For years‚ Senator Dahle and I have had the pleasure of joining the North Cow Creek 8th graders from Shasta County during their annual trip to the California State Capitol. Their teacher‚ Damon Donnelley‚ who has coordinated the trip since the beginning says the trip has had a lasting impact on the students:
“North Cow Creek school has been lucky enough to visit Senator Dahle since he was first elected to the Assembly in 2012. I remember him saying we were one of the first classes he was able to host at the Capitol and he took us onto the assembly floor. That was the first time North Cow Creek had visited the floor and we have been able to visit every year since that the Capitol has been accepting visitors.
We spent a lot of time getting ready for our trip to Sacramento discussing the similarities and differences of the federal government and the state government. The students research how California laws are made‚ the impacts of the legislature on the north state and California as a whole. We research what committees both the Senator and the Assemblywoman are sitting on and what current bills they are supporting. We also prepare the students with relevant questions to interact with elected officials and office staff while visiting.
Our students come back with great appreciation of our government and a first hand experience of what happens in Sacramento. Our kids come back excited and often aspire to do more in our community and to be more involved in politics. I’ve had students write emails‚ express concerns‚ ask questions and even follow both of Dahle’s on social media. More than one former student reached out to me last year when both Senator Dahle and Assemblywoman Dahle presented me with a resolution which was quite an honor. However‚ the fact that they were following the Dahle’s and what was going on in Sacramento was a bigger testament to how impactful this trip has become. The first hand experience of seeing our representatives in person‚ seeing the floors of the respective houses‚ and the attentiveness of all the staff and people in the Capitol is priceless.”
Who knows? Maybe one of these faces will be inspired to represent California’s 1st Assembly District down the road!
Assemblywoman Megan Dahle
Photo: Emergent 3D website‚ Wildfire Restoration House
|Wildfire Severity Maps
On January 10‚ Assembly staff met with Matthew Gile‚ Founder & Chief Visionary Officer‚ and Joe Chimenti Director of Community Development from Emergent 3D‚ a construction company based in Redding, California which uses cutting edge 3D printing technology to build fire resistant and eco-friendly homes and commercial buildings. We were interested to hear about how the company is working with those who have lost homes in wildfires in our region to rebuild‚ using this innovative technology.
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|Connecting with County Leaders
The 1st Assembly District is comprised of 11 counties‚ which is why it is so important to me, and to my staff‚ to stay connected with county leaders who help inform us about important issues in their communities. That’s why we started the year off meeting with County Sheriffs‚ Superintendents‚ and CAO’s.
We discussed greatest challenges‚ how we can collaborate legislatively‚ and what is going well in each county. Some of the most common themes we heard from the groups was the need for flexibility of funding for rural communities‚ staffing recruitment and retention‚ and safety. My staff and I appreciate the time these individuals make to have valuable discussions. We look forward to the next time we meet with these groups as well as others.
|El Dorado County Chamber Awards & Installation Dinner
Earlier this week my staff attended the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 98th Annual Awards & Installation Dinner. This event was a great opportunity to get to know the business community in one of the 1st Assembly District’s new counties‚ El Dorado. The event included the swearing in of the Chamber of Commerce’s newest Board Members‚ a presentation highlighting achievements in tourism‚ film‚ community service and historic preservation. The night ended with an awards ceremony‚ in which my staff was pleased to provide Certificates of Recognition. We look forward to more opportunities to connect throughout AD 01.
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Assemblywoman Dahle is Honored to Serve
Alpine County‚ Amador County‚ El Dorado County‚ Lassen County‚ Modoc County‚ Nevada County‚ Placer County‚ Plumas County‚ Shasta County‚ Sierra County‚ & Siskiyou County.