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Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod
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Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod Honors Thirteen Area Women at The 2012 Woman of the Year Awards Celebration

Every March, during Women's History Month, remarkable women from the Inland Empire are honored at a special luncheon recognizing their contributions to the state and their communities. Woman of The Year awards are given annually by members of the California State Legislature to outstanding women who live or work in legislators' individual districts. This tradition began at the State Capitol in 1987 and continues here in the Inland Empire.

"There are so many deserving women in the Inland Empire who are making a difference in their community and I am proud to represent them and honor their accomplishments," said Senator Negrete McLeod (D-Chino). "Highlighting their contributions should serve as a positive example for young women everywhere."

Senator Negrete McLeod with the 2012 Woman of the Year Honorees

This year's honorees are: Corine Soto of Bloomington, Gloria Smith of Chino, Ruth Clisby of Colton, Kathleen "Kitty" Mesler of Fontana, Mary Cotter of Montclair, Brenda Frazier of Ontario, Melba Robison of Pomona (posthumously), Danielle Soto of Pomona, Donna Longville of Rialto, Marci Atkins of San Bernardino, and Kathy Ellis, Hilda Kennedy and Jennifer Resch-Silvestri for the 32nd Senate District

Senator Negrete McLeod's Pension Reform Committee Continues Work

The Joint Conference Committee on Public Pensions, Co-chaired by Senator Negrete McLeod, will be holding its fifth hearing examining the Governor's Twelve Point Pension Reform Plan. The hearing will focus on issues specific to the 1937 County Employees Retirement Law, which allows 20 counties to operate their own independent retirement systems. The hearing will also examine how pension benefits are currently structured for the various types of elected officials throughout the state.

"Pension reforms are needed to stop abuses and close loopholes that have allowed some to take advantage of the system," said Senator Negrete McLeod. "The conference committee will seek common sense solutions to achieve reforms without hurting basic retirement security for workers or the financial stability of California's pension systems."

The Conference Committee will meet in the City of Chino at the Chaffey Community Center on April 13, 2012. The public is welcome to join in this important discussion.

The hearing details are as follows:

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Chaffey College Community Center
5890 College Park Avenue, Room 101
Chino, CA 91710

Senator Negrete McLeod Receives Top Honor from State Coalition of Probation Officers

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod receives Legislator of the Year Award from President Paul Brennan

Senator Negrete McLeod was recognized by the State Coalition of Probation Officers (SCOPO) and named "Legislator of the Year" at their recent legislative day meeting in Sacramento.

"This award is presented in recognition of Senator Negrete McLeod's exceptional leadership in authoring Senate Bill 698 in the State Senate and for her continued active support of public safety, which affects California's probation peace officers," said Rich Berkery, Legislative Vice President for SCOPO.

SB 678 seeks to allow probation officers to implement and develop multidisciplinary teams when monitoring adult probationers. The bill is modeled after successful programs currently in use for juvenile justice, child abuse, and mental health cases.

"This is a common sense approach to deal with the growing numbers of probationers as we implement realignment from the state system to the county system," said Senator Negrete McLeod at the meeting in reference to SB 678. "The bill is currently in the State Assembly awaiting legislative action," she added.

Earth Day- Energy and Water Saving Tips and District Events

April 22nd is Earth Day. Earth day was first established in 1970 as a way to force environmental protection onto the national agenda. Today, Earth Day is a reminder of the things we can do locally to improve the environment and protect our health and welfare. There are many simple things you can do at home to save energy and money. Things as simple as unplugging electrical devices when they aren't charging or turning off a light can save electricity. Installation of water aerators in your faucets can reduce your water consumption and your water bill. For more information on how you can help protect our environment, please see the following informational brochures developed by the State Senate:

Local Earth Day Events:

City of Rancho Cucamonga Earth Day Celebration:

