Happy New Year! I wish you all a year of happiness, peace and love. After years of dry weather, and months of speculation of a wetter-than-average winter, El Niño has finally come in the first week of January, dropping close to an inch of rain in just one day with a couple more storms lined up within the Pacific Ocean toward California.
El Niño is a weather pattern related to the warming in sea surface temperature, which can result in a large amount of rain over North America. Please take precautions during this rainy season to stay dry and safe. For drivers, please turn on your headlights in the rain and increase following distance as it takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather. For cyclists, I encourage you to use headlights and taillights and wear a brightly colored raincoat when cycling in the rain. Also, consider wearing shoes that will not cause your feet to slip off your pedals. For pedestrians, carrying a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing can help make you more visible. Also, beware of splashes from cars.
In this first newsletter of 2016, you will find information about where to get sandbags, access to online flood maps, and how to report floods in your neighborhood. You will also find updates on my past events and a link to nominate a woman as one of my 2016 Women Trailblazers. Assembly District 25 is home to many outstanding women who deserve more recognition, which is why I am proud to announce my 1st Annual Women Trailblazers District Awards Ceremony that will be held in March. The purpose of this event is to recognize notable women in our District. You are welcome to cast your nomination using the link provided in the end of this newsletter.
2016 also marks the beginning of my second year serving the 25th Assembly District in Sacramento. I once again thank you for all your support and please contact my office at (408) 262-2501 should you have any questions or concerns.
Assemblymember, 25th District