Category: Elect Peter Abbarno

Governor Signs Mandatory Sexual Education Law!

March 27- Governor Jay Inslee made sexual education mandatory beginning at kindergarten- taking away the rights and decision making of parents and local school boards.

The House pass Mandatory Sexual Education legislation along party lines 56-40, with Republicans voting against. A similar bill, SB 5395, passed the State Senate on January 22.

Mandatory Sexual Education was passed despite a recent survey of 10,000 people conducted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) that found 58% opposed mandatory sex education for K-12 students.

The issue of sex education should be left to local school boards in conjunction with local families. Olympia continues to pass legislation that erodes local control and family decision making. We should be encouraging families to be part of the process and the discussion on a local level. Our communities are not “one size fits all!”

This issues is more complex than merely ‘are you for or against the teaching of sexual and health education.’ This is an issue of ‘who should teach it,’ ‘where should it be taught,’ and ‘when should it be introduced.’ I support and believe in the decision making of our local families, local school boards, and local communities.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representation in the 20th Legislative District.

The Law requires:

  • For students in grades K-3, comprehensive sexual health education must be instruction in SEL that is consistent with learning standards and benchmarks adopted by OSPI.
  • For students in grades 4-12, comprehensive sexual health education must include information about:
    • physiological, psychological, and sociological developmental processes experienced by an individual;
    • the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to communicate, respectfully and effectively, to reduce health risks, and choose healthy behaviors and relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection, and are free from violence, coercion, and intimidation;
    • health care and prevention resources;
    • the development of meaningful relationships and avoidance of exploitative relationships;
    • understanding the influences of family, peers, community, and the media throughout life on health sexual relationships; and
    • affirmative consent and recognizing and responding safely and effectively when violence, or a risk of violence, is or may be present with strategies that include bystander training.

School districts may choose to adopt the OSPI Curriculum or adopt separate curriculum that complies with the OSPI guidelines. OSPI will review separately developed materials for compliance with OSPI guidelines.

This bill does nothing to strengthen families. It only makes government stronger. If we are truly to break the cycle of poverty then Olympia must empower families and communities.

The ‘birds and the bees’ discussion is a necessary and sometimes uncomfortable discussion for families; but, it builds family trust, builds family connections, and has lifelong positive impacts. My philosophy is to give families to the tools and information for success and encourage the discussions to start locally and at home.

The family structure and bonds must be strengthen by encouraging communication and involvement and providing them with the tools and information. Statistics have proven over and over that strong families give children a better chance at success in life.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representation in the 20th Legislative District.

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Promoting Small Businesses & Charitable Organizations on KELA AM1470 – Week 1

Each weekday morning at 8:30 on AM1470 (www.KELAam.com), I am highlighting local businesses and charitable organizations on the “Let’s Talk About It” show.

#ChooseLocalFirst

We can’t control every situation, but we can control our emotions; we can control how we react to stress, pressure, and crisis; and we can control how we treat other people.

Choose to support our community, our local businesses, and our charitable organizations. #StayConnected

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

United Way of Lewis County is partnering with the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Twin Transit, Lewis County Seniors, and local organizations and businesses to raise money for the COVID-19 Response Fund! Donate or Volunteer Today!

Elvie’s Bistro at 105 East Center Street in Centralia offers pickup for their Asian fusion food and very delicious food. Call (360) 736-3826 and order yoru dinner and lunch today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lewis County Seniors is a non-profit foundation (501c3) dedicated to serving the nutritional and social needs of our seniors. They are working with the United Way of Lewis County to ensure seniors in Lewis County receive a nutritional meal.

Bonanza BBQ and Catering in Toledo offers take out service Tuesday from 12 pm to 6:00 pm. Call 360 864 2277 or email bonanzabbq@aol.com with your order and time you would like to pick up slow cooked BBQ and more!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

McFilers is now offering essential service workers 15% off all food item, as well as anyone donating 3 cans of food for local families. Their current hours of operation at this time are 12:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Open 7 days a week. Call (360) 996-4400 to place an order. You can also stop by to order in person. Delivery is available up to 6 miles from the bar.

