Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fmr California State Senator Martha M. Escutia of 30th District of California

Ms. Martha M. Escutia
Vice President of Government Relations
c/o University of Southern California
Suite 260
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA  90089

Dear Ms. Escutia,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a huge interest in studying history including public policy.  The main reason I have a strong interest in these areas to learn the need to advance on Civil Rights to reduce discrimination,  need to help victims of crime get the care they need,  have healthcare reform to help people including children get the medical care they need, and many others.  Ms. Martha M. Escutia, I find your work as California State Senate to be very inspiring to me on different issues.

When you served in the California State Senate in 1998-2006, I liked on how you pushed for legislation to allow schools to promote with implementing healthy foods for school lunches including nutrition programs to help children get the nutrition that they need and to reduce health risks.  On dealing with the criminal justice system, I was amazed on your role as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee on making the court system be access to help the poor including victims get the help they need when dealing with an issues and helping victim’s rights by creating a Self Help Center to help assist with represent the victims of negligence, abuse, and fraud get the assistance they need when going through court or recovering from a trauma.  Also I liked on how you helped children on getting their own court-appointed advocates for child custody cases to help protect a child’s well being or to recommend on how to help a child during a custody hearing. I liked your approach on improving education by creating remedial education programs to help students that struggle learning or have a disability get assistance on learning different subjects and funding special education to help students with disabilities on getting accommodations with assistance on learning education.  To help improve the environment, I liked on how you created Children’s Environmental Health Protection Act to help protect children from unhealthy levels of air pollution caused by air contaminants, and supporting AB 289 Detecting Commercial Chemicals to allow state agencies to require manufacturers to identify which chemicals are being used, limit on how much chemicals can be used, and have manufacturers work with the state to find ways to detect the chemicals in the environment to help reduce health risk from toxic chemicals  and to help make manufactures work on finding ways to make products in a safe way without endangering other people.

Ms. Escutia, your work on reforming the criminal justice system got me to be very inspired to take a Intro To Criminal Justice course at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I enjoyed taking the class because I got to learn about how the court system works, Miranda rights, law enforcements, and different Supreme Court cases. Also in the class my instructor emphasized about the need to make the criminal justice system better by providing better care and assistance to help the victims of crime including children.  My instructor also worked with me on creating ideas for reforming the criminal justice system like treatment programs to help rehabilitate drug users to reduce them from being addicted to drugs, have community services for non-violent offenders including juveniles to help them from re-offending, more counseling programs to help victims of crime recover from trauma, have DNA testing for cases to reduce sending innocent people to a jail for a crime they didn’t commit, and many others.  I have Autism with a learning disability and having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects and I struggle with speech when communicating with other people.  Even though special education and accommodations helped me get an education, I still struggle with it. Your work on helping people with disabilities get an education they need with helping them get accommodations really inspires me to work hard on Autism with a learning disability and to continue learning different subjects.

I strongly believe that you made a great difference in your role as California State Senator on improving nutrition for children in schools, helping students with illiteracy problems including students with a disabilities get assistance on learning different subjects, protect the environment from pollution, and reform the criminal justice system to help victims of crime get care that they need. Your work really inspired me to be interested in studying history, learning about the criminal justice with the need for reform to make the system better, and to work hard on Autism.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making great achievements to make society better, and inspiring me.


Matthew B. Winick

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