May 2019 Newsletter

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I would like to invite you to participate in my upcoming events and provide an update on what I'm doing to combat the homelessness crisis in California.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can be of assistance. My office is here to serve the residents of the 29th Senate District.

Sincerely,

Ling Ling Chang
29th Senate District

Upcoming Events

Puppy

Free Pet Microchipping Event
Saturday, May 11
10AM-1PM
Placentia Library
411 E. Chapman Ave., Placentia, CA

In honor of National Pet Month, I invite you and your four-legged friends to join our free pet microchipping event. Let's make sure our beloved dogs and cats can find their way home if they become lost or separated from us. Click here to RSVP.

Coyote

Coyote Awareness Event
Thursday, May 9
6PM-8PM
Yorba Linda Community Center
4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA.

Are you encountering coyotes in your neighborhood? I invite you to join my community meeting to learn about coyote awareness and safety. Featured speakers include representatives from Orange County and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Click here to RSVP.

K-12 Art Competition
Deadline: 5PM Friday, May 17
District Office
1800 E. Lambert Rd., Ste 150, Brea, CA

I invite all K-12 students in the 29th District to participate in the 2019 California Senate Art Competition. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their creative talent by competing to have their artwork displayed in our state's Capitol. Click here for rules and regulations.

Homelessness Update

As part of my on-going efforts to combat our homelessness crisis, I authored SB 573 to continue funding the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) and delivered a letter to Governor Newsom requesting his support for HEAP, which was unfortunately absent from his 2019-20 budget proposal.

As you know, California is home to one-quarter of the homeless population in the United States. It is essential for the state to continue funding the HEAP block grant in order to directly assist cities and counties. This program has already helped communities better serve their homeless populations through services such as:

  • street outreach and criminal justice diversion programs;
  • housing vouchers;
  • rapid re-housing programs.

The City of Anaheim, which has the largest homeless population in North Orange County, supports SB 573. Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu states: "Anaheim is a shining example of the return on investment California can see when it directly partners with cities to address homelessness. In the past three months, the City of Anaheim has opened three homeless shelters, helped hundreds out of homelessness and restored parks, streets and neighborhoods for their intended purposes, all with the help of HEAP funding." (Read full letter here).

This crisis requires decisive and compassionate action, and I stand ready to work with you, local leaders, and the administration to help our homeless neighbors.