Tag Archives: District Days

Districts Are Good For Us

A couple years ago, there was a huge debate across the state about redrawing the legislative districts throughout California. And these legislative districts are an important aspect of our statewide events like Local Legislative District Days and I&E Days (I mean, how do you have District Days without districts?).

But district representation is also critical in the local communities we do most of our tobacco control work in. Recently, this news story from San Mateo caught my eye. Last November, San Mateo residents voted to become the last county in California to be divided into districts, rather than having their county board of supervisor members elected at-large.

This is good news to me because in general, having districts makes more accountable representatives and a more accountable government, since a supervisor/member represents fewer people. This gives all community members, in particular diverse populations and those in rural areas of a county, more access to the people who are representing them. Read More »

Number 106: One Step Closer Towards a Smoke-free Environment

It’s the week of District Days and that means it’s time for our final post in our “What’s Your Number?” series! This week’s post, “Number 106: One Step Closer Towards a Smoke-Free Environment,” comes from James Jo and Consuela Edmond from Riverside County. For more stories, check out the posts from Monty Messex, Bill Hall and Nicole Coxe

Hope you have a great District Days!

Because nothing ruins the mouth-watering aroma of deliciously cooked food like a cloud of cigarette smoke, the County of Riverside Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Project has worked hard to create a smoke-free dining environment throughout Riverside County.  Read More »

24. That’s my number

It’s one week until District Days and today we roll out the third post in our “What’s Your Number?” series. This week we hear from Monty Messex from Los Angeles County. Click here to check out the post from week one and click here for the post from week two.

What’s your number? That was the theme of I&E Days this year.

Ugh, I thought to myself, is this really going to work. We’re going to cram into a small Capitol office with an overwhelmed legislator or their just-hired staffer and share a personal story about a number! Really? REALLY!

But, hey I’m a team player, so I came up with a number. Read More »

Make 33 your number

Last week we rolled out the first post in our District Days blog series “What’s Your Number?” and heard from Nicole Coxe who shared her number, 30, in a post titled “A number that reflects more than just one story.” This week we hear from Bill Hall from Modoc County and his number, 33.

“What is your number” has been the theme this year. While some numbers are statistics others are of a more personal nature. I struggled to find my number. I shared the project with my own mother. She in turn shared it with her mother, my grandmother. Read More »

A number that reflects more than just one story

Sharing your personal story with your legislator is a good way to build a relationship. And with District Days approaching (September 17-21), there’s no better time to start thinking about the story you want to share when you meet with your legislators in their district offices.

To help get you excited about sharing your story, we asked four I&E Workgroup Members to share theirs on our blog. Over the next month, we will post one story each week in our “What’s Your Number?” blog series.

This week we hear from Nicole Coxe from Santa Clara County.

Nicole Coxe, Tobacco-Free Coalition chair Dr. Roger Kennedy & Senator Corbett's Legislative Aide

As a participant in the 2012 Tobacco Information and Education (I&E) Days in Sacramento, I was asked to choose a number that represented my story, my community or program’s story to share with my Legislator that would highlight why tobacco prevention efforts are valuable. I was torn between choosing a number that related to my personal story or to our program work, so I chose both. Read More »