Book N Brush is an independent bookstore committed to providing an interesting and diverse selection of books, gift merchandise, fine art supplies, educational toys and custom framing. Looking for something for kids and students, visit them online or call (36) 748-6221.

Lewis County Autism Coaltion is a catalyst for community action and partnerships that support families and advance success in school, work and life for people on the autism spectrum. This is a community who needs your support and donations now more than ever!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Mill’s Diner is temporarily closed. BUT, be sure to support this amazing Rochester Diner when it reopens. They are located on Route 12 in Rochester.

Mary’s Corner Medical Clinic is located on Jackson Highway in Chehalis and offers respiratory screenings during eh COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other medical services. Call (360) 262-3966 for more information or an appointment.

Boccata is open at 11:00am Tuesday through Saturday offering lunch and dinner service in downtown Centralia through pick up or Door Dash. They are offering a huge menu found on Facebook or at the restaurant located on North Tower in Centralia. Call (360) 736-2404 to place your order today.

Nelson’s Just Wood Furniture in Centralia provides Home Furniture, Office Furniture, Beddings, Bookcases, Unfinished Furniture, Bunk Beds, Sofas & Loveseats. Everyone is home a little more right now, so visit them located on South Gold Street in Centralia, and available at (360) 736-3832.

Keep listing to the Let’s Talk About It Show with Peter Abbarno weekdays at 8:30am on KELA AM1470 and www.KELAam.com. We will be highlighting businesses and organizations every weekday during the show and talking about the issues imporatnt to your community.

Call (360) 330-5352 to share your thoughts and opinions on air.

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Governor Signs “Net Zero” Carbon Emissions Law

On March 19, the Governor signed the Washington will reduce greenhouse gases faster than previously planned to achieve “net zero” carbon emissions.

The law will:

  • Modifies state anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction limits and state agency GHG emissions reduction targets.
  • Requires the state and state government as a whole to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
  • Requires state agencies to report biannually on short-term and long-term strategies for meeting emissions reduction targets.
  • Requires all state agencies to seek all practicable opportunities to costeffectively maximize carbon sequestration and carbon storage in their nonland management agency operations, contracting, and grant-making activities.

The governor wants to punish working families and small businesses in the name of global environmentalism. The two are not mutually exclusive and can be achieved in the free market by incentivizing decisions that are both environmental and business friendly. There are many examples where businesses and families are quicker to make environmentally conscious decisions when it also helps their budget. I believe incentivizing and investing is a better policy than punishing and overregulating.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

According to the new law, the state must limit anthropogenic emissions of GHG. The current overall GHG emissions reductions for Washington State are revised as follows: by 2020 reduce to 1990 levels, or 90.5 million metric tons (MT); by 2030 reduce to 50 million MT or 45 percent below 1990 levels; by 2040 reduce to 27 million MT or 70 percent below 1990 levels; and by 2050 reduce to 5 million MT or 95 percent below 1990 levels, and achieve net zero GHG emissions.

Peter and Holly Abbarno at the Earth Day Work Party on Seminary Hill in Centralia.

The governor wrongly emulates the State of California. California has been in crises for many years with families and businesses escaping their regulatory nightmare. The governor’s new law goes so far beyond other jurisdictions that it will put an economic stranglehold on our small and family owned businesses and working families trying to survive the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
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Governor Decriminalizes Intentional HIV Assault

On Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee singed into law legislation to reduce the criminal penalties for the knowing transmission of HIV, as well as allow a 14 year old to seek HIV treatment without the knowledge or consent of their parents.

The law, as it was, stated that a person is guilty of felony HIV-related assault in the first degree if the person, with intent to inflict great bodily harm, administers, exposes, or transmits to or causes to be taken by another, HIV.