  • April 14, 2012: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  • Archibald Library
    7368 Archibald Avenue
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
  • The City of Rancho Cucamonga is hosting an Earth Day Celebration at the Paul Biane Library at Victoria Gardens on April 14th for kids aged 2-11 and their caregivers. The event kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and lasts until 4:00 p.m.
  • If you would like more information on event, please visit the City of Rancho Cucamonga's website at

Earth Day Celebration at the Chino Wetlands Park

  • April 19, 2012: 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Chino Wetlands Park
    6075 Kimball Avenue,
    Chino, CA 91710
  • The Chino Wetlands Park will be hosting their annual Earth Day event on April 19th. This free event features free activities and educational booths for attendees. The Earth Day celebration will begin at 9:00 a.m. for school groups and 3:00 p.m. for the general public. The interpretive center will be open during the event as well.
  • For more information, contact Carrie at

Earth Day at the Highland Library and Environmental Learning Center

  • April 20, 2012: 2:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • The Sam J Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center
    7863 Central Ave,
    Highland, CA 92346
  • The Highland Library and Environmental Learning Center is hosting an Earth Day Celebration from 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20th. The event will include booths throughout the Library and rooftop gardens, including a recycling drive for the animals at the learning center, as well as a make your own Earth Day tote-bag booth. Closing events at 4:30 p.m. will include a guest author provided by Inlandia in the Community Room and a Teen Eco Poetry Slam in the courtyard.
  • For more information, please call the Library at (909) 425-4706

Earth Day at the Frontier Project

  • April 21, 2012: 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
  • Frontier Center
    8300 Utica Ave.
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
  • This Earth Day event at the Frontier Center in Rancho Cucamonga will offer educational fun for the whole family including an environmental magician, a vermicomposting activity, recycle game and a Teen Green corner where students from local schools share their community projects. There's also a green business fair featuring groups from solar panel companies, a green fleet of vehicles, and water efficient technologies and much more.
  • Please visit for more information about the 2012 Earth Day Event.

April is National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month, which was created to promote awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation. Despite the fact that more than 100 million people nationwide have signed up as donors, there are over 113,000 people currently awaiting an organ donation and the list continues to grow. A single organ donation could save the lives of eight people and tissue donation can enhance the lives of another 50 people. Organs for life-saving transplants include heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, and small intestine.

Donate Life America, the national organization promoting organ and tissue donation, launched a bold new initiative to register 20 million more people in 2012. In California, the goal is to sign up 12 million people by the end of 2012 to help reach the national goal of 120 million. You can help reach this goal by signing up to become an organ or tissue donor if you haven't already. You can sign up online here or if you have questions about donating please see this link.

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod "Out and About" in the Community

Senator Negrete McLeod honors local active duty and veteran servicewomen at an event to celebrate Women's Military History Week in Chino.

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod attending 6th Annual State of Women Conference in the City of Rialto with Darcel Lee, Executive Director of the California Black Health Network (CBHN), Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, Mayor Grace Vargas, and Councilwoman Deborah Robertson.

Senator Negrete McLeod reads to students at the Bonview Elementary School on Dr. Suess's birthday.

Senator Negrete McLeod and local elected officials gather at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Interstate 10/Cherry Avenue & Interstate 10/Citrus Avenue Interchange projects in the City of Fontana. The combined projects leverage approximately $130 million in state, local funds. The 2 projects are slated for completion in 2014 and are spearheaded by San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), CALTRANS, and the City of Fontana.

Senator Negrete McLeod attends an Open House at the Dawoodi Bohra Masjid in Ontario with Mr. Noman Nooruddin, President of the local Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community

Senator Negrete McLeod meets with local Conservation Corps members at their annual legislative day.

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod meets James Cooper, Fred Pitcher, and Simeon Ginyard of the famed "Tuskegee Airmen" from World War II at the 33rd Annual Black Culture Festival in Pomona.

California State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod - District 32
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Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4032
Montclair Office
4959 Palo Verde Street, Suite 110B
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 621-2783

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