Press Releases

Experts: Mental Health Training for Peace Officers Increases Safety, Saves Money

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.

Audit Examines School Districts' Use of Mental Health Funding for Students

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.

Beall's SB 16 Paves the Way for California's Future

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.

Beall Proposes Bill To Simplify Use Tax Refunds For Consumers

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.’’

Beall Acts To Stop Over Medication Of Foster Youth In Group Homes

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.’’

Beall Takes Action to Stop Nuisances on Communications Hill Stairs

February 17, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- The grand stairway that leads to the top of San Jose’s Communications Hill is a trek of more than 200 steps, a rigorous climb that rewards the determined with a scenic view of the city.

Beall Introduces Bill to Stop Serial Sex Offenders From Avoiding Apppropriate Sentences

February 04, 2015

SACRAMENTO –Serial sexual predators will no longer be able to slither through a loophole in California’s penal code to escape punishment under a proposal introduced Wednesday by Senator Jim Beall.

Beall’s Senate Bill 164 restores the intent of California’s “One Strike Law” by  tightening a section of the code so that a conviction on a previously undiscovered sex crime will be considered as a “second strike’’ that can be used to put away serial sex offenders for 25 years to life, depending on aggravating circumstances.

East San Jose Community Clean-Up on Jan. 31

January 26, 2015

SAN JOSE – Volunteers will be hauling trash and wiping out graffiti in a campaign to fight blight in neighborhoods around Arbuckle Elementary School.
 
Also scheduled to join the effort is a Caltrans crew that will pick up litter and trim vegetation on the I-680/King Road ramps.

It’s all part of a community clean-up co-sponsored by Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who organized the project after speaking to many East San Jose residents who complained of illegal dumping in their neighborhoods.

Beall Receives "California Tech Champions'' Award

January 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Jim Beall, whose district includes some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, will be honored by TechAmerica this evening for his leadership on technology issues at the State Legislature.

Beall is one of five legislators who have been recognized as “California Tech Champions’’ for 2014 by TechAmerica which serves as the public sector and public advocacy department for the Computing Technology Industry Association, a non-profit trade group comprised of thousands of members in the information communications and technology industry.

Cash for College Workshops

January 12, 2015

Senator Jim Beall invites high school seniors, parents, and guardians in Senate District 15 to Cash for College Workshops.

“Cost must never be a barrier to college for any student who is qualified for admission,’’ Beall said, “and that’s why I am holding these workshops. California’s colleges are the gateway to opportunity for our sons and daughters, let’s make it accessible and affordable for them.’’