In the News

June 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of both the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health, issues this statement regarding the approval of the new state budget:

“I am encouraged by this budget’s commitment to increase funding for schools, colleges, and the disadvantaged. But it turns a blind eye to the crumbling community-based infrastructure that serves over 270,000 Californians with developmental disabilities.

May 29, 2015

 

A NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANED UP

A united effort by my office and authorities has ended a neighborhood eyesore and public health hazard that festered for years.

May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, issues this statement regarding the budget revisions.

‘’The Governor’s budget is disappointing because it falls woefully short in funding services for people with developmental disabilities.  His proposal does not include funding a minimum wage increase. In short, this budget actually serves as a cut.

May 08, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Greater mental health training for officers not only increases the margin of safety for both them and people with mental illnesses but also improves community trust and saves taxpayer dollars, police and mental health professionals said before a California State Senate subcommittee hearing today.

“The experts made it clear: Improving mental health training for our peace officers is the right thing,’’ said Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health.

April 24, 2015

LEXINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GETS $3.9 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING

After working with the Los Gatos Union School District for more than two years, I am glad to report that I was able to help persuade the State Allocation Board to reimburse the district for $3.9 million in hazard mitigation costs related to the construction of the new Lexington School District.

April 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO – An audit request by Senator Jim Beall to find out how school districts are using mental health funding and whether they are meeting their obligation to provide mental health services to students was approved today by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

April 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO  –  A plan to restore California’s crumbling roads and freeways to make them durable and safe for the 21st century was unveiled Wednesday by Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate transportation committee.

“Senate Bill 16 solves a crisis that threatens our deteriorating streets and highways,’’ Beall said. “California faces a $59 billion backlog in deferred maintenance that will grow by billions every year. Our cities and counties have a backlog of $40 billion in repairs. We must take action now.

March 30, 2015

MEET ME

I am continuing my series of informal community coffees with the residents of Senate District 15. The coffees allow people with a state-related question or concern to meet with me for a one-on-one dialogue.

February 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- A bill streamlining sales and use tax refunds for California’s consumers was introduced Friday by Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose.

“Senate Bill 640 can speed up the refunds to customers who have paid a use tax and are owed large refunds,’’ Beall said. “The bill makes the refund process cleaner and simpler for customers by allowing them to directly apply for the refund and receive that refund directly from the Board of Equalization instead of through the retailer.’’

February 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- A proposal to track information pinpointing group homes that rely on over medicating foster care youth to control their behavior was introduced Thursday by Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose.

“Senate Bill 484 steps up the state’s ability to identify group homes that  depend on psychotropic medications as the easiest means to control the behavior of foster youth,’’ Beall said. “Drugging and sedating children should never be considered the primary option in lieu of counseling, therapy, and appropriate treatment.’’