State Senator Bob Huff held a Holiday Celebration and legislative update at his Walnut office on Tuesday evening, December 21, 2010 from 5-7 PM. It was open to the public and about 75 – 100 people were in attendance. We had mayors, mayor pro-tems, board members, ambassadors, business leaders, constituents, as well as California State Senator Bob Huff and his wife, Mrs. Mei Mei were present. Staff Members from both the Southern California Walnut Office and the Sacramento Capital office attended also.
Orchestra members from Diamond Bar High School were providing holiday music, hors d’ouevres and non-alcoholic beverages were provided. The office was decorated in traditional holiday style including a Christmas Tree.
At about 6 PM, Senator Huff gathered everyone together and gave a quick legislative update on different topics dealing with the socio-economic and political events and possible future outcomes for California. Discussions included, but not limited to, the Governor-Elect Jerry Brown, state bond measures, and education in California.
According to Senator Huff, Jerry Brown met with all the legislatures in California about a week or so ago and stated that he and his team want to pass a budget for the following year by March of 2011. He wants to do this before a special election nest year. We do not know, as of now, if any tax hikes will be on the ballot.
A discussion came up in regards to state bond measures. Some attendees wanted to know the process of how they were paid for and how they were paid off. Senator Huff stated that many bond measures are voted on by the state which in turn, allows municipalities to vote on their own bond measures to reap some of the benefits of the state bond measures. It apparently takes many years to pay off bonds according to the size of the initial bond to or to the actual project the bond was supposed to pay for. The voters of California have to vote on the bonds and then vote again to stop any projects at hand if needed. Also, it is possible that some bond monies will be switched to other projects if the situation calls for it.
The budget for the state of California allocates over 51% to the public education of our children from Kindergarten through the Junior College system. State universities and private institutions can raise their rates at will, which many have done in these tough economic times. Our education system needs to be improved, and Senator Huff intends to do all that he can to help in this area.
Senator Bob Huff”s district encompasses the areas of Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Bernardino County. The 29th District includes the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Brea, Charter Oak, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, La Crescenta-Montrose, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Verne, Mayflower Village, Monrovia, North El Monte, Placentia, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, Walnut and Yorba Linda. It also includes portions of Anaheim, the Angeles National Forest, Citrus, City of Industry, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights and Tujunga.
You can go to his website and get more legislative updates, news and even Senator Huff’s biography for more information. His website is http://cssrc.us/web/29/district.aspx