Press Releases

October 09, 2017

CAMPBELL – Senator Jim Beall, chairman of the Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement on the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 595, a proposed ballot measure that would increase Bay Area bridge tolls, except for the Golden Gate Bridge, to fund a traffic relief plan comprised of over 30 projects to reduce commute times:

September 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown signed today Senator Jim Beall’s legislation enabling the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to acquire nearly 6,500 acres owned by the San Jose Water Company in the Upper Guadalupe, Los Gatos Creek, and Saratoga watersheds.
 
Senate Bill 492’s ratification culminates a series of complex negotiations spanning 10 years with the water company and local stakeholders.

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing, issues this statement regarding the Legislature’s historic approval of a housing package to meet California’s pressing shortage of affordable homes and apartments:

September 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – An ambitious bond proposal that raises $15 billion in state and federal funding to kick start construction of thousands of affordable housing units and simultaneously create 137,000 jobs won a crucial two-thirds majority approval in the Assembly today.  The bill passed on a 55-20 vote.

September 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A proposal by Senator Jim Beall to let Bay Area voters decide whether to raise bridge tolls to fund a comprehensive regional traffic relief plan to reduce commuter congestion was approved by the Assembly today.

July 06, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A second component of the Senate’s funding package to combat California’s shortage of affordable housing was approved on a two-thirds majority vote today and sent to the Assembly.

“The approval last month of my bill, SB 3, a $3 billion bond proposal to generate more affordable housing units, combined with the today’s passage of SB 2 (Atkins) now forms the most viable package in the Legislature to solve the affordable housing crisis,’’ said Beall, chairman of the Transportation and Housing Committee.

June 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO --  Senator Jim Beall, the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the new $125 billion general fund state budget approved Thursday by the Legislature:

June 01, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Acquiring the necessary two-thirds majority, Senate Bill 3 won Senate approval today on a 30-9 vote, sending Senator Jim Beall’s proposed $3 billion bond to generate more affordable housing to the Assembly for its consideration.

May 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Seven bills authored by Senator Jim Beall are heading for full consideration by the Senate after winning approval today from the Appropriations Committee. Among the bills are two that would create more affordable housing and provide courts with the latitude to steer people with mental illnesses into treatment instead of incarceration.

April 28, 2017

CAMPBELL – Senator Jim Beall, author of Senate Bill 1 and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, issues this statement on the signing of SB 1 today by Governor Brown: