The Sacramento Chronicles


July 5, 2024

Hello Laguna Beach!

Happy summer and I hope you all had a great Independence Day! It’s hot here in July in Sacramento and it’s not just the weather! Many things are heating up in the Capitol. Before we adjourned for Summer Recess for community events across the District, we had our hands full with 19 budget bills, bond measures and ballot initiatives.

The 2024 budget signed by the governor calls for spending a whopping 298 billion taxpayer dollars. Gimmicks, delays and tricks were used to address the state’s $46.8 billion deficit. Unfortunately, we will continue to see deficits next year, and the next, as tax increases on small and large businesses, in addition to high-cost regulations, drive more employers and taxpayers out of the state.

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Courtesy of Diane Dixon

Diane Dixon (R-Newport Beach)

In addition to budget bills, the governor and legislative leadership suddenly introduced a second Proposition 47 crime reform measure to compete with the Homeless, Drug Addiction and Theft reduction act that has already qualified with more than 900,000 signatures. The current measure on the ballot is supported by law enforcement and business. The governor’s last-minute measure was drafted over the June 29 weekend and includes weaker public safety policies. It is a good example of “let’s confuse the voters” political games in Sacramento. Never a dull moment!

In a bit of good news, the governor, legislature and the business community have come to an agreement on positive adjustments to the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The legislative package intends to protect workers against unlawful practices by employers, while limiting frivolous lawsuits against businesses.

As a personal legislative update, I introduced House Resolution 105, which seeks to ensure patient access to effective pain management options, while also emphasizing the importance of education for physicians about the damaging effects of addiction. By introducing this resolution, I’m requesting the health departments and agencies in California increase public and provider awareness of the dangers that come with opioid use and abuse.

Throughout July, there are a lot of upcoming events happening in District 72. On July 16 from 2-3 p.m., I will be hosting a Restaurant Round Table for local restaurant owners at Denny’s, Huntington Beach located at 18477 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. My goal is to create an open discussion surrounding the needs of restaurant owners in our community.

The next day, July 17, at the Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., I will be hosting a Laguna Hills Business Round Table to talk about the state budget, continuing deficit and what it means for California’s business community.

On July 30, I will also be hosting an Insurance Town Hall with the State Insurance Commissioner’s Office at SOKA University. Join me in hearing about the office’s plans toward a sustainable insurance market in California and raise questions or concerns you have on homeowner and property insurance here in California. I know this is a hot topic with constituents with policy cancellations, non-renewals and significant rate increases. I hope to see you there.

Interested in joining me to do more to keep our oceans and beaches clean? I am building my Great Garbage Patch Working Group to come up with tangible action items to make our oceans clean and safe. Come and be part of the discussion toward solutions on July 18 from 2-3 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Wetlands, 21900 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach.

Not receiving invitations to my events? Send an email to to be added to our distribution list or visit my website: Diane Dixon website. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and X.

Thank you Stu News for keeping our local residents informed! I am honored to reach Stu News readers with highlights about my life and times serving you in Sacramento. Until next month – have a great summer.

Diane Dixon is a two-term Newport Beach City Council member and two-time Mayor. She is currently serving her first term in Sacramento.

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