May 2017 Newsletter

May 26, 2017
May 2017 Newsletter

 

 

MEET ME

I'm continuing my series of community coffees next month. I will be at Dolce Bella Chocolate Café, 5325 Prospect Road, San Jose, on Friday, June 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

It's a great opportunity for you to meet me for a face-to-face dialogue about a state-related issue that concerns you. My staff is accompanying me and they can also assist you as well.

Individual meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Your time with me could be limited due to the number of people who wish to speak to me.

If you are unable to attend the community coffee, you can reach me by email. To learn more about my work follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

In June, I will be hosting two events – one is aimed at beautifying an East San Jose neighborhood, and the other is focused on improving fitness.

Neighborhood Clean-up
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Welch Park, San Jose; Clarice Drive and Kenesta Way
The litter clean-up is a great opportunity for students to fulfill their community service requirement. Joining me are fellow co-hosts Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Mayor Sam Liccardo, and District 8 Councilmember Sylvia Arenas.

Senior Health Fair and Walk
Friday, June 9, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Eastridge Center, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose
Join your neighbors for a brisk walk around the center. Information about community resources for seniors and free and health breakfast snacks will be available.

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Legislature has introduced close to 130 bills to generate more affordable housing. The scarcity of affordable housing and rentals is cited as a contributing factor in the exodus of college-educated young adults and working families to other states with a lower cost of living. This fundamental lack of housing has driven real estate prices higher making it difficult for businesses to hire and retain employees who hope to plant roots in California. Consequently, many businesses are relocating 

In December, I introduced Senate Bill 3, a $3 billion bond proposal to kick-start the construction of thousands of affordable homes and rental units. A portion of the money from the housing bond will be dedicated for multi-family housing, veterans, and the homeless. The state money can be used to leverage $11 billion more in federal tax credits and bonds. In all, SB 3 has the capacity to sustain 137,000 jobs and generate $23.5 billion in economic activity.

Senate Bill 3's funding would be invested in existing state programs with proven track records in generating housing. The programs include CalHome, the Local Housing Trust Fund Matching Grant, Joe Serna Farmworker Housing, Multifamily Housing, and more.

The programs will use the financial assistance as an incentive to persuade developers to build more affordable housing. The funding and tax credits can help builders offset expensive land costs that have been an impediment to constructing affordable housing. 

The bond repayment is projected to raise the state’s overall bond debt service by about 0.15 percent. I think that is a small price to pay if we can keep our talented and home-grown workers here, stop the departure of businesses, and stabilize the lives of the chronically homeless who absorb a good portion of state and local funding for social services and emergency room costs.

 

INTERNSHIPS

My office is looking for college-level interns who would like to gain valuable work experience at my district offices this fall.

These internships provide students with an opportunity to get involved in state government and develop useful job skills. Students can gain experience in a professional work environment, and build their resumes.

The qualities and skills sought in applicants are excellent writing; initiative; attention to detail; reliability; interpersonal skills; and proficiency in typing.

An intern's responsibilities include: data entry; research; helping constituents; and community outreach, such as staffing events and projects. Interns are also expected to work an occasional weekend or evening event.

Internships are an unpaid position.

For more information contact Senior Field Representative Domingo Candelas in the Senate District 15 local office by phone at (408) 558-1295 or by emailing your resume to Domingo.Candelas@sen.ca.gov