The governor is going in the wrong direction on this issue; especially in regards to notification of the parents and family. The law deteriorates the family structure by encouraging secrecy. Parents have the right to know if their young teenager has contracted HIV so they can understand the importance of their involvement.

Education and Counseling for the child, and the parents, will not only build a stronger family but improve the quality of life for the young teenager who will have a lifetime of treatment. That is why notice is so important.

Peter Abbarno, candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

The law signed by the governor would limit HIV-related assault in the first degree crime to situations in which a person transmits HIV only to a child or vulnerable adult. It is now a defense to prosecution, as a misdemeanor, if the HIV transmitter attempted to take practical means to prevent transmission of the disease.

The law would,

  • Repeals statutes related to counseling for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, the Office of AIDS, and requirements that agencies establish rules requiring acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) training for certain professions and employees.
  • Updates language and changes references in the control and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases chapter.
  • Allows a minor of 14 years of age or older to give consent to treatment to avoid HIV infection without a parent or guardian’s consent.
  • Consolidates and expands rulemaking authority for the State Board of Health relating to control of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Modifies crimes related to transmission of HIV and repeals prohibitions on an individual who has a sexually transmitted disease, other than HIV, from having sexual intercourse if the partner is unaware of the disease.

HIV is a life-long disease and potentially life threatening. Reducing the sentence and including a “practical means to prevent” provision make light of a still serious situation. We need to protect the innocent, not those who knowingly or intentionally assault another with an incurable disease.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
To support the #ElectPeterAbbarno for State House campaign, visit www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com or find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We need Strong Leadership in Olympia Working For Us.

As you know, I am a candidate for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District. A seat being left open by the retirement of State Representative Richard DeBolt. We need to keep the 20th District working for us!

By this time in a traditional campaign, I would have held a handful of Meet and Greet events, knocked on doors to meet neighbors, and attended numerous events supporting other local organizations. Unfortunately for our community, our state, our country, and the world, plans have changed because of COVID-19.

While I am still seeking election to the State House in the 20th Legislative District because I believe our district and our state needs strong leadership, I am campaigning with social distancing and community restrictions in mind.

I need your support now more than ever!

I need your help over the next couple weeks. Can you help with:

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  • Volunteer to deliver door-hangers (without knocking), walk in parades (when scheduled) and host meet and greets (when restrictions are lifted). (click Here)

Limitations on campaigning means limitations on communicating my message and how important the 2020 election is for our district and our state. We need Strong Leadership in Olympia Working For Us.

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Community and State Responds to COVID-19

Many families and small businesses are being impacted by the Outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. And as of Friday the 13th, every student in the State of Washington is on a school break until April 24th.

As a husband and father, as a business owner, and as Centralia mayor pro tem, I am concerned about the short and long term financial, emotional, and health impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a very scary time for many of the most vulnerable in our neighborhoods. It is important to stay calm, use caution, and follow sound advice.

I am working closely with the city, county, and state officials to communicate what I believe are the priorities for our communities. Locally, the City of Centralia created a site to provide information about local community services and ways the Centralia residents can pay bills online, view public meetings online, and try to stay engaged while being safe.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District and Mayor Pro Tem.

On Thursday, March 12th, State Lawmakers allocated $200 million towards addressing the outbreak. Of the $200 million earmarked, $175 million will be for state and local response, and $25 million will help businesses impacted by the area outbreak of COVID-19.

The details on how the money will be specifically spent has not been released.

The State should be investing the funds locally; especially in distressed counties, and resist the urge to spend the money on expanding government programs unrelated to the virus outbreak. Small rural communities are really pulling together and I am very proud of the response; unfortunately, the very quick closing of schools without notice or a coordinated plan placed additional financial and emotional strain on working families, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families, and families living in poverty.

