March 2010 E-Newsletter

April 18, 2011

Twin Town Halls On Reform

How can we fix state government now? Against the backdrop of two distinctly different statewide efforts to reform California’s constitution, Assemblymember Beall is holding two Town Halls to continue the public debate and explore possible solutions.

Both Town Halls are scheduled for Thursday, April 8.

  • San Jose State University, Student Union, Pacifica Room, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    Joining the Assemblymember are faculty members from SJSU’s Political Science Department.
  • Willow Glen Community and Senior Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Thad Kousser, a visiting professor at the Hoover Institution, will discuss government reform in context with California’s volatile political history.  He will also review polling results on what Californians identify as our problems and potential solutions to our state’s biggest challenges.


Bringing Home Our Federal Tax Dollars

In these tough times when Sacramento’s first inclination is to cut health and human services to balance the budget, I met with the director of the California Department of Health Care Services, David Maxwell-Jolly, to discuss developing a new state Medi-Cal Waiver system to control costs without diluting care.

California’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver involves several billion dollars in federal funds and serves as the primary vehicle through which federal healthcare funds flow to state and county budgets. It is responsible for shaping health services for low-income Californians and the hospitals that serve them. Our current waiver is set to expire on Aug. 31.

As the state works on the next waiver, I have requested the department to explore new methods to get more money to our public hospitals. One way is to allow counties more latitude to use local resources to draw down more federal funding.

We also need to examine how to make our medical system more efficient by enrolling seniors and people with disabilities into managed care plans instead of a fee-for-service model that takes a piece-meal approach to a person’s health instead of viewing it in a holistic fashion.  And, we have to find a way to expand the waiver program to get more people covered in these tough times.

With a state budget deficit of $20 billion, it’s incumbent on everyone in Sacramento to start examining how we can get our fair share of federal dollars back to California.

According to the Governor, California only gets 78 cents back for every tax dollar it sends to Washington, D.C. – remuneration far below many other states. We need to start working to get more of our money back to help fund Medi-Cal programs that serve so many of our residents.

40 For 40” Los Gatos Creek Clean-Up

Saturday, April 17
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Meet at Campbell Park between Campbell Ave. & Camden Ave.

Join me and my staff year for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, weather permitting.  My goal is to get at least 40 volunteers to join their neighbors, enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, meet friendly people, and do something good for the environment. Please dress appropriately -- wear sturdy footwear and clothing. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
Click here to RSVP.

And if you’ve worked up an appetite, stick around after the clean-up:  There’s a barbeque for the volunteers. The food will be prepared by Santa Clara County firefighters.


Earth Hour

Last year, about 80 million Americans and more than 300 cities took part in Earth Hour, shutting their lights for an hour to symbolize their support for the environment, energy conservation, and in recognition of climate change.

Landmarks across the world went dark including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Las Vegas Strip, St. Peter’s Basilica, London’s Big Ben and the House of Parliament, Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, the Great Pyramids, and more.

This year, Earth Hour will be observed at 8:30 p.m. on March 27. Assemblymember Beall encourages the residents of Assembly District 24 to show their support by merely turning off their lights for an hour.

High-Speed Rail Station Meeting

The Diridon Station Policy Advisory Board holds its first meeting on Friday, March 19, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., at San Jose City Hall’s west wing, Room 119.

The advisory board was created to ensure the concerns of residents and local businesses are included during the transformation of Diridon Station to a high-speed rail facility.

On the agenda are the election of a chair and vice chair; the adoption of a meeting schedule; an overview of the station’s role in California’s high-speed rail system; and project goals.