United States Congressman | 22nd District of California
United States Congressman | 22nd District of California
Freeze Rent, Utility Bills, All Automobile Related Bills, Credit Card Bills California
COVID-19 has effected our lives in many ways. Sudden and unexpected loss of income for those who live paycheck to paycheck will cause serious risks for everyone. Housing security is needed for many people to carry out public health measures such as self isolation. Over the next several weeks, governments will introduce billions of dollars in emergency measures to support “small” businesses in true terms meaning multi million dollar companies and corporations and Their workers - but we need to ensure it includes support for precarious workers, and the most vulnerable tenants, like the most renters in major cities who pay more than 50% of their income in rent. Due to the rapidly wide spread of Coronavirus and the obvious Economic Turmoil resulting in many individuals &/or families loosing their jobs &/or businesses, it is only inhuman for people having to face eviction or worry about keeping a roof over their heads. The government has a role to play in helping to protect all and to implement a temporary ban on all Evictions, Freeze for all bills and payment such as but not limited to Apartment Rent, All Mortgage Related Payments such as Mortgage Payments-Mortgage Insurance Payments-Property Insurance Payments-Property Taxes, Utilities such as Water-Electricity-Gas Bill Payments, All Automobile related bills such as Car Payments and Auto Insurance Coverage Payments, Health Insurance Coverage Payments, Internet and TV/Cable/Satellite Service Bill Payments, Credit Card Payments, Mobile/Cell Phone Bill Payments, etc. until the World Health Organization declares the COVID 19 pandemic has ended. Help yourself, your families, your community, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues & coworkers by signing this petition. Spread the word as fast and strong as corona is spreading itself. Let us together raise our voices loud and clear and demand from our law makers to protect us in this difficult times.
Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Romance Scamming and Identity Theft
THE CAUSE: Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers primarily use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired or are deceased. Other prime targets for the scamming are Celebrities, and other high profile names. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice. Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE: Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. OUR PROPOSAL: We are working hard to find a Champion to take on our proposal to amend the 230 Communications Decency Act of 1996 with the focus on identity theft. When this law was put into place 20 years ago there was little to no thought of the extreme type of crimes that could and or would be posted onto the social media platforms. This law gives social media a "get out of jail free" card, in other words, they are not held responsible for anything posted to their site by their own consumers. These sites are used as breeding grounds, and the social media companies are fully aware. We are not people who promote regulation, however it is very obvious, in previous news stories and with our own investigation, that self regulation is not the answer to consumer safety and security. We are proposing routine technology upgrades, additional staff to match growing population and ongoing up to date education. Items that are not successfully being done under self regulation. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims.
Hold accountable the Board of Pharmacy of California for negligence of the CPJE exam
As a recently graduated Pharmacist who is seeking licensure in the state of California, I'm writing today to bring your attention the the California State Board of Pharmacy’s handling of a recent alleged exam compromise of California Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (CPJE). The CPJE is a California-specific exam required for pharmacist licensure that is intended to ensure candidates are knowledgeable about CA pharmacy law and clinical pharmacy. This is in addition to the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), a national, standardized exam recognized by 40+ state boards of pharmacy as the standard of clinical knowledge required to safely practice pharmacy. While most states require some form of a jurisprudence exam testing legal knowledge, the CPJE is unique in that it tests extensively on clinical knowledge covered in the NAPLEX, and is often cited as one of the hardest pharmacist licensure exams. Since approximately July 9th of this year, the CA Board of Pharmacy has withheld CPJE scores. Initially, the board claimed new test scoring methodology, however, on September 27th, the board first acknowledged there was concern the security of the exam had been compromised, and would be withholding scores for an unknown amount of time while investigating. Since then, there has been little further communication from the board. On October 11th, the Board released an emailed statement saying “all pending CPJE results have been invalidated.” On the basis of their mandate to protect consumers, the actions of the board in this matter are understandable. However, the costs to applicants have been incalculable, ranging from lost job offers, lost income, time away from work, and re-locations to neighboring