Everyone should be taking the precautions necessary to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy and not risk contracting the virus and passing it to our most vulnerable in the community. I also encourage safely supporting local businesses where you can and connect with community programs and nonprofit organizations.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District and Centralia Mayor Pro Tem.

For more local information, visit the following:

City of Centralia COVID-19 Update (Community Services)

Lewis County Department of Health

Cowlitz County Department of Health & Human Services

Thurston County Department of Health & Social Services

Washington State Department of Health

Washington Department of Financial Institutions

Washington Department of Commerce

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

I am very thankful to the women in my life; past and present. I am also very thankful for the positive role models in our community for my daughter, Sophia, to admire- first and foremost my wife, Holly, a middle school math teacher, mentor, and awesome mother and wife!

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.

I’ve been lucky to have positive female role models in my life. I want to thank all the women in our community who are mentoring others and leading by example.

Being positive role models by supporting local youth and students is a very important mission of our family. International Women’s Day is a holiday to remind both boys and girls to treat each other with respect and equally. That is how I want my son and daughter to treat others and how I want others to treat my children.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District

Peter is president of the Centralia College Foundation, active volunteer with the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program, and serves in the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, and as a mentor to students in Centralia, Chehalis, and Morton.

Two women who are widely credited with keeping Centralia College running during one of the darkest times in American history; Margaret Corbet, the college’s first principal, and Katharine Kemp, the former dean of students.

Learn more about Peter and his campaign for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District by visiting www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

Mandatory Sex Education Passes: Ignores Local Families

On Wednesday, March 4, many of us watched the House pass Mandatory Sexual Education legislation along party lines 56-40, with Republicans voting against. A similar bill, SB 5395, passed the State Senate on January 22.

Mandatory Sexual Education was passed despite a recent survey of 10,000 people conducted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) that found 58% opposed mandatory sex education for K-12 students.

The issue of sex education should be left to local school boards in conjunction with local families. Olympia continues to pass legislation that erodes local control and family decision making. We should be encouraging families to be part of the process and the discussion on a local level. Our communities are not “one size fits all!”

This issues is more complex than merely ‘are you for or against the teaching of sexual and health education.’ This is an issue of ‘who should teach it,’ ‘where should it be taught,’ and ‘when should it be introduced.’ I am choosing our families and our communities first.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representation in the 20th Legislative District.
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Campaign Kickoff to Elect Peter Abbarno a Success!

On Wednesday, February 26th, the kickoff breakfast to support Peter Abbarno’s campaign for State Representative was a huge success! Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Meyer served as emcee, the invocation was delivered by Bethel Pastor Scott Collins, and the Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Sophia and Antonio Abbarno.

Rep. Richard DeBolt introducing Peter Abbarno at the 2020 #ElectPeterAbbarno Campaign Kickoff. Learn more at www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com

I can talk about issues until I am blue- and orange- in the face. This campaign is not just about issues, but solutions. We all have a common interest in better schools for our children, more family wage jobs, greater freedoms, and increased opportunities. As your state representative, I will pull up my sleeves and get to work on solutions for our families, our businesses, and the entire 20th Legislative District.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District.
Peter Abbarno speaking at the 2020 #ElectPeterAbbarno Campaign Kickoff. www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com
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What Would You Do With The State’s $2.4 Billion Surplus? VOTE

The Revenue forecast reports $1.1 billion in unexpected revenue from existing sources; creating a total state surplus of $2.4 billion according to Rep. Drew Stokesbary.  House Republicans have proposed tax cuts and critical services spending. The Majority Party in the House proposed spending the surplus with no tax cuts and no long-term investment.

I am running because the majority party in Olympia is focused on fringe extreme issues and seem to only care about those living in the shadow of the Space Needle. Communities across the State cares about ‘kitchen table’ issues that impact every working family and small business like accountable government, affordable communities, and safe streets. I am committed to finding solutions for all of us.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House in the 20th Legislative District, business owner, attorney, and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Centralia
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