the San Manuel Indian reservation and experienced poverty firsthand that many generations before me have lived through. The reservation was formed following the Battle of 1866, when my great-great-grandfather Santos Manuel saved our remaining 30 tribal members from slaughter and founded the San Manuel Reservation.
This is a history of genocide and oppression that so many Native American tribes share – under attack, families separated, culture stolen or destroyed, displaced from land. That is why tribal knowledge is sacred, and its preservation tantamount to our survival as a people.
This historic acknowledgment by the Governor marks the beginning of a new relationship between the state and the more than 700,000 Native Americans who make the State of California their home.”
Team Ramos in Action
I hired a great staff of professionals to represent me in the community when I’m up in Sacramento.
- Robert Chavez – Field Representative for Highland
- Anne Larsen – Field Representative for Redlands and Loma Linda
- Dion Taylor – Field Representative for San Bernardino
- Jorrel Verella – District Director
- Brendan Wiles – Communications Director, Senior Field Representative for Rancho Cucamonga
Here are just a few highlights from when they have been out and about the district!
Robert Chavez, Brendan Wiles, Anne Larsen and Jorrel Verella volunteering for Redlands Day of Community Service.
Robert Chavez and Anne Larsen assisting with the Feeding America Inland Empire Food Drive with ABC7 Los Angeles.
Brendan Wiles celebrating the ribbon cutting for a new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store in Rancho Cucamonga.
Dion Taylor awarding certificates to scholarship recipients of the Kiwanis Club of Greater San Bernardino.
Jorrel Verella commemorating the groundbreaking for affordable senior housing development in Rancho Cucamonga.