April 2009 E-Newsletter

April 18, 2011

INFORMATION IS POWER – TELL YOUR STORY

This recession has dimmed the lives and dreams of millions of Californians.

The state unemployment rate hit 10.5 percent in February; more than 1.9 million Californians were out of work.

People have lost their careers. They’ve lost their health benefits. They’ve lost their homes. In some cases, their children have also lost an opportunity to attend college.

But amid the rubble of our economy, there are stories of success, stories about how people have found a way to cope despite the reeling economy. I want to hear those stories.

If you’ve found a job, tell me how you did it – and how long you were out of work.

Tell me how you’ve found ways to stretch your dollar.

Tell me how you’ve found help either through a government agency or a non-profit organization.

Tell me the best piece of advice you’ve received during these challenging days.

Tell me how you’ve been able to help your family despite being unemployed.

Share your experiences and I’ll share them with our readers. And in that way, you just may be helping many more people than you could have ever imagined.

Please email your stories to the district’s communications director, Rodney.Foo@asm.ca.gov. Include your name, address, and telephone number in case we have to double check a spelling or a fact.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Assemblymember Beall has scheduled four events next month. They are:

Free Community Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, May 2
8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Southside Community Center
5585 Cottle Road, San Jose
RSVP appreciated: (408) 282-8920
Enjoy breakfast, meet your neighbors, and discuss state and community issues.

Free Affordable Housing Workshops
Get tips on purchasing a house or grappling with foreclosure.
Saturday, May 9
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
San Jose Public Library, Pearl Branch
4270 Pearl Ave., San Jose

Workshop #1 – Home Buyer Education, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Workshop #2 – Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, 11:20 a.m - 12 p.m.

Individual counseling appointments for a later date can be scheduled following the foreclosure workshop.
RSVP appreciated: (408) 282-8920

Mobile District Office
Saturday, May 9
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
San Jose Public Library, Pearl Branch
Talk to Assemblymember Beall about legislative issues.

Free Community Health Fair
Saturday, May 16
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Terrell Elementary School
3925 Pearl Ave., San Jose
Children’s health insurance sign-ups, community and school resource tables, entertainment, and more.

EARLY HEAD START EXPANSION ALERT

With new federal funding now available, the Office of Head Start will issue a Request for Proposals for the creation and expansion of Early Head Start programs.

First 5 California – along with WestEd, the California Head Start Association, and Preschool California – is offering training and technical assistance workshops up and down the state to help existing Early Head Start programs respond to the RFP. The goal is to develop strong Early Head Start funding proposals which result in more quality services for children 5 and under.

First 5 California has scheduled a Thursday, April 16 workshop, “Early Head Start: Providing a Quality Comprehensive Program for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families,’’ in San Jose at the E3 Institute, 1550 The Alameda, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presenters include Margaret Perez-Sesser, a federal reviewer for National Head Start; Ana Trujillo, director of the Children’s Services Department for the Santa Clara County Office of Education; Kay Wernert, director of Marin Head Start; and Cheryl Williams-Jackson, an instructor in the Child Development Department at Modesto Junior College.