Weekly Newsletter 02.11.2020

Dear Friend,


This week I'm back in Washington working on legislation to protect our wilderness, improve public access to water, and advance equal rights for all. Here are some highlights:   

Fighting for water

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A reliable and sustainable water supply is key to our Valley's success. I was pleased the Natural Resources Committee advanced important legislation that I helped introduce to fund repairs on the Friant-Kern Canal and increase grants to help supply clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities. The Move Water Now Act and the Disadvantaged Community Drinking Water Assistance Act will benefit communities and water users in our Valley and complement other legislation I've been working on, like the Conveyance Capacity Correction Act to repair the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct.  


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Honoring African Americans


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February is Black History month, where we take the time to honor and reflect on the meaningful contributions of African Americans to our Valley and our country. I cosponsored a resolution to celebrate the cultural significance of Black History month and honor those individuals who have had a lasting impact on our society. We need to continue working together to build a brighter and more equitable future for all Americans.  


Pushing for global human rights


330 years ago, Armenians living in Azerbaijan were viciously targeted because of their ethnicity, becoming the victims of senseless violence that forced 390,000 from their homes. I joined other members of Congress to commemorate the atrocity of the Sumgait Pogroms and renew our pledge to work together to support a free, prosperous, and secure Armenia. 


Making sure everyone counts

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The 2020 Census is one of the most important ways you can contribute to our great country. By participating in the Census, you can provide valuable information that influences funding for critical programs like health care, infrastructure, emergency services, and countless others. Participating has never been easier because the 2020 Census can be answered online. All your information is safely protected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Make sure you're counted! 



Other work I'm doing on behalf of our Valley: 

  • Voted to advance a bill to commission development of a Women's History museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution. 
  • Supported a Western public lands package that included conservation of 246,000 acres of new wilderness in areas of Los Padres National Forest - part of 2 million acres designated nationwide.
  • Voted to continue consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment and support gender equality in the United States.


Meeting of the Week: 



I had the opportunity to meet with my friend Shawn Riggins, Director of the Fresno Economic Opportunity Commission's Local Conservation Corps, to discuss their efforts to improve the health of our forests while also creating jobs. He was excited by the recent CalFire grant I helped secure to create 100 new skilled forestry jobs to mitigate the effects wildfires have on our economy and air quality in the Valley. Shawn's father was the long time respected Pastor Riggins who did so much in our community! 


Upcoming Events Across the District:



AARP Foundation Tax-Aide


Free tax help for those with low- and moderate incomes, with special attention paid to those aged 60 and over. Please bring all relevant tax information, including last year’s income tax returns, identification for dependents and individuals. This event is first come, first served.


Where: Merced Senior Center

             755 W 15th Street



When: February 4th – April 14th,

            8:30AM – 12:00PM (Every Thursday and Friday) 


Find more information here


Acoustic Jazz Guitar with Randy Freeman

The Patio Cafe will host local acoustic Jazz Guitarist Randy Freeman. This is open for everyone free of charge.

Where: Patio Café, 5138 N Palm Fresno, CA 

When: Friday, February 14, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Friday, February 21,             11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Friday, February 28, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm,             Friday, March 06, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Friday, March 13, 11:30             am - 1:30 pm

Find more information here



Free Yoga Classes at Betty Rodriguez Library

The Betty Rodriguez Library will host a free yoga class. There is no expectation of ability and there are mats available for use, free of charge.

Where: Betty Rodriguez Library, 3040 N. Cedar, Fresno, CA              93703

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Find more information here


Academy Night

A night for High School students, their families, school administrators and counselors to gather and listen to speakers from the academies to learn about academy life and pick up application materials. Representatives of the Academy will additionally be available for questions.

Where: 2222 M Street Merced, CA 95340, 3rd Floor Board              Chambers

When: Monday, February 24, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For more information contact Gabriel Hulbert in Congressman Costa's Merced office at 209-384-1620.



Open Landfills

The Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority has extended operating hours on Saturdays at the landfills in Merced and Los Banos. The change means that both sites are now open to the public six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 7:00am to 3:30pm.

Where: 7040 N. Highway 59 Merced, CA and 17173 S. Billy              Wright Road Los Banos, CA

When: Monday – Saturday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Find more information here

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Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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