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May 14, 2019

May 10, 2019

California State Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana) issued the following statement regarding Vietnam Human Rights Day:

“I am honored to represent the 34th Senate District, which consists of Little Saigon and a large population of Vietnamese Americans. As Americans, we must lead in advocating for human rights; the rights of which every human being is entitled to without discrimination,” said Umberg. “Vietnam, among other countries who signed on to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has continuously violated its people’s basic rights. Hundreds of Vietnamese peace activists and religious leaders are imprisoned for their advocacy, and families continue to lose their loved ones. On this Vietnam Human Rights Day, I join the Vietnamese American community of Orange County to address the concerns of the Vietnamese community overseas in matters of democracy, human rights, and religious freedom in Vietnam.”

 

May 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO(Sacramento) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana) has moved his Senate Bill 450 (SB 450) through the California State Senate. SB 450 streamlines the process of converting motels into supportive and transitional housing. The bill would exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) projects related to the conversion of a motel into supportive or transitional housing.

 

April 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO(Sacramento) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana) addressed the California State Senate with a call to commemorate Black April. “Black April” is the term used to refer to the April 30 anniversary of the fall of Saigon, in 1975. Senator Umberg spoke to honor those that lost their lives in the Vietnam War; including American, South Vietnamese, allied veterans of the war, and the refugees that fled towards American shores in search of freedom.

 

April 4, 2019

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2), which urges the United States Congress to stand in unity, and block President Trump’s national emergency declaration by overriding the President's veto of House Joint Resolution 46 (2019). SJR 2 also urges the President to reconsider his motives and decision and allow military, defense, and counterdrug funds to be used for the purposes for which they are needed and for which they were made available.

“We cannot stand by without calling upon the entire bi-partisan United States House of Representatives to stop this ill-conceived and unilateral action before it does real harm to Californians, our women and men in uniform, and our national security,” said Senator Umberg. “This resolution is not necessarily about the wall per se; it is about the diversion of much-needed funds from the National Drug Control Policy.”

 

March 7, 2019

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), Chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments, announced today his introduction of major legislation that would maximize opportunities for California citizens to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election.

 

March 4, 2019

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) announced today that he is honoring Leia Smith of Isaiah House, as Woman of the Year for the 34th Senate District. 

 

February 28, 2019

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) is gearing up for battle with President Trump and his ego-driven decision to gut the counter–drug and military construction budgets. “In my nearly forty years of combined service as the nation’s Deputy Drug Czar, federal prosecutor and military officer, I could not have imagined that our President would cut counter-drug and defense funding with so little regard for its impact on the American people and those in uniform,” said Senator Umberg. “We cannot stand by without calling upon the entire bi-partisan California Congressional Delegation to stop this ill-conceived and unilateral action before it does real harm to Californians, our women and men in uniform, and our national security.