2017 October Newsletter

October 26, 2017

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

I will be hosting a free pancake breakfast and town hall this Saturday to discuss California’s housing crisis and recently approved legislation designed to build more affordable housing and apartments for working families, seniors, and vets.

Community Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Oct. 28
Breakfast begins 8:30 a.m.; Program begins 9 a.m.
Campbell Community Center, Orchard Banquet Hall
1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell
To RSVP,
click here or call (408) 558-1295.


Matt Schwartz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Housing Partnership, is scheduled to join us to address the future of affordable housing in California.

As the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, I will discuss how the legislative housing package signed into law this year will increase housing, including Senate Bill 3, my legislation to pump as much as $15 billion in state bond funds and federal funding into successful affordable housing programs to create thousands of new units.

MEET ME

Here’s an opportunity to meet with me over a cup of coffee to discuss your ideas, questions, or concerns about state issues.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., I will be at the HeartBeat Café at the Cambrian Plaza Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Union and Camden avenues to meet residents for one-on-one discussions.

These individual meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Your time with me can be limited due to the number of people who wish to speak to me. My staff will be accompanying me and they can also assist you as well.

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.

FOSTERING SUCCESS

In 2017 legislative session, I continued to my long-standing commitment to improve the lives of California’s 55,000 children in foster care. Gov. Brown signed SB 12 and SB 233, my bills designed to increase the number of foster youth who earn a high school degree and graduate college.

Few foster youth obtain a college certificate or degree. By age 26, just 4 percent of former foster youth complete a college degree as compared to 36 percent of the same-age population of young adults. A significant obstacle is their inability to afford the cost of college.

Eighty-five percent of foster youth enrolled at community colleges are eligible for federal financial aid but only half of them receive it, primarily because they are either unaware of the aid or did not complete applications. Studies have shown that increasing financial aid plays a dramatic role in college completion for low-income students.

Under SB 12, foster youth will have increased access to Pell Grants and be provided more assistance to acquire and complete college financial aid forms. The bill also doubles the number of community college districts that offer youth a variety of educational support services via the Cooperating Agencies Foster youth Educational Support program.

Senate Bill 233 provides foster caregivers direct access to the educational records of the foster youth entrusted to them. By obtaining the records on a timely and more frequent basis, caregivers can provide stronger support that focuses on the child’s day-to-day educational needs.

The bill frees child welfare agency representatives from acting as intermediaries in passing the records from schools to the caregiver, enabling them to increase their efficiency by relieving their case workers of a perfunctory duty.

Since my arrival at the Legislature, I have passed laws to extend benefits to eligible foster youth to stabilize their lives while they attend college or learn a trade. In addition, I’ve also passed legislation and spearheaded efforts to prevent foster care children from being habitually over-medicated with powerful psychotropic drugs as the primary means to control their behavior.

INTERNSHIPS

My Senate District 15 office offers internships for high school and college students to provide an opportunity to get involved in state government.

An intern's duties 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 or to email your resumes contact Senior District Representative Alphonse Le-Duc, (408) 558-1295.