Weekly Newsletter 02.24.2020

Dear Friend,

I'm back in Washington meeting with California water agencies and working to address the threat of the coronavirus outbreak. Here are some highlights:


Ensuring American health and safety

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With the first case of community-based transmission confirmed in Sacramento County, it's clear we need to act in a comprehensive way to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in America. This disease presents a serious threat that requires a bipartisan, proactive approach. The social and economic impacts of this pandemic could be devastating. We need to be on guard. The House passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan $8.3 billion spending bill to ensure we have the resources to protect Americans from this deadly virus. Learn more about what you can do. 

 

Fighting for water

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The Association of California Water Agencies came to Washington for their annual visit. I provided an update on all the things I'm doing to ensure we have enough water to meet our Valley's needs. We discussed my recent efforts to provide funding for capacity correction repairs on the California Aqueduct and Delta-Mendota Canal, as well as fund environmental compliance projects. We also discussed the importance of continuing to work toward voluntary agreements, and implement the new Biological Opinions to provide greater flexibility in maximizing water efficiency. 

 

Supporting our next generation of military leaders

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Each year I nominate qualified individuals for our nation's military service academies. This year it was my honor to nominate Chowchilla's Dylan Tomlinson for admission to the Air Force Academy, and we were proud that he was accepted. I also hosted an information session to bring together potential applicants and Academy representatives to provide an overview of what Academy education is all about and the doors it can open. Find information on how to apply on our website

 

Supporting local law enforcement

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It was a pleasure to meet local officers like Officer Aldo Garcia and tour the CHP Dispatch Center in Atwater. This center and the hardworking officers and dispatchers who operate it are essential for keeping our communities and roadways safe.

 

Bringing home money for the Valley:

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One of my top priorities is to see our taxpayer dollars come back to the district. I'm pleased to report that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $211.5 million in funding for infrastructure projects that will help provide clean drinking water to Californians. Learn more about how to apply for drinking water and clean water assistance. 

 

Other work on behalf of our Valley:

  • Voted to pass a bill I cosponsored to help protect our irrigation corridors from Nutria. 
  • Participated in a Foreign Affairs hearing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push the Administration for answers on its policies regarding Iran. 
  • Cosponsored a bill to support National Heritage Areas, which foster job creation and advance development. 

 


Meeting of the Week:

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It was a pleasure to meet with Dr. Thelma Hurd, the Director of Medical Education at UC Merced to discuss her efforts to improve medical education at UC Merced. We also talked about my recent legislation to strengthen our efforts to train doctors, build a medical school in the Valley, and ultimately increase healthcare access for Valley residents.


Upcoming Events Across the District:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Central Valley Opportunity Center is offering free Income tax assistance. The event occurs on Saturdays only, and will be open to the public until April 11, 2020. No appointments are necessary. Come prepared with all the proper documents needed to file your tax return. (See for More Information).

Where: 1225 Gill Ave, Madera, CA 93637

When: Every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm until April 11th

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International Women’s Day Conference 2020

Come celebrate International Women’s Day with Women Tech Makers Fresno at the 7th annual conference. The event will feature developers doing code labs, designers talking about getting into the industry and entrepreneurs talking about how they started their businesses and how you can do the same (Go here for more Information).

Tickets: $20

Where: Bitwise South Stadium; 700 Van Ness Ave. Fresno, Ca

When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Lunch and Learn – Five Steps for Business Accessibility  

Tickets to this event cost $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Lunch is included in this event. This event will be educating business owners on accessibility, and the associated resources businesses can use to make their businesses more accessible (Find more information here).

Where: Fresno Chamber of Commerce, 2331 Fresno St, CA  

When: Tuesday, March 17, 11.30AM – 1:00 pm

Leadership Fresno – Recruitment Mixer  

This event will serve as a networking event for business owners across Fresno and surrounding areas. In addition, the event is an opportunity for those interested in becoming a part of the next class of Fresno leaders, Class 37. This event is free to attend, and appetizers will be provided free of charge. Leadership Fresno Alumni will also be in attendance. RSVP by emailing rjohnson@fresnochamber.com. (Find more information here)

Where: The Lime Lite, 1054 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno CA 93711

When: WednesdayMarch 25, 5:30PM

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Opportunity Fresno: An Initiative for Investment in Fresno

What are opportunity zones? They are census tracts generally composed of economically distressed communities that qualify for the Opportunity Zone designation according to criteria outlined in 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since its adoption Opportunity Zones have been designated to all 50 states and 5 territories. There are 47 opportunity zones in Fresno County, and 36 within the city of Fresno.

More information on Opportunity Zones 


Current Legislation:

 


Recent News Coverage:

Sincerely,

 


Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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