states to find new jobs in order to stay financially above water. The more than three months it has taken the board to come to this disappointing conclusion is frankly unacceptable. Even if a decision is made to retake the CPJE exam in November, graduates may not receive results until February 2020 as it can take up to 90 days to receive exam results. After passing, we would need to wait 1 - 2 weeks for the Board of Pharmacy to cash our checks, and another 3 - 4 weeks for us to receive our license. Thus, the earliest anybody from the Class of 2019 would receive their license would be mid-March 2020. Without a pharmacist license, graduates with job offers and those applying for jobs are at high risk of unemployment. The pharmacy field is saturated and it is extremely difficult to secure a job even with relocation; without a license, unemployed pharmacy graduates cannot even apply for a pharmacist job. After spending their college years earning top marks to become competitive pharmacy school applicants and completing their doctorate level education, many people are eager to start the next phases of their life such as getting married and having children; however, these are both heavy financial investments that require a steady income. With this in mind, we’re asking that the board take the recommendation of the California Pharmacists Association, and release the CPJE scores they’ve decided to cancel. This course of action will allow applicants to continue with their professional lives, and allow the board to continue to investigate the actions of those who may have attempted to compromise the security of the exam, and enact sanctions on those responsible, instead of the thousands of applicants whose lives have been overturned by the board. The Board of Pharmacy should immediately re-examine the video and audio for all candidates that tested from early July to mid-September to provide concrete evidence of cheating and substantiate their academic dishonesty charges. If candidates completed their exams ethically and passed, they should should be cleared immediately to apply for their pharmacist license. Only candidates who failed or are found with objective evidence of cheating should retake the CPJE exam as ordained by the Board of Pharmacy. Furthermore, we’re asking for your support in pushing the board to modernize the process. In most states, the time from application to a license being granted is 30-60 days, whereas the process in CA this year has taken more than 6 months, with no end in sight now. Some states have moved away from requiring a jurisprudence exam entirely, instead relying on applicants to attest to knowledge of the local laws, or to take a short class to update them on legal requirements in the state. Those that still require a jurisprudence exam use a modern, electronic testing system that would prevent this type of exam security compromise, and allow for faster release of results. The Board of Pharmacy should expedite release of results (maximum waiting time of 21 days instead of the usual 90 day waiting period) to prevent further licensure delays. Candidates are being punished for the Board of Pharmacy’s lack of due diligence in resolving academic dishonesty charges in an efficient and timely manner. Having more then a 1,000 pharmacy candidates retake their exams would take an additional 2 months, and this does not even include reviewing each individuals’ video and audio for academic misconduct; it would be less time-consuming to review existing video and audio files for candidates and validate these test results. The Board of Pharmacy should also provide an estimated time frame for clearing candidates and weekly updates on their website to maintain transparency throughout this process. If the Board suspects academic dishonesty has occurred, they should cancel all exams the next day and start investigations immediately; furthermore, the Board of Pharmacy must allow candidates to register for the CPJE exam one week after halting exams to avoid further delays. Lastly, the Board of Pharmacy must outline further safeguards to prevent similar incidents from occurring. Thank you for your time in reading this petition. We hope you choose to sign, and support the livelihoods and careers of the thousands of qualified pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and new pharmacy graduates who want nothing more than to take care of our patients.
COLA for US Military Members stationed in California
With ever increasing taxes and Cost-of-living in California, it is becoming more and more difficult for United States Military members stationed in California to make ends meet. Both Alaska and Hawaii military members receive a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to help offset the high cost of those states. Although, Alaska and Hawaii are considered "overseas" locations, they are still part of the United States of America as a whole. The same ways of determining COLA for both Alaska and Hawaii should also be done for the state of California. The state of California has higher gas prices, food prices and cost of living than a majority of the United States, and as such, lawmakers should consider determining a COLA for military members stationed in California, in the same way COLA is determined for both Hawaii and Alaska. Providing military members stationed in the state of California with a COLA will help offset these high costs and make it easier for these members to make ends meet.
