Back-to-School & CA Legislature Reconvenes–SD20 August News

Welcome, Burbank & San Fernando Valley Friends!


LAUSD students aren’t the only ones who went back to school on August 14. I went back to school “session” during the reconvening of the California Legislature!

As our children meet their new teachers, let’s exemplify gratitude for the faculty and staff that will nurture, inspire, and care for them every day during this upcoming school year.

Legislative Update


Delivering on my commitment to uplift our communities, in my first year our office secured over $9.5 million in the 2023-24 California State Budget for projects in Senate District 20. This investment will provide critical funding for interim housing, clean water, food and supportive services provided by local organizations, and equestrian recreation.

I’m working towards a thriving future for Burbank, San Fernando Valley, and all Californians. Twelve of the bills I introduced, to fulfill this objective, continue to make their way through the Assembly, and 10 are in Assembly Appropriations. Find bill updates, and submit a Position Letter to show support for the legislation you want to become law.


In the Community

Makenna attended Beginnings Baby Shower & Orientation, a special event for Valley Community Healthcare patients in their third trimester. OB/GYN and pediatric clinicians spoke on the importance of regular checkups for new babies, and staff offered resources for families.

The Burbank Historical Society is a group of individuals determined to preserve the rich history of their community. At their 50th Anniversary & Member Appreciation BBQ, James presented President Don Baldaseroni with a resolution from my office.

#PopsiclesforProtestors to help WGA West and SAG-AFTRA members keep cool as they picket outside of Disney and Warner Bros. I steadfastly support their fight for a fair contract and increased job security.

My team and I are working our way across the district, but we need your help ensuring we cover every corner. Are you part of an organization? Do you have a community event coming up in your neighborhood? Is there a Neighborhood Watch on your block? We want to join if you’ll have us! Send us an invitation

Mi equipo y yo estamos trabajando en todo el distrito, pero necesitamos su ayuda para asegurarnos de que cubramos cada esquina. ¿Es usted parte de una organización? ¿Tiene un evento comunitario en su vecindario? ¿Hay una Vigilancia Vecinal en su cuadra? Queremos unirnos si nos tienes. ¡Envíenos una invitación!


Community Resources


With intense heat forecasted to continue for several more weeks, why not enjoy one of our aquatic recreational centers? Water aerobics at San Fernando Pool, the pool or the lake at Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, and the splash pad at Burbank Water Park are a few great options for cooling-off while enjoying the outdoors!

Con el intenso calor pronosticado que continuará durante varias semanas más, ¿por qué no disfrutar de uno de nuestros centros recreativos acuáticos? Los aeróbicos acuáticos en San Fernando Pool, la piscina o el lago en Hansen Dam en Lake View Terrace, y el área de chapoteo en Burbank Water Park son algunas opciones para refrescarse mientras disfruta del aire libre!

Free transitional kindergarten at your local LAUSD elementary school is available for children who will have their 4th birthday by September 1. Find information and enroll HERE.

El jardín de niños (kindergarten) de transición gratuito en su escuela primaria local del LAUSD está disponible para los niños que cumplirán 4 años antes del 1° de septiembre. Encuentre información e inscríbase AQUÍ.

The PACT Act expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. There’s no deadline to apply for benefits, but don't wait, APPLY today!

La Ley PACT amplía la atención médica del VA y los beneficios para los veteranos expuestos a quemaduras, el Agente Naranja y otras sustancias tóxicas. No hay fecha límite para solicitar beneficios, pero no espere, ¡SOLICITE hoy!


Upcoming Events


On Sunday, August 20, Coffee with Caroline is coming to Reseda! Join me at 10 AM at Roladin Restaurant, 19365 Victory Blvd, Reseda.

¡El domingo 20 de agosto, Café con Caroline llegará a Reseda! Acompáñame a las 10 a.m. en el Restaurante Roladin, 19365 Victory Blvd, Reseda.


Senate District 20 Little Known Fact:

Pacoima Elementary School is not just your average century-old institution. This historical treasure dates back much further than initially believed and is a story of resilience and recovery. The original school was opened way back in 1888, but flooding destroyed the building. Reestablished in 1905, and separated from LAUSD in 2003, PCS serves the community as an independent charter.

Thank you for reading the Senate District 20 August Newsletter!

May you and your families be well,

Senator Caroline Menjivar, MSW