Lorraine Justin
3rd Vice Commander

Seth Reeb
Legislative Advocate

Martha Lozano

Pete Conaty

Larry Gunter

Enrique Rudino

Ray Delgado

The Team

Your Legislative Committee Members

USEFUL WEB SITES FOR VETERANS

To find information on California legislation:   https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml  

California State Senate:  http://senate.ca.gov/  

California State Assembly:  http://assembly.ca.gov/   

To find California Law, including the Military and Veterans Code:    https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml  

Guide for Accessing California Legislative Information:  http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/guide.html  

 To find your state and local legislator: 

  1. You must first find your 9 digit zip code.  To do this go to:  http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp  
    Type in your address.  This will tell you your  nine digit zip code.

  2.  Next, go to this web site:   http://votesmart.org/  Enter the 9 digit zip code and it will tell you who your State Senator and Assemblymembers are, as well as your member  of Congress.  

 Basic elements of a letter to your State Senator or Assemblymember: 

 Date 

The Honorable John Doe 

California State Legislature 

State Capitol 

Sacramento, CA 95814 

RE:  AB 123, SB 123, Veterans Home Funding, etc 

Dear Senator (or Assemblymember)Doe: 

I/we support…. 

 If writing on behalf of your organization put a brief explanation about what they do, how many members, etc….. 

 Sincerely, 

Your Signature 

Your full name printed 

Your full address 

August 18, 2018 

 

Proposition 1 —  Veterans & Affordable Housing Bond Act:  SUPPORT 

Proposition 1 would authorize $4 billion in bonds or affordable housing programs and a veteran’s homeownership program.  This will help address our housing crisis by investing additional resources in existing programs.   

 

$1 Billion is to replenish the CalVet Home Loan Program which requires voter approval when the current bonds funds are exhausted because the home loan payments go into the General Fund to pay off existing bonds. 

 

Supporters:  California State Commanders Veterans Council  

                       American G.I. Forum of California 

          American Legion, Department of California 

          AMVETS, Department of California 

          California Association of County Veterans Service Officers 

          Military Officers Association of America, Californian Council of Chapters 

          National Guard Association of California 

          National Veterans Foundation 

          Reserve Officers Association – Golden West Dept 

          Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California 

          Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council 

          Women Veterans Alliance 

 Proposition 8 —  Price Controls on Private Dialysis Clinics:  OPPOSE 

Proposition 8 would limit the amount outpatient kidney dialysis clinics may charge for patient care and mandate rebates to insurers when total revenue exceeds 115 percent of certain costs.  However, the definition of “patient care servicers costs,” excludes many federally required and critical arts of operating a clinic.  Without accounting for the costs of those services, clinics could be forced to limit hours or close entirely, leaving patients to emergency rooms.   Prop. 8 is sponsored by SEIU – United Health Care Workers. 

 This measure is very harmful to veterans who live in rural areas and underserved communities.  The VA contracts out to private clinics for dialysis treatments and these clinics may be forced to close if this proposition passes. 

 Opposition:  California State Commanders Veterans Council  

                        American G.I. Forum of California 

          American Legion, Department of California 

          AMVETS, Department of California 

          California Association of County Veterans Service Officers 

          Military Officers Association of America, Californian Council of Chapters 

          Military Order of the Purple Heart 

          National Guard Association of California 

          National Veterans Foundation 

          Reserve Officers Association – Golden West Dept 

          Scottish-American Military Society 

          Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California 

          Women Veterans Alliance 

 

Proposition 10 —  Repealing Rent Control Limitations:  OPPOSE 

Misnamed by its tenant advocate supporters as the “Affordable Housing Act”, the measure proposes to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995, which placed limits on locally enacted rent control laws.  Rent control is not the same thing as affordable housing, Proposition 10 will disincentivize new construction and make it harder to fund necessary upgrades and maintenance.  It is the wrong solution to California’s housing crisis. The measure is sponsored by the president of the Los Angeles AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Michael Weinstein.  (Weinstein was the financial backer of Proposition 61 in 2016 that all VSOs opposed.)  

 This measure will jeopardize builders’ ability to build housing for veterans.  A recent USC study found that 40% of recently separated military were unable to find suitable housing.  California has the highest number of homeless veterans now and this proposition will make it harder to fund housing for them 

 Opposition:  California State Commanders Veterans Council  

          American G.I. Forum of California 

          American Legion, Department of California 

          AMVETS, Department of California 

           Marine Corps Veterans Association 

          Military Officers Association of America, Californian Council of Chapters 

          National Guard Association of California 

          National Veterans Foundation 

          Reserve Officers Association – Golden West Dept. 

          Veterans Foreign Wars, Department of California 

          Veterans Services Supportive Services Agency Inc. (VSSA) of Silicon Valley 

         Women Veterans Alliance