February 2018 District Report

A Message from Bill Dodd

Dear Neighbor,

February is Black History Month, which is a time to reflect on the vast contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our nation, as well as the ongoing struggle for civil rights, equal opportunity and prosperity.

This month I introduced new bills protect drinking water access, deter illegal emissions from oil refineries, and prevent future wildfires. As always, my office is available to help you with a state agency or answer any questions you might have. You can contact me by visiting my website.

In this Issue:



Bill Dodd
Senator, 3rd District

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Free Tax Help/Earned Income Tax Credit

Tax Day, April 18th, is fast approaching. You may qualify for tax credits or free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which is supported by the Franchise Tax Board.

You may qualify for tax credits. California’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program will benefit millions of low income working families and can result in thousands of dollars for qualifying families. Each year millions of dollars in tax credits go unclaimed, so see if you’re eligible.

View a list of upcoming workshops. I urge you to call the contact numbers listed to verify your eligibility, make appointments, and to learn what documentation may be required.

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Black History Month

I was proud to join my colleagues in the Legislative Black Caucus to vote for Senate Resolution 70, recognizing February 2018 as Black History Month. February is National African American/Black History Month which was first recognized in 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian and educator, established a weeklong reflection on African American history. The observation was changed to a month-long event in 1976, the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution.

Today, National African American/Black History Month is observed all over America, as schools, churches and communities honor the countless contributions that African Americans have made to our society.

The history of African Americans unfolds across the canvas of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. One cannot tell the story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African Americans have made history. The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable’s home site, the numerous stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and Frederick Douglass’ home — to name just a few — are sites that keep alive the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in our consciousness. They retain and refresh the memories of the struggle for freedom and justice.

Similarly, Mary McLeod Bethune’s home in Washington, D.C., 125th Street in Harlem, Beale Street in Memphis, Sweet Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, and Central Avenue in Los Angeles tell the story of the African American struggle for equal citizenship during the 20th century. I encourage you to join me in reflecting on the immense contributions African Americans have made to our nation and to dedicate ourselves to continuing the fight for civil rights, equal opportunity and prosperity that so many African Americans have fought for over the centuries. Learn more about African American history.

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In the News

While California has made meaningful progress in a number of areas over the last year, there is still much work to be done. We need to support wildfire recovery and take steps to prevent future fires and harms. At the same time, we need to maintain and expands our progress towards affordable healthcare coverage for all, environmental stewardship, and educational opportunity.

Here is some of the latest news coverage that may be of interest to you. As always, please contact my office if you have any questions about state policy or want to express your position or ideas for legislation.

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Work for Warriors Helps Employers and Veterans

Work For Warriors

California’s Work for Warriors program matches employers with highly trained veterans who are ready to leave the military for civilian life. Find out how we can help serve those who have served us or how veterans can connect with job resources.

Learn about the new CA Vets license connect with other benefits.

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