Tag Archives: Relationship Building

Smokfree Multi-Unit Housing: The Next Frontier

Over the past several years, cities and counties throughout the state have been tackling the policy mountain that is smokefree multi-unit housing (SF MUH), with great success. So much work has been done that we even saw an attempt to pass smokefree multi-unit housing at the state level with Assembly Member Marc Levine’s bill, AB 746. While that bill did not see success this year, Assembly Member Levine has vowed to bring it back during the next legislative session.

Meanwhile, SF MUH policies have been passing left and right at the local level. In fact we are up to more than 30 local policies statewide and even more voluntary policies. Recently, the Center profiled two different communities, who successfully passed SF MUH policies, in their latest Community Organizing Update. Check out some of the keys to their success by clicking here.

–Erin Reynoso

The ABC’s of Vanessa Marvin

She may be out on maternity leave but that doesn’t mean you can’t find out a little more about her today! Here are Vanessa’s ABCs.

A is for Area Code: 408

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Scrambled eggs… yum

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Doing community organizing for public health issues

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? I wish…

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Go for a walk

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? I love to read

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? Doing a 73 lb back squat at 9 months pregnant!

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles – Glendora

I is for Interesting: Name one interesting fact about yourself. I eat a paleo diet (plus some ice cream….)

J is for Job Title. What is yours? State Director, Advocacy

K is for Kids. Do you have any? Any day now! 🙂 Read More »

The ABC’s of Regina Alcazar

We have yet another new member of our team! Meet our newest intern based out of our Los Angeles office, Regina Alcazar:

A is for Area Code: 818

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Two mini blueberry muffins and applesauce.

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Public service.

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Yes I do! A German Shepherd/ Chow Chow mix named Mylo.

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Munch on something. My last resort is coffee!

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? Go to Disneyland, run, and most importantly, just RELAX!

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? My greatest accomplishment has yet to be accomplished! My B.S. in Policy, Planning and Development at USC is only one year away.

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Read More »

The ABC’s of Erin Reynoso

I know, I know. I’ve been around for a while. But since all the cool kids were doing it (like, Julissa, Lindsey, Stacy and Jessica), I figured I would too. Oh yeah, and stay tuned for ABC’s from Vanessa Marvin as well!

A is for Area Code: 916

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Banana & peanut butter

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be?  Empowering people to take control of their communities

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Yes! His name is Malcolm and I loooove him.

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Go for a walk and get some tea

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? I love hiking with my dog. But I also like cooking for friends

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? Yikes. Tough question. Right now I am going to say not killing my tomato plants. Read More »

My First I&E Days Experience!

I had no idea what to expect for my first I&E Days. As I neared the capitol and finished my first coffee, I awakened and became excited as I saw the large white tent where the 2013 Capitol I&E Days conference was taking place. When I got to the tent, I helped check in the I&E Days participants. During the process, it was great to see all the faces helping out with tobacco awareness. All faces were different and from different parts of California, but everyone had a similar look of eagerness and readiness for the day.

Later, all the participants got into their groups to talk about how they would go about their meetings with their legislators. We found that there were some gaps and people came together to do more work and go to those meetings as well. I ended up filling one of these gaps so someone wouldn’t have to go alone and I’m really glad I had that chance! Read More »