Happy July, Senate District 20! Summer Events + Resources

Wishing a Happy, Hydrated, and Healthy Summer to
Burbank & San Fernando Valley!

The California Legislature will be on summer recess from July 14 to August 14. That means more time in the district, speaking with constituents, collaborating with organizations that make important contributions to our communities, and advocating for the services SD 20 needs with our local government agencies. I’ll see you out there!

Legislative Update

2023 California State Budget & Infrastructure Package Signed - Governor Newsom signed the final 2023-24 California Budget and infrastructure legislation. My team and I worked hard to ensure Californians get the necessary programs to protect our vulnerable communities and build a thriving future for all working families.

I’m grateful to my colleagues and the Governor for including one of my priorities, the CalFresh Minimum Nutrition Benefit Pilot Program. This is a critical step toward a permanent, statewide increase of the minimum monthly food benefit from $23 to $50, the goal of my bill, SB 600. This was also my first year chairing Budget Subcommittee 3 on Health and Human Services, and despite the deficit, we were able to improve funding for vital programs; CalWORKS, health care workforce, child care, Medi-Cal, and Covered CA.


In the Community



San Fernando Valley Pride - Our first district event was a HIT! The Valley came out and made the San Fernando Valley Pride March & Block Party a huge success. Together, we built a foundation that will promote visibility and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in our district, not just in June, but 365 days a year. Enjoy the recap HERE!


Fourth of July - Senate District 20 went all out to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day! This holiday reminds us of the hard-won freedoms we enjoy and the ones we will keep fighting to secure for every Californian. Over 4th of July weekend, I joined the City of San Fernando’s Block Party and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez’s We Are One LA Drone Light Show at Hansen Dam.

On July 4th, our communities came together for Sunland-Tujunga the Beautiful and Valley Village parades.

James supported the Burbank Community Health & Wellness Day at ACF Burbank Beshir Mardirossian Youth Center and, while he was there, got a quick check up. He's in tip-top shape to serve the district!

Andrés joined Comisión Femenil during their Scholarship Brunch. Each year, scholarships are awarded to high-achieving Latina high school students in the San Fernando Valley who will be continuing their path through higher education.

Jasmin attended the Reseda Theater Senior Housing ribbon cutting. This project provides 26 accessible and affordable housing units, half of which are designated for seniors facing chronic homelessness. June was also Jasmin’s first month as a district representative after her promotion!


Community Resources

Extreme Heat - With July came the Valley heat, and what "some scientists believe may have been one of the hottest days on Earth in about 125,000 years!" Consider the following tips and resources to stay cool this summer.

Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness HERE.

Find places in your community where you can cool down, such as libraries and shopping malls, or find a cooling center in your area HERE.

If you are unable to afford your cooling costs, weatherization or energy-related home repairs, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) HERE.

For more information on Heat Safety and Preparedness tap HERE.

Con julio llegó el calor del Valle y lo que ¡"algunos científicos creen que puede haber sido uno de los días más calurosos en la Tierra en unos 125.000 años"! Considere los siguientes consejos y recursos para mantenerse fresco este verano.

Aprenda a reconocer los signos de las enfermedades causadas por el calor AQUÍ.

Encuentre lugares en su comunidad donde pueda refrescarse, como bibliotecas y centros comerciales, o encuentre un centro de enfriamiento en su área AQUÍ.

Si no puede pagar sus costos para enfriar su hogar, la climatización o reparaciones del hogar relacionadas con la energía, comuníquese con el Programa de Asistencia de Energía para Hogares de Bajos Ingresos (LIHEAP) AQUÍ.

Para obtener más información sobre Seguridad y Preparación contra el calor AQUÍ.

$8.5 Million Available for Community-led Climate Equity - “The Regional Climate Collaboratives program funds cross-sectoral partnerships to build capacity for climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience within under-resourced communities.” Information and guidelines HERE.


Upcoming Events


Coffee with Caroline - Mission Hills! Meet me at 9:30 AM on Saturday, July 22, for coffee and conversation. Casa de Nati: 15456 Devonshire St, Mission Hills.

Café con Caroline - !Mission Hills! Véame a las 9:30 AM el sábado, 22 de julio, para tomar un café y conversar. Casa de Nati: 15456 Devonshire St, Mission Hills.

Back-to-School Resource Fairs and Backpack Giveaways (tap links for details):

Friday, July 21, 10 AM - 2 PM. Community Resource Center: 10807 San Fernando Road, Pacoima

Saturday, July 29, 10 AM - 2 PM. Parks Chapel: 1102 Fourth Street, San Fernando | (818) 898-1833

Saturday, July 29, 1 - 5 PM. Johnny Carson Park: 400 Bob Hope Drive, Burbank

Sunday, July 30, 4 - 7 PM. Olivo at Mission Hills: 10310 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills

Saturday, August 5, 1 - 4 PM. Panorama Mall: 8401 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City

Saturday, August 12, 9AM - 12 PM. Gledhill Elementary:& 16030 Gledhill Street, North Hills

Ferias de Recursos para el Regreso a la Escuela y Entregas Gratuitas de Mochilas (pulse los enlaces para obtener más detalles):

Viernes, 21 de julio, 10 AM -2 PM. Community Resource Center: 10807 San Fernando Road, Pacoima.

Sábado, 29 de julio, 10 AM -2 PM. Parks Chapel: 1102 Fourth Street, San Fernando | (818) 898-1833

Sábado, 29 de julio, 1 – 5 PM. Johnny Carson Park: 400 Bob Hope Drive, Burbank

Domingo, 30 de julio, 4 -7 PM. Olivo at Mission Hills: 10310 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills

Sábado, 5 de agosto, 1 -4 PM. Panorama Mall: 8401 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City

Sábado, 12 de agosto, 9AM – 12 PM. Gledhill Elementary: 16030 Gledhill Street, North Hills

In the News

ABC 30: Proposed CA bill could provide coverage for fertility care

KCRA 3: Advocates push to make hearing aids more affordable for children in California


Senate District 20 Little Known Fact:

Emelia Earhart’s plane, the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, was built in Burbank! Featuring cutting edge technology for its time, the twin-motored Electra was built with “extra gas tanks for long-distance flights, automatic pilot, deicing equipment, a radio homing device, and a two-way radio.” Burbank has a remarkable aviation history and continues to be a prominent Los Angeles hub for air travel with the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Thank you for reading the Senate District 20 July Newsletter!

May you and your families be well,

Senator Caroline Menjivar, MSW