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Issue 30

Speaker's Note

Summer is out. Fall is in.

Summer is out. Fall is in!

As Fall arrives in SELA, many of our students are back in school after a year of Zoom and remote learning. California leads the nation in COVID protections for teachers, staff and students. In doing so, we have been able to safely get our students back in the classroom ready to learn.

This September's R-Guide is all about highlighting Latino Heritage Month, AD63's Little Libraries, how to be smart with your money, Native American Day, and once again reminding you to get vaccinated.

Latino Heritage Month

In September we celebrate Latino Heritage Month!

Did you know that over 70% of the AD63 population is Latino?

September is when we celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The first observation began in 1968, but became California law on August 17, 1988. The observation month of September 15 to October 15 is also significant, because it lands on the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries.

The Latino community, through hard work and dedication, has left an imprint in every corner of this country, California, and especially AD63. This year, it is even more important to acknowledge the achievements of Latinos as we have seen our community affected disproportionately by COVID-19. Let's celebrate our Latino heritage and community not just during this month, but every day!

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @rendon63rd as I highlight trailblazing Latinos and their work throughout the month.

Latino Heritage Month

SELA Little Libraries

In case you missed it: SELA has new Little Libraries!

I'm really excited and proud that I was able to accomplish this project.The Little Libraries will give our community a chance to share the books they love, and encourage parents to spend some time reading with their children.

Click here for a map of where all the Little Libraries are in AD63. Make sure to visit one and take or drop off a book!

Little Libraries

How to Be Smart With Your $$$?

My office recently held Financial Literacy Workshops where financial planner Tony Warfield taught attendees how to improve their purchasing power. We all know that managing our finances is complicated so it is important we all take some time to plan our financial futures. Tony highlighted several tips and tricks to stay in great financial health. These are the tips he provided during the workshop:

  • Don't spend more than you make
  • Set aside money for emergencies - 3 to 6 months worth
  • Try to pay more than the minimum on your credit cards or the high rate compounding interest will get you
  • Pay your debts on time - Don't exceed 30% utilization
  • Check your financial health
  • Protect your family and income
  • Make sure your retirement savings outpaces inflation
  • Avoid unnecessary financial risk
  • Don't take your money too soon; don't take it too late
  • Leave your legacy to your family

Make sure to mark your calendars for September 15th for a new financial literacy workshop! In the meantime, here is the recording to the most recent workshop: https://fb.watch/7ASNpmfQJx

AD63 Native American History

September 24th in California is Native American Day!

This day honors the cultural contributions of Native American communities in California history. In 1998, the Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday every fourth Friday in September.

Did you know that AD63 is on Tongva, Kizh, Chumash land?

Read more about their history here:

Tongva - https://gabrielinotribe.org/history
Kizh - https://gabrielenoindians.org
Chumash - https://www.wishtoyo.org/cp-chumash-history

This Native American Day I encourage you to take some time to read and engage with our District and State's Native American history.

Native American

Get Vaccinated PSA

Last month, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

We already knew the vaccines are safe and effective. I hope that this first vaccine FDA approval will build more confidence and get more folks vaccinated.

Now is the right time to do so! Save lives. Get vaccinated.

Have an idea or topic for a future R Guide?
Send your suggestions to Julian.Gonzalez@asm.ca.gov!