Past Events

Saturday, May 13
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Diablo Valley College-Pleasant Hill Campus
Main Street Bistro
321 Golf Club Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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Saturday, May 13
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Benicia Middle School
Talk Town
1100 Southampton Rd.
Benicia, CA 94510

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It’s almost Tax Day, and preparing your federal and state taxes privately can be costly. That’s why this Saturday I’m partnering with the United Way’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program to host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service in the district.

VITA sites provide free tax preparation services from IRS-certified volunteers to individuals and families who earned less than $54,000 in 2016.

Here are the details:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
8 am - 4 pm

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
3450 Tennessee Street
Vallejo, CA 94591

Appointments are recommended but not required and can be made by calling 211.

If you qualify, please attend this free tax assistance service and learn about California’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which could put money back in your pocket. You could be eligible for more than $5,000 when you claim both the state and federal EITC!

Don’t forget to bring the following items with you:
•Photo ID for each adult on tax return
•Original Social Security card or ITIN letter for each person on your tax return
•W-2s from all jobs held in 2016
•All 1099s, 1098s and any other tax forms
•List of calculated self-employment expenses
•Your household’s health coverage information (Forms 1095-A, B or C)
•Savings and checking account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refund
•Child care provider information
•Landlord’s name, address and phone number for CA Renter’s Credit
•Last year’s tax return

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call my office at (925) 521-1511.

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Paying for college can be difficult, but California has ways to help qualified students. The Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship are two great state programs to help California students and their families afford college.

Cal Grant, a need-based state financial aid program, has been a big part of making college affordable for many California families. Qualified students can receive up to $12,240 in funding to attend almost any college in California. Awards vary depending on economic need, grades and the college you attend. During the 2015-16 school year, the California Student Aid Commission offered more than a billion dollars in Cal Grants and other financial aid to approximately 320,000 eligible students.

The Middle Class Scholarship Act is a newer program for students who do not qualify for Cal Grants but are still priced out of college. It offers sliding-scale discounts of up to 40 percent for families who earn $150,000 or less and don’t qualify for Cal Grants, which support lower-income students. Students must have at least a “C” grade average.

Students apply just as they would for a federal loan or Cal Grant, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Don’t delay, the deadline is March 2! To find out if you qualify please visit

For more information, assistance with your application, or in case you missed January’s workshop, you can attend the upcoming Cash for College event listed below:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Jesse Bethel High School Library
1800 Ascot Parkway, Vallejo, CA