Articles to Stop the Attempted Coup of the President of the United States
Articles to Stop the Attempted Coup of the President of the United States Whereas, since the House Democrats in the Intelligence Committee and the Judiciary Committee, are acting in an unprecedented, unilateral attempted coup against the President of the United States, disguised as an Impeachment Inquiry, we, the people of the United States, empower the House Republicans to immediately exercise their legal authority and obligation, under the Constitution of the United States, to counter and stop this coup attempt. Whereas, since House Resolution 581, dated October 8, 1998, sets the legal precedent that BOTH the Chairmen AND the Ranking Members of House Committees are to act jointly in matters of impeachment of the President of the United States, with the authority to issue subpoenas (Notices to Appear) and compel witnesses to testify in front of Congress, we, the people of the United States, hereby proclaim: The Ranking Members of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA), and the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins, (R-GA), have the legal authority, and the obligation, to adhere to the precedent set by Henry Hyde (R-IL) in 1998, and they must immediately issue subpoenas (Notices to Appear) to witnesses to testify in front of Congress, with the same legal compulsion as the Democrats subpoenas (Notices to Appear). Since the Chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler (R-NY) are making stuff up as they go along in this ‘seditious conspiracy,’ we, the people of the United States, hereby authorize the Ranking Members of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, (R-CA), and the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins, (R-GA), to follow the legal precedent set by Henry Hyde (R-Il) in 1998, in regards to acting jointly in matters of impeachment and to immediately fulfill his duties to the American people and assert their rightful authority in the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. Since the House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have not called for, and performed, a vote for Impeachment of the President by the full House, this Impeachment Inquiry is illegal, and the Ranking Members of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA (), and the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins (R-GA), must now bring it to an end. Signed this day of 14 October, 2019 Patriot Citizens of the United States of America
Please help prevent this silent attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.
Sirs, You may or may not be aware of the impending proposed ruling that is set to be deliberated on after January 25 by the BATFE that is being incorrectly disguised as a ruling on bump fire stocks. The ruling aims to address any modification to a firearm that increases the rate of fire based on its recoil or operating system. Because the Las Vegas shooting is so fresh in our minds, people naturally assume that this is only to affect bump fire stocks. Whether one is for or against regulating bump fire stocks, this assumption that that is the only thing affected here is absolutely and provably incorrect. In order to increase the “rate of fire”, there has to be an established “standard” rate of fire. There is currently no such thing as a standard rate of fire for any standard semi automatic firearm or any firearm that can hold more than one round. That is a very subjective thing and no one has yet to even remotely suggest what that definition for rate would be. And who is to fairly decide what that rate is? I happen to be friends with a professional championship shooter by the name of Max Michel who can fire a semi automatic pistol at roughly 180 rounds per minute. So does he set the standard rate of fire? Or do we let a 95-year-old elderly person set it where he is firing at a rate of 10 to 20 rounds per minute? And does the person setting that rate of fire take into account magazine changes? In other words, if the person setting that standard rate of fire is doing so in the state of New York where they can only equip their semi automatic pistols with seven rounds in the magazine, their rate of fire per minute would be much less than mine in the free state of Louisiana because they have to perform magazine changes during that one minute drill and I don’t. Therefore, due to those magazine changes their demonstrated standard rate of fire would be fewer rounds per minute. As you can see, the ambiguity of any such ruling is quite frightening to law abiding citizens like me and every other gun owner that I know. All it takes is an overreaching administration in the White House to take ambiguous wording and use it to their anti-gun advantage. I think we have seen examples of this in the very recent past. Essentially, this type of ruling is an attack on any semi automatic firearm that exists today that is perfectly legal to purchase and owned by millions of people across America. Are you prepared to stand behind a ruling that would make felonies out of millions of your constituents? We can’t vote for you if we are in jail, but we would vote you out before we go in! The BATFE is currently asking the public’s opinion on these bump fire devices and the public is overwhelmingly obliging if you were not aware. (Click HERE to visit the site.) I would recommend you contact their main office and ask about this. The disappointing thing to proud Americans and avid voters like myself is that our elected officials - meaning YOU - are not taking it upon yourself to do your own job and provide legislation that affects Americans and the Constitution. Since when is it the BATFE’s job to institute legislation that affects the Constitution? Isn’t that your job? Are you avoiding your own job and passing that responsibility off to a federal agency that does not possess the power nor authority to make laws? What can millions of voting Americans take from that? As you have seen in the past, Americans take their 2nd Amendment rights much more seriously than petty items such as which bathroom men and women might choose to use. As an American with the same rights as you, I ask that you please take up the fight to protect our Constitution and tell the BATFE that while they can collect all the public comments they like on bump stocks, they are to only provide those comments and recommendations to Congress and the President to legislate any action that is to take place going forward. That is why we Americans elected you. I do not give you permission to jettison that responsibility off to unelected, unaccountable federal employees. As a proud American I am hopeful that you accept this responsibility and stand up for honest, law-abiding citizens who - in most cases - only wish to protect themselves and their families. Respectfully, 2nd Amendment supporter / Voter / Proud American
Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015
On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015. The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.” Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers. Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor. In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 290 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators. Today, HR 2737 has 312 cosponsors, S 1555 has 71. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation. Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing. We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.